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10 Places To Eat On Atlantic Avenue In Delray Beach

In South Florida, we're lucky that we're able to eat outside any time of the year. Some cooler winter weather can’t stop us. Heck, it may even help. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of alfresco dining options along Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. And, yes, sitting along the sidewalk and people-watching is the best part of the whole experience.

Next time you find yourself strolling about the downtown Delray shopping and dining destination and feel yourself getting hungry, check out any of these 10 places to eat on Atlantic Avenue.

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  • Tryst
  • 32 East
  • Rocco's Tacos
  • The Office
  • Caffe Martier
  • Lemongrass Asian Bistro
  • Cut 432
  • Mussel Beach
  • J&J Seafood Bar & Grill

1. Tryst

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Brought to you by the same folks behind DADA in Delray and Kapow in Boca, Tryst embraces the essence of a local pub with dishes rooted in the prominent bar culture of Europe. Offering brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night treats, the restaurant boasts fresh farm-to-table dishes that emphasize local produce and fresh meats. Try the chorizo burger, or go the more exotic route with spicy vegan pad Thai, and top it all off with homemade ice cream for dessert.

4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

 

2. 32 East

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If wood-fired dates wrapped in prosciutto and topped with toasted pecans don’t lure you into 32 East, something else on its daily menu most likely will. The restaurant crafts a romantic environment—from tables with red roses lit up by hazy candles to the smell of fresh vegetables and creamy desserts flowing from the kitchen. Try the juicy mahi mahi, served with coconut cream corn, or the grilled lamb rack, which sits atop a heaping bed of chopped vegetables. 

32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 

 

3. Rocco's Tacos

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You know what they say: When at Rocco's (or is it, "When in Rome?" Anyway…), order a margarita. And some tacos. And definitely the guac. New to Atlantic Avenue, this taqueria and tequila bar is a South Florida favorite. The indoor/outdoor Mexican restaurant serves up all kinds of tacos—pulled chicken in adobo, slow-roasted pork, mushroom, sausage, shrimp and more—and legendary guacamole prepared tableside. Sometimes you can find owner Rocco Mangel himself pouring free shots for guests. On weekends, you can enjoy $12 bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas during brunch. No matter the time, soak up all the salsa and revel in a lively atmosphere while surrounded by authentic decor purchased from small villages across Mexico.

110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

 

4. The Office

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The Office characterizes itself as a lively, bustling gastropub that exerts an enormous amount of effort and care into every aspect of its menu—both food and drink. The CEO burger, noted as its most popular burger and a personal favorite of our editorial staff, comes heaped in tomato jam, blue cheese, bacon, Gruyère, arugula and signature “office sauces”— all with the word "office" branded into the top bun. Order some crispy truffle fires, soy-mirin glazed edamame, or asiago mac and cheese to truly embrace The Office experience. Plus, there are dozens of red and white wines and craft beers offered, making choosing a drink just as complicated as choosing what to eat. 

201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

 

5. Caffe Martier

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The European-style Caffe Martier offers a Mediterranean-influenced menu of sandwiches, wraps and panini. But what's unique about this sidewalk eatery is that it's housed within one of the sweetest spots on the avenue. Guests can enjoy a light meal under the arch of the historic Arcade Building while taking in the fresh air. Order a coffee and some delicious starters, such as the avocado bruschetta, before diving into the sandwich of your choice. Meanwhile, passersby will envy you for eating somewhere so picturesque as they peer into the open-air restaurant, which offers those outside a full view of the main dining room indoors. (P.S. Here's a little secret: Hidden inside the restaurant is a cocktail bar that recently opened up in the same spot as Delray's original Prohibition-era speakeasy.)

411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

 

6. Lemongrass Asian Bistro

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Searching for sushi? Tempted by Thai food? Have a hankering for Vietnamese? Lemongrass Asian bistro has it all—and at the right prices, too. The menu features an extensive sushi roll selection, Asian small plates, noodles, fried rice and more. And all of this comes served in hefty portion sizes and in a comfortably casual but modern environment. Try the Hawaiian Dancer—a dish of sautéed scallops, chicken, pineapple, veggies and cashew nuts in a tamarind sauce—or the Masaman curry served with coconut milk, sweet potatoes, avocado and peanuts. Just look for the lime green awning, and enjoy the al fresco seating.

419 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

 

7. Cut 432

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This modern steakhouse offers a range of prime cut meats such as filets, prime ribs and veal all cooked to perfection. Pick a complimentary steak sauce—such as toasted peppercorn, chimichurri or creamy horseradish—to dress your dish. Seafood options with sauces just as distinct are offered as well. Vegetarians can enjoy a delicious array of vegetables and are encouraged to ask the chef to whip up a dish just for them.

432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

 

8. Mussel Beach

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It would be shellfish of us to keep this place a secret. This pun-filled restaurant serves more than a dozen different flavors of imported Prince Edward Island mussels—sold by the pound and served in wooden buckets. Flavor options include chowder, Florentine spinach, Fra Diavolo with tomatoes and basil, Lobster bisque, prosciutto, and Thai. Plus, they start you off with a complimentary basket of truffle fries. Does it get any better than that?

501 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

 

9. J&J Seafood Bar & Grill

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Dive into a delicious fresh catch from the Atlantic Ocean at J&J Seafood Bar & Grill. Owner and chef John Hutchinson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has crafted an eclectic menu featuring everything from clam linguini with marinara to grilled grouper with scallops and coconut curry shrimp. For those who want something from the land, the restaurant offers an assortment of delicious beef, chicken and vegetarian options that can be enjoyed in an intimate environment.

634 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

 

10. Hudson at Waterway East

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UPDATE: — Hudson at Waterway East is no longer in business. 

Yes, this one's on Atlantic Avenue, too. If you still haven't discovered the secret that is Hudson at Waterway East, take a stroll over the Atlantic Avenue Bridge, and prepare to dine with a spectacular view of the Intracoastal. The restaurant offers a seafood-centric menu with favorites such as crab mac and cheese and jumbo lump crab cake and seasonal additions, like warm kale and bacon salad or roasted squash and ricotta flatbread. While you're there, be sure to check out the outdoor Pier Bar, where shots are half-off any time the drawbridge goes up.

900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach