Grab Grub by the Waterside in Palm Beach County

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By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

Waterfront dining is one of the many perks of living in or visiting South Florida. The Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area has several options ranging from tiki bars to upscale dining eateries that all have one thing in common - a great view of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. The Old Key Lime House in Lantana, FL is an obvious choice for a great time, featuring great seafood options and an even better view of evening sky. The atmosphere here is in inviting and casual, and the menu full of local catches best followed by a slice mouthwatering key lime pie. With boat docking and valet parking, getting your group here couldn’t be any easier.

For more of an upscale feel with ocean views, The Seafood Bar at The Breakers is as fancy as they come. Valet park the car and enjoy the views of the grand hotel on your way back to the restaurant’s expansive shoreline views. Drinks at the aquarium bar are a nice precursor to dinner and offers up the best views. As the name suggests, there are ample fresh seafood options daily and the servers are more than happy to recommend the best drink pairing for your meal.  The list below won’t disappoint and may even lead you to you finding a new regular hangout by the waterside.  

10. Square Grouper
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The Square Grouper is a local institution located on the Jupiter inlet. It is a tiki hut bar with live music nightly. There are multiple points of service where you can get a great rum drink while listening to the musical stylings of local reggae, acoustic and beach "y" music. One of the cool parts of the Square Grouper is how you can walk out onto the docks at night and check out the famous Jupiter Lighthouse. The water is clear blue, and utilizing the local marina's boat lights allows you to see an abundance of fish right at your feet. The Square Grouper is a great place to bring a date, or just to chill out on a cool summer night.

9. Two Georges Waterfront Grill
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When looking for a waterfront restaurant, lounge and sports bar, look no further than Two Georges Waterfront Grille in Boynton Beach. The atmosphere is casual and full of great energy for a fun dining experience; guests over the past 50 years will attest to that. Two Georges has made itself the ultimate relaxation spot to enjoy a frozen drink or the big game. Whether you arrive by land or sea, the cold beer and famous Maryland crab cakes are only a few steps away at the patio bar. With happy hour during the week and live music starting early in the afternoon on the weekends, it's no wonder why people come early and stay late. As a bonus feature, you can charter a deep sea fishing boat or rent a jet ski from the Two George's marina as well.

8. 3800 Ocean
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For an upscale oceanfront dining experience, 3800 Ocean at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa is one of the best options. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu has a farm-to-table feel and is sure to delight. The chefs at 3800 are all about creative dishes prepared with all fresh ingredients; it's obvious that a lot goes into the presentation of each dish. The dinner takes you on a tour with New England scallops, local snapper, free range chicken and many other one-of-a-kind entrees. Grab a seat outside on the covered patio for the ultimate ocean viewing or enjoy your meal inside where it's nice and cool.

7. The Seafood Bar
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It's well known that The Breakers is one of the ultimate spots to take in the luxury that is Palm Beach, so it's no surprise that The Seafood Bar onsite is a must for dinner and drinks. Toasting drinks at the bar is the best locale for ocean views. To top it off, the bars themselves are actually aquariums. Once you tear yourself away from the views of the ocean, you'll see that the food presentation is on point and crowd favorites like the crab cakes are always a winner. With around 10-15 fish varieties delivered daily, the Seafood Bar certainly lives up to its name.

6. Waterway Cafe
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The Waterway Caf� has so much to offer visitors and locals alike; the affordable Sunday brunch followed by the evening reggae dance party make it a must-attend.. The quick lunch options make it a great stop in between conferences for a relaxing but speedy meal. The floating bar on the Intracoastal Waterway is a one of kind place to enjoy drinks in the area and watch the boats pass by under the drawbridge. Grab the house specialty drink, the Broken Bridge, and reminisce about when the bridge didn't go up and down every 30 minutes. The parking can be a little tricky during peak hours so it's best to arrive by boat and tie up to the dock. Waterway Cafe has tons of indoor and outdoor seating, so don't be timid if you are rolling with a large group.

5. Tides 41
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In Florida, dining options are mostly waterfront or inland, but sometimes you can find the rare gem that is affordable, delicious, and literally on the water. Tides 41 is a floating tiki bar and grill on-board the Majestic Princess II with dockside dining (overlooking Peanut Island) in the Riviera Marina or a sunset dinner cruise. The lunch menu is highly affordable and offers salad and seafood starters followed by creative signature sandwiches served with coleslaw or kettle chips. For dinner, the menu is quaint but full of hearty seafood and meat entrees perfectly paired with vegetables and impressive views.

4. Old Key Lime House

Lime green timbers and pink shutters adorn the exterior of this famous restaurant and watering hole. Tables, shaded by green awnings, line the dock, and there's also a covered, outdoor Chickee Hut Bar, where the rock and reggae bands frequently perform. If dinner's on the agenda, crowdpleasers like peel'n'eat shrimp, crab cakes, margarita pizza and hand-cut sirloin should satiate your cravings. This is a great place to come watch a sporting event, soak in rays by the dock and indulge in delicious key lime pie. If you are a boater, be sure to have this joint as a stop on your travel itinerary.

3. Seasons 52 - Palm Beach Gardens
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The ambiance at Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens is enough to get anyone in the door, but the food and great service will have you coming back time and time again. All of the menu items at Seasons 52 consist of fresh, in-season ingredients that are prepared to deliver the most nutrition without the added guilt of overindulgence. This restaurant is known all-over for its low calorie food and drink menus and listed nutritional information, making it easy to dine out no matter your diet. With so many excellent food and drink pairings, make a reservation to sit by the water and enjoy everything Seasons 52 has to offer.

2. Frigate's Waterfront Bar & Grill
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Frigate's Waterfront Bar & Grill in North Palm Beach is perfect for boaters and sports fans, as well as families that enjoy an extensive menu and views of the water. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the real all-star is the Sunday Brunch with the 20 ingredient build-your-own Bloody Mary menu. The early afternoon happy hours during the week ,make a great start to any night, and the many TVs in the dining area allow ample sporting event viewing. The outdoor dining area has a tiki bar feel and is a relaxing spot to grab the Mahi Rueben while watching the boats pass by.

1. 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'!