Now that the snowbirds have flown the coop, it’s easier for year-round residents to get into restaurants.
It’s easier on their wallets, too, as restaurants concoct specials at their bars and in dining rooms for guests. Take advantage of these deals that run typically throughout the off-season. Remember to read the fine print for the specials, as some have restrictions on days or menu items. Prices listed do not include tax and tip – and most ask that you don’t share.
Keep reading – and eating!
Restaurants in Palm Beach are not only facing the annual summer slowdown, but the closing of the Flagler Memorial Bridge – the North bridge as locals know it. It is scheduled to be closed through late fall.
Manager Tammy Grimason at Nick and Johnnie’s on Royal Poinciana Way said, “It’s something that needs to be fixed, so what are you going to do? It’s a bummer that the bridge is closed, but we’re happy that it’s in summer and not in season.”
The popular indoor-outdoor restaurant is offering a $5 bar menu, as well as $5 drinks for summer partiers. The menu is available at the high tops in the bar, daily from 5-10 p.m.
As a summer-long promotion, others on the island are offering specials. A three-course lunch is available Monday through Saturday at several popular spots near Worth Avenue for $20.14.
The dining promotion that matches the year with the amount diners pay began in New York after 9/11 – offering meals for $20.11 to draw diners back into New York City. It quickly spread to other cities as a show of support, and has morphed into an annual deal tied to the area’s slowest dining season.
In Palm Beach, the dining specials run through August 1 and coincide with shops also offering sales.
They also fall in line with the new phone app launched by the Worth Avenue Association, a group of shops and eateries on or near the famed Palm Beach street.
Robin Miller, general manager of the association, says of Worth Avenue App, available on Androids and iPhones, “It’s an opportunity to see a live camera feed in and out of Palm Beach. If you’re trying to get onto the island, you can look at this app and decide which bridge you want to come over. And it mentions the shops and restaurant specials.”
Among restaurants offering the three-course $20.14 lunch deal: Renato’s, Café Boulud, Bice Ristorante, Café Via Flora and Ta-boo.
“We do it every summer,” said Bryan Schuddekopf, reservationist at Renato’s. “This is typically our slow time. It’s just a way to bring around a few more guests. It goes on all summer.”
Buccan in Palm Beach is offering a special three-course fried chicken dinner prix-fixe for $35 on Sundays only, with wine specials as well. The sides vary week to week.
At Palm Beach Catch, a choice of items are on the “skinny” prix fixe menu for $29. Baby kale and beet salad, mussels, cioppino or filet mignon. These are available from 4:30-10 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Daniel Boulud brings back the popular Boulud Sud pop-up – a restaurant within Café Boulud in Palm Beach for summer dining. Mediterranean fare is served in the courtyard terrace and features dishes such as whole branzino filleted tableside, a spiced lamb loin or octopus a la plancha with white beans, piquillo peppers and celery.
Also at Café Boulud, a three-course prix-fixe dinner is $35 per person. New menu selections include cappellini primavera, or coriander-spiced tuna with red quinoa, or a grilled pork loin with crispy polenta.
Bistro Chez Jean-Pierre offers a three-course prix fixe through November 1, Tuesday through Friday, for $45. The menu changes weekly; dishes on a recent menu included a warm onion tart with mixed greens, homemade lobster ravioli with lobster sauce, Sauteed fillet of snapper with Provencale sauce over ratatouille, sautéed calf’s liver with onions and mashed potatoes, and traditional coq au vin. Lemon tart, crème brulee and profiteroles with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce are among desserts.
A number of deals are at Del Frisco’s Grille, including the 7-7-7 option – seven appetizers for $7 each at the bar till 7 p.m. Pimento-cheese fritters, pulled pork empanadas, deviled eggs and more are on the list. The signature cocktail, Tito’s Classic Island Martini, is $8 during the 7-7-7.
A three-course dinner menu here is $35 – and includes a choice of starters like jumbo lump crab gazpacho, entrees like a 6-ounce filet with potato cake or grilled mahi with sweet shrimp and fingerling potatoes; and yogurt panna cotta or chocolate espresso tart for dessert.
A five-course dinner, with dishes selected by the chef, is at Jove Kitchen & Bar in the Four Seasons Palm Beach. The $55 meal includes chef’s signature dishes from a menu of appetizers, pasta or risotto, seafoods, meats and desserts. Wine pairings to match the dishes are available for an additional charge. This special runs at Jove through August.
Also at the resort, a summer barbecue on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day is served at the Atlantic Bar & Grill. Dishes are $16 to $20 with grilled meats and vegetables with craft beer pairings. And at Graze on the beach, “haute dogs” with global condiments, salads and sides are combined for $20 through July.
