Where is The Very Best “Al Fresco” Dining in the Palm Beaches? Living in South Florida obviously has its perks. The beaches, the ocean and of course the beautiful weather top the list but South Florida has also been gaining praise from foodies all across the globe. The fresh, unique blend of menus and dining options have transformed the Palm Beaches into a foodie haven that has attracted some of the very best chefs in the world. We have created a list that combines all of South Florida’s beauty and delicious food. Here are the top al fresco restaurants in the area: 

  • Banko Cantina: 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-355-1399

This tri-level restaurant and bar boasts a sleek rooftop lounge that’s a splendid perfect urban perch. The view may not be crashing waves or bobbing boats, but it certainly establishes a sense of place: downtown West Palm Beach. The 1921-era building itself, once the home of American National Bank, is a landmark. It’s listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 1997.

The rooftop opens nightly at 7 p.m. Grab a Dragonfruit Mojito and watch dusk turn the city pink.

Watching the parade of nighttime Clematis Street revelers is made far more pleasurable by a heaping bowl of fresh-made guacamole and a frosty margarita. You get this along the sidewalk tables at Rocco’s, epicenter of 200-block action in downtown West Palm Beach. Plus, you get more than decent Mexican grub. (Come back for some of the best brunch in town on weekend mornings.)

An outdoor courtyard, surrounded by beautiful architecture, warm weather, and of course fresh pizza! Shaded by Mediterranean blue umbrellas, tables are scattered across a stylish courtyard just off Worth Ave. Here, pizza is served amid vintage stone fountain structures and palm trees strung with twinkling lights.

  • Darbster: 8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-586-2622

This vegan spot not only demonstrates its devotion to animals by donating profits to local animal rescue and spay/neutering efforts – it welcomes pets like royalty.

It’s a laid-back, pleasant spot to devour a summer salad, weekend brunch or heartier organic fare, including a variety of raw dishes. You’ll enjoy the food, while your furry friend enjoys the sweet attention.


These delectable choices all center around your front door at BallenIsles Country Club. Renowned for its superb level of service, BallenIsles features a newly-renovated 72,000 square foot Clubhouse and a new 62,000 sq. ft. sports complex which includes a fabulous spa and salon, fitness center, world-class tennis facilities and swimming pools.  Our five dining areas are noted for their variety of offerings, from casual to exceptional cuisine.


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