Culinary Scene Stealers Across the Palm Beaches

From seafood havens and exotic hideaways to tony rooftops, we break down the who, what, and why of the newest spots to see and be seen.

Korean beef bulgogi

LoLa 41, Palm Beach

Who: Restaurateur Marco Coelho’s second location of his Nantucket hot spot anchors the new White Elephant Hotel, where The Bradley Park Hotel once stood.

What: Sexy surrounds complement eclectic offerings like hot pepper hamachi, Korean beef bulgogi, and a burger with foie gras gravy.

Why: Coelho has a knack for creating a buzzing environment that draws a fashionable set, and LoLa 41 is no different.

Steak tartare at Proper Grit; Photo by Shannon Smagala

Proper Grit & Spruzzo, West Palm Beach

Who: Executive chef Andre Sattler and chef de cuisine Jesse Pita helm the two eateries at The Ben, an Autograph Collection hotel.

What: Proper Grit presents elevated Old Florida–inspired fare, such as an elegantly plated Florida wild boar terrine, in nostalgic albeit contemporary digs. Upstairs on the rooftop, Spruzzo invites visitors to unwind with a cocktail, like the amaro-infused Amalfi Sipper.

Why: The Ben is West Palm Beach’s first waterfront hotel, and Spruzzo allows visitors to take in the city and the Intracoastal in a way they never have before.

Kolhapuri Chicken; Photo by Libby Volgyes

Stage, Palm Beach Gardens

Who: Chef Pushkar Marathe, previously at Ghee Indian Kitchen in Miami and Meat Market Palm Beach, has partnered with former Buccan GM Andy Dugard.

What: Named after the unpaid, experiential position chefs take on to learn new techniques, Stage hatches unpretentious, global-infused small plates.

Why: North County has yet to see the likes of an eatery this innovative.

Photo by Sargent Photography

Acqua Café, Palm Beach

Who: At Acqua Café, the owners of Renato’s hone their vision of a modern seafood restaurant.

What: In contrast to Renato’s old-world charm, Acqua provides a laid-back yet luxe feel with an ocean-forward menu. Highlights include fusilli with jumbo lump crab and sea urchin, grilled whole branzino, and house-made gelato.

Why: South Palm Beach residents now have a sleek hangout that’s accessible even when Trump’s in town. 

Banter & Treehouse, West Palm Beach 

Who: Industry veteran Serge Saouma leads the two dining concepts inside the new Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach hotel.

What: Banter on the ground floor offers three meals a day of its global fare accented with Latin influences and a sushi bar. Up on the thirteenth floor, Treehouse serves craft cocktails with a view.

Why: Rooftop lovers, rejoice! West Palm Beach is finally making up for its baffling lack of lofty lounges. 

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