Top restaurants to dock and dine

Going out to dinner and drinks by boat is one of the perks of living in Palm Beach County, where the Intracoastal Waterway is our aquatic I-95.
Whether you're sticky and salt-covered from a day on the water or dressed for a romantic sunset cruise, there's a dockside joint to fit your mood.
Here are some favorite spots to tie up for a sunset sip or an afternoon burger.

 

Editor's Note: The list was created independently from any associated advertising.

Square Grouper

1111 Love St., Jupiter

561-575-0252

This is the kind of beach bar (that it's on the Jupiter Inlet instead of the beach is a quibble) you hope to find and rarely do. The kind where you can wiggle your toes in the sand while ordering a beer and a burger, then gaze out over moonlit water. And it's so much better when you get there by boat. 21 years old and up. Latitude: 26 degrees 56.766 N; Longitude: 80 degrees 04.865 W on the south side of the Jupiter Inlet.

Web Site: squaregrouper.com


Jetty's

1075 N. A1A, Jupiter

561-743-8166

Behold the view of the landmark Jupiter Lighthouse across the Jupiter Inlet from this waterside restaurant. Jetty's is a Florida-style locals' favorite with a seafood-centric menu. (Photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Web Site: jettysjupiter.com/


U-Tiki Beach

1095 N Highway A1A

561-406-2210

 

With a little younger crowd, a little fresher decor, U-Tiki Beach is the newer kid on the Jupiter Inlet's string of waterfront bars and restaurants. (Photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Web Site: utikibeach.com


Guanabanas

960 N Hwy A1A, Jupiter

561-747-8878

Guanabanas is possibly the prettiest place to eat and drink outdoors in all of Palm Beach County, in a lagoon off the south bank of the Loxahatchee River. (Photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Web Site: guanabanas.com


Dive Bar Restaurant

318 S. U.S. One, Jupiter

561-747-4767

You can tell it's a boater's bar when directions include longitude and latitude, as well as directions by water. Latitude: 26° 55’ 51.0384” Longitude: -80° 4’ 49.1304” at the north end of the Riverwalk Marina. Call the dockmaster on Ch. 68 for dock space.

Web Site: divebarrestaurant.com


Harbourside Place

200 U.S. Hwy 1, Jupiter, FL 33477

561-935-9533

Pull up to the public dock to grab a bite at a variety of restaurants that include Tommy Bahama's, Bravo! Cucina Italiano, Deep Blu Seafood Grille and Calavera's Cantina. (Photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Web Site: harboursideplace.com 


Seasons 52

11611 Ellison Wilson Rd, Palm Beach Gardens

561- 625-5852

On the Intracoastal just north of the PGA bridge, this fine dining restaurant attracts an upscale boating crowd which pulls up to the seawall outside. (Photo by Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Web Site: seasons52.com


Waterway Café

2300 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens

561-694-1700

On summer weekends, dock space can be hard to find at one of the county's longtime dock-and-drink spots. Just south of the PGA bridge, there are outdoor bars and an indoor (read: air-conditioned) dining space where you can beat the heat.

Web Site: waterwaycafe.com


Frigate's Waterfront Bar & Grille

400 U.S. 1, North Palm Beach

561- 855-7497

Tucked away on the Earman River, just off the Intracoastal in North Palm Beach, this is the place to hear about the the size of the ones that didn't get away from the sport fishing crowd that hangs out here. You can even call in your food order by radio and pick it up at the dock. (Photo by Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Web Site: frigatesnpb.com


Sailfish Marina

98 Lake Dr, Palm Beach Shores

561-844-1724

Across the channel from Peanut Island, this charter fishing fleet headquarters is a popular stop for boats coming in the Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet. Sail in Thursday nights when the Sunset Celebration includes arts & crafts, music and a chance to feed the crevalle jack fish that live under the floating dock. (Photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Web Site: sailfishmarina.com


Old Key Lime House Restaurant

300 E Ocean Ave, Lantana

561- 582-1889

Missing the Keys? For some salty charm, head to what its owners claim is the oldest waterfront restaurant in Florida, in an 1889 former pioneer home. Just west of the Lantana bridge, near the headquarters for drift boats and charter fishermen, this Margaritaville melange of marine artifacts and University of Florida souvenirs (beware, anyone sporting garnet and gold) has dock space, outdoor bars and indoor historic charm. (Photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Web Site: oldkeylimehouse.com


Kona Bay Cafe

310 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana

561-429-3606

Take the boat out for a sunrise cruise and end up for breakfast at this spot near the Lantana bridge. You'll join local fishermen heading out on the nearby drift fishing boat. If you come back lucky, Kona Bay will cook your catch, as long as you bring it in before they close at 2 p.m.

Web Site: facebook.com/KonaBayCafe


Lakeside Anchor Inn

2412 Floral Rd., Lantana

561-868-5900

If you like your boat bar unsalted, Anchor Inn on freshwater Lake Osborne may be the only option east of Lake Okeechobee. Closed for about two years, the landmark steak and seafood joint re-opened in March with a large tiki bar, new menu and live music Friday and Saturday nights. Get there by following Lake Osborne south to its tail end, a bit north of Hypoluxo Rd.

Web Site: lakesideanchorinn.com


Two Georges

728 Casa Loma Blvd., Boynton Beach

561-736-2717

Since 1957, this former fish shack, where patrons once sat outside on wooden cable spools, has been serving locally caught seafood. Expanded into a sprawling compound of restaurant, and tiki bars, it still has the salty tang of a fisherman's hangout, with an air-conditioned dining room, if you must.

Web Site: twogeorgesrestaurant.com


Banana Boat

739 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach

561-732-9400

12 million. That's how many people the Banana Boat estimates it has served since opening in 1978 in then-sleepy Boynton Beach. Today, this bustling spot next to Two Georges is boat bar central, with weekends seeing a steady stream of mariners tying up for a frosty few, peel 'n eats or conch fritters.

Web Site: bananaboatboynton.com


Prime Catch

700 E. Woolbright Rd., Boynton Beach

561-737-8822

Owned by the same family that owns the Banana Boat, this fine dining spot on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway, just south of the Woolbright Road bridge has dock space for plenty of boats, plus outdoor and indoor dining.

Web Site: primecatchboynton.com


Deck 84

840 E. Atlantic, Delray Beach

561-665-8484

Cleat off on the 150-foot dock on the west side of the Intracoastal, just south of the Atlantic Avenue bridge, and you'll usually find the party has already started on the big outside deck. Looking for quiet romance? Head inside to the dining room. And if you catch it, they'll cook it. The Friday Night Fish Fry heats up to live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Photo contributed by Jerry Rabinowitz)

Web Site: deck84.com/


(Photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Che Restaurant

900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

561-562-5200

The setting of this restaurant, which inhabits the former Hudson at the Waterway East property on the Intracoastal in Delray, is outstanding. What a lucky thing for local lovers of Argentinian and Spanish foods: a place where the empanada comes with one of the best views in South Florida. (Photo contributed by Che)

Related: Full dining review of Che Restaurant

Web Site: cherestaurant.com



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