Yes, it’s 2022, and we are still masking and vaxing, but we have certainly left the house, and Palm Beach restaurant reservations have swelled.
And for those restaurants that offer a private dining space, it is truly the holy grail. Once the purview of hedge fund lunches, bridal showers, charity events and seminal birthdays, today, diners are turning to private spaces for extra privacy and seclusion.
After closing down for 17 months during the pandemic, The Regional in West Palm Beach has just re-opened. Demand for its two private rooms has been robust.
“We’re seeing more inquiries from smaller parties and families who want to have a space to themselves,” says Jennifer Forsythe, The Regional’s catering and private dining director.
At the ultra-luxe Le Bilboquet, which revitalized Worth Avenue when it opened a year ago, its private space is always in demand.
“When we built our Palm Beach location, we wanted to cater to those who love the chic privacy and fun of a room of their own,” explained Dobi Trendafilova, director of operations. “Our dedicated team handles everything from curated menus, flowers, music and more. They go to great lengths to create a memorable, and comfortable, experience.”
The Spot: Le Bilboquet
The Crowd: Globetrotting, Foreign Affairs Mag Devotees intersecting with Hollywood Scenesters and the Red-carpet-ready Social Set
Right along the most exquisite shops in the world is Le Bilboquet Palm Beach. Its dining room is elegant without being ostentatious. It sits above the energetic tropical patio and can either be reached by a sultry, curvilinear staircase or a private elevator. It feels like you’re in a Provence country estate. There is room for up to 30 guests.
The Spot: 1000 North
The Crowd: For the Casual, Yacht Loving, decked in frilly Zimmerman or classic Ralph Lauren, Mixing it Up with North County’s Pro-golfers
Just 30 minutes North of Palm Beach lies this waterfront, two-story restaurant. Its private room is decorated with serene wood paneling and has an understated, modern and nautical vibe. Outside, guests can watch the boats sail by, take in the cool ocean breezes at night and gaze at the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. It can accommodate up to 30 people.
The Spot: Florie’s at Four Seasons Resort
The Crowd: Pampered, Luxury Travelers from Up North, Dressed in Best Beach Attire and Boho Baubles Ready to Feast, Frolic and Finish NYTimes’ Bestsellers
Just south from the heart of Palm Beach Island is the semi-secluded, posh Four Seasons with its restaurant, Florie’s, headed by a Michelin-star chef. It has a private dining room and terrace that looks out to sea. The private dining room can accommodate up to 24 guests.
The Spot: The Regional
The Crowd: Young Professionals with their Canali Sports Coats, Theater Buffs in Little Black Dresses, Out-of-state Weekenders
Right in downtown West Palm Beach, next door to the Kravis Center. It’s also across the street from the Convention Center. This large restaurant brings a casual vibe to the bustling downtown with its chic farmhouse decor. Two private rooms can seat 25 and 30 guests, respectively. They can also be joined to seat up to 70 guests.