Wine & Dine Your Significant Other in Palm Beach/West Palm Beach

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

It isn’t hard for a restaurant in the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area to set the mood for a romantic dinner, thanks to the ocean breezes and warm temperatures. The restaurants on the following list go above and beyond to create an intimate ambiance while remembering the food is just as important. After all, the scenery can be amazing but if the food is forgettable or the service horrible, the date is going to leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

For a beautiful evening in Palm Beach, make reservations at Renato’s and dine al fresco under the stars. The upscale atmosphere lends itself to celebrations and special date nights alike. Enjoy a delicious Italian meal, paired with one of the many wine choices, all under the low lights of the courtyard. Rest assured the staff won’t make you feel rushed, so go ahead and talk the night away - and splurge on dessert.

While it’s true that some dates call for the white linen table cloths and elegant décor, others just need a unique location and a cool vibe. Hullabaloo on Clematis is just the place, with the right mix of low light and background noise and a super inventive menu to impress the foodie in everyone. The cocktails are creative and are sure to provide a launching point for a night of great conversation.

10. Table 427
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In the Northwood Village of West Palm Beach, Chef/Owner Roberto Villegas prepares seasonally fresh entrees daily at Table 427. With a menu that's constantly changing, it's no wonder the restaurant has so many repeat visitors. Open for lunch and dinner, including early-bird specials, Table 427 offers a wide range of Italian dishes with an emphasis on fresh seafood at a great price. The Cioppino is a dish of clams, mussels, calamari, scallops and the fish of the day and is worth every penny. The flavorful combinations and excellent wine pairings make Table 427 the perfect retreat for a delicious experience away from home.

9. Sunset Bar & Grill
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Sunset Bar & Grill is a hidden gem in the Northwood Village of West Palm Beach. From the outside, the orange and pink hue of the building set the tone for the artsy vibe that follows inside. Decorated to the brim with local art and warm colors, the cozy atmosphere is a great place to enjoy a meal with friends and family. Known by the locals for its early meal deals, the patio area is the spot to catch the sunset and dinner at an unbeatable price. The drink specials vary from day-to-day but the dessert menu is always worth checking out.

8. Dada
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Dada, housed in a historic home, is a top restaurant in Delray Beach. The eclectic vibe at Dada is enough to venture off the well-traveled path for, and the menu promises not to disappoint. Choose an artistically decorated room in the old home and enjoy a cocktail, or dine outside under the large tree covered in twinkly lights; regardless of your choice, the experience is guaranteed to be unique. The food choices make it difficult to pick. It is recommended to bring company along and planning to share. With live entertainment nightly ranging from poetry readings to local musicians, the mood of Dada is more intimate than the hustle and bustle of the main strip.

7. 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.

6. 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.

5. 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.

4. The Restaurant at the Four Seasons
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Gleaming stone, soft light and muted colors make for an eminently soothing evening at this elegant establishment. Flawless service adds a pampering touch, and the cuisine is anything but ordinary. In fact, it meshes Florida's freshest ingredients with culinary ideas from Latin America and the southern US. Fire-roasted beef tenderloin, molasses-glazed duck breast, guava-braised beef short ribs, buffalo tenderloin, and rice-noodle crusted sea scallops provide hints of the succulent entrees you'll find. Fresh fish is also a delicious option, and the tasting menu is an incredible bargain, especially when accompanied by appropriate wines. Exotic desserts include cactus pear sorbet, airy fruit souffles, homemade ice cream and a luscious tiramisu.

3. Chez Jean-Pierre

Although it entertains Palm Beach's elite, this fashionable eatery is refreshingly without pretense. Its cozy rooms and imaginative artwork grant patrons license to relax and enjoy the ambiance and the food rather than the social scene. Under the chef's capable hand, authentic French cuisine takes on a Proven�ale accent, redolent with fresh herbs and seasonings. Poultry in particular is well prepared, crisp-skinned and juicy, and seafood benefits from unfailing attention as well. Desserts beg sampling too, whether you opt for a frosty sorbet or perhaps the delicious excesses of homemade profiteroles. Cross the intracoastal and experience cuisine mastery at Chez Jean-Pierre.

2. Café L'Europe
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A constant outpouring of accolades renders this spectacular restaurant one of Palm Beach's best known establishments. A romantic ambiance is set with arched windows, mirrors and candlelight, and glorious flower arrangements. Guests are graced by impeccable service and cuisine, not to mention live music, courtesy of a pianist and a jazz combo. Representative entrees include roasted veal chop, rack of Colorado lamb, wiener schnitzel, tempura style ahi tuna, and crispy duck breast and leg confit. A celebrated and extensive wine list promises a wealth of possibilities, and the caviar and champagne bar extends dining options, as does the late-night menu. Whether you want to honor a special occasion or simply indulge for a moment, Cafe l'Europe guarantees excellence.

1. Renato's
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Tucked away beside a charming, flower-bedecked courtyard, Renato's engages diners with its genial atmosphere and gracious surroundings. Inside, pastel tones, a white grand piano, and pink roses on tables promise gentility, and the eminently professional waitstaff attends to every need. Outside, courtyard dining is sublime, complete with the sounds of a fountain and chirping birds. The menu is completely in step with the ambience. Succulent gnocchi, mushroom pappardelle, honey-glazed salmon, rack of lamb, seared diver scallops, and sauteed veal scaloppine hint at the selection and only serve to highlight the delightful alchemy that can occur when first-rate cuisine conspires with natural beauty and service. 4 course prix-fixe: $35.