Grilled salmon salad is one of the $7.99 Thursday lunch specials at Cafe Frankie’s in Boynton Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
Those who stay put during the sweltering season are treated to restaurant deals well worth checking out
By Jan Norris and Janis Fontaine
It’s heating up out there — and not just the weather. Summer dining deals are getting hotter as restaurants aim to lure customers to make up for those who have fled to cooler climes.
Those who sweat it out are rewarded.
Check out the prix fixe menus at 50 Ocean, above Boston’s on the Beach in Delray Beach. Two-course lunches are $19, and a three-course dinner for $39 with that oceanfront view is well worth it. Try the fire-grilled swordfish with farro tabbouleh and preserved eggplant. It’s a terrific spot to take out-of-towners.
On the ocean in Manalapan at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa’s Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro, the three-course Eau Neighbors lunch prix fixe is $28, and the Neighbors dinner is $60.
If it’s a drink you’re after at Eau Palm Beach, the bar at Angle and the Stir Bar & Terrace both offer Manhattans or glasses of Champagne for $5 each Tuesday through Thursday. Angle’s three-course prix fixe dinner on those days is $75 and has entree choices such as a Fort McCoy Ranch filet mignon, a miso-glazed Florida grouper and Lake Meadow Farm duck breast — all with sides. Fruit cobbler with the signature strawberry-basil ice cream is what we’d choose for dessert.
More drinks are on tap at Deck 84 in Delray Beach on the water. It extends happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A bar bites menu is available 3-6 p.m. with a gluten-free, spicy tuna taco for $12. Bring Rover on over, too — dogs have their own menu here that even features a vegetarian option and a CBD biscuit. Howl, yeah.
Tanzy’s farm-to-glass cocktails are $7 during happy hour at the Boca Raton restaurant. Photo provided
At the Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante in Delray, take 40 percent off the food menu prices on Mondays (spaghetti Bottarga di Muggine — oh, my!) and half off bottles of wine on Tuesdays. A plate of pasta is just $12 on Wednesdays, and ladies drink free at the bar from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.
Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach is taking 20 percent off the whole check each Monday through Thursday, lunch and dinner, and up to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
The craziest deal is Meatball Monday, however — but get there early because word’s definitely out. The signature giant meatballs with fresh ricotta cheese are only $2 each, and one may fill you up. Meatball sliders are just $2.50, and the restaurant whacks $3 off the martinis. That’s one cheap date. (Grab a rideshare home, please.)
In Palm Beach, saddle up for the steak deal on Sundays at the Meat Market. It’s half price for all the signature steaks.
There’s an early bird deal at PB Catch, also in Palm Beach, where it’s BOGO on the entrees every night before 6:30. That includes the signature cioppino, a treasure of a dish filled with seafood in a tomato-fennel broth with a grilled crostini to dip in it. A true taste of coastal summer.
The Atlantic Grille, at the Seagate Hotel in Delray Beach, offers happy hour specials, plus a prix fixe menu. Photo provided
Most of these deals last through summer; check the restaurants ahead of time just to be sure. Reservations might be a good idea, though it shouldn’t be as hard to get in during these lazy days of summer.
Casimir French Bistro — 416 Via De Palmas Suite 81, Boca Raton. 955-6001; www.casimirbistro.com.
Summer Madness dining deals through Oct. 25 include: Monday, All-you-can-eat mussels, $25.50; Tuesday, Reward night: Spend $75 and get a $25 gift card; Wednesday: Duck Night. The house favorite is $23; and Thursday, Lobster Night: Get a 1.5-pound lobster, sautéed spinach and basmati rice, $28.
Chops Lobster Bar — 101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton. 395-2675; www.buckheadrestaurants.com/restaurant/chops-lobster-bar-br/
Happy Hour: 5-7 p.m. daily. Wine by the glass, $6; spirits, $7; signature martinis, $7.75. Get $8 small bites including baked clams casino, Thai chili calamari, truffle fries and burrata mozzarella. $12 plates include lobster and white cheddar mac ’n’ cheese and ahi tuna tartar. Get a 7-ounce bacon cheeseburger with gaufrette chips for $11.
Three-course prix fixe dinners: Sunday-Thursday. Choose from six appetizers, eight entrees including filet mignon and lobster-stuffed lobster, and three desserts starting at $54.
Louie Bossi’s Ristorante — 100 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. 336-6699; www.
