The BEST Date Night in a Long Time – Lynoras Kitchen!

Lynoras Exterior

Once Summer starts, along with the sunshiny days, comes the time when my schedule goes completely awry.  Gone are the days of scheduled wake-ups, after-school scheduled sports practices and games, and so on.  Mornings start a bit later and with more of a relaxed aura.  This translates throughout the day and into the evenings too.

I couldn’t remember the last time my hubby and I had an official date night – a night sans kids, planned out perfectly.  When I was asked to review a local restaurant, I immediately thought “Date Night!” and the dinner reservation was made.

Lynoras Exterior

Date Night!

Downtown West Palm Beach is one of our go-to places with and without the little ones.  The streets are lined with shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs – a perfect place to go for family time or in our case – date night!

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that as soon as the babysitter arrived, we were in the car and on our way in about 5 minutes.  (Thankfully we have an awesome babysitter that our boys love, so there were no teary eyes.)

Once arriving at Lynora’s Kitchen, we were shown to our table where we ordered a beverage and perused the menu.

Lynoras Kitchen Hubby

My husband, the epitome of a foodie, kept blurting out dishes that he’d like to try.  This is not a common occurrence as he is usually quite picky.

Lynoras Kitchen Menu

The General Manager, Robert McGrath, introduced himself to us and inquired if we’d like to order straight from the menu or let the kitchen craft our meal.  Totally into surprises, we opted for the latter and couldn’t wait to see what landed on our table.

A little history about Lynoras Kitchen

Lynora, whom the restaurant is named after, is the grandmother of the owner, Angelo Abbenante.  Angelo opened this restaurant with Lynora’s traditional Italian recipes and the kitchen management of Maria, his mother.  BUT this isn’t where the the story really began.

In 1974 Maria and Raffaele immigrated to the United States from Ponza, an island off the coast of Italy, and sold pizza by the slice in Lake Wroth, FL.  In 1976, they opened Lynora’s Restaurant using her mom’s recipes, and thrived for the next 35 years – noted as the Best Italian Restaurant in South Florida.

Years later, after closing the restaurant and going into retirement, another opportunity reared its head to serve delicious meals – hence Lynora’s Kitchen.

Back to the Meal

First to arrive from the kitchen was a fruta de mar salad – super fresh shrimp, calamari, crunchy celery, squid and crab.  It reminded us of one of our staple Christmas Eve dishes but with a twist as it had arugula (which you may see in our seafood salad next Christmas Eve…) that added another layer of flavor.

Lynoras Kitchen Fruta de Mare
Fruta de Mare

Next up was homemade burratta with proscuitto, arugula, and avocado.  The burratta was so smooth and tasty – I enjoyed every last bite!

Lynoras Kitchen Burratta

Homemade Pappardelle pasta with duck, porcini mushrooms, and shaved parmigiana in a brandy sauce with truffle oil, known as Pappardelle All’ Anatra, followed.

Lynoras Kitchen Pappardelle

The next dish was outrageous, both in taste and presentation.  Made using the latest cooking techniques in Italy (Maria just returned from her latest trip), the branzino, shrimp, clams, calamari, and mussels are cooked wrapped with in a cellophane – known as cartoccio.

So juicy, we used a spoon to enjoy the remaining scampi marichiara sauce!

Room for Dessert?

With little to no room left after this amazing four course meal, out comes a homemade whipped lemon sorbeto with homemade limoncello (made by Raffaele).

Lynoras Kitchen Sorbet and Limoncello
Sorbet and Limoncello

But wait…after that they brought out the most delectable homemade tiramisu and espresso.  I am not usually a fan of tiramisu but savored every last bit of my half!

Lynoras Kitchen Tiramisu

This eating experience was top notch.  Each course was artfully prepared in what Mama Maria said was “made with her heart” -and you could truly tell.  (BTW, I wanted to hug her when we had the honor of meeting her ,but thought that it may seem odd.)

If you are ever in the South Florida area and craving Italian food with a bit of a modern twist, I implore you to try Lynora’s Kitchen.  Everything is so fresh with organic vegetables – there are no canned tomatoes here.

Planning a party or corporate event?  Definitely check out their private room upstairs.

Looking for the coolest place for brunch?  Sundays at Lynora’s are known to be packed from front to back.  There’s a DJ spinning and an awesome vibe, along with the delectable food – it’s a no-brainer!

Check out Lynora’s Kitchen online at http://www.lynoras.com.  Take at peek at all of the happenings on their Facebook page!

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Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

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11 thoughts on “The BEST Date Night in a Long Time – Lynoras Kitchen!”

  1. Okay… might have drooled a little looking at the tiramisu …. it looks amazing. Date nights are super important – glad that your hubs was super excited to try the different foods. My husband is picky so we only go to places that I know he’ll find something. Doesn’t always mean that I get a lot of variety, but I save those for girls night.

    The burratta looks fantastic as well!! So many wants…

    1. Girls night is the perfect answer to experiencing different foods if your hubby isn’t game 🙂 Chel, that tiramisu was so soft and fresh it was insane!

  2. Wow. That meal sounds amazing. Wonderful service and delicious looking food. I will definitely check it out if we get to Florida. Great review!

  3. Yum! such a fun and fancy date night! I’m a big fan of date night, especially when you can get away without kids!

    1. It was fun and fancy – I love the way you put that! Amberly, that one night refreshed us! 🙂

    1. Maria, it was lovely and I completely agree with you about the importance of date night!

  4. This restaurant looks delicious. There is something about great Italian food that speaks to our souls.

  5. This looks AMAZING!!!! So glad you enjoyed your date night 🙂 Just had a GNO with my bestie and I tried burratta for the first time and was not disappointed! So good!

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