The best restaurants in Palm Beach right now


Here’s a current snapshot of restaurants in Palm Beach we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. 

This list includes only restaurants we have visited.

Costa

The salt-crusted branzino at this newish Mediterranean restaurant is one of the most delicious bites we’ve had this year. Tucked into the second floor of the 150 Worth shopping plaza, Costa is a beauty. But its obscure location may be keeping one of Palm Beach’s best kept secrets off the radar. Here’s a good reason to put it in your GPS soonest: Chef David Valencia’s outstanding dishes, from Greek, Turkish and Spanish tapas (the “gambas,” garlic shrimp are a must-have) to seafood-centric dishes to roasted meats. Valet parking is complimentary. 

Costa: 150 Worth Ave., Suite 234, Palm Beach; 561-429-8456


Sant Ambroeus

This stylish ristorante and pasticceria, which opened in December, has roots in 1936 Milan and locations in New York City and Southampton. The food here spirits you to a big-city spot in Italy, somewhere where the risotto is dreamy and the fine pastries made fresh each day.


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Such luxuries are pricey, but Sant Ambroeus does offer a slightly more affordable café/bar area for a more casual bite. In the dining room, the ambiance shifts with the daylight, from ladies-who-lunch sedate during the day to jacket-clad, Palm Beach buzzy at night. The service is attentive and efficient. 

Sant Ambroeus: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 304, Palm Beach; 561-285-7990


Chez l’Epicier

Just as a grocer’s shop is driven by the harvest, Chef Laurent Godbout’s menu celebrates seasonality. Godbout, who owns and operates the restaurant with his wife, hostess Veronique Deneault, is an exceptional chef whose artistry is reflected in a dish’s heightened flavors as well as stunning looks. His whimsical style is evident from the welcome tray of fresh savory macaroons. 

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There’s a sense here that one is in good hands. The chef cooks with style and authority. 

Chez l’Epicier: 288 S County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-508-7030


Buccan

Whether you stop in for one of chef Clay Conley’s supreme small plates (he’s masterful with raw fish and seafood dishes) or settle in for a 14-ounce, wood-grilled prime New York strip steak and a night of people-watching, you’ve come to the best bistro in Palm Beach. Reservations are a must. 

Buccan: 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach; 561-833-3450


Meat Market

Chef Sean Brasel has created a sleek temple of food and drink designed to wow diners beyond the carnivores. Yes, carnivores will find nirvana in a menu that offers a selection of reserve cuts, such as dramatically presented mega-steaks, all tender beneath a gorgeous char. 

Meat Market Palm Beach: 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach; 561-354-9800


Café Boulud

Chef Daniel Boulud’s Palm Beach eatery offers more than a stylish backdrop for dining — it offers some of the best food on the island. Executive chef Rick Mace is a true star, a culinary storyteller who knows how to capture the imagination and palate with food and presentation. 

Café Boulud: 301 Australian Ave. (in The Brazilian Court hotel), Palm Beach; 561-655-6060


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