Martini Monday: Half off all martinis and $2.50 meatball sliders, Monday 4 p.m. to close.
Roman Holiday: Half off every bottle of wine under $99 with the purchase of an entrée, Wednesday.
Extended Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. daily at the bar. $2 off drinks and half-price pizzas.
The Rebel House — 297 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. 353-5888; www.lifetastesbetter.com.
Beer, bourbon, barbecue: A five-course dinner pairing: 7 p.m. July 3. $75, inclusive.
Rocco’s Tacos — Boca Center, 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton. 416-2131; and 110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 808-1100; www.roccostacos.com.
Summer dining deal: From 4-7 p.m. daily at the bar, get signature tacos and appetizers for $2, $3 house wine, Mexican beer starting at $3 and $5 well drinks and margaritas. Bottles of Veuve Clicquot are $50.
Tanzy Restaurant — Mizner Park, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 922-6699; www.tanzyrestaurant.com.
Weekend brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Get wine by the glass and beer, $5. Farm-to-glass cocktails, $7. Small plates like housemade meatballs and flatbreads, $6. And Chef Jet Tila’s spicy tuna on crispy rice, $6.
The Yard House — Mizner Park, , 201 Plaza Real, Suite 1201, Boca Raton. 417-6124; www.yardhouse.com.
Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and late night from 10 p.m. to close Sunday-Wednesday. Get select half-priced appetizers, including boneless wings, poke nachos, ahi sashimi, spinach cheese dip, queso dip, chicken nachos, chicken lettuce wraps, fried chicken tenders, classic sliders, Wisconsin fried cheese curds, fried calamari, moo shu egg rolls, fried mac and cheese, and half-priced pizzas. Take $2 off draft beer, wine, spirits and cocktails, $3 off nine-ounce wine and $4 off half yards.
Café Frankie’s — 640 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. 732-3834. www.cafefrankies.com.
Half wine deal: Take 50 percent off all bottles of wine from 8-10 p.m. daily. Dine in only.
Dollar off deal: Take $1 off all bottled beer and $2 off glasses of wine.
Discounted appetizers: 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily. $5 (grilled eggplant), $6 (fried calamari) and $8 (spicy mussels).
Lunch specials: $7.99 lunch deals from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Josie’s — 1602 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. 364-9601; www.josiesristorante.com.
Summer celebration deal: Take 20 percent off the menu all day Monday through Thursday and until 3 p.m. Friday. Dine in only. Limited time. Some exclusions apply.
Eight for $8 deal: Choose from eight lunch specials including shrimp or chicken Caesar, eight wings, 2 meatball sliders, rigatoni bolognese, panini caprese. Dine in or take-out.
Extended happy hours: 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Late Night Happy Hour: 9 p.m. to close, order from the happy hour bar menu.
Meatball & Martini Monday: $2 meatballs, $2.50 sliders and reduced-price martinis, dine in only.
Take-out pizza special: Get a large one-topping pizza for $10.99 on Monday and Tuesday.
The Atlantic Grille — 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 665-4900; www.theatlanticgrille.com.
Happy Hour: Get $4 house wine, draft beer and well cocktails, $6 Svedka martinis and reduced-price appetizers.
Prix fixe menu: Sunday through Thursday, order from the special prix a la carte fixe menu. Choose from two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts. The menu (and prices) change each week. In week one, they offered a watermelon caprese, $12, or chilled cherry soup, $10. Entrees: Sautéed flounder amandine yellow rice, garlic green beans, $27, or farro primavera, $24. Desserts are blueberry cobbler and white chocolate cheesecake, $9, or ice cream, $8. Get three courses with a choice of La Terre Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, or Rex & Goliath Pinot Grigio. Two glasses per guest or one bottle of wine per two guests, $38 per person.
50 Ocean — Above Boston’s at 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. 278-3364 or 665-4666; www.50ocean.com.
Prix fixe menus: Two-course lunches are $19, and a three-course dinner for $39. Try the fire-grilled swordfish with farro tabbouleh and preserved eggplant.
Burt & Max’s — 9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 638-6380; www.burtandmaxs.com. Deals are valid through Sept. 30.
$1 Kids’ Meals: Monday through Thursday, get a kids’ meal for a buck with the any adult entrée purchase. The $1 price benefits the Child Rescue Coalition. Kids are age 12 and younger. No take-out/delivery.
Extended Happy Hour: From 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., get wine by the glass and half-price on beer and spirits at the bar and high tops. A bar bites menu is available from 3-6 p.m.
