U-Tiki Beach bar and restaurant is a new establishment open for business on the Jupiter Inlet, a quick 15-minute drive north from Palm Beach/West Palm Beach on A1A or I-95. As part of Jupiter's "Funky Fishing Village," the venue offers indoor/outdoor seating, 16 spots for boat docking and a large beach area. Over 300 people can fit into U-Tiki to grab a drink, enjoy the evening breeze and get a bite off the eclectic menu.
Patrons have already begun praising the food quality and selection. You can order everything from wings to oysters to salads and sushi rolls. The owner has had success with previous ventures like Jetty's, Kee Grill and Coola Fishbar, so finding success here likely won't be a tall order.
Views of Jupiter Inlet at U-Tiki are truly amazing — Photo courtesy of Airwaves1
Eating at U-Tiki is similar to other South Florida restaurants in that you have to come in with the mindset that things are going to be slower. That's okay, though, because you are here to relax, right? Grab a rum runner or tequila sunrise from the bar. Hang out on the beach area and watch the boats until your table is ready. Once seated, put an appetizer in, so you have something to munch on while you wait for your entrees.
U-Tiki has the added convenience of being directly connected to the riverwalk walking/bike path. Plan your evening to include a scenic stroll followed by dinner and drinks at U-Tiki!
U-Tiki will also provide wet docking for 42 boats and dry storage for 75. It will offer boat rentals and a retail shop, as well. It can be a great place to come off the water and enjoy the views and food without having to worry about captaining the boat down the treacherous (Kidding!) intracoastal.
When you vacation to Florida, and especially South Florida, you want to be by the water as much as possible. Whether that includes doing the beach by day, and/or the intracoastal by night for dinner, that is up to you. The fact is, there aren't many places offering up the spectacular views and beach-y atmosphere that U-Tiki provides.
Since opening in March, U-Tiki has played host to sell-out crowds (packed dining area and bar) during weekend nights. If you want to come scope the place out, try coming for an early-bird dinner on a weeknight. You can really get a feel for what the place has to offer.
If you're impressed, and you surely will be, then come back with the whole group on a weekend night to get the full experience.