Bring the Whole Gang to These Top Palm Beach Area Eateries

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

Dining in a group is always a fun time whether you’re getting the whole family together or are celebrating something special with friends. Palm Beach/West Palm Beach has lots of choices when it comes to enjoying a unique dining experience without the effort of cooking on your own. If there are sports fans in your group, check out the Brass Ring Pub for their great specials throughout the week or head over to one of the Duffy’s located in West Palm. Either choice is sure to appease the group that just can’t miss the big game!

If you’re looking for something a lively environment with menu choices that are full of island flair, then the waterside dining at Guanabana's or the Intracoastal Waterway views from E. R. Bradley’s are great eateries for your group.  Guests from out-of-town are sure to love the atmosphere that either restaurant creates so check it out for yourself and you’ll be happy to have a go-to spot when the folks are visiting.

For the group that is looking for a truly distinctive dining experience you are going to want to head over to Hullabaloo on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm. The lively gastropub is sure fuel great energy and conversation- just maybe enjoy your meal on the back patio if you are looking for a great conversation spot. An added tip for group eating downtown- the parking meters are free on Saturdays after 7 PM and all day Sunday so don’t be discouraged for venturing where the crowds are. 

10. Bay Bay's Chicken & Waffles
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No one understands just how great pairing fried chicken and waffles is better than Bay Bay's Chicken & Waffles. Try the signature chicken and waffle meal or get creative and add a specialty waffle. The Red Velvet Pecan Waffle, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffle, and the Apple Cinnamon Waffle are just a few choices to consider when upgrading your meal. Bay Bay's also offers true southern sides: grits, collard greens, mac & cheese, baked beans, steamed cabbage and potato salad really complete the meal. Don't worry if you aren't craving soul food as the Curry Stir with chicken and the Shrimp Po'Boy are great menu options as well. The serving sizes are great but I definitely recommend saving room for desert because it isn't often you can order a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Waffle with ice cream on top!

9. 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.

8. Havana

An array of desirable Cuban creations attracts a loyal clientele to this cute spot in West Palm Beach. Lunch specials, such as ox tail in red wine sauce and deep fried pork marinated in garlic sauce, come highly recommended. Potted plants and attractive Latin-inspired decor flank the welcoming two-level interior, and a 24-hour takeout window satiates late-night cravings. For the early birds, delicious Cuban coffee and breakfast sandwiches await. It's in a not-so-nice section on S. Dixie Highway, but don't let the surroundings impede your visit. As far as authentic Cuban food goes, not many places can match Havana for quality and taste.

7. Marcello's La Sirena
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Subtlety and grace characterize this established restaurant, well known in the area for its attentive, unobtrusive service and impeccable cuisine. The Northern Italian menu focuses on al dente-perfect pastas, light as air and accompanied by sauces crafted of pungent cheeses, fresh herbs, tomatoes, cream and mushrooms. Just-caught seafood, especially salmon and snapper, benefit from the kitchen's skill, and veal in its variety of incarnations is impossibly tender and satisfying. Salads, crisp and refreshing, are just as you'd hope, and the French onion soup is a house classic. Luckily, desserts follow suit: Everything from zabaglione to tiramisu and fresh fruit is luscious, and there's a great selection of Italian wines and dessert wines as well.

6. Renegades
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If you're looking for a full service lunch and dinner menu with a side of country line dancing then Renegade's off of Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach if your place. The country western bar has great prices on burgers, steaks, and wraps as well as a 3-for-1 happy hour special. If you're sticking around for more than the food, enjoy country line dancing 7 nights a week, take a ride on the mechanical bull, watch the big game on one of the 75 TVs or enjoy the ever-changing live music. If you're a little shy on the dance floor, check out 1 of the 4 nights a week that the lessons are given before the party gets started at 9 PM. Still need convincing this is the spot for you? Ladies drink free every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 PM- 12 AM and ride the bull for free Tuesday and Friday nights.

5. Hullabaloo
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Located in the heart of Clematis St. in downtown West Palm Beach, Hullabaloo is a great place to stop in after a day of exploring the town. The gastropub and craft cocktail bar, along with the endless Jazz music, definitely adds flair to Clematis and make you feel as though you're in NYC. The inside can be a little tight so if you have several in your party, check out the back patio or call ahead and see if you can reserve the super trendy airstream that has been opened up to accommodate groups. This place is perfect when you are feeling adventurous and craving something outside of the norm. Be sure to start with the zucchini chips, a specialty cocktail and go for the Pork porcini risotto for your entr�e- you won't be disappointed.

4. E.R. Bradley's Saloon
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Once a private gambling establishment in Palm Beach, Bradley's now sits at the base of Clematis Street near the intracoastal waterway. This local favorite is especially popular with business types and Palm Beach families, who come to enjoy the familiarity of the hometown crowd and partake of the great food. Later in the day, an array of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and fresh seafood take prominence, but early on, you'll find patrons digging into stuffed omelets, luscious eggs benedict, and buttermilk pancakes. On Sunday, the brunch buffet supplements these treats with even more delicacies. If you're fighting a hangover when you dine, try their house Bloody Mary, which comes tinged with Old Bay seasoning.

3. Guanabanas
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Guanabanas in Jupiter is one of the top nightlife destinations on Florida's east coast. The tiki jungle like atmosphere is enchanting, and adding in live music and fruity drinks only enhances the ambiance. Everyone is super laid back here, and the whole facility is open air. Sit back and enjoy a tropical rum drink while taking in the acoustic soundings of a national act. Slow dance in your lovers arms while you emulate Jimmy Buffet when ordering a cheeseburger. Banyan trees provide shade from the judging moon. Water borders one side of the establishment, where you can sneak away with a special someone to lock gazes and perhaps lips. There is even a fire pit in the center of the place for smore cookin'!

2. Brass Ring Pub Sports Bar
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Brass Ring Pub is such a hit in Palm Beach County there are two locations, one in North Palm Beach and another in Royal Palm Beach. Drive by either location and you'll notice a full parking lot because the word is out about the amazing food and beer prices as well as happy hour specials all day on Sunday. Both sites have plenty of TVs to catch the big game and fast, friendly service to make the most of your meal. The beer is served in frosted mugs and the price of getting it by the pitcher can't be beat. The menus offer the best burger in Palm Beach County, according to the Palm Beach Post, along with many seafood options and award winning wings- try the Maple Bourbon glaze. Check out the Royal Palm Beach location on Monday night for all-you-can-eat catfish or fried fish.

1. Duffy's Sports Grill
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If 2-for-1 drinks all day is your thing, then Duffy's Sports Grill is your new favorite place. The restaurant definitely has the sports bar feel as your guaranteed to be surrounded by multiple TVs and sports memorabilia for at least one team you root for. The menu is fairly priced for all of the staples: wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and grilled specials. Be sure to join the MVP club to receive extra perks and build up points to get free food on future visits. There is always something going on at Duffy's from lunch specials, free food for kids on Wednesdays, and trivia nights. The restaurant can get busy but the open floor-plan makes it great for the whole family.