Half-Price Wines Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, get half off bottles of wine with the purchase of an entrée.
$20 Bottles of Wine: Choose from a rotating list of wines by the bottle.
12 for $12 Lunches: Twelve meals priced at $12 each, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Caffe Luna Rosa — 34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. 274-9404; www.caffelunarosa.com.
Wine Dinners: A four-course meal paired with appropriate wines selected by the restaurant, $59, plus tax and tip. Dates: July 23, Aug. 13, Sept. 3 and 24, Oct. 15, and Nov. 5 and 26.
City Oyster & Sushi Bar — 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 272-0220; www.cityoysterdelray.com.
Half-price wine: Take half off any bottle of wine under $99 on Mondays with the purchase of an entree.
Happy Hour: From 4-7 p.m. daily at the bar; includes half-off drinks, beer and select wines and $1 off raw bar.
Bottomless brunch: $13 mimosas and $13 endless Bloody Marys with the purchase of an entrée, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.
Deck 84 — 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 665-8484; www.deck84.com.
$1 Kids' Meals: Monday through Thursday, get a kids’ meal for a buck with the any adult entrée purchase. The $1 price benefits the Child Rescue Coalition. Kids are age 12 and younger. Through Sept. 30. No take-out/delivery.
Wine Wednesdays: Half-price.
Extended Happy Hour: From 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday get wine by the glass and half price on beer and spirits at the bar and high tops. A bar bites menu is available from 3-6 p.m.
Ellie’s 50’s Diner — 2401 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach. 276-7716.
Summertime Specials: Prix fixe breakfast ($4.97), lunch ($8.97) and dinner ($13.97).
Cash only deal: Get 20 percent off your check when you pay cash through Sept. 30. Not valid on Summertime Specials.
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar — 1841 S. Federal Highway, #402, Delray Beach. 266-3239; www.harvestseasonalgrill.com.
Prix fixe menu: From July 21-Aug. 2, get a $20 three-course prix fixe lunch menu and a $35 four-course dinner menu.
Lemongrass Asian Bistro — Two locations: 420 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 278-5050; www.lemongrassasianbistrodelraybeach.com, and 101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton. 544-8181; lemongrassasianbistrobocaraton.com.
Lunch specials — 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Sushi and sashimi lunch specials ($9.95-$12.95) come with a choice of appetizer: ginger salad, shumai (steamed or fried), gyoza (steamed or fried), California roll or a vegetarian spring roll. Poke bowls are $15.
Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza — 307 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 274-1969; www.luigiscoalovenpizzadelray.com/food/ ;
Summer Happy Hour: From 3-7 p.m. Monday Friday and 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, get half off well drinks, glasses of wine $12 or less, domestic beers, $1 off craft and imported beers, plus an array of appetizers from $5-$9.
Wine Wednesday: Half off all bottles of wine $100 or less all day.
Late Night Happy Hour: Get an 8-inch pizza for $5 from 10 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday.
Mussel Beach — 501 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 921-6464; www.musselbeachdelray.com.
Happy Hour: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the bar/lounge only. Get half-priced cocktails, $10 off mussel bowls and appetizers for $7, $10 and $14.
Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante — 3035 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach. 332-3406. www.sardinia-ristorante.com.
40 percent off Mondays: Take 40 percent off the food menu on Monday nights.
Pasta Wednesdays: Get a bowl of pasta for $12.
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa — 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 800-328-0170, www.eaupalmbeach.com.
Breeze Ocean Kitchen — Daily: Get two tacos and a margarita for $20.18.
Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro — Daily Eau Neighbors Lunch: A three-course meal is $28.
Daily Eau Neighbors Dinner: A three-course meal is $60.
Stir Bar & Terrace — The classic summer special: Tuesday through Thursday, get $5 Manhattans and Champagne by the glass at the bar.
Angle — Get a three-course tasting menu for $75 Tuesday through Thursday (a $20 savings).
The Breakers — 1 S. County Road, Palm Beach. 659-8488; www.thebreakers.com. Summer deals continue through Sept. 30.
Prix Fixe Summer Specials: Specially priced three-course menus at Echo and the Italian Restaurant.
Flagler Steakhouse’s Prix Fixe Brunch — A specially priced three-course Sunday brunch menu, through Sept. 30.
Sunday Brunch at the Circle dining room — Hotel guests save 20 percent.
