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palm beach grill, palm beach
royal poinciana way
february 2009

yes, it's owned by the hillstone restaurant group, the same group who operates houston's as well as a number of other restaurants. chain type restaurants are not allowed in the area so they renamed it and upscaled it a bit to suit the location and clientele. the place was packed as we arrived. the pleasant and attractive hostess handled the crowd well as we checked in. nicely appointed space with a bar running along one side with the single dining area slightly separated. a lively mix of well dressed old and young palm beachers was a welcome change from the shorts, t-shirts and flip flips seen nearly everywhere in south florida. the attentive bar staff made it fairly easy to get a drink at the crowded bar with the offer of transferring the tab to my table without asking. the open kitchen towards the back of the bar was well run with all dishes getting final touches and review before being served. we sat within fifteen minutes of our reservation time, well within reason. the menu is short and simple with something for everyone; fresh seafood, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, prime rib etc. we started with the smoked salmon served with toast and a fresh dill sauce along with crab cakes. both were simply presented and obviously fresh. the salmon is nearly identical to that served at houston's but with a bit more care give to the plating. the grilled snapper was perfect; simple and fresh served with rock shrimp, mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. the prime rib was massive and was well liked along with the center-cut filet cooked to the correct temperature. our server was enthusiastic so we didn't mind her obvious inexperience opening/pouring wine. we didn't have time for one of the three available desserts but will give them a try on a return visit. all in all nothing groundbreaking in the food arena, just solid service, well prepared food and an active atmosphere. a positive and rare combination in south florida.

THE GOOD
• well mannered hostess
• attentive bar staff
• well prepared food
• polite servers

THE BAD
• no reservation confirmation call

THE UGLY
• none

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