3 best restaurants for outdoor dining in Delray Beach

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The Sandbar at Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach. (Contributed by Gyorgy Papp)

Even if it’s brutally hot outside, a restaurant with a good view will lift you from the swelter. Your view drops you in the middle of a certain paradise. That’s the essence of al fresco dining, the sense of place.

Here are some of the best al fresco dining spots in Delray Beach:

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Sundy House boutique hotel is a lushly landscaped urban retreat set in downtown Delray Beach. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/ Special to The Palm Beach Post)

Sundy House

When OpenTable.com issued its 2016 list for “Best Al fresco Dining Restaurants in America” in May, the online reservation service listed only one Palm Beach County eatery: Sundy House.

The downtown Delray Beach boutique inn and restaurant is in sparkling company. The list, culled from more than 5 million verified-diner reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country, featured spots as breathtaking as Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil and Kaupulehu’s (Hawaii) Ulu Ocean Grill.

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At Sundy House, diners can enjoy their meal in a lush garden setting that’s punctuated by a wooden veranda, gazebo, statues, pathways and ponds. The place transports you to a gracefully overgrown Old Florida.

Thanks to all the above, Sundy House is popular for brunch, holiday feasts and special events.

Sundy House: 106 S. Swinton, Delray Beach; 561-272-5678

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Boston’s Sandbar across from the public beach in Delray Beach has everything a beach needs: sand, cool drinks, outdoor seating and games. (Contributed)

The Sandbar at Boston’s

Here’s a bar/eatery that brings the beach in from across the street. The Sandbar, which sits next older sister Boston’s on the Beach, delivers a pure island vibe. Tiki hut, palm trees, colorful beach chairs, dancing waters, frozen piña coladas – it’s all there at this four-year-old bar.

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Plus, there’s a decent range of beach-shack bites, from smoked fish dip to conch fritters to grilled Mahi sandwiches.

For the third year in a row, the Sandbar made the list of “Top 10 Florida Beach Bars,” compiled by FloridaBeachBar.com, which raved about the bar’s “breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.”

The Sandbar: 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-278-3364

Dada, Delray Beach. (LibbyVision.com)
Dada in Delray Beach. (Photo contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Dada

Few places embody downtown Delray’s funk factor more colorfully than Dada, which operates in a 1924-era house. Anchored by a glorious banyan tree, the tropical front yard of the house offers open-air tables.

Sip on a Barbancourt rum and nibble on any of the globally inspired bites prepared by Chef Bruce Feingold and soak up the Swinton Ave ambiance.

Dada: 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-3232

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Sundy House sizzles on hot Havana Nights

Havana comes to downtown Delray Beach on Thursday nights. The conga line happens at Sundy House, the historic inn best known for weddings and lovely Sunday brunch.

Cuban mojito. (LibbyVision.com)
Cuban mojito.

Now the lush grounds are put to rhythmic use during Havana Nights, a themed weekly event which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

Not only is it lively — there’s a Latin band playing dance tunes and Cuban cigar rollers crafting stogies — it’s a terrific summer deal. For $30 per person, you get Cuban food, a Cuban-style mojito and Cuban rhythms.

Can’t beat that with a timbale stick.

Sundy House: 106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5678 

Havana Nights: hot moves in Delray Beach. (LibbyVision.com)
Havana Nights: hot moves in Delray Beach. (Photos: LibbyVision.com)

Which Delray restaurant was voted one of the best outdoor spots in America?

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Sundy House boutique hotel is a lushly landscaped urban retreat set in downtown Delray Beach. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/ Special to The Palm Beach Post)

OpenTable recently released their list of ‘100 Best Al Fresco Dining restaurants in America for 2016’ and the Delray Beach eatery that made the list was the ever popular Sundy House. It’s no wonder this historic inn made the list with its backdrop of lush landscape gardens and unique outdoor gazebo table settings.

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Brunch offerings at Sundy House in Delray Beach include chicken and waffles with maple-bacon syrup. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

The Sundy House also offers one of the best brunch spots in Palm Beach County. The eatery serves a traditional Sunday brunch in a lovely setting which includes views of the property’s lush gardens.

Stand-out brunch offerings are the chicken and waffles with maple-bacon syrup, blue crab Eggs Benedict served on a Southern biscuit, blueberry pancakes and a well-stocked seafood bar.

Sundy House: 106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5678

 

 

Which Delray restaurant was voted one of the best brunch restaurants in America?

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Brunch offerings at Sundy House in Delray Beach include chicken and waffles with maple-bacon syrup. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Brunch is such a popular gathering. Based on reviews of more than twenty thousand restaurants across the nation, OpenTable recently picked 100 of the best brunch spots in the country. The popular brunch at the Sundy House in Delray was one of three in Florida to make the list!

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The Sundy House serves a traditional Sunday brunch in a lovely setting which includes views of the property’s lush gardens. There’s an a la carte brunch Saturday, but the main attraction is the “Savor Sunday” brunch that’s served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $58 per person. Reservations are encouraged and because it’s so popular, there’s a 2 ½hour seating time limit.

Stand-out offerings are the chicken and waffles with maple-bacon syrup, blue crab Eggs Benedict served upon a Southern biscuit, blueberry pancakes and a well-stocked seafood bar.

Sundy House: 106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5678