Boca Raton

Boca Raton is a city on the east coast of Florida, located about halfway between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The name translates literally as "Mouse Mouth", and is believed to derive from a Spanish nautical term for a shallow inlet filled with jagged rocks.

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Morikami Museum

Delray Beach. The Morikami complex in the western part of Boca includes a small but interesting museum of Japanese art and culture as well as extensive, beautiful Japanese gardens set around a lake. The museum restaurant overlooking the lake offers good Japanese food at a moderate price with a splendid view. The Morikami Museum also has events monthly where people can eat sushi and walk around the gardens at night. The Morikami's biggest event is the annual Bon Festival in August, drawing tens of thousands of people for taiko drumming, lantern ceremonies and a firework display.

Caldwell Theatre Company.

Located on the west side of Federal Highway of north Boca Raton, the Caldwell Theatre Company opened its doors in December 1975 at the suggestion of James R. Caldwell, inventor of the rubber dustpan and founder of the Rubbermaid Corporation. Over the course of 34 years and four different locations, including its now permanent location in the Count de Hoernle Theatre, the Caldwell has been called South Florida’s “Cinderella Theatre” and Boca Raton’s “Jewel in the Crown.” []

Bullfish Sports Bar

Suite F, Delivery +1 561 488-9665, Formally known as Packy's of Boca Raton, still a warm, family friendly bar that welcomes all NY Jets and NY Giants fans as well as other sports enthusiasts. Plenty to watch with 17 TVs, including 7 satellites. Nightly beer specials including All Day, All Night $2 Pints of Heineken. Karaoke night Thursdays. Tuesday Night kids special, free kids meal with purchase of adult entree. Located in the southeast corner of the Loggers Run Plaza in West Boca Raton.

Sushi Thai Asian Bistro

The list of sushi covers just about anything you could want, including a large variety of cooked rolls, tamaki and complete sushi/sashimi dinners. Appetizers include deep-fried lemongrass rolls, duck noodle soup, green papaya, tomato and shrimp salad. Favorites include Pad Thai and Pad Woonsen, and a dish called deep blue sea, with scallops, shrimp, mussels, fish and veggies. Just south of Mizner Park in East Boca Raton.

Sushi Masa Thai Cuisine

Sushi Masa is no mere sushi bar, specializing in Thai and Japanese cuisine. Impressive Thai menu includes Duck curry, seafood garlic, seafood curry, and fried fish with sauce choice, cooked rolls, Pad Thai, a delicious mix of stir fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, ground roasted peanuts, and your choice of chicken, shrimp, beef, veggies, or a combination of your choice. Prices at Sushi Masa, are a nice bargain.

Pizza Fusion

The Pizza Fusion all-natural, gluten-free, organic pie is a slender 28” long and 9” wide and it’s crust is thin and crispy, using 100% all-natural “00” flour imported from Naples, Italy. Topped with locally grown, organic ingredients (when available), baking all ingredients in it’s soap-stone Roto-flex oven and delivering it’s delicious meals in Pizza Fusion’s earth-friendly Hybrid delivery vessels.

Brewzzi Boca Raton

An Italian American Bistro and Microbrewery in central Boca. Winning both gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Fest 2000-2003, Brewzzi is the most honored brewery in Florida. In addition to the 2 for 1 Happy Hour (3PM-6:30PM, M-Th) serving the award winning beers as well as cocktails, there are also 2 for 1 drinks 9:30PM-Close daily. A good place to eat and drink.

DRINK   —  +1 561 392-2739 —  2222 Glades Rd

Chops Lobster Bar

This restaurant has exceptional food and service, and it consistently ranks as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country. Exquisite seafood flown in fresh daily and the very best USDA prime aged beef are served with style in the warm ambiance of the dark wood dining room. Whether you’re dining for business or pleasure, a meal at Chops is sure to make a lasting impression

Patch Reef Park

This park has great trails for bike riding and exercising. There are also tennis courts and basketball courts, in addition to open fields. There are classes taught at the recreational center, such as yoga and hip-hop. Also, the Boca Raton chapter of the World Adult Kickball Association holds games here on weekends. (

DO   —  2000 Yamato Road

Bangkok in Boca

Casual restaurant with live entertainment and outdoor seating, serving a menu full of rich authentic Thai curries with nearly fat free dishes, using the freshest ingredients in the area. Offering a wide selection of entrees with fresh seafood. Located south of Mizner Park off US1, in the Royal Palm Plaza.

Cannoli Kitchen

Pizzas (whole or by the slice-- they often have up to 2 dozen different varieties of pizza available by the slice at any one time!), pastas, and other good Italian in addition to the namesake cannoli deserts. Mostly take out or delivery, but they have a small seating section if you want to eat there.

