Boca Raton, Florida, is a diverse community with an equally diverse dining scene. You’ll find something for everyone when dining at one of Boca Raton’s tantalizing culinary establishments, from fresh seafood to prime steaks to European and Asian fare. If you’re looking for an upscale location for your next date night, Boca Raton has several restaurants that will fit your needs. Or if you’re looking for something a little bit simpler for your next family outing, there’s plenty to choose from. Below, you’ll find our list of seven of the best restaurants in Boca Raton.

Best Seafood—City Fish Market

With a crisp blue and white design theme, walking into City Fish Market immediately makes you feel as though you’re entering a seaside haven. This lakeside restaurant serves fresh seafood amid a fishing and fisherman-themed dining area, highlighting local fishermen and their catches. You’ll find seafood classics on the menu, such as crab cakes and fried shrimp, as well as more innovative dishes, such as sauteed flounder grenobloise and Atlantic swordfish pepper steak. You can’t go wrong with the large variety of fresh catches of the day, which is a highlight of the extensive menu.

  • Location: 7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton.
  • Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Best American—Park Tavern

At Park Tavern in Delray Beach, you can rest assured the food you’re eating is freshly prepared in-house and sourced from primarily local and sustainable suppliers. The brick-walled atmosphere is cozy and sophisticated, while the outdoor patio allows you to take in the ideal location on Atlantic Avenue. If you’re stopping by for brunch, check out the biscuit and gravy benedict topped with a decadent bacon-chive Hollandaise sauce. If dinner is more your scene, the smoked brisket with a blue cheese crust is sure to cure your hunger.

  • Location: 32 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach.
  • Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Best Italian—Trattoria Romana

When you step inside Trattoria Romana, you’ll feel as though you’re entering a restaurant set along a sidewalk in Rome. The oak floors and bricked archways lend an authentic and rustic feel. Located in the heart of downtown Boca Raton, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a hidden hideaway that just so happens to have some of the best Italian food in the area. Start your dining experience with a plate of assorted imported cheeses before moving on to a main dish of hearty fettuccine Bolognese or tender osso buco.

  • Location: 499 E Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton.
  • Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Best Asian—Lemongrass Asian Bistro

Opening in 2006, Lemongrass Asian Bistro has grown in popularity due to its innovative take on Asian cuisine and has expanded to four locations in Florida. With a crisp green and white design theme and an inviting bar and patio, you’ll revel in the chic vibe as you enjoy your meal. If you’re stopping in for lunch, try a bento lunch box, which comes with fried gyoza, a California sushi roll, a house salad, and a choice of entree. If you’re there for dinner, start with a dim sum platter to sample an assortment of freshly made dumplings.

  • Location: 101 Plaza Real S, Boca Raton.
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday; noon to 10:30, Saturday; and noon to 9:30 p.m., Sunday.

Best Pizza—Tucci’s Fire ‘N Coal Pizza

If you’re in the mood for pizza, nothing can beat the smoky essence of a wood-fired pizza from Tucci’s Pizza. With family roots in Naples, Italy—the birthplace of pizza—you can rest assured the pizza Chef Albertucci creates is based on generations of family recipes. Pizza is the highlight of the menu here, but you’ll also find various appetizers, salads, and pastas to choose from. But whatever you do, don’t leave without trying a pizza—the Duval with pepperoni, spinach, red onions, mozzarella, and tomato sauce is a wood-fired classic.

  • Location: 50 NE First Ave., Boca Raton.
  • Hours: Takeout and delivery only from noon to 3 p.m. and dine-in from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Best Waterfront—The Cove Waterfront Restaurant + Tiki Bar

The Cove Waterfront Restaurant + Tiki Bar has everything you can ask for in a waterfront dining experience: clear water views, a lively atmosphere, and the hospitality that comes with being in operation for over 40 years. The Cove is the perfect place for a relaxing lunch where you can take a much-needed break from a busy day. Or why not stop by for a calming dinner and let the ocean breeze blow your stresses away? The seafood-heavy menu really shines when it comes to dishes such as the lobster mac and cheese or mahi-mahi sandwich.

  • Location: 1754 SE Third Court, Deerfield Beach.
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday.

Best Upscale—La Nouvelle Maison

Sometimes the occasion calls for decadence, and La Nouvelle Maison is the place to go if you’re looking for somewhere upscale and lavish. White tablecloths lend an air of elegance, and the French-inspired menu is filled with dishes to impress. The twice-cooked Jurgielewicz Farms duckling with a Valencia orange sauce highlights the restaurant’s traditional French cooking while also paying homage to the citrus fruits Florida is known for.

  • Location: 455 E Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton.
  • Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Whether you’re a local looking for a place for your next night out or a visitor wanting to experience a taste of the real Boca Raton, there’s bound to be something on this list to suit your needs. Did we miss any of your favorites? If we did, let us know. Send us a note and tell us about your favorite Boca Raton restaurant.

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