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The Hottest Tables in Palm Beach

South Florida’s dining scene has been part of its draw for decades, but the excess demand for all things Palm Beach in recent years has encouraged local chefs and restaurateurs to level up like never before. As reservations become harder to acquire, dishes around town become all the more inventive and delicious. Below, find the island’s hottest tables of today — because having to beg, borrow, and steal to snag a coveted reservation is part of the fun, isn’t it?

Le Bilboquet. Photo: Nick Mele

Le Bilboquet

If the South of France could teleport to Worth Avenue and use regionally grown ingredients to produce a menu celebrating French culinary traditions and the vibrancy of Floridian flavors, Le Bilboquet would be the result. And that it is. Hot tip: Don’t miss the signature Cajun chicken.


The reborn Swifty’s was supposed to be a seasonal pop-up but soon became a Palm Beach hotspot on par with the NYC icon it once was. Now, instead of Upper East Side surrounds, diners can sit poolside for lunch or dinner while noshing on long-adored dishes like the designer meatloaf or Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée.



Trends come and go, but restaurants patrons can rely on to consistently deliver become the mainstays of a community. Each restaurant by The Breakers, the island’s grand-dame resort, falls into this category, and newcomer Henry’s — inspired by founding-father Flagler himself — is no exception. Go for American fare with an elegant twist.

Henry’s Palm Beach

Sant Ambroeus

In a paradise as sunny as Palm Beach, dinner isn’t the only meal where the social crowd dresses to see and be seen. Any bonafide local makes an appearance at Sant Ambroeus at the Royal Poinciana Plaza on a weekly (if not daily) basis for a mid-day catch-up — or in the mornings to read the Shiny Sheet from cover to cover between sips of a perfectly frothy cappuccino. 

Sant Ambroeus


Chef Clay Conley exemplifies fine dining in Palm Beach, which is why his restaurant Buccan is in weekly rotation on most Palm Beachers’ diets — Conley’s short rib empanadas and sweet corn agnolotti are worth the extra-long Pilates sesh. In the mood for Asian instead? Head next door to sister restaurant Imoto (which literally translates to “little sister”) to enjoy a minimal izakaya doling out the freshest sushi on the island. 

Buccan’s Chef Clay Conley Photo: Ember Group