North County Area
The Cooper, just opened in Palm Beach Gardens’ PGA Commons, features a Summer Happy Hour menu, with $4 to $8 items like Tuna sashimi, crab cake sliders and mini Cooper sliders on the list. House mixed drinks, craft beers and select wines by the glass are $5.
Rocco’s Tacos is adding a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sunday. Get unlimited Barefoot Brut mimosas, or endless bloody Marys for $12.
At Vic & Angelo’s in PGA Commons, specials are offered on a Sunset menu Monday through Thursday starting July 1 and running through August 28. Dinner for two is $24.95 and features one salad to split, two entrees and one dessert.
June-only specials at Vic & Angelo’s include Lobster Notte on Monday ($29.95 for a one-pounder with sides), Carving Night on Tuesdays with prime rib and chef’s choice ($24.95), and on Wednesdays, diners get a choice of salad and their choice of pasta with a dessert for $19.95. All special dinners are from 3-9 p.m. and feature $5 drink specials as well.
Cooking classes at Vic and Angelo’s, held the last Saturday of the month, is by reservation only. Contact the restaurant for a schedule, a menu or to sign up.
In Midtown, Cantina Laredo cooks up Fajitas for Two, with cocktails (beer or wine as well), an appetizer and choice of fajitas for $59.99. They’re also bringing back their Sorbet Cocktails, $7 each for a Blood Orange ‘Rita, a Mango-Citrus ‘Rita or Raspberry Chipotle ‘Rita – all served over sorbet.
At Cod and Capers Café, they’re having a Summer Shrimp and Crab Party every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. with specials like the One Buck Shuck bluepoint oysters and shrimp and crab entrees at special pricing.
Bottomless mimosas are on tap for brunch diners at Paris in Town at Downtown at the Gardens this summer. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
Diners who go early, 5-6 p.m., get 20 percent off their checks at The Pelican Cafe in Lake Park. A three-course prix fixe for $19.95 is available nightly with one entrée per night featured. Braised short ribs, Parmesan crusted sole and meatballs with sausages and meatballs are some of the items offered.
Dockside Sea Grille in Lake Park has a special $12.95, three-course menu featuring items liked stuffed flounder, plus salad and dessert. These are offered nightly throughout the summer.
Jupiter’s Gazebo Café has a special $29 prix fixe menu, with a choice of starter, main plate and dessert. Special pricing on the a la carte menu features an extensive menu of starters for $9, and main plates for $19. Wednesdays is live music night as well.
And for those who are cooking, the Palm Beach Gardens Summer GreenMarket returns to Store Self-Storage and Wine Storage on Sundays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 28. Bakery goods, seafood, cheeses, sauces and other foods are sold with an emphasis on local, small producers.
Mid and South County
Get to Callaro’s Steak House in Lake Worth by 6 p.m., and take advantage of their “First Impressions” dinner: choice of soup or salad, choice of side, a steak entree and dessert, along with a non-alcoholic beverage, for $21.99. Other entree choices like chops or crab cakes are $19.99 for the deal.
50 Ocean in Delray Beach kicks off summer with their Chef’s Summer Tasting Menu. It’s three courses for $35, served Sunday through Thursday. Choose from dishes such as lobster bisque or a Mediterranean plate of hummus, olives, feta cheese and pita to start. Main dishes include swordfish with roasted garlic and herb spaetzle; a honey-garlic grilled chicken with roast tomatoes and mushrooms and Florentine risotto; or a skillet-blackened cobia with roast corn puree, and blue crab, apple, and fennel slaw. Dessert choices are chocolate lava cake or Key lime parfait. Restrictions apply, but for this menu, all guests at the table are asked to order from the tasting menu.
A similar Chef’s Tasting Menu is available for lunch, with grilled ham and cheese (house-smoked ham and Gruyere), a chicken BLT salad, a vegetarian Mediterranean sandwich or fish and chips available with dessert and starter for $25 per person. The menu is available Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a bonus for really early diners.
Two diners eat for $29 on Tuesdays at The Little House in Boynton Beach. The three-course menu includes dishes like a grilled steak salad or meatloaf sliders and chocolate panna cotta to share, all with a bottle of Mars and Venus Merlot. The menu changes occasionally.
Work out a plan to take in The Office’s dinner specials – they change nightly. And Happy Hours are expanded to 3-7 p.m. and after 10 p.m. daily. A selection of special cocktails are $10 until October.
The foods line up like this: Monday, it’s barbecue with a variety of ribs, chicken, pulled pork and more on the menu with half-price house drinks and craft beers from 3 p.m. to close. Tuesdays, from 5 p.m. to close, it’s seafood specials with half-price wines ($49 and under bottles) off the list.
Burgers and craft beers are on special Wednesdays, including the monster Office Burger Challenge. A 4-pound dish that could include two burger patties, a waffle, two fried eggs, bacon, cheese, and more. If the diner finishes the meal, The Office pays for it. (Restrictions apply.)
