Eat the Boulevard:
PGA Dining Guide
Where to eat and drink during the Honda Classic.
A golf fan can work up quite an appetite watching the action on the greens at Honda Classic, the challenging first stop on the PGA Tour’s Florida swing. And the PGA National Resort and Spa, home of the Classic, is not a bad place for a hungry fan. Not only does the resort offer a solid trio of dining and sipping options, it sits at the western edge of an entire boulevard of eating and drinking possibilities.
Here’s a west-to-east guide of PGA Boulevard area spots, from The Classic greens to U.S. Highway 1.
PGA NATIONAL RESORT
400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-627-4852
Site of the Classic, the resort offers a good trio of options: the fancy Ironwood Steak & Seafood steakhouse, the casual iBar for drinks and smaller bites, and the recently unveiled iDeck alfresco terrace, where you can order dishes from either or both of the above.
7100 Fairway Dr., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-691-5662
This family-owned Thai spot is a favorite of local and visiting golfers and other star athletes. And the fact that it’s the closest eatery to the PGA resort is not the only reason. The flavors and freshness of the dishes are spot on, thanks to chef/owner Charlie Soo. Add to that efficient, warm service and you’ve got an ace.
5530 PGA Blvd.;561-425-5651
Good stop for a cocktail or wines by the bottle or glass. Nicely curated menu of well-presented dishes.
5100 PGA Blvd.;561-627-9800
Self-serve fro-yo sold by weight.
ROCCO’S TACOS &TEQUILA BAR
5090 PGA Blvd.; 561-623-0127
Always a fiesta in this lively Mexican eatery, where the décor seems plucked from Merida and the tableside guac is addictive.
4610 PGA Blvd.; 561-622-0032
Welcome to the buzziest restaurant on the PGA corridor, an American brasserie that draws lively cocktail, dinner and Sunday brunch crowds. From charcuterie and cheese boards to yummy bar snacks, the menu is designed to have you at hello.
Try any of Chef Adam Brown’s fresh salads or veggie dishes, laden with locally grown ingredients, or meatier selections. His Sunday brunch dishes (hello, Cooper Eggs Benedict!) are delicious, and the Bloody Mary bar is impressive.
4580 PGA Blvd.;561-622-3222
This café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus coffee, homemade pastries and gelato.
SPOTO’S OYSTER BAR
4560 PGA Blvd.; 561-776-9448
Consider this place one-stop shopping for the seafood fan. Sit at the bar for a dozen oysters and couple of drinks, then segue to dinner for seafood classics. The New England clam chowder is delectable, as is the lobster risotto or any of the pasta dishes. And the key lime pie? Dreamy.
SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE
4675 PGA Blvd.; 561-202-6888
Family-friendly spot for sushi and hibachi.
4783 PGA Blvd.; 561-318-6191
Palm Beach County premier plant-based eatery, upscale Christopher’s Kitchen dazzles its diners with creative dishes that will make even carnivores fall in love with cashew cream and macadamia ricotta, fresh juices and nut “mylks,” abundant salads, soups, pizza, bowls and decadent desserts. A small, but nicely curated selection of wines is served. Craft beer is served as well.
4540 PGA Blvd.; 561-77503705
Café chain serving salads, soups and sandwiches.
4655 PGA Blvd.; 561-246-3874
National chain serving tacos, burritos and bowls.
VIC & ANGELO’S
4520 PGA Blvd.; 844-842-2632
Buzzy trattoria where the meatballs are enormous (and delicious) and the pasta and pizzas are shareable.Stylish yet accessible, the restaurant is loved by families and couples on date night. The happy hour (3 to 7 p.m. daily) is one of the best on the boulevard.Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
4645 PGA Blvd.; 561-630-3660
A traditional steakhouse with bar options. Ideal for larger groups.
4625 PGA Blvd.; 561-694-2711
Popular American eatery serving a variety of classics. The 25-buck, garlicky Steak N’ Fries platter is hard to beat.
