Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Boca Raton and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Kathy's Gazebo Café thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Seasons 52, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

City Oyster
This upscale venue follows the established rules of hip dining: great ambience, stylish surroundings and a terrific menu. It's all a success, and patrons frequent the place regularly for scene and cuisine. Infused with Mediterranean and Asian accents, the menu features ocean-fresh seafood in many incarnations. Crab ravioli, lobster risotto, sesame-ginger salmon, yellowtail snapper, Thai seafood bowl and osso bucco crafted of monkfish are representative of the offerings. Cold shellfish platters, oysters on the half shell and caviar are also available, along with steak, chicken and pork. Salads, soups and sandwiches take care of lunchtime appetites and those who want something light. (561-272-0220)

J & J Raw Bar
Casual and friendly, this incredible place is where locals often go, as much for the inviting atmosphere as the affordable cuisine and fantastic food. Seafood isn't the only attraction, but it's one of the best reasons to go. The raw bar offers a variety of chilled shellfish and crustaceans, mild, delicate, and fresh from the ocean. High-quality fish always makes an appearance, whether on the regular menu or in the abundance of daily specials. If you're not in the mood for seafood, the restaurant accommodates with steak, poultry, pastas, and whatever the kitchen finds interesting or intriguing. Wines of mostly West Coast vintage provide a nice accompaniment. (561-272-3390)

Boheme Bistro and Grill
Not far from the beach, this hip venue has that slightly off-beat vibe that makes it so appealing, complete with belly dancers and a stylish decor. The cuisine has its roots in Mediterranean traditions, although you'll see it stray whenever something intriguing gives reason. Dolmades and hummus maintain the theme, although foie gras and ribs give indication of outside interests. Seafood dishes appear as a tribute to its location, and the pizzas are highly rated for their great combinations of toppings. At lunch, lighter fare is available, including salads and sandwiches, and desserts are worth sampling, no matter which meal you come for. Sidewalk and terrace dining are great when the weather's mild. (561-278-4899)

Kyoto Sushi and Sake Lounge
Head and shoulders above the usual sushi spots, Kyoto plies diners with an extensive menu, a lively atmosphere and great ambience. The soaring space accommodates table dining as well as perches at the sushi bar, and guests revel in the place's sense of humor. The volcano roll comes with broiled conch atop a California roll, while the Delray roll features eel, roasted garlic and steamed spinach. If you'd rather dig into a large entree, look to miso sea bass, Mandarin duck, NY steak or nori-wrapped salmon for inspiration. A good selection of sakes (hot and chilled) is available, and the staff will happily help you pair them with your entree. A full bar and outdoor dining only add to the experience. (561-330-2275)

Kathy's Gazebo Café
A long-time resident of Boca's top echelon of restaurants, Kathy's consistently delivers wonderful ambience and spectacular food. In season, it can also be a difficult restaurant to get into, since many people are now privy to its excellence. Fresh seafood is a specialty, and Dover sole meunière has practically become a legend with regulars. Duck and shellfish are also exceptional, keeping company with such standards as calf's liver and veal with morels. You'll also find steak if you're a devoted red-meat fan. Luscious desserts and a well-chosen wine list are additional perks at a restaurant that can be pricey but is definitely worth the expense. (561-395-6033)

Max's Grille
A perennial favorite, Max's has honed its cuisine, service, and ambience to a fare-thee-well. Regulars rave over inventive entrees; even so, the tried-and-true meatloaf maintains a special place in diners' hearts. Pastas studded with pungent cheeses and fresh vegetables are also great, as are lobster, garlic chicken, fresh fish, crisp salads, and practically anything you order. One of the area's best wine lists ensures an appropriate vintage for any dish, and the outdoor terrace lets you survey the scene in style. The one drawback is that waits are not uncommon since reservations aren't generally accepted. (561-368-0080)

Arturo's Ristorante Italiano
An elegant evening awaits at this expensive, refined restaurant. A Boca institution, it surrounds diners with lovely furnishings, an attentive waitstaff, and a more-than-substantial wine cellar. Whether you want the drama of spaghetti carbonara prepared tableside or a first-rate linguine with red clam sauce, you'll find it at Arturo's. Other options include snapper in white wine sauce, broiled lobster tail, grilled veal or lamb chops, sweetbreads, and filet mignon in a cognac-mushroom sauce. Homemade fettuccine with black truffles is a signature dish and an earthy, sensuous delight. Incredible desserts provide an apt ending for a fantastic meal. Jackets are required. (561-997-7373)

Fifth Avenue Grill
Harkening back to past days, this much-loved steakhouse maintains an easy familiarity through a formula of attentive service, comfortable decor, and consistently excellent food. Steaks come in a variety of cuts and are always perfectly cooked, as are the chops. Prime rib is a favorite with return customers, who appreciate its tender, juicy appeal. Seafood also makes a strong showing, whether it's broiled fish, Maine lobster, or any of the other ocean-fresh dishes the kitchen prepares. Entrees are accompanied by salad and choice of starch, ensuring that customers are well fed without added expense. The incredible wine list adds dimension to any meal, and the restaurant's lounge offers a full bar and live piano music. (561-265-0122)

La Cigale
Vibrant and atmospheric, this colorful brasserie indeed delivers "a taste of the Mediterranean." The affordably priced cuisine doesn't skimp on flavor or quality. Instead, it takes advantage of great technique and preparation. Traditional favorites like escargot, pâté, vichyssoise, and foie gras satisfy hardcore francophiles, while grilled seafood, tender steaks, osso buco, and coq au vin please most other palates. Duck, no matter the culinary treatment, is always a success, succulent and rich. Desserts also meet with acclaim, whether you opt for tarte tatin, a luscious slice of cake, or something lighter like sorbet or a soufflé. (561-265-0600)

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Mark's at the Park
A lovely, monochromatic space, enlivened by texture and contemporary details, greets diners at this well-received restaurant. Another jewel in the crown of Mark Militello, the Mizner Park location attracts a well-heeled clientele, along with a good contingent of tourists browsing the area. The menu looks to the Mediterranean world for inspiration and finds it in pastas, pizzas, crisp salads, and rustic ingredients. Main courses include rotisserie chicken with mascarpone polenta, beef tenderloin with balsamic onion confit, pinenut-crusted lamb, and oak-charred salmon. You'll also find duck, veal, fresh fish, and lobster. A great wine list and terrific service add to the restaurant's appeal. (561-395-0770)

Maps and Directions

City Oyster 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Asian, European, Mediterranean, Seafood
Neighborhood: Delray Beach
Cost: $$
J & J Raw Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Neighborhood: Delray Beach
Cost: $$
Boheme Bistro and Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Delray Beach
Cost: $$
Kyoto Sushi and Sake Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhood: Delray Beach
Cost: $$
Kathy's Gazebo Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Boca Raton
Cost: $$$
Max's Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Neighborhood: Boca Raton
Cost: $$
Arturo's Ristorante Italiano 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Boca Raton
Cost: $$
Fifth Avenue Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Neighborhood: Delray Beach
Cost: $$$
La Cigale 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Delray Beach
Cost: $$
Mark's at the Park 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Boca Raton
Cost: $$
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