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The Woods is a restaurant that only seems to be steeped in contrasts: Servers in Nike kicks and sportswear hand out luxuriously hot towels after each round of finger food. The spinach-artichoke dip shares the menu with a grand 32-ounce porterhouse steak for two. It’s a steakhouse; it’s a sports bar.
But there’s an X factor that brings together all the disparate qualities: the restaurant’s celebrity owner. Tiger Woods, local resident, superstar golfer, hands-on restaurateur, has brought a stroke of genius to Harbourside Place: a restaurant that feels local and worldly, accessible and sophisticated all at once.
It is evident this is a place that prizes more important details. The food is delicious. The service is extraordinary.
The menu’s strong point: meat. This strength shines even in the restaurant’s sandwich menu. The Woods’ rib-eye steak sandwich is excellent, a grilled rib-eye is topped with Drunken Goat cheese, balsamic onions and heirloom tomato, all on a toasted French baguette. The steak is tender and sizable, not sliced as one might expect.
For the cocktail and small bites crowd, there’s a selection of flatbreads, a respectable charcuterie board that’s laden with cured meats and cheeses, and various other bar options.
Whether the meal happens at the brightly lit bar or in the more intimately sectioned dining room areas, it is equally elevated by The Woods’ meticulous service. Maybe it’s the Nike sneakers?
If you go:
The Woods: 129 Soundings Ave., at Harbourside Place, Jupiter; 561-320-9627
2015 review rating: FOOD: A; SERVICE: A