Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Guanabanas - fo fanas, fe fi fun tropical dining - Jupiter Florida

Guanabanas Island Restaurant and Bar
960 N. Hwy A1A
Jupiter, Florida 33477

Breakfast - Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m -3 p.m.
Bar Menu: 3 p.m. to close
Dinner: 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.
Open Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m.
Happy Hour: 50 percent off well drinks and drafts - Daily 3-6 p.m., Friday, Saturday 11 p.m. to close

By Jane Feehan

Enter Guanabanas, and you’ll be transported into an outdoor paradise where atmosphere and dining provide the nexus to a complete tropical experience.  I half-expected pirate "captain" Jack Sparrow and his allies to saunter through for a meal and a bottle of rum. That didn’t happen but I wasn’t disappointed.
Most seating lies outdoors under umbrellas or thatched palm roofs in a setting thick with tropical flora, cooled with fans and misters. Torch-style lighting adds to the jungle ambiance at night.  Guanabanas (also the name of a tropical fruit) lies along a finger of the Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter and is accessible by boat.  Available dockage is currently being expanded at an adjacent property to accommodate water travelers. There’s even a bar on a permanently docked "jungle" boat.

Live music plays several nights a week on a stage decked out with palm fronds. Two covered bars  provide other seating options for lunch and dinner gatherings. Seafood with a Caribbean touch highlights the menu but there are plenty of choices for those who prefer meat. The food is interestingly good.

Stroll on paths throughout the restaurant; there is something to see at every turn. Guanabanas welcomes all: families, singles, seniors and it’s casual – from shorts and flip flops to Sunday-go-to-meeting attire.  Warning: a very young, noisy crowd gathers for live music later in the evening. An older cocktail crowd gathers late Sunday afternoons. Self-parking is limited; plan to valet (free). Service: fair – slow at busy hours. Expect long waits for a table on weekends. © 2010 Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.  

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1 comment:

Garry said...

I love this place. We go there quite often and have had excellent food and service every time.

A few weeks ago I doped off some Verve http://www.vervetaste.com/www.vervetaste.com/Verve!.html for the bar team to sample and we hope they consider adding it to the drink selections. Verve is the healthy choice in an energy drink and it is surfer approved.

We love the live music and the overall feel of the place. One cool thing is we can drive or take the boat which makes it easy to get to no matter how we travel.

I can't wait to go back.