A Premier Destination for 2023 — Where to Dine in West Palm Beach

By Brenna Kehew Sculley

by ELYSIAN Magazine


PISTACHE FRENCH BISTRO, pictured above, located on trendy Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach, is a classic Parisian restaurant where you can dine alfresco on a covered porch with views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park, or indoors, in its dining room resplendent with brass detailing, antique mirrors and Art Nouveau, leather-upholstered banquettes. Among their many specialties are a tartare du salmon with taro chips, grilled Faroe Island Salmon with signature ratatouille, and beef bourguignon, though everything on their menu is delicious. 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach.



DARBSTER is a vegetarian bistro whose delicious, all-natural and organic menu features old-time classics as well as some new innovative dishes. From hearts of palm cakes, beet tartar, to meatless lasagna and easy plant protein sandwiches, everyone can leave happy and satisfied. 8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.


OKEECHOBEE STEAK HOUSE has been family owned and operated since 1847, when it was opened by Ralph and Norma Lewis and handed down to their son, Curtis, and his wife Jeannie. The family’s famously secret beef aging process produces succulent, tender, dry-aged Certified UDSA Prime Beef that’s hand cut in-house, the likes of which you will find nowhere else. For starters, order Classic Escargot baked in garlic herb butter in golden puffed pastry, followed by a 20-ounce Kansas City Strip or 16-ounce bone-in filet mignon, the best way to eat filet. For those with a big appetite, a 27-ounce bone-in ribeye Steak served with portobello mushroom demi-glaze will not disappoint. If it’s seafood you prefer, the Chef’s Fish Feature changes daily and is always delicious. 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.



PROPER GRIT WHISKEY LIBRARY & SUPPER CLUB is another spot where chophouse favorites inspired by Florida’s seasonal produce and proteins are the focus, and here they are polished off with a glass of smooth barrel-aged whiskey in a relaxed public house setting. Oversize banquets line the restaurant’s west wall, inviting guests to enjoy the breeze from the adjacent Intracoastal Waterway. The menu features incredible sweet corn fritters and hanging bacon and cornbread, an impressive Peking duck, and mouth-watering steaks, salmon, and chicken offerings. 251 N. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach



If you’re looking for a little excitement, one place gaining buzz is Leila, which is truly unlike any other South Florida restaurant. Blending fine Mediterranean cuisine, Middle Eastern entertainment, and the most dedicated staff, Leila focuses on providing the ultimate upscale experience for every guest. Through smell, taste, and sight, Leila evokes the senses to offer the most memorable evening possible. On the weekends this establishment features belly dancing alongside its traditional incredible mezze platters of falafel, fasoulia, beef kefta, and a special shish tawook – tender breast of chicken marinated in fresh garlic and olive oil with a zest of lemon. 120 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach



A classic pizza spot, Grato is booming in popularity beyond its humble neighborhood origins. Grato focuses on simple, delicious food, and hosts a revolving seasonal menu. A hot reservation, get your spot early to enjoy Italian Burrata mousse, carrot hummus, and pizzas that will really hit the spot, including a motor city pie, thick and crusty, or a lighter Diavola with a touch of hot honey. 901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

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