Whether you're new to South Florida, a returning snowbird, or a longtime local, there's no denying we can all appreciate the region's flourishing dining scene.
In 2021, South Florida welcomed a diverse list of new and noteworthy developments. As one of America top resort destinations comprised of 39 cities and towns from Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach to Delray Beach and Boca Raton, travelers and locals alike now have more ways to enjoy the culinary diversity of The Palm Beaches.
This year, that means foodies can find a number of fresh, fun restaurant concepts alongside the area's flourishing arts, entertainment, and cultural scene as well as a long list of reimagined and renovated resorts.
Here, a list of South Florida's best new restaurants to open in Palm Beach County, worthy of exploring in 2022:
AlleyCat Izakaya — Boca Raton
South Florida chef Eric Baker, also chef/owner at longtime Boca Raton haunt, Rebel House, has teamed up with Sushi by Bou Beach Club partner David Bouhadana to deliver their take on a traditional Japanese pub experience in Palm Beach County. The idea: share a few small plates over a drink or two. The menu is split up into cold plates, hot plates, rice and noodles, meat, fish, and sushi. Try the king crab tacos and the shrimp crispy rice paired or sushi like the spicy scallop roll or the surf and turf roll with lobster and seared wagyu, then wash it all down with a cold beer. Love meat? The Japanese-style bacon, wagyu beef dumplings, or grilled short rib with black garlic pair perfectly with a crisp, clean bottle of sake. Or let the chef choose for you with the house omakase sushi option.
Uncle Pinkie's Deli — Boca Raton
Anyone craving pastrami-by-the-pound or bagels smothered in smoked fish should head to Uncle Pinkie’s Deli, a new Jewish deli concept from South Florida chef Eric Baker. The menu of classics are inspired by Baker’s Eastern-European heritage (and childhood spent on Long Island), making Uncle Pinkie’s the spot for rroast beef, pastrami, and corned beef that is brined and smoked in-house, served up alongside deli items like open-faced bagels, stacked sandwiches, and smoked fish or deli meats sold by the quarter- or half-pound. Don't miss the noodle kugel, truffle knish with potatoes and leek, rugelach, or smoked trout topped with cucumber and pickled shallots on an open-faced bagel.
Sadelle’s at The Boca Raton – Boca Raton
A Boca Raton outpost of this New York brunch institution stands as the first Palm Beach County location for Major Food Group, which opened its famous Carbone, Sadelle's, and other concepts in Miami in 2021. In Boca, the newest Sadelle's restaurant will cook up quintessential classics including stellar bagels, sliced-to-order salmon and sturgeon, and chopped salads, all in an updated and fun, yet refined fashion.
Coco Sushi Lounge — Delray Beach
This recent newcomer to the downtown Delray Beach food scene offers its take on sushi. The concept is the work of co-owners and husband-and-wife team chef Jason Zheng and Tina Wang, best known for their Yakitori Sake House in Royal Palm Place and Boca Raton, Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi in the Shoppes at Village Pointe in Boca Raton, and Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge in the Harbor Shops in Fort Lauderdale. As with their other establishments, fresh fish is delivered daily, Monday through Saturday, and diners can taste the difference. Diners can feast on sushi, sashimi, and specialty rolls; inventive appetizers and nifty noodle dishes; and memorable main plates. With multiple seating areas, patrons can choose to enjoy their meal at a table or a booth, at the sushi bar or the cocktail bar in the expansive interior, or at a table on the outdoor patio.
Corvina Seafood Grill – Boca Raton
Washington, D.C. chef Jeff Tunks and business partner restaurateur David Wizenberg, both of PassfionFish fame, recently celebrated the opening of Corvina Seafood – named after the blush-hued fish found along the Central and South American coastlines. The 235-seat Corvina boasts panoramic indoor and plein seating, a private dining room for up to 32 guests, and an Instagram-worthy saltwater fish aquarium. The menu offers a flavorful, fresh seafood bounty from briny oysters on the half shell, Hamachi sushi rolls, whole local snapper and vertically spectacular seafood towers, along with an abundance of fresh, local and seasonal catches.
THRōW Social – Delray Beach
Delray Beach's newest dining, bar, and entertainment venue will open soon with live music and events. THRōW Social is all about 1960’s retro Palm Beach life, where players and guests can lounge under a cabana or snap a selfie in front of kitschy neon signs. The 11,000 square-foot venue has a tropical tiki-bar vibe featuring a creative cocktail and gastropub menu with cabanas, fun games and activities, live music and DJs, ping pong, corn hole, shuffleboard, darts, axe throwing, and more.
