Where to Do Brunch in Palm Beach/West Palm

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

If you were to poll people on the street about what their favorite meal of the week is, the answer you’d most likely hear would be “brunch”. No other meal brings people together or is cause for a celebration as much as that meal in between breakfast and lunch time on a weekend morning does. Combine the Florida sunshine with fresh local orange juice for mimosas and you’ve got the ingredients for an amazing morning/early afternoon in Palm Beach/West Palm Beach.

For an upbeat atmosphere that can make you think it’s a Friday night on the town, stop in for Sunday brunch at The Wine Dive on Clematis. Here you can order bottomless drinks, eggs just about any way you want them, and end the weekend with a bang. The party always spills onto the street and is the envy of everyone walking by.

If your scene is more "garden party meets fancy attire", then the buffet at the Sundry House Restaurant in Delray is the place to go. The brunch has an air of quaint sophistication enveloping it, and is a delightful spot to take in the natural beauty of the garden while savoring each bite of food. For more brunch spots in the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area that are in between a lively party and garden oasis, check out the remaining eight spots on the following list.

8. Cafe Boulud
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Housed in the Brazilian Court Hotel, Cafe Boulud is exquisite, contemporary-designed French-American restaurant with an irresistible dining terrace. Before dinner, enjoy a cocktail in the comfortably revamped bar overlooking the patio. An interesting variety of starters includes smoked salmon with herbed salad and Scandinavian brown bread, a Spanish tapas platter, and veal ravioli. Diners feast on artfully prepared mains such as the squab tartine with mushroom duxelle. Exquisite desserts draw the meal to a close; try the pear struesel with cinnamon ice cream.

7. City Cellar Wine Bar and Grill
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Large, bustling and active, this establishment is a popular gathering place. Tiered seating is defined by curved partitions, and the rear glass wall of the huge bar provides glimpses of an enormous wine selection. Dark and seductive, City Cellar features a menu that concentrates on grilled seafood and meats. You'll also find pastas, salads, daily specials, and a grill menu that offers cheaper alternatives. Mussels, steamed with chardonnay and shallots, are sublime, and the wood-oven baked pizzas are crisp and smoky. The balcony dining area provides a great view of the courtyard, and the restaurant's outdoor bar draws a constant crowd of singles.

6. Table 26
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Located just two blocks from the Norton Art Museum, Table 26 hopes to tantalize your global curiosities in a sophisticated but casual setting. The white linen table clothes and navy accents play homage to the ocean and offer a refreshing environment to enjoy creative dishes prepared by Chef Joe. Open for dinner and brunch, the menu favorites include the calamari "Pad Thai" and the lobster mac & cheese. With a nice mix of seafood, salad, and meat selections, there is a unique dining experience for everyone. The brunch menu offers so much more than the usual take on eggs with its Portuguese Scramble made of garlic kale, red bliss potatoes, and linguica. Be sure to add the bottomless bubbles or try the 26 oz. Irish coffee to make it a memorable event.

5. The Circle at The Breakers
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The Circle at the Breakers is THE place to go to for Sunday brunch. Sunday brunch has been a tradition for more than 25 years. Reservations recommended for Sunday brunch but not needed for breakfast during the week. The whole aura of the place is fantastic; there are fabulous ocean views, 30-foot frescoed ceilings, Renaissance-themed murals and more. Brunch specialties include bananas foster, country ham, prime rib and king crab legs. This will be the best breakfest buffet you ever have (and likely the costliest). Like other Palm Beach jaunts, there is a bit of a dress code here, so don't expect to roll in from the beach with a tank top on and expect a table.

4. Dune Deck
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Located in Lantana on the coast, Dune Deck serves up amazing ocean views while being consistently delicious with its menu. Open for breakfast and lunch during the week and full brunch on the weekend, there is plenty of time to enjoy the Dune Deck. With a fancy twist on the typical diner style menu, Greek salads and club sandwiches become works of art. For breakfast, enjoy eggs benedict with a side of home fries and for lunch, the dune burger is a win. The brunch menu has so much more than pancakes and omelets so go crazy and revel in the filet mignon and eggs meal.

3. Pistache French Bistro

Pistache is a Parisian-style French bistro with a Mediterranean twist. It serves simple, delicious meals made with fresh, local and imported products. It seats 200 people and is open seven days a week for all meal periods.

Prices are moderate and the recipes nutritionally healthy. Service is casual and efficient. The atmosphere is upbeat with a definite European flair. The interior is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau, which defined most brasseries and bistros opened in the 1920's Paris. It boasts cozy seating with numerous red leather banquettes, a full bar and giant antique mirrors. The restaurant has a feel of "Always been there". It is classic, retro-modern and sophisticated but unpretentious.

The outdoor patio overlooks Centennial Park, the Fountains and the Intracoastal Waterway. It is shaded with large umbrellas and seats 30 people in a Riviera-like setting.

2. Darbster Bistro
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It is often tough to find a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that has flavorful foods on the menu as well as the full, sit-down dining experience. Darbster Bistro offers all of that and so much more. When you're in West Palm Beach or Boca Raton, Darbster has to be on your dinner or brunch list. With creative entr�e choices like the Palm Cake and the Scallops Provencal and a few classics remade without the meat like the Tempeh Reuben and the Black & Bleu Burger, there is bound to be something for everyone in your group to enjoy. Darbster also boasts a great beer and wine selection with happy hour prices during the week. Pets are welcome and encouraged- enjoy a discount on your meal on Sunday evenings if you bring your dog along. The bistro isn't just animal friendly in the food they serve, 100% of the profits go to the Darbster Foundation- a foundation created by the owners to assist in animal welfare.

1. Sundy House Restaurant
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The Sundy House is set in the heart of Delray Beach. Among the nearby attractions are the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center, Crest Theatre, Cornell Museum of Art & History and the Worthington Park. The Palm Beach International Airport is also easily accessible from the hotel. There are 11 individually decorated guest rooms at the Sundy House. These are well-furnished with wireless Internet connections, televisions, DVD players, private balconies and private bathrooms. A historic cottage with a dining room, a living space and a fireplace is also available. The Sundy House is a boutique-hotel that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This property provides an outdoor swimming pool, a sun deck, a freshwater swimming pond, indoor and outdoor event spaces, a restaurant and a lounge. Complimentary amenities include beach shuttle services and a daily Continental breakfast.