Best Lunch in Palm Beach / West Palm Beach

When the Clock Strikes Noon, These Establishments shine

Grabbing lunch is often a rushed event in the middle of the workday or perhaps a nice break in a day of errand running. It’s important to find a restaurant with great quality food and it’s even better when that restaurant has specials during the day. There are several dining options in the West Palm Beach area that definitely know how to do lunch.

If you want to have lunch on Palm Beach but don’t want to pay dinner prices, check out Café Boulud and Ta-boo for great specials midday. The valet parking at Café Boulud is helpful or you can head over to Testa’s on Palm Beach where there is always plenty of free parking. Taking a break from shopping on Worth Avenue? You should head over to Pizza al Fresco and spend some time savoring some Italian food and wines.

Over on West Palm Beach, Paris Bakery and Café is perfect for when you've had enough of the typical American deli wraps and sandwiches. The crepes are sure to be a nice treat on your lunch break. For a quick dining experience, stop in at The Chickpea or Relish. Both places have a great menu that make dining in or getting lunch to go a breeze. 


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A few short steps off Royal Poinciana Way, this great deli plies diners plates' with great foods like mom served back at home. Freshly made sandwiches are filled with good things and make for quick eats or perfect take-out. Try one stuffed with pastrami or corned beef, or consider chopped liver for something a bit different. If you're in the mood for hearty eating, keep an eye out for chicken pot pie, meatloaf, brisket, or any of the other substantial offerings. You'll also find blintzes, bagels and lox, and an array of dessert options. Terrific casual dining that's also kid-friendly.

Recommended for Lunch because: TooJays has a full lunch menu with salads, burgers, wraps and melts.

Kristopher's expert tip: Great coleslaw, great ruebens

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If you find yourself craving pizza on Palm Beach or need a place to relax after shopping on Worth Avenue, Pizza Al Fresco is the place to go. A sprawling courtyard with light-wrapped trees and an expansive menu with a twist on traditional Italian thin crust pizzas are sure to please everyone in your group. The menu also boasts great pasta and salad selections, with the lobster salad being a crowd-pleaser. Of course no Italian meal is complete without an accompanying wine or a gelato to finish the meal. Another perk of this affordable casual dining experience, well-behaved dogs are also welcome to enjoy the courtyard.

Recommended for Lunch because: Pizza al Fresco offers an extensive lunch menu full of Italian favorites and great wine options. It's located right off of Worth Avenue.

Kristopher's expert tip: Can be hard to find - in a hidden Palm Beach courtyard

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For generations, this Worth Avenue hotspot has been a destination of choice, attended by both celebrities and political figures. Marked by a tower of bougainvillea climbing its fa�ade, Ta-bo� has an intimate island elegance, thanks to paddle fans, brown treillage, dark wicker furniture, and abstract floral fabrics. Fresh seafood and steaks are perennially popular, but you'll also find pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and such main course salads as grilled chicken and pear, cold poached salmon, and Maine lobster and chicken. The bar scene is also prominent at the restaurant, especially as you wait for a table.

Recommended for Lunch because: Taboo serves daily lunch specials from 11:30 AM- 5 PM and offers a relaxed dining experience on the famous Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.

Kristopher's expert tip: Patronizing Ta-boo gives you the chance to brush elbows with celebrities.

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The location isn't prime, lines can be long, and the decor isn't jaw-dropping, but the food, by all accounts, is amazing. If you don't have the fortitude to wait for a table, it's only your loss. Seafood of all sorts monopolizes the menu, and it's prepared in both traditional and unconventional ways, inspired by recipes from the world over. Appetizers and entrees are both sizeable, so if you're a big eater, you'll probably be challenged; if you're a light eater, prepare for a doggy bag. Grilled fish, tasty shrimp, luscious pastas, and terrific crab cakes provide indication of the fare, but the temptations on the menu will have you agonizing over what's best to order. Don't worry – everything's good.

Recommended for Lunch because: Captain Charlie's cooks up the best mahi reuben sandwiches anywhere in Palm Beach County

Kristopher's expert tip: It looks dive-y, but everything is super fresh - and there is a great value wine selection

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Buccan operates The Sandwich Shop, just around the corner from the restaurant. Both hot and cold sandwiches are on the menu, in addition to salads. The bread is made in-house, and other pastries are available. Orders can be made in advance for both pickup and delivery. It's a sweet preview for what you'll enjoy at the main restaurant.

Recommended for Lunch because: Buccan's Sandwich Shop cranks out top notch sandwiches and salads during lunchtime.

Kristopher's expert tip: Bistro-setting with decent noise level so look elsewhere for romantic dinners.

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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.

Recommended for Lunch because: Valet parking and the Le Prix Fixe 3 course meal for $20.14 (from noon to 2:30 PM during the week) make Café Boulud an A+.

Kristopher's expert tip: The 3 course lunch is worth checking out to avoid paying high dinner prices

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Meet Kristopher Neild

Kris is a South Florida resident, living close to the coast in West Palm Beach. The area lets him delve into his vices - beaching, bar-hopping and baseball. Besides writing about travel &...  More About Kristopher