Thursdays are surf n’ turf with free desserts given with any surf n’ turf offering.
New is the Sunday Brunch that began in June, with bottomless brunch drinks (bloody Marys, Bellinis, Mimosas and Champagne) for $15.
At the sister restaurant, Vic & Angelo’s, a similar daily special list is available. Mondays it’s half-off all wine and cannolis. Tuesdays, it’s BOGO on pizzas and pastas. Wednesdays, a prime rib dinner with salad and mashed potatoes and dessert is $24.95 per person. Thursdays, Lobster Notte features 1-pound Maine lobsters with sides and desserts for $24.95 per person.
At the Atlantic Grille in the Seagate Hotel, a three-course prix fixe for two is $33 per person, and includes a bottle of the house wine. It’s Sunday through Thursday, and diners order from a menu that changes monthly to include seasonal foods.
A three-course tasting menu is available for $55 per person, Sunday through Thursdays at Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach. They also offer half off on wines Mondays and Fridays.
A special “Getting’ Roasted” dinner is set for July 6 – for $45, dinner includes Southern-inspired relish tray, a choice of meats from a whole roasted hog, barbecue brisket or Southern fried chicken, and sides served family style. The dinner includes cobbler and other desserts. Beverages, including spiked tea or sangria, are extra.
Cafe Frankie’s in Boynton Beach has $2 and $3 drink deals all day, along with half off appetizers 4:30-6:30 p.m. (dine-in only). Pizza specials there are $8.99 and $9.99 for lunch, and for take-out on Monday through Wednesdays.
Brio Tuscan Grill in Boca Raton (and in Palm Beach Gardens) is offering an $8.95 Tuscan lunch Monday through Friday; their menu changes weekly and includes items such as Rigatoni alla rosmarino, Pesto ravioli fra diavolo, Mezza sausage, pepperoni and ricotta flatbread with a salad, and Chicken pizzaioli.
Also in Boca Raton, Josef’s Table is offering a $29.95 three-course prix-fixe dinner nightly. Entrees include grilled mahi mahi, steak au poivre, Waygu steak frites, Wiener salon goulash, Wiener Schnitzel, grilled lamb rack and more.
IF YOU GO:
Nick and Johnnie’s, 207 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; 561-655-3319; nickandjohnniespb.com
Renato’s, 87 Via Mizner, Palm Beach; 561-655-9752; renatospalmbeach.com
Café Boulud, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-6060, cafeboulud.com
Bice Ristorante, 313 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 561-835-1600; palmbeach.bicegroup.com
Café Via Flora, 240 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 561-514-4959; cafeviaflora.com
Ta-boo, 221 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 561-835-3500; taboorestaurant.com
Bistro Chez Jean Pierre, 132 N. County Road, Palm Beach; 561-833-1171;
Del Frisco’s Grille, 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; delfriscosgrille.com
Buccan, 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561-833-3450; buccanpalmbeach.com
Palm Beach Catch, 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-5558; pbcatch.com
Four Seasons Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 561- 582-2800; fourseasons.com/palmbeach/
50 Ocean, 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561-278-3364; 50ocean.com
The Little House, 480 E. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-420-0573; thelittlehousebb.com
Cafe Frankie’s, 640 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach; 561-732-3834
The Office, 201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 888-507-7463; theofficedelray.com
The Atlantic Grille in Seagate Hotel, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-655-4800; theseagatehotel.com
Max’s Harvest, 169 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-381-9970; maxsharvest.com
Brio Tuscan Grill, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 561-392-3777; brioitalian.com
Josie’s Ristorante, 1602 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 561-364-9601; josiesristorante.com
Josef’s Table, 5030 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton; 561-353-2700; josefstable.com
CENTRAL AND NORTH COUNTY
The Cooper, 4610 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-0032; thecooperrestaurant.com
Rocco’s Tacos, 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 224 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 5090 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens; roccostacos.com
Vic & Angelo’s, 290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 844-842-2632; 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 844-842-2632; vicandangelos.com
Cantina Laredo, 4635 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-1223; cantinalaredo.com
Cod and Capers Café, 1201 U.S. 1, North Palm Beach 561-622-0963; codandcapers.com
Paris in Town Le Bistro, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-1616; parisintownbistro.com
The Pelican Café, 612 U.S. 1, Lake Park; 561-842-7272; thepelicancafe.com
Dockside Sea Grille, 766 Northlake Blvd, Lake Park; 561-842-2180; docksideseagrille.com
Gazebo Café, 2151 Alt A1A, Jupiter; 561-748-5878
Hoffman’s Chocolate Shoppe, several locations, including Boca Raton, Greenacres, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens; hoffmans.com
Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket at STORE Self Storage: Sundays only: 11010 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens