By Jan Norris
The dress codes for fine dining restaurants relax in summer — and so do the prices.
Several dining specials are offered at restaurants throughout the area to make eating out more pleasant despite the humidity. It’s the perfect chance to try out a new restaurant or patronize a favorite that was too crowded in season.
Take advantage of these deals that run typically throughout the off-season. Remember to read the fine print for the specials, as some have restrictions on days or menu items. Prices listed do not include tax and tip — and most ask that you don’t share.
50 Ocean in Delray Beach kicks off summer with their Chef’s Summer Tasting Menu. It’s three courses for $35, served Sunday through Thursday. Choose from dishes such as lobster bisque or a Mediterranean plate of hummus, olives, feta cheese and pita to start. Main dishes include swordfish with roasted garlic and herb spaetzle; a honey-garlic grilled chicken with roast tomatoes and mushrooms and Florentine risotto; or a skillet-blackened cobia with roast corn puree, and blue crab, apple and fennel slaw. Dessert choices are chocolate lava cake or Key lime parfait. Restrictions apply, but for this menu, all guests at the table are asked to order from the tasting menu.
A similar Chef’s Tasting Menu is available for lunch, with grilled ham and cheese (house-smoked ham and Gruyere), a chicken BLT salad, a vegetarian Mediterranean sandwich or fish and chips available with dessert and starter for $25 per person. The menu is available Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a bonus for really early diners.
At the Atlantic Grille in the Seagate Hotel, a three-course prix fixe for two is $33 per person, and includes a bottle of the house wine. It’s Sunday through Thursday, and diners order from a menu that changes monthly to include seasonal foods.
Bistro Chez Jean-Pierre in Palm Beach offers a three-course prix fixe through Nov. 1, Tuesday through Friday, for $45. The menu changes weekly; dishes on a recent menu included a warm onion tart with mixed greens, homemade lobster ravioli with lobster sauce, sauteed fillet of snapper with Provençal sauce over ratatouille, sautéed calf’s liver with onions and mashed potatoes, and traditional coq au vin. Lemon tart, crème brûlée and profiteroles with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce are among desserts.
Brio Tuscan Grille in Boca Raton is offering an $8.95 Tuscan lunch Monday through Friday; their menu changes weekly and includes items such as rigatoni alla rosmarino, pesto ravioli fra diavolo, mezza sausage, pepperoni and ricotta flatbread with a salad, and chicken pizzaioli.
Buccan in Palm Beach features a special three-course fried chicken dinner prix-fixe for $35 on Sundays only, with wine specials as well.
Daniel Boulud brings back the popular Boulud Sud to Café Boulud for summer dining at the Brazilian Court. Mediterranean fare is served in the courtyard terrace and features dishes such as whole branzino, spiced lamb loin or octopus a la plancha with white beans, piquillo peppers and celery.
Also at Café Boulud, a three-course prix-fixe dinner is $35 per person, and lunch, noon to 2:30, is $20.14. New menu selections include cappellini primavera, or coriander-spiced tuna with red quinoa, or a grilled pork loin with crispy polenta.
Cafe Frankie’s in Boynton Beach has $2 and $3 drink deals all day, along with half off appetizers 4:30-6:30 p.m. (dine-in only). Pizza specials there are $8.99 and $9.99 for lunch, and for take-out on Monday through Wednesdays.
Get to Callaro’s Steak House in Lake Worth by 6 p.m., and take advantage of their “First Impressions” dinner: choice of soup or salad, choice of side, a steak entree and dessert, along with a non-alcoholic beverage, for $21.99. Other entree choices like chops or crab cakes are $19.99 for the deal.
A number of deals are at Del Frisco’s Grille in Palm Beach, including the 7-7-7 option — seven appetizers for $7 each at the bar till 7 p.m. Pimento-cheese fritters, pulled pork empanadas, deviled eggs and more are on the list. The signature cocktail, Tito’s Classic Island Martini, is $8 during the 7-7-7.
A three-course dinner menu here is $35 — and includes a choice of starters like jumbo lump crab gazpacho, entrees like a 6-ounce filet with potato cake or grilled mahi with sweet shrimp and fingerling potatoes; and yogurt panna cotta or chocolate espresso tart for dessert.
In Boca Raton, Josef’s Table is offering a $29.95 three-course prix fixe dinner nightly. Entrees include grilled mahi mahi, steak au poivre, wagyu steak frites, Wiener salon goulash, Wiener schnitzel, grilled lamb rack and more.
It’s lobster on special at Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach, where during summer months, diners can get a whole lobster prepared scampi or fra diavolo style for $15. Sides are extra.
