With the advent of the Brightline, it’s now incredibly easy to travel from Miami to Palm Beach for an afternoon or even just for dinner. The luxury train service makes the ride so enjoyable—think WiFi, healthy snacks, and cocktails—that we’ve rounded up five of the best spots to visit on your next trip north.
Although one might not expect a high-end restaurant to be situated in a furniture store, the RH Rooftop Restaurant at Restoration Hardware is the exception to the rule. For one, said store has the feel of a tony four-story mansion, and is impeccably decorated in the brand’s aesthetically pleasing industrial style. As for the elevated eatery, which is flanked by lush greenery, guests can choose from seasonally driven sandwiches, salads, and burgers while overlooking the city of West Palm Beach. 560 Okeechobee Blvd., 561-804-6826
Just steps from Clematis Street and the Intracoastal Waterway, Avocado Grill in downtown West Palm Beach is the kind of spot that you’ll want to visit again and again. That’s because in addition to a whole section of the menu that’s dedicated to avocado—think grilled avocado wedges with spiced mango and tuna avocado spring rolls with watermelon salsa—there are fish tacos, fresh salads, ceviches, and more. 125 Datura St., 561-623-0822
Situated in West Palm Beach for about 10 years, Pistache French Bistro evokes the cozy atmosphere of a quintessential Parisian eatery. The menu is representative of traditional French cooking, offering up specialties such as coq au vin, steak frites, and duck confit. If you stop in for dinner, be sure to ask about the summer prix fixe menu; available Sunday through Thursday, you’ll have the chance to try some of the restaurant’s most popular offerings. 101 N. Clematis St., 561-833-5090
Billed as one of the first farm-to-table restaurants in the area, CityPlace’s The Regional Kitchen & Public House is the brainchild of Top Chef finalist Lindsay Autry. A native of North Carolina, Autry blends her southern roots with Latin and French influences she picked up during her time working in Mexico and the Caribbean. With delectable offerings such as fried green tomatoes, pickled shrimp, and a country sausage cassoulet, dining here is a no-brainer. 651 Okeechobee Blvd., 561-557-6460
The Lincoln Road mainstay’s sister restaurant, Meat Market Palm Beach, offers the invariable upscale cuisine, creative cocktails, and elegant atmosphere for which the steakhouse is known. While the focus is on prime-cut steaks, the menu also boasts an impressive array of seafood. If you’re up for an early dinner, stop by between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on a weeknight to experience the summer twilight dinner, which offers three delicious courses and a side dish for a fixed price. 191 Bradley Pl., 561-354-9800
Photography by: Photography courtesy Ben Rusnak