Long before farm-to-table, there were dockside establishments serving just-caught snapper and oysters farmed a few miles up the coast.
Our seafood restaurants have been sourcing fish from their backyard waters long before it was trendy. From the old-school raw bars and casual fish spots to high-end concepts with oysters from all over the world, we found the ten best seafood restaurants in Palm Beach County so you don't ever have to order a boring cedar-plank salmon again.
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10. City Fish Market
7940 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. Call 561-487-1600, or visit buckheadrestaurants.com.
Boca's City Fish Market is one of two City Fish Markets of the Atlanta-based Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and one of the group's 12 upscale eateries in Georgia and South Florida; the equally appealing Chops Lobster Bar and Lobster Bar Sea Grille are also on its roster. While that might make it sound like a dreaded chain restaurant, let your taste buds do the debating for you here. With around a dozen fresh catches available at all times, prepared however you like, and a nice selection of oysters and raw bar items, you might have a hard time deciding just what to dig in to first.
9. 3800 Ocean
3800 N. Ocean Dr., Singer Island. Call 561-340-1795, or visit marriott.com.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the great room, bar, and lounge flood the area in natural light by day. In the evening, lights are dimmed and the ambience transformed. At the entrance to the nautically themed bar and lounge, a new communal high-top for up to 14 guests creates a relaxing space to mingle while waiting to be seated for dinner at the resort’s signature restaurant, 3800 Ocean. Dramatic hardwood flooring extends throughout the restaurant and lounge and has been sanded and stained to restore its original beauty. But it's the seafood you're here to savor. Starters include scallop “moyashi," a yellowfin tuna crudo, oysters and caviar, and shrimp bruschetta. Main plates include a ruby-port-glazed salmon, pan-roasted black grouper, and mango barbecue-glazed grilled mahi. Of course, the main highlight is the chef's own take on surf 'n' turf: prosciutto-wrapped veal tenderloin and butter-poached Maine lobster served alongside roasted garlic Yukon Gold potato puree and a truffle Hollandaise.
8. Rack's Fish House + Oyster Bar
5 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-450-6718, or visit racksdelray.com.
With a cool nautical vibe and a menu of responsibly sourced seafood delicacies, this downtown Delray Beach spot incorporates a chic modern aesthetic with a menu that offers a number of reinvented classics from oysters "rack-a-feller" and Creole-style calamari to Buffalo fried shrimp and Cajun salmon quesadillas. A large raw bar displays all of the day's catch including giant shrimp, raw East and West Coast oysters, and half-shell clams. Or go with a number of simply prepared dishes cooked over the pecan wood grill or composed dishes like seared scallop and pork belly. Look out for specials like $1 oysters during happy hour and half-off bottles of wine on Monday.
7. J&J Seafood Bar & Grill
634 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-272-3390, or visit jjseafooddelray.com.
For over 15 years, J&J Seafood Bar and Grill in Delray Beach has been dishing up ocean-fresh seafood in a quaint, near-hidden spot off east Atlantic Avenue. From fish-based soup and pastas to a number of seafood-focused entrees, the menu has it all. Standard favorites include a seafood mac-n-cheese rife with shrimp, scallops, and lobster, or Caribbean-style crab cakes seasoned with saffron and served with a lemon aioli. Weekly menu specials rotate several different options that showcase the talent in the kitchen, offering unique flavors and pairings like coffee- and pecan-crusted wild salmon and ancho chili-dusted swordfish — or just a beautifully executed whole fried yellowtail snapper. Raw bar lovers can choose from an ever-changing selection of East and West Coast oysters, or Middleneck clams and stone crab claws when in season. While the chef's specialty is seafood, J&J is a good place to head for parties who crave meat and veggies too.