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Nov 15, 2009 06:42 PM

Delray Beach Area Restaurants

We'll be heading back to Delray Beach in a couple of months for a 4 week stay. We haven't been in Delray Beach for about 3 years. Looking for some places to eat B/L/D. Here's what we remember of our last couple of visits - Breakfast - Rosa Luna (really like this place) Green Owl (just OK) - Lunch - Lemongrass (Eh!) Dinners - Tramonti (good) La Cigale (good) and Boheme Bistro (OK). Are any or all of those places still in business and what other places would you recommend?

119 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Green Owl Restaurant
330 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Boheme Bistro
1118 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Boheme Restaurant
325 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

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  1. I think Boheme might be gone but the others are still there, do a search on this board because there are other recommendations that have been suggested, a lot of us like Bamboo Fire for example. Quite a few new places have opened or are about to.

    Bamboo Fire Cafe
    Delray Beach, FL 33483, Delray Beach, FL 33483

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    1. re: smartie

      Boheme is still there -- but not a good choice anymore. They have really gone down hill when they merged with a horrible restaurant called Olio. Bamboo Fire Cafe is the best choice for awesome food at fair prices.

    2. Don't miss Sazio - small and no reservations, but we liked it better than Tramonti and 31 East

      119 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

      131 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

      1. I'm also a fan of Cabana (on Atlantic). Good food, great drinks and reasonable prices.

        1. I'm going to piggy back on this post as we are flying in this wknd (I originally posted on the FL board) - Any help is appreciated!

          We're flying down to visit some family next weekend and need help for dinners in the Delray area. We are totally unfamiliar with the area. We're staying at The Seagate on East Atlantic Ave. There's a restaurant in our hotel - The Atlantic Grille? Any feedback? We'd prefer to go to places that are within walking distance of the hotel, though we do have a car. I saw some reviews on 32 East. Is it worth it? I imagine it's pretty hot down there, so we're looking for lighter fare...places focused on fresh seafood.

          Any help is much appreciated.

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          1. re: amanda3571

            I wouldn't waste a meal in Delray at Boheme, even though it is next to your hotel, and agree with other post that Olio isn't worth a trip either.

            Seagate is a great hotel. Have lunch at their beach club. The problem is it is a healthy walk from the highest density of restaurants...they have valet parking, so if the heat is too bad, you can summon your car and drive to the covered municipal lot which is free except the weekends,and you will be in the thick of things.

            Breakfast is hard in Delray - Green Owl doesn't have great food but it's the only show in downtown. Because you have a car, try the Boynton Diner which has awesome bfast food, and you can also eat outside. Luna Rosa is fine but a little touristy. Another decent choice is Dolce Amore Cafe, in the Pineapple Grove area. About 8-10 blocks from the Seagate.

            For lunch, Lemongrass is still there and is fine - their whole fried fish is killer. The love-it-or-hate-it Office has good burgers, but the waits can be horrendous at night, and it's pretty pricey. If you just want sandwiches for the beach, we had great luck at Sandwiches by the Sea (great subs), right down the street from the Seagate. Or better still, go hit Seaside Deli up in Briney Breezes for their legendary Number 32 jawbreaker. Doc's All American is worth a visit. For a very nice lunch, try Sundy House which has great gardens and good food - just make sure there is not an event going on, as retail diners seem to take a back seat to groups. And I would try the new Cafe de France again.

            For dinner, Bamboo Fire has great food. Service can be inconsistent, but they are great folks and it's a nice laid back vibe. We also liked Joseph's Wine Bar, and loved Brule (we got takeout) - both Pineapple Grove. If you want to spend some serious $$$, try the Atlantic Grille at your Seagate - actually nice for lunch also. Not cheap but great bar scene at night.

            I don't go to 32 East anymore after they wouldn't honor a confirmed reservation, but I think it still has some of the best food in town. As for Tramplemonti's, the place is so crowded that it is uncomfortable, at least to me. Cabana's is a good choice and usually not as crowded. Dada's is always packed, and for good reason.

            Please let us know if you fall in love with some other places.


            1. re: 4ZFood

              I've only been once, but I would throw Tryst in there as well. Crowd can be daunting, though they honored our reservation on a particularly crowded Friday (same people as 32 East). Not really a local, but I though our meal there compared very favorably price, service, food and vibewise with many a Miami dining experience.

              1. re: Icantread

                I agree Tryst has an interesting South Beach vibe, we also had good service and the food was better than expected. My problem was the crowd - way too loud, people kept bumping into our table. This felt more like a bar than a restaurant.

              2. re: 4ZFood

                but it's summer so crowds are down.

                I have eaten at the Seagate - it was good.

                Agree Cafe Dolce Amore is good for breakfast but also dinner, their coffee is absolutely dreadful though.
                Please pick Bamboo Fire but call ahead because their summer hours change.

                1. re: smartie

                  Thank you all so much! Here's what I'm initially thinking....we will definitely have lunch at the Beach Club. In regards to dinner, I like the look of Dada & Tryst for Friday and Saturday nights (will call ahead for ressies). I figure Sunday night we'd choose btwn Atlantic Grille, 32 East, or Tramonti's. I don't think we'll need a res since it is Sunday, after all.

                  1. re: amanda3571

                    I think Tryst and Dada for Fri and Sat are excellent choices. Dress light and if you can go out later in the evening and there's no rain, it's nice to dine outside at both of these hip but friendly and casual spots.

                    For breakfast I think you are in a great spot to take advantage of Luna Rosa. Why would you come to town and NOT want to start the day dining directly across from the ocean! This is almost a no-brainer IMHO. Forget the Owl, it's just a diner.

                    1. re: CFByrne

                      I would second Luna Rosa for breakfast, a 2 minute walk from your hotel.

                      1. re: smartie

                        Third Luna Rosa. Crab eggs benedict...mmmmmm!