Every year, as the weather gets cooler and the humidity starts to drop, Floridians increasingly choose to dine alfresco. This year is no exception, especially with the COVID-related push towards outdoor activities, dining included. Not sure which restaurants are open and have good outdoor options? Don’t worry—The Newland Smith Team has you covered.
Farmer’s Table in Boca is perfect for refueling after shopping till you drop at the nearby Town Center Mall. The menu offers delicious farm-to-table dishes and the expansive outdoor seating accommodates small and large groups alike.
Louie Bossi in Boca is the second outpost of this delicious Italian restaurant and pizzeria. The outdoor dining is perfect for people watching while enjoying some handmade pasta paired with their tasty cocktails (we think they make the best aperol spritzes in town).
Max’s Grille is a longtime standard in Mizner Park. The lively patio is the perfect spot to enjoy classic American fare often accompanied by live music. Think juicy burgers, yummy wines, and buzzing atmosphere–all in the fresh air.
Waterstone Rum Bar & Grill is one of our favorite spots in Boca to dine alfresco. The expansive patio offers beautiful views of the intracoastal and the food is refined yet casual. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the bar scene is always lively.
For some laid back sports watching, Bostons on the Beach is a great bet. Enjoy live music and seafood while enjoying the oceanfront atmosphere.
Caffe Luna Rosa offers alfresco dining across from the beach. They offer Italian food in the evenings, but the real star here is their brunch—the lobster and crab benedict is out of this world.
Cut 432 is known for its yummy steaks and unbeatable happy hour, but our favorite restaurant feature is its ample outdoor seating—combining the benefits of open air dining with the chicness of the restaurant.
No outdoor dining guide would be complete without mentioning Dada. Dada is located inside a quirky old house and boasts creative American bistro fare accompanied by live music and a tree-filled patio.
Deck 84 has long been a Delray go-to when you want to dine on the intracoastal while enjoying the lively ambience and great bar scene. Order the sweet potato fries–you’ll thank us later.
Elizabetta’s is one of the newer additions to the Atlantic Avenue dining scene, and it does not disappoint. The Italian fare is tasty, the space is beautiful, and the abundant outdoor seating is perfect for watching the Atlantic Ave action.
The Grove is our personal favorite and not just because of the unparalleled food and sexy ambience—it boasts a stunning outdoor back garden where you can enjoy the restaurant’s delicious food and drinks. The Grove also offers alfresco dining in front of both the restaurant and bar.
Latitudes in the Delray Sands hotel is one of the only true “beach front” restaurants in the Delray/Boca area. It offers several dining experiences including the Ocean Terrace, Chef’s Seafood Bar, and the refined indoor dining room.
One of the hottest pre-COVID openings has been Spruzzo, the restaurant and bar perched on the roof of The Ben hotel in West Palm Beach. The roof deck offers 360 degree views of West Palm–including the Intracoastal–and the vibe is electric (no doubt thanks in large part to the music and tasty cocktails).
Head a little south to Deerfield’s JB’s On the Beach for expansive oceanfront views, a buzzing patio with live entertainment and a seafood focused menu. Bonus perk: you can bring your four-legged friends to enjoy the salt air alongside you.
Oceano Kitchen in Lantana is hard to beat. Owned by Jeremy and Cindy Bearman who act as the restaurant’s chef and pastry chef, respectively, Oceano offers an ever changing (but always delicious) menu focused on local, fresh ingredients. With a large front patio, this is a perfect spot to dine outdoors.