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Oceana Palms - activities and restaurant suggestions

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We leave shortly for Oceana Palms. We already have our tickets to the KSC for a day trip but am looking for other activity ideas and specifically restaurant ideas around the OP resort.
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Not on Singer Island, but on PGA Blvd, Rocco's Tacos and Grimaldi's Pizza are two of my favorites.
 

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Anyone been to the Okeechobee Steakhouse in recent years? We went when we were last in the area, >6 yrs ago & loved it! However, it is quite expensive so wanted to check more recently before we spend the money.
 

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Not on Singer Island, but on PGA Blvd, Rocco's Tacos and Grimaldi's Pizza are two of my favorites.

I second Rocco's Tacos but have only been to the original location in downtown WPB.
 

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I second Rocco's Tacos but have only been to the original location in downtown WPB.

+1 for Rocco's. Have been to both PGA and WPB locations....both are nice.

Also Carmine's La Trattoria on PGA never disappoints.
 

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We have since returned from our week on Singer Island. Spent the first night at Ocean Pointe in the Pompano building, top floor, studio. Great sunrise view. Then we moved to Oceana Palms for the week, were in the Sunrise building north side, villa 1081. This was on an II exchange. While not oceanfront, we still had a nice view of the ocean. While we were there, they closed one of the pools for two days to paint and sand blast. They offered free umbrellas on the beach while the pool was closed, so it really was not an issue. Given the time of the year, Halloween week, it wasn't very crowded. Getting to experience both resorts, we decided we did like the expansiveness of Ocean Pointe vs compactness Oceana Palms.
We had a wonderful dinner at Carmine's. Also had Sunday brunch at "The Cooper" - outstanding!!! Went to breakfast one morning at Sara's, another great meal with very attentive staff.
All in all for our first visit to Singer Island, we had a great time. We'll put it on our list to return one day but first want to experience Crystal Shores for our next trip down to Florida one of these years.
 

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On Singer Island, the choices are, IMHO, limited.

Johnny Longboats serves breakfast, lunch and supper. My opinion is there overpriced and average in quality.

2 Drunken Goats: In the past we've had a couple of good meals. Prices are a little on the high side, food is maybe a little better than average, nice patio seating. Service can be spotty. We stopped going when we were seated at a table and, after 20 minutes with not so much as a glass of water placed on the table, we left and haven't been back.

Sailfish Marina: Very nice location and views of the Marina. High prices for the quality of food they serve. We'll occasionally go for breakfast, every now and again for lunch but almost never for dinner anymore.

Up the road about 5 miles is one of our more favorite restaurants called Jetty's. We like to get there around 5 PM and sit on the patio overlooking the inlet and Jupiter Lighthouse. The food has always been good, prices a little high, atmosphere wonderful and service has always been good.

There are also several good options on Clematis St. and City Place. City Place has everything from Panera Bread, Cheesecake factory, Starbucks up to a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. So a little something for nearly every budget. Honestly, we haven't spent much time on Clematis street and it's been several years since we've eaten at any of the restaurants located in that area.

At the Breakers on Palm Beach Island you can enjoy a drink/meal in high class style at the Seafood Bar. It's not necessarily cheap but we do enjoy having a drink at the bar, which is a salt water aquarium (not as impressive as you might want to think) and people watch. The resort is impressive in it's opulence and guests who stay there (think Beverly Hills Hotel type guests).

There is a chain restaurant called Ra we enjoy in an outdoor mall called Downtown at the Gardens. Grimaldi's Pizza has a restaurant there (we really didn't care for their style of pizza).

TooJay's Deli is also located in this mall along with a Whole Foods if you want that sort of grocery shopping. TooJay's is great for breakfast and not bad for lunch. There is also a Cheesecake Factory and many other chain restaurants in the Downtown at the Gardens mall.

Coconut's on the Beach in the Hilton Hotel close to Oceana Palms isn't bad. Nice patio seating overlooking the ocean. It's not great either but you could do worse.
 
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We have since returned from our week on Singer Island. Spent the first night at Ocean Pointe in the Pompano building, top floor, studio. Great sunrise view. Then we moved to Oceana Palms for the week, were in the Sunrise building north side, villa 1081. This was on an II exchange. While not oceanfront, we still had a nice view of the ocean. While we were there, they closed one of the pools for two days to paint and sand blast. They offered free umbrellas on the beach while the pool was closed, so it really was not an issue. Given the time of the year, Halloween week, it wasn't very crowded. Getting to experience both resorts, we decided we did like the expansiveness of Ocean Pointe vs compactness Oceana Palms.
We had a wonderful dinner at Carmine's. Also had Sunday brunch at "The Cooper" - outstanding!!! Went to breakfast one morning at Sara's, another great meal with very attentive staff.
All in all for our first visit to Singer Island, we had a great time. We'll put it on our list to return one day but first want to experience Crystal Shores for our next trip down to Florida one of these years.
We must have been in the area the same time as you. Our group had villas at both resorts and I like them both for different reasons. I prefer Oceana Palms overall for the large balconies and views, as well as the great staff and GM. (although GM and staff at Ocean Pointe are also pretty good). Oceana Palms has expanded their dining options and prices are competitive with other restaurants in the area.