Prezzo – Palm Beach Gardens
Prezzo introduced the wood-fired pizza concept to South Florida when it opened its first location in Boca Raton in 1989. Now, visitors to the new PGA Commons location can also try Prezzo’s crispy, thin-crust pizza, wood-oven apple tart, fusilli, and roasted garlic with focaccia breadsticks. With daily happy hour and live music on Friday and Saturday, featuring a rotating schedule of performers, the restaurant’s laid-back ambiance will add to the welcoming neighborhood vibe of the outdoor plaza.
Meso Beach House – Delray Beach
This Mediterranean-style restaurant was born in New York’s Westchester County has opened its first location in Delray Beach on the Intercoastal Waterway. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Meso — a waterfront replica of its sister location in Rye — will evoke the elegance and escapism feel of the Greek Isles, but with a friendly Delray Beach vibe. The new waterfront eatery features a craft cocktail bar, patio raw bar and a seafood-focused menu - offering everything from grilled octopus to whole roasted branzino.
Driftwood at Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa – Delray Beach
Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa’s newest restaurant and bar, Driftwood has opened in Delray Beach boasting water views and ocean breezes, flavorful, innovative fare, inspired cocktails and an energetic atmosphere on downtown Delray’s ever-growing Atlantic Avenue.
Rosewater Rooftop at The Ray – Delray Beach
Rosewater Rooftop by Menin, designed by Studio Munge, is a premier rooftop lounge and pool, embodying the essence of the Delray Beach lifestyle. Tropical modern luxury is infused in the crafted design details throughout this stunning experiential 22,000-square-foot space. Sweeping baldachins, oversized umbrellas, trellises and pergolas married to a lush tree canopy provides shade coverage to the diverse lounging and dining areas of Rosewater. The indoor and outdoor space is perched above 2nd Avenue and plays host to relaxed daytime and evening events with a signature bar and cocktail experience for poolside guests. Rosewater offers a food menu designed for a day at the pool or a night out, from light dishes like local snapper ceviche to fresh and inventive sushi featuring local yellowtail.
Ember Grill at The Ray – Delray Beach
Ember Grill, the casual eatery located inside The Ray hotel, is an homage to the classic American grill, serving reimagined classics thoughtfully paired with craft cocktails. Renowned Las Vegas chef Joe Zanelli’s menu has something for palates of every taste, fusing the best sustainable local ingredients from land and sea. The open kitchen, dining room, and plush terrace make for a great new way to enjoy lunch with a colleague, dinner with family, or a post-work drink at the bar outside the hustle and bustle of downtown Delray Beach.
Dos Amigos Tacos — Delray Beach
Love tacos? Dos Amigos Tacos, which opened late December in the Delray Marketplace, is the brainchild of culinary industry veterans Derek Mazer and Michael Jameson. The robust menu is well-rounded featuring traditional favorites including a selection of 18 unique tacos from chickens, carne asada, Baja shrimp to al pastor, mojo pork, and vegetarian-friendly indulgences like wild mushroom, roasted Brussels sprouts, Buffalo cauliflower. More adventurous dining includes the sliced beef tenderloin with wild mushrooms, blue cheese crumble, crispy onions and a balsamic glaze; crispy grouper topped with chipotle aioli, citrus slaw, pico de gallo, and avocado; and a Philly cheese steak with caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, queso cheese, and horseradish aioli.
Avalon — Delray Beach
There's a reason the Angry Lobster (pictured above) at Avalon Steak & Seafood is a must-try dish. Since opening in downtown Delray Beach in April, the appetizer has quickly become the most popular on the menu. A bold take on this popular crustacean, the dish features a pound-and-a-quarter Maine lobster, served with a piquant broth redolent of sriracha and ginger, along with a hearty portion of Pullman toast to soak up those spicy juices. It's just one of the many specialties you can order at Avalon, the striking new restaurant from New York hospitality operators Host Restaurants. The group' coastal-inspired take on the traditional steakhouse, it follows in the footsteps of sister establishments that include lauded eateries like Scarpetta, Campagnola, American Cut, and Bill’s Townhouse.
