8 Reasons to Drive to Palm Beach

By Carissa Chesanek  |  March 26, 2014

Miami certainly offers a cool food scene and exceptional entertainment venues, but sometimes it's good to get away to see how the folks up north are living. From artsy French bistros to rowdy Mexican spaces, these eight stops will surely make your trip up to Palm Beach one to remember.

  • Palm Beach Grill

    Part of the popular Hillstone chain, this swanky upscale American venue never disappoints - and it has the long wait list to prove it. Fried Pacific oysters served on the half shell will start the meal off right, followed by jumbo lump crab cakes and prime center-cut filet. 

    340 Royal Poinciana Way; 561-835-1077

  • City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill

    Located inside West Palm Beach's CityPlace, you'll find this quaint venue with a large display of award-winning wines inside a sleek glass window above the bar. But vino isn't the only thing on the menu: you'll also enjoy a smorgasbord of Mediterranean eats too, like veal meatballs, crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp and braised lamb shank.

    700 South Rosemary Ave.; 561-366-0071

  • Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar

    With its vibrant decor and lively young crowd, this Florida-based franchise is a chill spot to have a good time and make new friends. Expect an explosion of drink choices that range from jalapeno-infused margaritas to Patron mixed with Bailey's, alongside classic Mexican grub like wet burritos and chimichangas. 

    5090 PGA Blvd.; 561-623-0127

  • Renato's

    Classically elegant, this pretty Italian restaurant with an exceptionally on-the-ball staff makes for a perfect romantic getaway. As for the menu, traditional dishes with modern influences - think risotto made with an exotic mushroom mix and honey-glazed salmon served with crab and corn flan - will please the palate.

    87 Via Mizner; 561-655-9752

  • PBCatch

    Walk into this nautical-themed seafood house with dark wood and fish decor, and you'll instantly be craving something from the ocean. Set up like the interior of an expensive yacht, this elite space serves plenty of high-end plates too, including Blue Point oysters and monkfish foie gras.

    251 Sunrise Ave.; 561-655-5558

  • Chez Jean-Pierre Bistro

    Inside this ultrachic French bistro, you'll find a slightly offbeat, funky atmosphere with abstract nude artwork hung on the walls, while the food is a bit more traditional. This family-owned venue is known for its elaborate wine list and delectable desserts such as ice cream-filled puff pastries doused in chocolate sauce. 

    132 North County Rd.; 561-833-1171

  • Būccan

    Eye candy is at an all-time high during the weekends inside this lively New American hot spot - there's always an incredibly attractive crowd idling inside the living room lounge. But the food's not too shabby either, thanks to chef Clay Conley whipping up items like steak tartare with black truffle and gnocchi with mushroom ragu. 

    350 South County Rd.; 561-833-3450

  • Echo

    This stylish sushi bar and Japanese restaurant owned by The Breakers Palm Beach provides a hip hideaway from the traditional quiet Palm Beach crowd thanks to its electric interior and energetic bar scene. The plate presentations are first-rate - the sushi rolls and dim sum taste just as good as they look.

    230 Sunrise Ave.; 561-802-4222