EAT   —  +1 561 338-2929 —  Map

Bullfish Raw Bar & Grill

Casual, fun restaurant with a full bar & lounge and outdoor patio. Full menu for take out and delivery. Located in the Garden Shoppes of Boca Raton, there is a Large Secure Free Parking Lot across from Publix, available to all customers. Southwest corner of Palmetto & Powerline Rd in West Boca.

Outback Steakhouse

Australian steakhouse concept open for dinner only. Serves beef and steak items, for a good portion of the menu. As well as a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Located just west of military trail on Sw 18th st. Convenient curbside take-out and NEW delivery service.

Boca Town Center Mall

Is the well-known high-end retail mall on Glades Road, just west of I-95 and east of Turnpike. The mall includes high end stores such as: Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Tiffany&Co as well as many great restaurants.

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Mizner Park Amphitheater

Presents a minimum of 20 concerts and events annually from a wide range of musical genres including country, jazz and classic rock. The amphitheater can accommodate up to 4000 fans for general admission events. Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 12PM–5PM,Day of show: 12PM–9PM

Mario's of Boca

Popular Italian Bistro with an extensive menu of Southern and Northern Italian Cuisine for both lunch and dinner with a daily Lunch buffet. Located next to the Holiday Inn by I-95, Glades Rd and Military Trail with convenient take-out and delivery service.

Steve's Wood Fired Pizza

West Boca Raton's Authentic Italian Neighborhood Pizzeria. "Steve's Pizza" has more than 50 types of freshly-prepared wood fired brick oven pizza, as well as salads, pasta entrees, salad wraps and desserts. One pizza is enough for one hungry adult.

Punjab Indian Restaurant

Their lunch menu is extremely affordable and their dinner menu is on par. The lamb tandoori is excellent and can be served mild or spicy. Vegetarian Indian vegan options as well. Located next to the Boca Inn in East Boca just north of Glades Rd.

New York Prime

This hot steakhouse features high-quality beef, fresh seafood, vegetables, and fine wine selections. The high-class ambiance and well-trained staff ensure your dining experience is top notch. Not a good choice for dining with children.

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Augy's Pizza Board Restaurant

Dozens of daily specials. Local favorite for their stuffed artichoke, baked clams oreganata, along with the snapper Provencal, made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce. Located in East Boca North of Glades Rd on NW 2nd ave.

Coconut Cove Waterpark

Open seasonally, this small community waterpark in west Boca Raton is home to a lazy river, slides and a water playground structure. A fun way to cool off, especially for kids and families, but not recommended for thrill-seekers.

Mizner Park

Mizner Park has unique boutiques, sumptuous eateries, energizing music and inspiring art. It's an interesting place to walk around. This upscale shopping plaza is basically the crux of the otherwise dull Boca Raton downtown area.

Uncle Tai's

Uncle Tai's has excellent Authentic Hunan style '''Chinese''' food, not Thai. [] Monthly cooking classes (with advanced reservations) are taught by the restaurants head chef James Tai.

Royal Palm Place

Is a charming mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Boca. Featuring international restaurants, salons & spas, acclaimed shopping, specialties & services, Class A Office Space and 185 luxury rental residences.

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Gary Woo's Asian Bistro

Unique Chinese restaurant that has real chefs from Chinatown in New York City. If you want authentic New York Chinese food in Boca Raton, you definitely need to check Gary Woo's. The food is fresh and traditional.

EAT   —  +1 561 368-8803 —  Map

The Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery

A college student hotspot, the Funky Buddah has won local awards for both Best Beer Bar and Best Hookah Bar. It often hosts Open Mic, comedy shows and local bands. []

Boca Raton Bridge Hotel

Overlooking the Boca Raton Inlet by A1A, originally known as The Bridge Hotel, Boca's second-oldest, albeit, fully renovated hotel. Pet-friendly, offers resort-style accommodations close to the beach.

SLEEP   —  999, East Camino Real

The Irishmen

Bills itself as a "neighborhood Irish sports pub" for all but frequented by college students, especially on Mondays for College Night. Occasionally has live entertainment and beer pong tournaments.

Lindburgers – West Boca

Serves over 50 versions of their old-fashioned 7-ounce sirloin burgers. If you've ever tasted a hamburger fried in a cast-iron pan, you have a good idea of what goes on at Lindburgers.

Boca Resort and Spa

Spa resort includes the tallest building in the city (and pink stucco, too), world class dining, as well as providing beachfront and intercoastal access with professional golf course.

SLEEP   —  501 East Camino Real

Max's Grille in Mizner Park

Offers everything from steak to salmon and other great foods. This restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor eating, which is nice for nights when bands perform outside.

Cinemark Palace 20

Great movie theater open and closes very late. Shows all new movies including 3D, but no IMAX. The second floor is the Premier level including full bar and a restaurant.

DO   —  3200 Airport Rd

Ruth's Chris

The dining room is fantastic and the food (served a la carte) is exquisite. From the filets to the seafood, everything is a must. The desserts are worth the price.

