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Feb 3, 2008 02:15 PM

upscale rec need for Palm Beach Gardens area

I need a somewhat upscale rec for the PBG/Jupiter area next weekend. I don't care for steak houses in general, no matter how high end. I want there to be a bit of atmosphere and have based my findings below on this.

Here is what I have to decide on and maybe you can offer me some other advice. Thanks in advance.

Oakwood Grill
River House
Aqua Grill (I have my doubts though)

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  1. It's been years, but I loved the River House. Not too familiar with that area anymore though...hope someone can give you other recs.

    1. Oakwood is a GREAT option. I have frequently mentioned them on this board, their wine list is fabulous, their steaks are superb, and their fish is as fresh as can be. The Oak fired grill is fantastic and adds a wonderful touch to the meats and fish.

      Another great option in the area is the classic Cafe Chardonay, or if you want something a little more off the PGA strip, head up Alt. A1A to the Gazebo Cafe, great food and quiet atmosphere.

      I'd avoid the river house. Salad Bar is fantastic, but the food is Ho-hum.

      Same for Aqua, I've eaten there twice, both times the fish tasted weeks old.

      You also might want to think about the new Metronome Grand Brassiere. It is the sister to the New York staple Montparnese and offers a wonderful high class french bistro atmosphere and decadent food.

      230 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

      Cafe Chardonnay
      4533 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

      Gazebo Cafe
      2151 S Highway A1A Alt Ste 100, Jupiter, FL 33477

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      1. re: HDB107

        Should the Kee Grill be considered in your opinion? It's been mentioned twice on another board. Aqua is out since it's usually dead from what I have seen. I don't understand why a Fla. seafood resto would have both Chilean sea bass and Hawaiian Opah on their menu.

      2. Bump! I'm looking for upscale dinner around PGA for a group this weekend. Any other suggestions or further thoughts on those given here?

        1. Ke'e Grill is in Boca, but their much more relaxed sister restaurant, Cool'a, is in Palm Beach Gardens. We've had good meals there but it's not at all fancy or upscale. Strip House and Rosa Mexicana are both excellent.

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          1. re: zenana

            Freaker.......I love the Kee Grill....Not the upscale that you may be looking for.......But I am not looking for the waterview, boats, fancy tablecloths.I am in it for the food...My gosh..This post is two months old........ In the words of the reknowned news achor .RoseAnne Roseanna Danna...NEVERMIND

            1. re: HotMelly

              This was my doing, I just revived it. I've got to plan a dinner for a group who will be expecting fancy tablecloths AND good food. So far I'm looking at ->

              Cafe Chardonnay
              Spoto's Oakwood Grilll

              Comments and other suggestions welcomed.

              1. re: Frodnesor


                Can you do DBs?

                CAFÉ BOULUD PALM BEACH. at the Brazilian Court Hotel. 301 Australian Ave Palm Beach, FL 33480 Tel 561.655.6060



                1. re: advisor_Girl

                  I think downtown Palm Beach is going to be too far a shlep - about 20-30 minutes from PGA Resort, it looks like. I ate there once a couple years ago and thought it was quite good.

              2. re: HotMelly

                oops, there's a ke'e grill in juno too, sorry I didn't realize that.

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              1. Cafe Chardonnay, Cafe Chardonnay, Cafe Chardonnay. Need I say more?

                1. re: Alfred G

                  That's where I reserved for tomorrow night. Popped over last night to take a peek, looked nice.

                  Also had a solo meal at Metronome to try it out. Interesting tapas menu at the bar, however, chicken "croquettes" were not croquettes at all, but rather a couple crispy chicken tenderloins. Smoked paprika aioli didn't quite have enough bang but a little salsa of roasted peppers was good. A lot of food for a $4.50 tapas. Triple truffle burger (truffle butter, truffle oil, truffle cheese) was quite good.

                  1. re: Frodnesor

                    I haven't eaten at Chardonnay in some time, but I am pleasantly surprised it is still going strong

                    1. re: Frodnesor

                      Please give us a report back on Cafe Chardonnay. I hear it's been there for a LONG time! Oakwood Grill is supposed to be great too.

                      I ended up going to Ke'e Grill in Juno and loved it. Service and food were excellent. It's about as high end as I go.