Delray Beach's Best Restaurants Offer Beachside Bites

From $6 macarons to $30 entrees, Delray Beach runs the gamut from easy-breezy treats to large-portioned eats.  Dine with an ocean view at 50 Ocean or feel like you're enjoying an aperitif underwater at Atlantic Grille's Jellies Bar.  With plenty of options to choose from in this beach paradise, you're sure to find something that floats your boat.


Built and named for Delray Beach's first mayor, this gracious home plays host to guests eager to enjoy the inn's beautiful gardens and partake of its luscious cuisine. Mixing the traditions of Europe and the Caribbean, the menu boasts such fare as almond-and-herb-crusted sea bass, charred New York strip steak, Jamaican jerk-marinated chicken, and roasted rack of lamb. Each entree comes accompanied by wonderful side dishes and fragrant sauces and reductions. Garden dining, live music on weekends, a great wine list, and a lovely Sunday brunch also recommend the delightful establishment.

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A restaurant to see and be seen, the sumptuous crowd at Atlantic Grille is always decked out as they enjoy the delicious cuisine on offer. Both the sea fare and land fare are something to write home about--and with prices to match. This location should certainly be kept in mind for special occasions; quality in both food and company. If you're not feeling the urge to splurge, just soak up the atmosphere in the bar.

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Le Macaron French Pastries
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Stop into Le Macaron for a sweet taste of Paris. This small shop will satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. The crunchy macarons (a box of 6 runs $12.60) come in a rainbow of colors and flavors, from bright green mint white chocolate, to hot pink crème brulee to purple black currant. Hand-made gourmet chocolates and French gelato in cool and creamy flavors such as mango or pistachio are a go-to afternoon treat. Hervé, the owner is originally from France, he also offers traditional French pastries like the cannelé and croissants. Lattes and coffee drinks are the perfect accompaniment.

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Steps from the sea at the end of Atlantic Avenue, 50 Ocean is the deluxe dining experience with incredible views. The wide expanse of window lets you enjoy the sun, sand, surf or a glowing sunset in a sophisticated setting upstairs from the casual Boston's On the Beach. Photos of Ernest "Papa" Hemingway adorn the walls, and the backlit quartz bar is the place to enjoy small plates like Duck Popcorn, Pork Belly and Biscuits or imbibe specialty cocktails like a Moet Ice Royale or a hand-crafted Sriracha Rita. The freshest fish, either blackened, baked, grilled or charred and the splurge-worthy Seafood Hot Pot for Two which brims with lobster, prawns, mussels, and calamari are faves. "Appy Hour" is Monday to Friday from 4pm-7pm.

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Caffé Martier
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The lore of the French café is alive and well on Atlantic Avenue. Caffé Martier shares two storefronts, one dedicated to the art of cuisine, and one dedicated to the art of fashion. Stop in and shop the upscale clothing boutique which features the most current European style shoes, jewelry and clothing items for her, then grab a table outside for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Try French toast, omelettes or waffles in the morning and paninis, wraps and a large variety of freshly made salads for a light meal anytime throughout the day or evening. The five layer or chocolate raspberry cake accompanied by a café mocha is the perfect way to end the night.

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Look for the bright red conga drums on Atlantic Avenue and you'll know you've found eatery Cabana. No need to drive to the 305 to get a taste of "Latin fusion" cuisine and cocktails. Meet a group of friends and party in their private room or relax in the elegantly modern bar, where you can choose from a varied menu of flavor infused drinks. Choose from Mojitos, Sangrias, Caipirinhas, and Pisco Sour Martinis. Start with tapas such as arepa dusted calamari or ceviche mixto and move on to paellas and specialties like Coco Cabana, their signature coconut milk habanero curry reduction with vegetables or Ropa Vieja, traditional shredded skirt steak dish. Their greenery-filled patio is the place to be seen for lunch or late night dinner.

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Mussel Beach
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Newly opened on Atlantic Avenue's restaurant row is Mussel Beach. Under the crisp navy blue awning, take a seat at the bar and order one of seven hand-muddled martinis such as the Sea Cucumber. If it's Happy Hour, savor $6.00 appetizers like tuna, beef or crabcake sliders or the spicy Kung Pao calamari. The real star of the show is of course, a pot of mussels. There are 14 flavors to choose from – faves are the Lobster Bisque, Thai or Proscuitto – all mussels are flown in fresh daily from Prince Edward Island. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights and there's casual outdoor seating, too.

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Cut 432 is a sophisticated study in black and white. Settle in a white leather booth, and let the glow of the crystal chandeliers make you look good. This chic, modern steakhouse has a hopping bar scene and a seven day a week Happy Hour. The well-heeled crowd enjoys the Raw Bar featuring East and West coast oysters and Alaskan King Crab. What's truly special is the beef. Dry-aged porterhouse, filets and strips grace the menu. Lamb, pork and veal chops all are done to perfection. Everything is made from scratch, including a wide variety of flavorful sauces. There's even a small bites menu and vegetarian dishes can also be prepared. Outside dining in the evening makes for great people watching on the Avenue.

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