Jasmine - Taste of Orient

Ste 105. Chinese restaurant with classic Pekingese specialties elegantly prepared and flavorful such as Peking Duck, lamb in garlic sauce, and honey-roasted ribs.

Coal Mine Pizza

Royal Palm Place. There are 10 specialty pizzas, balsamic coal-baked chicken wings, the Far East Crispy Shrimp, as well as the Tuscan salad, and daily specials.


An indoor/outdoor entertainment center where families can enjoy activities like miniature golf, laser tag, bumper boats, go-karts and a full arcade.

Blue Martini,

Suite C-1380. This trendy upscale bar sells appetizers in addition to fabulous martinis. Attached to the Boca Raton Town Center Mall.

DRINK   —  6000 Glades Road

Mizner Park

Is a mixed-used new urbanism district in a revitalized part of downtown Boca with a movie theater and a number of restaurants.

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Kagura Japanese Restaurant

Ste D8, Polo Shoppes. Specialties: Sushi Bar with full menu of Japanese Cuisine available for Dine in, Take out and Delivery.

Mississippi Sweets

Just north of 20th Street on US 1. Reasonably-priced BBQ joint with genuine Southern-style cooking. BBQ is St. Louis-style.

EAT   —  2399 N. Federal Hwy

Seasons 52

Seasons 52 is a casually sophisticated grill and wine bar and a seasonally changing as well as health-conscious menu.

La Rosa Nautica Restaurant

Authentic Peruvian cuisine. Lots of excellent seafood, along with tasty beef and chicken dishes. 7 days 11a - 10p.


A "venue, bar, lounge" known for tapas-style cuisine and live music, particularly in the reggae and rock genres.

DRINK   —  +1 561 347-7625 —  36 SE 3rd St

Curries & More

Indian food in South Florida. For those with nut allerigies, selected dishes can be made without cashew sauce.

Sonny's Gelato Cafe

Sonny's offers gelato at a great price and fun and friendly atmosphere. Also Italian cookies, cappuccino, etc.

Tomasso's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

A reasonably priced locally-owned pizza chain. Take-out, Delivery, and dine in available. Huge slices also!

Sunset Cove Amphitheater

Hosts concerts as well as community movies. Previous acts have included Tegan & Sara and Rise Against.

New York Comedy Club

Chelsea Lately, Flo Hernandez, and other famous comedians have been known to visit the comedy club.

DRINK   —  8221 Glades Road

Asian Grill Japanese and Chinese Restaurant

Japanese and Chinese takeout/free delivery. Family owned and operated in two different locations.

Sugar Sands Park

Is a great place to take the kids. It has an enormous fort/jungle gym, carousel, ball parks, etc.

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Lilly's New Cuisine

Homemade pastas specialities including seafood and sausages for a one of a kind experience.

Abe & Louies

This restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, steaks, and fine dining atmosphere.

Red's Backwoods BBQ

BBQ, Chicken, Ribs, Catfish, burgers, steaks and the sweet potato fries are a must.

Yucatan Mexican Grill

Great salsa, great food, good service. Karoke Night Thursdays, 2 for 1 Margaritas.

Nakava Kava Bar

Authentic kava bar near Florida Atlantic University. []

Tim Huxhold Skate Park

An all-cement skate park, mostly used by teens, and shuffleboard courts.

Courtyard Boca Raton

Business hotel with outdoor pool, fitness center and renovated lobby.

Sal's New York Grill

New York Italian deli and similar dishes, breakfast, lunch, or diner.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Tanks with marine life, nature trails, sea turtle rehabilitation.

Ocean Lodge

Family friendly hotel with free breakfast and outdoor pool.

Ristorante Bova

Contemporary Upscale Italian Nuovo Classico Cuisine.

Siam Sea - Japanese Sushi & Thai

Enjoy a tasty curry or fresh sushi at the sushi bar.

Butcher Block Grill

Upscale steakhouse. Kosher certified.

Taverna Helios

Good Greek in a casual atmosphere.

Hilton Suites Boca

All suite hotel

SLEEP   —  +1 561 483-3600 —  7920 Glades Road

About Boca Raton

Boca, as it's known by locals, started growing in earnest in the 1920s, with the help of fanciful nouveau-riche architect Addison Mizner, who also helped design Palm Beach, 30 some miles north. Much of downtown was (and is being) built in "Addison Mizner-style" architecture, using distinctive bright orange and more subdued pinks in its Old Spanish theme with a touch of Venice. Boca's long history of catering to the well-to-do has given it a snobbish reputation, but looking deeper one can find many terrific features that can be enjoyed on any budget. The city is very safe and enjoys a much higher standard of living than many of its neighbors, giving it a well-manicured appearance with many amenities. Moreover, visitors can appreciate the limited nightlife and great beaches any time of year as the city consistently enjoys comfortable weather.

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