By Rebecca Cahilly-Taranto
City & Shore Magazine
Impress out-of-town family and guests (not to mention your local circle) with a unique dining experience this season. My picks:
Grill and Wine Bar
Get into the spirit of the season with Gulfstream Park’s Symphony of Lights, which will delight the whole family with synchronized light shows on the hour every evening during the holidays. Reserve a table or one of three private dining rooms at Adena Grill afterwards, where you’ll dine on signature farm-raised grass-fed beef, organic pasture-raised chicken and fresh seafood paired with an enviable wine selection. Vegetarian and gluten-free options
Gulfstream Park, 900 Silks Run No. 1740, Hallandale Beach,
Don your holiday attire and head to The Breakers in Palm Beach where even the most particular of in-laws will be impressed. Stroll the gorgeous oceanfront property and enjoy its stunning holiday décor and quintessential Palm Beach charm. The resort is offering a variety of elegant holiday dining events, from holiday afternoon tea at HMF to Christmas dinner in the Ponce de Leon Ballroom. Special Christmas brunch and dinner will be offered at The Circle and Flagler Steakhouse, two of the resort’s off-property restaurants. Insider Tip: The Breakers incorporates over 150,000 Christmas lights in its holiday display.
One S. County Road, Palm Beach,
City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill
Have a slightly annoying foodie in your inner circle? Imagine their surprise when a flaming 90-pound cheese wheel arrives tableside and the executive chef adds fresh herbs, garlic, imported olive oil and pours the creamy cheese sauce out over a plate of housemade pasta. Mic.
Dropped. City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill offers a delicious selection of inventive pasta dishes, fresh seafood, farm-to-table fare, eclectic craft cocktails and an award-winning wine list. Insider tip: The flaming cheese wheel is currently offered on weekends.
700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-366-0071, citycellarwpb.com
Give your out-of-town guests the complete Florida holiday experience with a beachfront dinner at the brand new Coastal restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Boulevard. Under the direction of Executive Chef Rocco Honig, Coastal’s Italian-inspired Mediterranean offerings range from Amalfi shrimp and grilled octopus appetizers to lobster Milanese and seafood cioppino entrées and housemade tiramisu and assorted Italian cookies for dessert. A semi-private dining room seats up to 22.
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.,
GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill
From a corporate holiday party to an intimate family gathering, the award-winning GG’s Waterfront provides a beautiful venue, exceptional food and creative libations for your holiday celebration. GG’s offers a private dining room, meeting rooms and a wine cellar dining room that seats up to 14 guests all catered for by an experienced banquet staff. Insider tip: Start with a sunset cocktail at the Patio Waterfront Lounge.
606 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-929-7030, ggswaterfront.com
Situated within the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the stunning décor of this Japanese-inspired restaurant is topped only by the menu, which is the embodiment of innovative culinary excellence. Kuro offers two private dining rooms. The Omakase Room seats up to 30 guests and features an elevated Chef’s table. The Shacho Room is in a glass-enclosed wine cellar and seats up to 22. Kuro offers a dining experience that will rank on any foodie’s Bucket List. Insider tip: For the ultimate dining experience let the staff guide you on this
One Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-7625, seminolehardrockhollywood.com
Miracle Pop-Up at Death or Glory
Seeking creative cocktail concoctions? New York City’s Miracle Pop-Up holiday cocktail bar is bringing its seasonally themed cocktails to Death or Glory in Delray Beach. Enjoy a Christmopolitan, Muletide, Bad Santa or How the Gimlet Stole Christmas cocktails in nostalgic holiday glasses available for purchase. Ten percent of all sales are donated to the humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger. Insider tip: Ugly Christmas sweater not included.
116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach,
Have some bourbon aficionados in the family? Book the Bourbon Room at the Okeechobee Steakhouse for an exceptional private holiday dining experience. The venerable Okeechobee specializes in traditional steakhouse dishes – think steak and lobster, pan-seared sea bass, bone-in ribeye and from-scratch coconut cream pie desserts. The in-house dry-aging process is a closely guarded family secret and the selection of bourbon is unparalleled.
2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-683-5151, okeesteakhouse.com
Cancel that expensive trip to Paris and book a table or private dining room at Pistache French Bistro instead, where you’ll enjoy the Parisian tradition of Moules Mondays and Rosé à Volonté (all-you-can-eat mussels and unlimited glasses of rosé wine) during the holidays. Healthy Mediterranean-inspired menu items accompany traditional French dishes that will satisfy every member of your party as you regale amidst the charming French décor as the champagne flows. Insider tip: If your party is smaller, ask for a table on the covered patio overlooking Centennial Square in Flagler Park.
101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-833-5090, pistachewpb.com
The Regional Kitchen
& Public House
Relax after a day of holiday shopping at The Regional in CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Celebrated chef Lindsay Autry offers soulful farm-to-table fare, local seafood and signature favorites like fried chicken and tomato pie from her open pantry kitchen in the restaurant’s convivial dining room. Private dining and take-home menus are available during the holidays. Insider tip: Chef Lindsay shared her recipe for her famous tomato pie in our April 2017 issue, available online at cityandshore.com.
651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-557-6460, eatregional.com
With expansive views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Shooters is a lovely setting for a holiday dinner. Catch the festively decorated boats as they cruise past while dining on big-eye tuna tataki, crab-stuffed Florida Keys snapper or a wide selection of seafood and locally sourced dishes. Insider tip: A special fixed price Boat Parade Menu and seating is available during the Winterfest Boat
Parade on Dec. 9.
3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale,
St. Regis Bal Harbour
From an authentic, four-course Mediterranean-inspired Christmas Eve dinner at Atlantikós to Christmas Day brunch with Santa in the Ocean View Ballroom, the holiday festivities are endless at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Santa will also visit the resort for afternoon tea at La Gourmandise from 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17 and
9703 Collins Ave.,
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
Host a stylish holiday fête at Wild Sea on Las Olas, which offers a main dining area for 50 guests, an al fresco terrace for 30, and private dining within the elegant Wine Room for up to 25. With the main table surrounded by over 2,000 wine bottles, the Wine Room is equipped with Wi-Fi and a 65-inch flat-screen TV with projector capability. Under the direction of James Beard-acknowledged Chef Toby Joseph, Wild Sea presents imaginative yet simple dishes surrounding fresh seafood and raw-bar offerings.
620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale,