6 mouth-watering restaurants in Florida’s Delray Beach

Published Date: October 28, 2022

Aerial view of a long, ocean beach with a town
Ideally located south of West Palm Beach and north of vibrant urban hubs like Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Delray Beach offers a melting pot of food cultures and styles.  Whether you’re looking for a casual spot to gather with friends, the perfect date night destination or you just want to sample something new, these six Delray Beach restaurants are yours for the taking. 

City Oyster & Sushi Bar 

Calling all seafood lovers. This downtown restaurant serves up an ever-changing menu of fresh oysters from both the East Coast and West Coast. It’s the perfect date night restaurant, thanks to a huge wine list, full sushi menu and plenty of ambience — the decor at City Oyster is all antique brick, tin ceilings and oak floors. Oh, and be sure to save room for dessert: An in-house bakery is located above the restaurant.

Cabana El Ray 

The greater Miami area is simply bursting with Cuban culture, and in Delray Beach, Cabana El Rey is the best place to sample authentic Cuban and Nuevo Latino cuisine. Favorite dishes include the seafood ceviche, tostones rellenos (fried green plantains with chicken sofrito), empanadas and sea bass. The coconut brownies are the perfect way to end your meal. 

Dada

Every visit to Dada is deliciously unique. Located in a historic house downtown, each room in the restaurant has a different theme and features works from local artists. On a warm evening, the outdoor patio is the place to be, with hanging lanterns, large trees and live music. The new American cuisine features a wide range of interesting options like braised short ribs, bolognese, pork schnitzel and grilled artichokes. 

Papa’s Tapas 

If you’re the kind of person who wants to try a little bit of everything instead of committing to one entree, head to Papa's Tapas. The charming family-owned restaurant in the Pineapple Grove District has a menu full of small plates, including traditional Spanish tapas fare like croquetas, calamari, meatballs Andalucia and sauteed octopus. Bring a few friends and dig into the Instagram-worthy paella, which includes seafood, chicken and vegetarian options. 

El Camino 

Satisfy your craving for flavorful Mexican fare at El Camino, where everything on the menu is made in house, including tortillas and sauces. Choose from creative takes on Mexican favorites, like pork belly tacos with pineapple slaw, squash blossom quesadillas and queso fundido with roasted mushrooms. Pair it with your favorite tequila from a list of literally hundreds of options. Can’t get enough of El Camino? Come back for late-night happy hour, available from midnight to 2 a.m. nightly. 

Lionfish 

The Delray Beach outpost of the famous Lionfish Seafood restaurant in San Diego, Lionfish Delray is the place to enjoy the freshest sea-to-table fare, caught in an environmentally responsible way. The menu showcases simple but sophisticated preparations of fresh swordfish, scallops, snapper and lobster. You can even sample the namesake lionfish, an invasive species that’s ravaging the Caribbean — but it tastes delicious in a citrus-infused ceviche, so why not do your part to remove these pests from the ocean?

Dine anytime in Delray Beach

As the co-owner of a luxury second home in Delray Beach, you’ll have endless opportunities to get to know the local food scene and discover your favorite restaurant. Find your luxury home away from home in South Florida today.

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