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One of the best things about a visit to The Breakers Palm Beach is that you can dine at a different restaurant every day of your vacation. Each of the resort’s eight dining outlets provides a unique experience — and top-notch food.
HMF is The Breakers’ newest restaurant, though with its mid-century design by Adam Tihany and emphasis on classic cocktails (try the gin fizz or the cosmo-like Redhead with lime foam), it’s also a retro-chic throwback to classic Palm Beach cocktail parties of the 1950s. Everything from the waitstaff’s glamorous black outfits to the custom soundtracks and DJ tunes recalls the legendary Palm Beach highlife. But HMF takes its food just as seriously as its scene. A 70-item menu focuses on shared plates (with extra-long utensils to prove it) divided into sections such as “hearth and robata” (order the Margherita pizzette) and “food truck” (items include Korean short ribs and SoCal fish tacos).
Flagler Steakhouse, which, as of November 2013, also sports a bold Tihany design, is located across the street from the beachfront hotel’s main building at the Ocean Clubhouse overlooking the Ocean Course. The vibe here is classic steakhouse with a modern twist. A royal blue, red and cream palette and playful cow prints set the stage for an expansive menu featuring the top selection of USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood and Italian dishes. Simply put, it’s not your father’s steakhouse.
For casual, local seafood overlooking the Atlantic, head to The Seafood Bar at the end of The Breakers’ south loggia. This restaurant and raw bar is open for lunch and dinner, and caters to sports lovers with TVs playing various games. The most striking things about the ocean-inspired setting are two L-shaped aquarium bars. Watch the bar light up and change colors as fish swim by under your drink.
The luxury hotel’s two beachfront, poolside eateries are The Beach Club Restaurant and The Ocean Grill. The Beach Club, which has a Mediterranean feel and is a bit dressier than The Ocean Grill, serves breakfast and lunch. The Ocean Grill serves lunch only, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and has the perfect patio for outdoor dining. A short walk away around the pools, find The Surf Break, a new, gazebo-style option for drinks and pool fare.
The aptly named Italian Restaurant, located next to the Family Entertainment Center, is a casual option for families (though no one will blame you if you drop the kids at the center, least of all the children — they’ll be too busy admiring the movie theater, Xbox and PlayStation). In true Italian style, the menu runs from antipasti such as tuna crudo flavored with Florida orange to carni such as filet mignon with Gorgonzola bread pudding.
Walk through HMF to find The Circle, The Breakers’ opulent, frescoed circular dining room that serves hearty breakfasts daily and a lavish Sunday brunch. The fresh-squeezed orange juice and tropical fruits are among the best we’ve had, and specialties like the mango-white-chocolate-chip pancakes are worth the indulgence. Even on weekdays, continental and full buffets offer more delicious options than you could possibly eat.
Three blocks away from the main resort, Echo is The Breakers’ Asian-fusion restaurant with a downtown feel. Like the other restaurants here, Echo offers modern twists on traditional dishes (this time, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai). Walk past the bamboo at the entrance, take a seat in a sleek red-leather bar stool and watch the chefs entertain at the sushi bar. You’ll be sharing space with in-the-know locals here.