I was born and raised in West Palm Beach – graduated high school there before heading to Orlando for UCF – so it has always had a special place in my heart and memories. The downtown Clematis Street district was always one of my favorite places to explore – from little kitschy shops like the Clematis Street News Stand to rowdy night clubs like Roxy’s.
West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street Dining District today is home to a vibrant collection of restaurants and shops near the waterfront and has evolved into an international cuisine capital.
Located within walking distance of one another, this area offers an extensive variety of authentic culinary menus including Cuban, Middle Eastern, French, Latin, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and more.
Here are 5 Must Try Dishes from West Palm Beach’s Growing International Food Scene
1. Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Signature Dish – Seafood Molcajete
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar opened in 2007 and serves fresh Mexican cuisine. Clematis Street was the original location and launching pad for this popular restaurant which now has multiple locations in South Florida. They are known for their made-to-order guacamole, prepared tableside.
2. Pistache Restaurant Signature Dish – Steak Frites
Pistache Restaurant opened in 2008 and is a classic Parisian eatery with a sophisticated French bistro ambiance.
3. Leila’s Restaurant Signature Dish – Rack of Lamb
Leila’s Restaurant opened in 2008 and serves an extensive Middle Eastern menu and is known for their authentic belly dancers
4. Kabuki Restaurant Signature Dish – Seared Ahi Tuna Roll
Kabuki Restaurant serving sushi and Thai food which opened in 2011.
5. The Chick Pea & Hummus Bar Signature Dish – Falafel Salad Bowl
The Chick Pea Grill & Hummus Bar opened in 2014 and is a favored lunch spot in downtown. They offer fresh, made-to-order Mediterranean cuisine and are known for their falafels.