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

updated August 22, 2019

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, area 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

 

Alex Celis, Owner, Celis Produce

West Palm Beach Favorite
Cholo Soy is my favorite local restaurant. You can catch me here a few times a week. I love the ceviche and the steak tacos. His specials are constantly changing as well. Big fan of Cholo.

Nearby Favorite
Favorite Palm Beach County Restaurant would be Oceano Kitchen in Lantana. This little gem cooks exclusively in a wood burning oven and the menu changes daily. I have a lot of memorable dishes here but one of my all time favorites was the watermelon gazpacho. Sit at the inside bar and you can see Chef Jeremy Bearman and his team work together and pump dishes out.
 

Jamal Lake, Owner, Ganache Bakery Cafe

West Palm Beach Favorite
Pizza Girls – “quick, consistently good and lots of gourmet slices, try the New Yorker” With 14 Zagat awards, Pizza Girls is a local favorite.

Nearby Favorite
Hooks for fried seafood…it may not be in the fanciest part of town, but there’s always a long line for a reason.
 

Martha Reyes, Owner, Havana Restaurant

West Palm Beach Favorites
Favorite downtown spot has to be Lynora’s, and we really love their market on S. Dixie too! Other favorites…grilled cheese at Restoration Hardware, happy hour at Grato, breakfast at City Diner is family favorite, along with bagels from Makebs.

Nearby Favorites
Another family favorite is Kaluz and Agliolios in Wellington. Palm Beach County has tons of amazing restaurants to choose from, how lucky are we?!
 

Fritz Cassel, Chef, Hullabaloo

West Palm Beach Favorite
Carnitas Tacos from Rivales Taqueria are all I eat. They’re quick and good which is great because I don’t have any free time to eat out.

Mitch Krash, Chef, Hullabaloo

West Palm Beach Favorites
Well I can say that spending as much time on Clematis street as I do …80% of my meals come from downtown. Normally I just eat at Hullabaloo, but I do have a few other spots which I love. Rivales Taqueria is definitely my to go to when I’m craving a huge burrito and some mexican food. Kapow is cool for some lite appetizers and quick serivce. I love siting at the bar at Sushi Yama...the sushi masters are pretty cool. Some nights when I walk to my car after work I cant resist to grab a huge slice of Boris’s buffalo chicken pizza at Clematis Pizza….especially if its fresh out the oven. I drink ALOT of coffee…and I only go to Subculture…the vibe is not like any other shop in this area.
 

Matthew Byrne, Chef & Owner, Kitchen

West Palm Beach Favorites
Since I am spoiled and eat dinner at Kitchen ( my wife and I make it a point to sit and have dinner after service every night) I love to grab lunch with my family at Grato. The pizza’s are great, salads are fresh and my son loves the waffles. Great vibe for a mellow lunch when not working.
 

Jason & Sandra Lakow, Owners, Mazies

West Palm Beach Favorites
For special occasions, nothing beats reserving the wine room/attic for a fun yet formal family dinner at La Sirena. With their Grand Award-Winning wine list and cooking and service perfection, it’s the gem of the West Palm Beach dining scene.

For everyday/take out Los Altos Jalisco is a new favorite of ours – in an adorable location right down the street from Mazie’s on Dixie Highway. Also, Taqueria Guerrero is cheap, fast, and delicious! We always get the tripa tacos and veggie nachos (with Coronas of course).

Pizza? Hot Pie’s Johnny New Yorker pizza! Breakfast? Dontees!

Nearby Favorites
For a casual seaside brunch, we dine at Dune Deck Cafe. Cash only, no fuss, and crashing waves make this the best casual beach brunch around. We always do splits of Prosecco and Conch Fritters for a full South Florida experience.

 

Olivier Delrieu, Owner, Pentanque

West Palm Beach Favorites
Inch & Ounces for fast casual, Pistache for authentic French, Ristorante Santucci best Italian and Galley at the Hilton for a fun, well-executed American gastro-pub experience.

Nearby Favorites
Grato for a great bar scene and food, Cafe Boulud for a nice dinner and Coolinary Cafe for some of the best creative food in the county.
 

Jenn & Phoebe, Owners, Pizza Girls

Nearby Favorites
Spotos Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens, but truthfully, we love to eat at Pizza Girls or HOME!
 

Oliver Frost, Pizza Paradise at Grandview Public Market, Owner & Chef

Nearby Favorites
My go-to lunch in Palm Beach County is spicy beef patties and coco bread from Island Style Bakery in Riviera Beach. I like to watch the bakers preparing them in the back- they are there all day long. Many times they will run out but a fresh new batch will be ready and hot out of the oven in 10-15 minutes. Island Style also have fresh juices in the fridge so I will grab a beet juice and call it lunch!
 

Dennis & Ken, Rhythm Cafe, owners

The restaurants below are the ones Dennis and Ken can both agree on, so it’s a double thumbs-up!
West Palm Beach Favorites
Aioli, Il Bellagio in Rosemary Square

Nearby Favorites
Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill in Juno Beach and Torero’s Mexican, and if your curious, Dennis favorite (and he goes alone) is Okeechobee Steakhouse.

 

Jason Hunt, The Blind Monk, General Manager

West Palm Beach Favorites
Hullaballoo – perennial favorite, Paris Bakery & Cafe – delicious French cafe fare for breakfast and lunch, Il Bellagio – hearty, classic Italian, Queen of Sheba – Ethiopian cuisine – zesty comfort food.

Nearby Favorites
Torero’s – amazing Mexican! No glitz, just the best Mexican cuisine in the county, with warm, attentive service to boot, Paddy Mac’s – incredible Irish Fare and Hospitality in PB Gardens, Beg for More Izakaya – Izakaya is essentially a style of Japanese tapas restaurant, and this one feels like an authentic Tokyo Izakaya, but just off the avenue in Delray 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…you won’t be disappointed.

West Palm Beach Favorite
Aioli – go to for breakfast and lunch with fresh baked breads and produce from local farms.

Nearby Favorite
Bangkok Ocha – authentic, family owned Thai restaurant.
 

Emerson Frisbie, Executive Chef, The Butcher Shop

Nearby Favorites
My favorite restaurant in Palm Beach County is a Oceano Kitchen, hands down! I love a small constantly changing menu that is curated with utmost precision and executed with an unwavering respect for the ingredients. Eating at Oceano has helped me to redefine my own style of cooking. I have never had a bad bite. My second favorite is The Grove in Delray Beach. This is another small eatery that isn’t stuffy or highfalutin. The flavors are always clean and their menu, which also changes slightly regularly, displays an appreciation for quality ingredients and masterful technique.

note: The husband and wife team that own Oceano Kitchen plan to open High Dive, a hip seafood spot featuring locally sourced fish and produce, in Rosemary Square this fall.

 

 

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.

Have a delicious day!

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