A five-course dinner, with dishes selected by the chef, is at Jove Kitchen & Bar in the Four Seasons Palm Beach. The $55 meal includes chef’s signature dishes from a menu of appetizers, pasta or risotto, seafoods, meats and desserts. Wine pairings to match the dishes are available for an additional charge. This special runs at Jove through August.
Also at the resort, a summer barbecue on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day is served at the Atlantic Bar & Grill. Dishes are $16 to $20 with grilled meats and vegetables with craft beer pairings. And at Graze on the beach, “haute dogs” with global condiments, salads and sides are combined for $20 through July.
Two diners eat for $29 on Tuesdays at The Little House in Boynton Beach. The three-course menu includes dishes like a grilled steak salad or meatloaf sliders and chocolate panna cotta to share, all with a bottle of Mars and Venus merlot. The menu changes occasionally.
A three-course tasting menu is available for $55 per person, Sundays through Thursdays at Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach. They also offer half off on wines Mondays and Fridays.
A special “Getting Roasted” dinner is set for July 6 — for $45, dinner includes Southern-inspired relish tray, a choice of meats from a whole roasted hog, barbecue brisket or Southern fried chicken, and sides served family style. The dinner includes cobbler and other desserts. Beverages, including spiked tea or sangria, are extra.
Work out a plan to take in The Office’s dinner specials — they change nightly. And happy hours are expanded to 3-7 p.m. and after 10 p.m. daily. A selection of special cocktails are $10 until October.
The foods line up like this: Monday, it’s barbecue with a variety of ribs, chicken, pulled pork and more on the menu with half-price house drinks and craft beers from 3 p.m. to close. Tuesdays, from 5 p.m. to close, it’s seafood specials with half-price wines ($49 and under bottles) off the list.
Burgers and craft beers are on special Wednesdays, including the monster Office Burger Challenge, a 4-pound dish that could include two burger patties, a waffle, two fried eggs, bacon, cheese and more. If the diner finishes the meal, The Office pays for it. (Restrictions apply.)
Thursdays are surf ’n’ turf with free desserts given with any surf ’n’ turf offering.
New is the Sunday Brunch that began in June, with bottomless brunch drinks (bloody Marys, Bellinis, mimosas and Champagne) for $15.
At Palm Beach Catch, a choice of items are on the “skinny” prix fixe menu for $29 for dinner. Baby kale and beet salad, mussels, cioppino or filet mignon are among the dishes featured. These are available from 4:30-10 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
At The Office’s sister restaurant, Vic & Angelo’s, a similar daily special list is available. Mondays it’s half-off all wine and cannolis. Tuesdays, it’s BOGO on pizzas and pastas. Wednesdays, a prime rib dinner with salad and mashed potatoes and dessert is $24.95 per person. Thursdays, lobster notte features 1-pound Maine lobsters with sides and desserts for $24.95 per person.
Several Palm Beach restaurants are participating in the $20.14 annual promotion for lunch, including Renato’s, Bice Ristorante, Café Via Flora and Ta-Boó.
And let’s all scream for ice cream on Tuesdays. Buy a cone or cup at Hoffman’s Chocolates, and get one of the same or lesser value free. This deal ends Aug. 12, and is available at all Hoffman’s South Florida shops.
If You Go
50 Ocean, 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 278-3364; 50ocean.com
The Atlantic Grille in Seagate Hotel, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 655-4800; theseagatehotel.com
Bice Ristorante, 313 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 835-1600; palmbeach.bicegroup.com
Bistro Chez Jean Pierre, 132 N. County Road, Palm Beach; 833-1171
Brio Tuscan Grill, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 392-3777; brioitalian.com
Buccan, 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 833-3450; buccanpalmbeach.com
Café Boulud, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 655-6060, cafeboulud.com
Cafe Frankie’s, 640 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach; 732-3834 (no website)
Café Via Flora, 240 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 514-4959; cafeviaflora.com
Callaro’s Steak House, 717 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 588-9730; callarossteakhouse.com
Del Frisco’s Grille, 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; delfriscosgrille.com
Four Seasons Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 582-2800; fourseasons.com/palmbeach/
Hoffman’s Chocolate Shoppe, 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 750-0021; and 705 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 766-2517; hoffmans.com
Josef’s Table, 5030 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton; 353-2700; josefstable.com
Josie’s Ristorante, 1602 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 364-9601; josiesristorante.com
The Little House, 480 E. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach; 420-0573; thelittlehousebb.com
Max’s Harvest, 169 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 381-9970; maxsharvest.com
The Office, 201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 888-507-7463; theofficedelray.com
Palm Beach Catch, 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; 655-5558; pbcatch.com
Renato’s, 87 Via Mizner, Palm Beach; 655-9752; renatospalmbeach.com
Ta-boó, 221 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 835-3500; taboorestaurant.com
Vic & Angelo’s, 290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 844-842-2632; vicandangelos.com