by David Rolland
Every year around this time when a restaurant hostess asks if you’d like to eat outside, the answer is always, “Yes, please!” Now, thanks to everything going on since early 2020, we have a new reason to want to dine outside beyond the pleasant weather. To help you manage the restaurant scene in an area well known for its top notch dining atmosphere, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places for outdoor dining in Jupiter.
The outdoor seating area and bar has a view fit for any of its celebrity
owners including professional golfer Ernie Els, and the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. Opened just a couple years
ago, 1000 North has a diverse menu with items specially marked for
people with dietary restrictions or are more health conscious. The
waterfront location, where you’re invited to arrive by boat or car, offers
four unique dining areas, each with stunning views of the Jupiter
Lighthouse and Intracoastal Waterway. But as with many of Jupiter’s
greatest restaurants with outdoor dining, the seafood is the thing.
Item to try: “Street Corn” Caesar Salad. Cotija cheese, cornbread
crumble, and charred corn relish make for an unlikely combination
that will have you returning to this spot.
1000 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; (561) 570-1000
Alongside the marina of Jupiter Inlet stands this local favorite that
not only boasts sixteen docks ready for hungry and thirsty boaters,
but also a sandy beach with a view of the Jupiter Lighthouse. You’re
invited to indulge in their happy hour, held weekdays from 5 to 6
p.m., where you can drink in the sunset and enjoy half off well liquor
and house wine, $2 off premium liquors and wines, and $1 off all
beers. The menu is expansive, specializing in seafood in all its variations from Caribbean bowls to sushi rolls.
Item to try: Sweet Potato Crusted Hogfish served with mango, sambal, and mixed greens gets raves. Make sure to order as a side the
U-Tiki Potatoes. They’re what you might expect if mashed potatoes
and hash browns had a baby that was delivered in a cheesy crust.
1095 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter, (561) 406-2210
Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar
Dinner with a free show is the norm at Guanabanas. This waterfront
tropical haven is a North County favorite for many, and it’s easy to
see why. Not only do you have front-row access to an inlet waterway
just west of A1A, but there’s plenty of tiki-style seating, hanging lights,
palm trees and romantic pathways that will give you the feeling of
being on a vacation on some faraway island. It’s a laid-back paradise
right in your own backyard, which is something we can all enjoy right
Aside from Guanabanas’ incredible menu and happy hour specials,
its live music is the perfect addition. Local, regional and national
artists grace Guanabanas’ stage several days a week, and you can
even plan what artists to check out by visiting the restaurant’s live
Item to try: Floridian Fritters, the restaurant’s sustainable take on the
conch fritter. As conch becomes increasingly endangered, the team
decided to use local seafood to create a fritter made with Florida
shrimp and crab. It is served with a sweet jalapeño mustard sauce
and is a great snack to get started with.
960 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter; (561) 747-8878
Dive Bar Restaurant
The Asian-American restaurant with a witty name at the Jupiter Yacht
Club Marina is taking their COVID protocols seriously, including placing tables at least six feet apart, regular sanitization of all surfaces
and tables, and masks and gloves required for all employees. This
means that you can enjoy their sushi and raw bar, and open-air bar
with a big aquarium and marina views with zero worry. Just think of it
as a way to stretch out, relax and appreciate the beautiful waterfront
as you ponder over which item on the menu will go over best in the
beautiful outdoors. Take the time to check out their massive 2,000
gallon aquarium along with several smaller ones where you can spy
on lobsters, sea horses, and even a shark.
Item to try: Oysters Rockefeller. These broiled fresh plump oysters
are stuffed with creamed spinach and topped with Swiss cheese.
318 S. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter, (561) 747-4767
Jetty’s Waterfront Restaurant
For more than 28 years, Jetty’s has been a favorite outdoor hangout
for those who want to take in views of the Jupiter Inlet Waterway and
the crimson red Jupiter Lighthouse. They take advantage of their
location by specializing in freshly caught seafood, but if you prefer
turf to surf they also serve certified Angus steaks and ribs. If you want
to eat before it gets dark, every night from 5 to 6 p.m. they offer an
early bird special where you get your choice of more than a dozen
entrees served with an appetizer and side dish for only $19.95.
Item to try: Oriental Chilean Sea Bass. Though the fish comes from
halfway across the world, it is a popular favorite. It is grilled, basted
and served with light soy sesame.
1075 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter, (561) 743-8166