The Warren — Delray Beach
From the creators of Stache in Fort Lauderdale and CWS Kitchen in Lake Worth, this new whisky-themed establishment in the heart of Delray Beach is thanks to hospitality veteran and Damn Good Hospitality Group CEO Jeff John. The Warren stands as his take on an American whiskey bar and kitchen, and claims the title of "largest whiskey and bourbon collection" in the area. The Sunday brunch is worth to the west-end stretch of Atlantic Avenue.
Amar Mediterranean Bistro — Delray Beach
A quaint new eatery has opened in downtown Delray Beach where owners Nicolas and Susanna Kurban aim to take guests on a culinary journey through the Middle East by way of Lebanon. Step into Amar and you're immediately welcomed by the aroma of rich, fragrant spices and herbs. Part of it is thanks to the restaurant's wood-burning oven, the centerpiece of the intimate bistro, where handmade pita bread is baked fresh throughout service, allowing guests to soak up the flavors of the Levantine coast. Amar’s menu offers classic cold and hot mezze like hummus, labneh, fattoush, kibbeh, falafel, spinach fatayer, a variety of grilled meats, kebabs, fresh fish, and signature dishes like stuffed eggplant.
Seaspray Inlet Grill — Boca Raton
The only waterfront restaurant in Boca Raton got a serious makeover last year. Formerly known as Boca Landing at The Waterstone Resort & Marina, it stands as Boca's only true dock-and-dine restaurant, featuring outdoor dining with views of Lake Boca Raton and the Intracoastal. Menu highlights include shareable plates such as Sticky Cauliflower with sesame soy glaze, toasted sesame seeds and scallions; Grilled Octopus with chorizo, fingerling potato, olives, cilantro-scallion vinaigrette; and Pear Tortellini with truffle cream sauce, rosemary, parmesan.
Planta — West Palm Beach
You can get vegan sushi, ceviches, and pizzas — all prepared with zero animal products — at this popular Miami plant-based restaurant in West Palm Beach's Rosemary Square. Planta chose the city as the location of its flagship restaurant, the first Palm Beach County location for the Miami- and Toronto-based vegan-friendly restaurant, which has locations in Miami Beach and Coconut Grove. The 200-seat eatery is the group’s seventh restaurant, and the only 100 percent vegan restaurant in Rosemary Square.
sweetgreen in Rosemary Square – West Palm Beach
This national, fast-casual healthy food chain with a cult following is expected to open in Rosemary Square this November with farm-to-table salads and warm bowls. The 60-seat, seasonally inspired restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor dining areas and is backed by tennis star Naomi Osaka.
Mama Bella Gourmet Market & Café – West Palm Beach
Named after owner/developer Vladimir Fulman’s beloved mother, Mama Bella, the 75-seat, 3,750-square-foot culinary emporium, which opened October 2021, provides a curated collection of the world’s finest gourmet foods, spices, imported artisanal cuisine and ingredients. Mama Bella will feature a contemporary café and bar, a European-inspired gourmet market and deli, 100-plus national and international wines and champagnes, specialty stone pizza and an alfresco patio.
And, here's what's coming later this year...
Pagoda Kitchen – Delray Beach (Spring 2022)
A neighborhood restaurant celebrating home-style Chinese cuisine plans will open soon. Pagoda is owned and operated by award-winning restaurateur Burt Rapoport, who currently operates Deck 84 and Burt & Max's alongside several other prominent restaurants in The Palm Beaches. Rapoport felt a need for a home-style Chinese cuisine in west Delray Beach, and in wanting to celebrate the culture and cuisine properly, hired executive chef Bryan Emperor to develop the menu. Pagoda Kitchen will include traditional items such as dumplings, bao buns, wonton soup, Asian BBQ ribs, and lo mein from Emperor, who has spent more than 25 years learning the nuances of Asian cuisine, immersing himself in culture, language, history, flavors and ingredients.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria — Delray Beach (Late 2022)
In November, word on the street was that New Haven-born Frank Pepe Pizzeria would be making a trip south with two locations including Delray Beach. Founder Frank Pepe opened his eponymous pizza shop in Connecticut in 1925. Today, the original New Haven location — known locally as "The Spot" — continues to rank among the region's top-rated pizzerias alongside Sally's and Modern for its signature coal-fired, charred crust apizzas.
The Butcher’s Club – Palm Beach Gardens
Helmed by "Top Chef" season 13 winner and executive chef of Stubborn Seed in Miami, Jeremy Ford has traveled north to open The Butcher’s Club in Palm Beach Gardens at the PGA National Resort. Here, he offers guests a high-end dining experience in a sleek, stylish atmosphere with an air of 1950s cool. Guests dining at The Butcher’s Club will be transported back to another era in a dramatic setting of black marble tables beneath polished gold chandeliers where they can feast on a menu that highlights a raw bar as well as select dry-aged meat cuts paired with an innovative cocktail menu and an extensive wine collection. The Butcher’s Club is open for both hotel guests and for locals to enjoy.
