Just a little over an hour from Miami via the Brightline train, West Palm Beach is all sun and sand and even a little arts and culture, believe it or not. The city, which can be explored on bike and on foot (with a little help from rideshare services), has a restaurant scene rivaling other big cities in South Florida like Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Tour the city and make sure to make time for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between.
This Downtown West Palm gastropub serves up Italian food, beer, and cocktails in a casual, dimly-lit space with effortlessly good vibes. Head straight through the restaurant to the back where you’ll find a vintage Airstream camper on the patio. There’s an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs whip up your fire-grilled pizza and grass-fed filet mignon. Go for a walk around the block after dinner and a few drinks; instead of window shopping, you can gallery hop and see the latest art displayed around town.
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar
Brought to life by charismatic co-owner Rocco Mangel, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar is the go-to destination for authentic Mexican dining in a vibrant atmosphere. It’s a full sensory dining experience complete with upbeat music, a spirited happy hour, an unbeatable Taco & Tequila Tuesday, and Bottomless Brunch on weekends. Diners can try more than 300 varieties of tequila, either alone for sipping or mixed with Rocco’s famous homemade Margarita sour mix. Nosh on guac and chips prepared tableside, and enjoy cuisine that embodies the true spirit of Mexico. Rocco’s has locations in Florida and New York, but the West Palm Beach spot is our personal favorite.
This taco hotspot has everything from taco salads to a taco platter with adobo marinated Lamb shoulder, charred tomatillo salsa, and queso fresco paired with roasted aromatic lamb consommé. Delicious, laid-back, and authentic, COYO is a good place to hang out before going out. Fill up on mouth-watering Mexican food before your margaritas to ensure a long, fun night and no next-day hangovers.
RH Rooftop Restaurant at Restoration Hardware
It's unreal how beautiful this place is—a furniture store on the lower levels and a restaurant and bar on the rooftop overlooking the city. This 10,000-square-foot rooftop space allows for dining on ingredient-driven dishes under a spectacular all-glass atrium. Whether it’s a memorable brunch you’re searching for (think thick-cut pork belly, burrata with oven-roasted tomatoes, buttery lobster rolls, and cold rosé) or a romantic dinner that includes wild mushrooms, shaved ribeye on charred garlic bread, a gem lettuce salad, and lots of champagne), you'll find it here. RH Rooftop Restaurant is the place for excess and decadence, not everyday meal you’ll talk about for months or years to come.
The Blind Monk
A cute little wine bar adjacent to the Brightline station, the Blind Monk is a great stop post-arrival to or pre-departure from West Palm. With wine, beer, and food on the menu, you can have it all. Order by the bottle or enjoy a spritz on a hot day. The Blind Monk is cozy and cool and its food menu focuses on tapas-style dishes like naked castelvetranos olives, bacon fat kettle corn, a Spanish tortilla with manchego cheese and semifreddo, or a Florida mud pie.
Another Italian spot in the area, Grato’s menu consists of housemade pastas, rotisserie items, wood-fired pizza, and more. The space transports you to Italy with its big windows, Carrara marble, iron, stoneware, and wide-open spaces. The open kitchen with its wood-fired oven and rotisserie allows you to admire the chefs at work. Happy hour here is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and there’s also a pizza happy hour on the weekends from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dive in for some pizza rolls, fried calamari, and fun twists on traditional cocktails (like the fig old fashioned and strawberry ginger martini) .
The food and drink options Four Seasons hotels are always, always amazing and Florie’s is no different. This restaurant works in partnership with three-Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, and embodies a true Mediterranean feel with dishes inspired by the earth. Florie’s Bar features seasonal, garden-driven cocktails, and sustainable wines and is so beautiful you’ll want to hang around all day, slowly sipping your drink and sharing stories of travel and memories past.
For some fresh farm-to-table, enjoy lunch at Avocado Grill. Here, award-winning chef, Julien Gremaud, sources exotic ingredients to add to his locally-inspired South Floridian dishes and also offers a coastal raw bar and creative craft cocktails to wash the food down. A beautiful space with a healthy (and of course tasty) menu, Avocado Grill boasts brunch, lunch and dinner as well as an afternoon menu and a fully vegan menu for those of us who choose or prefer a plant-based diet. Some fan favorites are the curried cauliflower, warm butternut squash and brussels sprout salad and grilled avocado wedges with spiced mango and watermelon salad.
Pistache French Bistro
Located in Downtown West Palm Beach since 2008, Pistache has the best brunch in the city according to the Palm Beach Post. Who wouldn’t be up for an all-you-can-drink rosé brunch on Saturdays? Every week from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., get your pink wine fix at Pistache—where it’s served Riviera-style out of large bottles and paired with scrumptious eggs benedict, croque madame, burgundy escargots, steak frites, and artisan cheese and charcuterie plates. We can’t promise a nap won’t be necessary after this meal, but this is what weekends are for!
For something laid back and casual, head to City Diner, which has a 1950s vibe and working jukebox, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. This restaurant has been serving West Palm Beach locals since 1982 and prioritizes its clients' comfort and satisfaction, always. Try the chili or the homemade meatloaf, the restaurant’s famous chicken pot pie (which isn’t available for takeout), and the fluffy buttermilk pancakes. You know what they say about comfort food diners. You’ll leave this one with a full belly and a happy heart.