Spoto’s Oyster Bar Palm Beach Gardens
by Megan Doyle | To Begin Again | November 10, 2020
Spoto’s Oyster Bar had been on my list of restaurants to visit since moving to the PGA area: the patio seating is always full of life and it has received high accolades from local guides as well as national recognition from Trip Advisor – thanks to the reviews, Spoto’s has been placed in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide! Additionally (and despite never having tried one), I’ve always thought oysters to be the epitome of class, refinement and elegance. Clearly, this was a place I needed to visit.
Spoto’s is an established PGA spot. Having opened in 2002, the restaurant came into new ownership in 2017 along with a complete remodel. It is elegant and charming with a tasteful nod to the aquatic menu. Entering from the outside, guests are greeted with an elegant outdoor bar, finished with deep blue fish scale tiles. As you move inside, the theme is continued with the same tiles and a ceiling filled with elegant rope pendant lighting as well as oyster shell chandeliers!
As it was a beautiful evening, we opted for the spacious patio seating. With a gorgeous fire pit, plenty of tables and the stunning outdoor bar, the restaurant’s atmosphere stretches to the entire outdoor area, something that can be difficult to achieve but is vital, now more so than ever.
As you might expect, the menu starts with the North Atlantic Oysters – 15 different options to choose from, all fresh and of the highest quality!
Being completely clueless in regards to oysters, this seemed excessive to me and I assumed the variations were down to different seasonings. Thankfully, our waiter, Pat, was incredible knowledgeable (and patient) and he took the time to explain that there are several different varieties of oysters. Since the flavor profile of an oyster is largely attributable to its geographic origin, Spoto’s Oyster Bar makes sure to offer a variety on their menu. And they come in plenty of preparations, including raw and baked!
Beyond oysters, the menu has a great selection of fresh dishes for everyone’s palate. From their Pretzel Crusted Yellowtail Snapper, to Chicken Milanese and even a number of salads, I can almost guarantee there will something on this menu that you’ll enjoy but if there’s not – don’t worry because the team is happy to make accommodations. Pat recommended the Local Black Grouper for me but when I said I didn’t particularly like Linguine, he didn’t hesitate before listing out a number of swaps I could make.
After admitting that I had never tried an oyster, our waiter took matters into his own hands and went into the kitchen to source my introduction. He brought out a single oyster with a few accompaniments and waited for my verdict. Well, it’s safe to say I’m a convert! In fact, we ended up ordering a sampling platter to fully experience just how unique each variation could be.
For the main course, Sam went with the special of the night: Lobster Milanese Linguine Aglio e Olio Lemon Buerre Blanc. Now I know this is not on the menu, but if you ever see it advertised as a special RUN, don’t walk to place your order. It was incredible, the lobster was cooked in such a way that it melted in my mouth. Of course, I only got one bite because as soon as Sam tasted it, he wasn’t sharing.
As I mentioned, I had the Local Black Grouper but I swapped the linguine for whipped potatoes. I loved it, it was light but gratifying. The Grouper itself was fresh and perfectly seasoned and because it was a night of firsts, our waiter even topped it with a single seared scallop; paired with mashed potato and a crisp, zingy Chardonnay (another helpful staff suggestion), I was in heaven.
After an introduction to fabulousness of Oysters, flaky Grouper and mouthwatering Lobster, we were both completely satisfied with our meal but the food was so exceptional that we decided we should probably make room for something sweet. We tried the Coconut Cream Pie to share and what a wonderful surprise it was! Light, smooth; creamy and YUM! It almost outshone that Lobster Milanese! Truly a home made cake in its best!
From start to finish, everything about our night was fantastic. Staff were friendly and attentive; we were made to feel like the only patrons of the very busy restaurant! Our food was beautiful and complex and because the ingredients were fresh, we left feeling comfortably satisfied…even with that cream pie!
I am already looking forward to visiting Spoto’s for dinner again and of course I’ll have to try their Bottomless Sunday Brunch! Stay tuned…