So many of us make a night of it by going out for dinner before we take in a performance, whether it’s a play or concert.
The eternal question always seems to be where should we eat? Finding someplace near the performance venue is always preferred. All the places listed below are no more than a 10-minute walk (many less than five minutes) from the performance venue listed.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Located just west of Himmarshee Village, there are numerous restaurants within a short walk, but here are two where the location can’t be beat.
Marti’s New River Bistro
201 SW 5th Ave.
Located right in The Broward Center, Marti’s offers a three-course prix fixe dinner menu to savor before the curtain rises.
701 W Las Olas Blvd.
Right behind The Broward Center, the pan-Latin restaurant offers a $40 pre-theater prix fixe (show your ticket), and you can leave your car in their lot (for a small fee).
Parking is free at this venue. Get there early, grab a good spot then cross Federal to one of these places.
903 NE 5th Ave.
This is the hot new spot for modern Italian fare. Reservations are a must.
The Whole Enchilada
745 N Federal Hwy.
Fast casual Mexican fare where every dish is made to order.
The Foundry and Island City Stage
How lucky are we in Wilton Manors to have two LGBT theater companies located next door to each other? If you get there early, park in the theater spaces (free) and then walk to your restaurant.
2468 Wilton Dr.
Just two blocks from the theaters.
2309 N Dixie Hwy.
Union has a huge lot and is right across the street from the theaters and offers a pre-theater menu.
2449 Wilton Dr.
Free valet parking and a two-block walk to the theaters.
Arts Garage, and Delray Beach Playhouse
Delray’s two main performing arts venues are near each other so almost any restaurant along the west edge of Atlantic Ave. is close, but these are good options.
501 E Atlantic Ave.
A relaxed atmosphere, offering not only fresh seafood, but also burgers, pastas, and steaks.
169 NE 2nd Ave.
Chef Suzanne Perrotto aims to replicate the feel of her family’s Sunday dinners.
There are literally dozens of options in Mizner Park for dining before a show at the amphitheater. Here are two of my favorites.
404 Plaza Real Boca Raton
For more than 30 years Max’s Grille has elevated traditional American favorites to a new level and as a surprise, offers some of the best sushi in town.
Kapow Noodle Bar
402 Plaza Real Boca Raton
This pan-Asian spot has only gotten better after its recent expansion.
Alright, there’s nothing within a five-minute walk of Empire Stage, unless you count the Checkers on Sunrise, and even then, it’d be a dash. But there are a couple of places that are a short drive away.
815 NE 13th St.
A cozy neighborhood cocktail bar and full-service kitchen.
Temple Street Eatery
416 N Federal Hwy.
A fast-casual spot offering Asian street food favorites.
This restaurant is even in the same mall as the Culture Room.
3045 N Federal Hwy.
Fast casual spot that applies the Chipotle method to Asian fare.
Amerant Bank Arena
Avoid the high parking rate by leaving your car by the AMC Theaters in Sawgrass Mills across the street, then pick a nearby restaurant: Texas de Brazil, Shake Shack, Mojito Tropical Bar, Yard House, or California Pizza Kitchen.