Akira Back at The Ray – Delray Beach (2022)
Designed by Celano Design Studio, Akira Back is a multi-sensory dining experience led by the Michelin-starred chef of the same name. Drawing on inspiration from his adventurous side, Korean heritage and travels around the globe, Akira Back has created a custom menu composed of innovative interpretations of Asian fare with American influence, reinventing a notable dining experience.
The SoSo — West Palm Beach (Spring 2022)
The up-and-coming South of Southern neighborhood of West Palm Beach will soon be home to a new restaurant that dubs itself a fast-fine café. Set to open this spring, the restaurant will feature modern-American cuisine in a laid-back setting, The SoSo will bring foodie-forward flavors that range from a quick lunch with friends to lively weekend brunch. The concept is the work of Akadis Hospitality and executive chef Cesar Brea, who will open his first restaurant alongside partners Kye Akavia and Alex DiSchino.
Lewis Steakhouse – Jupiter (2022)
The newest addition to the Okeechobee Steakhouse enterprise, Lewis Steakhouse is a high-end steakhouse bringing the true spirit of the area’s most iconic restaurant to Jupiter. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Jamie Steinbrecher, the menu is centered on the world-famous aged Prime steaks that the Lewis family and Okeechobee Steakhouse are recognized for, with select signature items unique to Lewis Steakhouse. The 150-seat restaurant features classic décor, high-back booths for privacy, and a full bar where wine and cocktail connoisseurs can indulge with an array of domestic and international whiskies from small and large distilleries, along with a renowned wine collection overseen by partner and Wine Director Christina Wishart.
El Camino in Rosemary Square – West Palm Beach (Spring 2022)
This “Mexican soul food” restaurant will open a new location in downtown West Palm Beach’s Rosemary Square. The 6,500 square-foot space will feature an open-air dining area and indoor seating for up to 340 guests. The menu will include an array of tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and quesadillas presented with a sophisticated touch.
Restaurant Row – Boca Raton (Late 2022)
Adjacent to the Town Center at Boca Raton, Restaurant Row will be a 22,500-square-foot, ground-up, restaurant-only development. Diners can look forward to this walkable complex with outdoor dining space, valet service and five restaurant concepts, two of which are currently pre-leased to popular restaurants Pubbelly Sushi and El Camino.
Harry’s in Rosemary Square – West Palm Beach (Summer 2022)
Harry's — the classic, iconic New York City steakhouse and cocktail bar located on Hanover Square in lower Manhattan — is coming to South Florida. A celebrated by Wall Street institution for half of a century and popular throwback located in the historical India House boasts steaks and a wine cellar as focal points. At the new Florida location in Rosemary Square, the restaurant will feature the original Harry’s signature beef Wellington and a martini bar. The group will also open Adrienne’s Pizza Bar as a sister concept in the same plaza, serving up old-fashioned pizzas, pasta, salads, and classic Italian cuisine.
Salty Donut — West Palm Beach (Spring 2022)
Miami-based The Salty Donut has announced the location of its third South Florida shop. Hot on the heels of the brand’s fifth store opening in Austin, Texas this August, Miami’s first and favorite artisanal donut shop will bring its craft donuts, innovative coffee program, and quirky sense of community that it’s known and loved for to West Palm’s rapidly growing foodie scene. Slated to open in West Palm Beach Rosemary Square.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila — West Palm Beach (Spring 2022)
Miami's Bodega has set its sights on downtown West Palm Beach. As its largest location yet, the massive restaurant and bar will be located on the east end of Clematis Street facing Waterfront Commons, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the brand's fast-casual tacos and margaritas (with a new elevated cocktail experience upstairs by night).
Parm — Palm Beach Gardens (Late 2022)
Major Food Group, the well-known NYC-based restaurant group with a growing Miami presence, is expanding yet again — this time north to Palm Beach County. Restaurateurs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi announced they'd be taking Parm, their fast-casual take on Italian food, to South Florida. The concept currently has three locations including the original located off Mulberry Street in New York City's Little Italy, the Upper West Side, and one location in Central Valley, New York. Parm will be located in Palm Beach Gardens.
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