Buccan — 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach. 833-3450; www.buccanpalmbeach.com.
Summer Sunday Fried Chicken Special: Chef Clay Conley brings back his summer fried chicken special. Every Sunday night through September, get three pieces of crispy chicken with specialty sides (like collards, baked beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits) for $27.
Café Boulud — 301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach. 655-6060; www.cafeboulud.com.
Le Voyage: Vietnam — July.
Le Voyage: China — August.
Summer Les Plats Du Jour — Monday to Sunday. A selection of classically inspired dishes
prepped by Executive Chef Rick Mace: Monday: Coq au Vin; Tuesday: Moules Frites; Wednesday: Moroccan Lamb Shank; Thursday: DB Burger; Friday: Salt Baked Yellowtail Snapper; Saturday: Chateaubriand for Two; Sunday: Veal Viennoise.
Brunch Prix Fixe: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Three courses, $39.
Lunch Prix Fixe: Noon-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Two courses, $29, or three for $36.
Dinner Prix Fixe: Three courses with your choice of dishes like Key West pink shrimp, pate grand-mere, moules frites and baked Alaska. Monday to Thursday, $49.
Happy Hour: From 4-6 daily in Le Passage, the remodeled lounge, get $9 wine and signature cocktails and ten $17 bar bites like squash blossoms, chicken yakitori, charred octopus and crispy duck pastilla.
Café L’Europe — 331 S. County Road, Palm Beach. 655-8272; www.cafeleurope.com.
Sensational Summer Prix Fixe menu: Choose from a trio of appetizers, four entrees and three desserts for $55.
Wine Not Wednesday — Bring your own bottle, with no corkage fee.
Thirsty Thursdays — 30 percent off all wine and Champagne bottles.
Fabulous Fridays: Start the weekend with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label — $85.
Wine Flight Weekends: Sample two ounces, three wines for $19.50 per flight.
Hai House — 150 Worth Ave., #234, Palm Beach. 766-1075; www.haihousepb.com.
Get a Summer Prix Fixe for 2 for $50, featuring soup, a dim sum sampler plate, and a shareable entrée and house fried rice. Upgrade to include two cocktails, wine or draft beer for $62.
Meat Market Palm Beach — 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach. 354-9800; www.
Signature Steak Sundays — Every Sunday five Signature Steaks are half price and offered at full- and half-sizes.
PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar — 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach. 655-5558; www.PBCatch.com
Summer BOGO: Before 6:30 p.m. daily, buy one entrée and get the second free. Dine in only.
Happy Hour: From 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily, get two-for-one drinks and oysters, and $5 appetizers.
And there’s more!
Flavors of the Season: Summer Dining Series — The annual series hosted by the Society of the Four Arts features four lunches by award-winning chefs at some of your favorite restaurants in Palm Beach. Chefs present meals especially suited to our long hot summer and will include a discussion with the chef on current dining trends. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. except the Grand Finale at the Flagler Steak House, which begins at 11 a.m. At that program, a discussion — “The Breakers — A City on the Island” — is planned. Tickets for the four-part series are $300, single lunches are $95. Meet at the restaurants; valet parking is available. Reservations are required at 805-8562; email email@example.com; www.fourarts.org.
Restaurants: July 11, Sant Ambroeus, Marco Barbisotti; Aug. 1, Renato’s, Javier Sanchez; Aug. 21, The Grand Finale at The Breakers Flagler Steak House, Anthony Sicignano.
Flavor Palm Beach
For September, the best restaurants throw a party and offer a three-course lunch for $20 and a three-course dinner for $30-$45. More than 50 restaurants are participating, including Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s Steakhouse, 50 Ocean, PB Catch, Vic and Angelo’s and Sant Ambroeus.
Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week — From Aug. 1-7, restaurants in downtown Delray Beach are hosting a week of multi-course prix fixe menus starting for lunch at $20 and dinner at $40 per person. More than 35 restaurants will participate, including Caffe Luna Rosa, Deck 84 and 50 Ocean. Info: www.downtowndelraybeach.com/restaurantweek.
Boca Restaurant Month — This takes place in September at more than 20 restaurants in Boca Raton. For $21, get a three-course lunch, and for $36 get a three-course dinner. Restaurants include Rocco’s Tacos, Brio, the Melting Pot, Morton’s Steakhouse, Prezzo and Ouzo Bay. Info: www.bocarestaurantmonth.com.
— Compiled by Janis Fontaine