Where Do West Palm Beach Chefs Eat – Best Restaurants in West Palm Beach

How do you find the best restaurants in West Palm Beach? You can go to Trip Advisor or Yelp, you can ask friends or your hotel concierge, or you can go straight to the source and ask a local chef for recommendations.

We asked our West Palm Beach Food Tour chefs and restaurant owners where they like to eat. They answered, and we’re sharing! You’ll discover more than just 5-star gourmet restaurants. You’ll discover hidden gems, ethnic eateries and small locally owned neighborhood restaurants. Whatever you’re craving, follow these chefs and restaurants owners to their favorite West Palm Beach restaurants.


Best Restaurants in West Palm Beach

Jason Hunt, The Blind Monk, General Manager

Downtown Favorites: Hullabaloo – an Italian Gastro-Pub and a favorite stop on the West Palm Beach Food Tour, Grease – hamburgers and Pistache – French.

Nearby Favorites: The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens – a farm to table restaurant with an innovative twist on classic American fare, PB Catch – seafood and raw bar on Palm Beach, Sweetwater Bar & Grill – craft cocktails, micro-brews and really good food in Boyton Beach

Ben Lubin, The Blind Monk, Owner

According to Jason, Ben is very difficult to impress, so a “thumbs-up” from Ben might be as good as a Michelin star! Ben’s list is very short, but trust us…if you’re looking for a memorable dining experience, Jardin and Buccan are two of the best.

Downtown Favorite: Jardin – Ferociously seasonal modern American cuisine and craft cocktails. Nearly everything is made in-house, from charcuterie to dessert and everything in between. The West Palm Beach Food Tour is proud to include a stop at Jardin where we enjoy a trio of tastings…their signature appetizer of crispy hummus with lemon aioli and chorizo, a savory madeleine and a brigadeiro (Brazilian fudge ball…need we say more?).

Nearby Favorite: Buccan on Palm Beach – small plates, big flavor and consistently ranked one of the top restaurants in Palm Beach County.

Fritz Cassel, Chef, Hullabaloo

“Carnitas Tacos from Jimmychangas are all I eat. They’re quick and good which is great because I don’t have any free time to eat out.” The Palm Beach Post recently listed Jimmychangas one of the Top 5 Taco Joints in Palm Beach County.

Stephanie, Pastry Chef & Owner, Jardin

“I haven’t eaten out in 6 months because I’ve been busy starting the restaurant, but my one recommendation would be Taste of India.

Jamal Lake, Owner, Ganache Bakery Cafe

Downtown Favorite: Pizza Girls – “quick, consistently good and lots of gourmet slices, but I stick to plain cheese!” With 14 Zagat awards, Pizza Girls is a local favorite and a delicious stop on the West Palm Beach Food Tour.

Nearby Favorite:Darbster – a great vegetarian restaurant. Make sure to order the Palm Cake!”

Jenn & Phoebe, Owners, Pizza Girls

Downtown Favorite:Leila – Middle Eastern Grille with a beautiful patio and belly dancers! Our favorite on the menu is Shish Tawook…a delicious chicken dish.”

Nearby Favorite: Spoto’s Oyster Bar – they used to be our Downtown neighbor restaurant many years ago, but they moved to Palm Beach Gardens.”

Olivier Delrieu, Owner, Le Rendez-Vous

Downtown Favorites:Chickpea Cafe for an affordable lunch. It’s like a Mediterranean version of Chipotle. My other favorites downtown are Paneterie for expensive pastries and Avocado Grill for patio, ambiance and coastal farm-to-table.”

Nearby Favorites:Cafe Boulud a dining destination in Palm Beach and Chez Jean Pierre for an authentic French Brasserie.”

Edouard Delrieu, Owner, Le Rendez-Vous

Downtown Favorites:Jimmychangas – quick, casual, Mexican food. Hullabaloo also makes my list.”

Nearby Favorites:Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach, Buccan in Palm Beach and last week, I discovered a cool new spot – Coolinary Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens.”

Cory Willard, Chef, Le Rendez-Vous

Downtown Favorite: Jimmychangas – “The best Mexican cuisine in the area. Seating is limited, so takeout is a great option. I’d recommend grabbing a cold Corona and ordering either the Alberrito or the Jimmychanga.” WOW…this is the third time Jimmychangas has been chosen as a favorite!

Nearby Favorites: Got Rice? – “No question about it, this place is worth the drive out Okeechobee Boulevard. Their Chinese food is fresh and prepared perfectly. More importantly, they’re consistent. Choose absolutely anything…it’s all good!” I’d also highly recommend Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Boyton Beach – “This is hipster done right, and it’s worth the drive. Their menu constantly changes with the seasons as the bartenders are always exploring new flavor pairings and inventive ways to display their skills. Fun place to go with a group.”

Kristl Story, Owner, West Palm Beach Food Tours

I know I’ve just expanded my culinary horizons, and I hope you’ll consider this your Palm Beach County restaurant bucket list…it’s time to get out of your restaurant rut and explore new dining establishments, new cuisines and new neighborhoods. Of course, that’s what we do everyday on the West Palm Beach Food Tour! Please leave a comment to share the restaurants you would include as the best restaurants in West Palm Beach.

West Palm Beach Food Tour

  • Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 – 2:00
  • 13 food and drink tastings from the best local restaurants…you won’t be hungry!
  • Meet a local celebrity chef and enjoy a dish that was featured on The Cooking Channel.
  • Learn how to open a coconut and taste fresh tropical juices.
  • Enjoy a taste of paradise as you bite into a tangy Key Lime Tart.
  • Sip a refreshing Cuban Mojito inspired wine cocktail.
  • Savor an Ahi Tuna Tostada piled high with a fresh, local avocado and mango salsa.
  • Discover a hidden courtyard and delicious food at a trendy new restaurant that’s all the buzz in West Palm Beach.
  • Taste an award-winning pizza.
  • Discover Delicious Downtown West Palm Beach.
  • 1 mile of easy walking with plenty of air-conditioned stops along the way.
  • Save 20% with discount code:  summer

Have a delicious day!

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