4533 PGA Blvd.; 561-627-2662
This Gardens classic is a favorite spot for a romantic dinner. Nice menu of American-meets-global classics, presented with a twist. Wine bar. Serves lunch and dinner.
Downtown at the Gardens
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens (just off PGA Blvd., east of I-95)
The shopping and entertainment complex houses movie theaters, a Whole Foods Market, interesting boutiques and a range of dining and drinking options that include a CheesecakeFactory, a TooJay’s deli, a Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Paris in Town Le Bistro, the health-minded Blend Bistro, MJ’s Bistro Bar (upstairs) and Dirty Martini nightclub.
The Gardens Mall
3101 PGA Blvd.
Yes, there’s a food court and a couple of Starbucks at this upmarket mall, but the dining options don't end there. Eateries include Figs by Todd English (inside Macy’s), The Bistro at Nordstrom and PF Chang’s China Bistro.
Our picks: the buzzy Brio Tuscan Grille for Italian bites and wines, and The Counter Custom Built Burgers for design-your-own burgers, shoestring fries and grown-up shakes (entrance between Bloomingdale’s and Sears).
11290 Legacy Ave. (on PGA Blvd., east of I-95)
Amid the big-box offerings (Best Buy, Total Wine), you’ll find a handful of dining options, including a TGI Friday’s, Chili’s, Sal’s Italian Ristorante, Moe’s SouthwestGrill, Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches, Bagel Boyz and Paris Chic French bakery.
Our picks: The Capital Grille for a civilized drink and steak, and Five Guys for burgers.
2680 PGA Blvd.; 561-804-7777
Excellent pizza and some of the house salad on the boulevard.
2588 PGA Blvd.; 561-622-9781
Daylight eatery serving dinner classics.
2582 PGA Blvd.; 561-626-9868
Local chain serving deliciously marinated and roasted chicken.
SUN HAI TOKYO
2534 PGA Blvd.; 561-627-9200
Family-owned eatery serving Asian classics.
HIROKI JAPANESE CAFÉ
2460 PGA Blvd.; 561-328-6807
Large, popular Asian buffet-style eatery.
CARMINE’S OCEAN GRILL AND SUSHI BAR
2401 PGA Blvd.; 561-472-7900
Wide-ranging and diverse selection of fish and seafood, both cooked and raw, are served in a stylish setting.
CARMINE’S LA TRATTORIA
2401 PGA Blvd.; 561-775-0186
Deliciously prepared Italian favorites served in a waterfront setting.
ANGRY MOON CAFÉ
2401 PGA Blvd.; 561-694-7945
A wine bar and café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. (Open to 4 p.m.Sunday).
2300 PGA Blvd.; 561-694-1700
Take the always-packed parking lot as a sign that this spot has one of the best views in Palm Beach Gardens. Waterfront cocktails; large indoor dining room serving large, approachable menu.
11611 Ellison Wilson Rd. (at PGA Blvd.); 561-625-5852
Upmarket national chain serving judiciously portioned, nicely prepared dishes in a swanky setting. Outdoor terrace overlooks waterway.
2000 PGA Blvd.; 561-671-2337
First, the bad news: They don’t make food here. The good news: They make beer. How often do you find yourself on a boulevard with a brewery? Named for the stately banyan trees that appoint the city’s original entrance, the brewery offers a good range of craft beers on tap, from saisons to double IPAs and stouts. As for the food, the brewery offers a batch of local menus of restaurants that will deliver.
CARMINE’S CRAB SHACK
2000 PGA Blvd.; 561-275-2185
New England-inspired seafood specialties in a stylishly rustic setting.
2000 PGA Blvd. (CityCenter); 561-540-2822
One of the best diners in Palm Beach County, no-frills Sara’s serves abundantly portioned, fresh and hearty breakfast and lunch dishes.