You are fortunate to have had a good dinner at Carmine's. Although we have had many great meals there over the years, our recent meal has caused us to eliminate it for future trips. Service was horrible, resulting in a very disappointing dining experience. This is the second time we've had bad service there, and others I spoke with at the pool have had similar bad experiences recently. There are plenty of other restaurants in the area to enjoy.

We had excellent meals at Bonefish (as always) and Juno Beach Fish House (casual but good food). Others highly recommended Woods (Tiger's) and other restaurants in Jupiter. We also plan to try Joseph's Market (great Italian food for take out) on our next trip after receiving raving reviews from locals.
 

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We must have been in the area the same time as you. Our group had villas at both resorts and I like them both for different reasons. I prefer Oceana Palms overall for the large balconies and views, as well as the great staff and GM. (although GM and staff at Ocean Pointe are also pretty good). Oceana Palms has expanded their dining options and prices are competitive with other restaurants in the area.

You are fortunate to have had a good dinner at Carmine's. Although we have had many great meals there over the years, our recent meal has caused us to eliminate it for future trips. Service was horrible, resulting in a very disappointing dining experience. This is the second time we've had bad service there, and others I spoke with at the pool have had similar bad experiences recently. There are plenty of other restaurants in the area to enjoy.

We had excellent meals at Bonefish (as always) and Juno Beach Fish House (casual but good food). Others highly recommended Woods (Tiger's) and other restaurants in Jupiter. We also plan to try Joseph's Market (great Italian food for take out) on our next trip after receiving raving reviews from locals.

We were also at Oceana Palms the same time as you, we spoke with you at the pool regarding the food and service at Carmine's as we told you, we did not return there on this trip based on our last experience. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Juno Beach Fish House, we are planning on trying Joseph's on on next trip, looked it up after you mentioned it us. The Woods was delicious! U-tiki in Jupiter was good also. Enjoy your travels and maybe we will meet up again.
 

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We were also at Oceana Palms the same time as you, we spoke with you at the pool regarding the food and service at Carmine's as we told you, we did not return there on this trip based on our last experience. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Juno Beach Fish House, we are planning on trying Joseph's on on next trip, looked it up after you mentioned it us. The Woods was delicious! U-tiki in Jupiter was good also. Enjoy your travels and maybe we will meet up again.

It was great to meet you and I hope we see each other again on a future trip. We look forward to trying The Woods and U-tiki. Others also recommended Captain Charlie's Reef Grill.

I thought I would elaborate a little about our experiences at Carmine's and Juno Beach Fish House:

Carmine's: Requested outside seating but had to eat inside due to big group party outside. Although we had reservations, staff seemed to be confused regarding where to seat us. We promptly receive menus (party of 5), but waiter (who had appearance and personality of soup Nazi) immediately took our drink order before I even had a chance to look at wine list. My brother asked if there were any specials, but waiter told us they were listed on the menu (and looked to be annoyed at request). On previous visits, our service person provided detailed descriptions of specials and gave recommendations. Bread was served without the olive oil, although we saw it on other tables. Our dinners were served about 10 minutes after ordering (just after my brother got his salad). Someone else delivered our meals and our waiter never stopped to offer grated parmesan or to check on our meals. My wife was missing one of her sides, and my pasta was overcooked. Overall meal was very disappointing. Our tip reflected the level of service provided.

In contrast, our waitress at Juno Beach Fish House was friendly and attentive, in spite of obviously having more tables than one person should handle. We arrived early enough for the sunset special, and the food was very good. My brother came later with his freshly caught snapper, which they prepared with sides for $15 per person. This was absolutely the best fish I had on my trip. He had called ahead to confirm they would cook his catch and they were very accommodating. Wine prices were also reasonable and the key lime pie was delicious. Although the atmosphere was more like a Denny's, the food was very good and at a fair price. We care more about food than atmosphere, so this will definitely be a place we visit again.

Restaurants change over the years, so we greatly appreciate reading about other people's experiences. I've been going to Singer Island for several years and some of our early favorite's (including Max & Eddie's) have gone downhill or closed. I think Carmine's has gotten too big, and they have a few people on the wait staff that have developed an attitude.
 
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