Clematis Street
Clematis Street
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The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.
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daylilly50
New York City, NY812 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A fun place to wander around and eat. Parking is not easy, though there are public garages. There is also construction going on. On Saturday there is a Farmers Market, and Friday nights there is entertainment.
One of the only places that has Valet Parking for Bicycles.. Quite a scene.
Written 21 February 2020
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Frank G
Fort Myers Beach, FL2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The street has many fine eateries and bars. Lynora's Kitchen located at the beginning of Clematis is a great restaurant with a fantastic lunch special during the weekdays.

Unfortunately, Clematis has its share of street people that are mainly west of Olive. Recommend staying east of Olive (gives you only one block though).
Written 9 October 2022
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Susan N
Laval, Canada4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A nice clean city. Great beach, good for young and old alike. Route 1A is the best access. Beautiful homes,can be seen,some on the waterway others beachfront. Many restaurants offering all types of cuisine. The christmas display was alot of fun. A light show with music and sand sculptures. Did not shop but heard that stores are plentyfull.
Written 22 January 2020
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CanadaPipa1
Montreal, Canada673 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was my second time visiting West Palm Beach & enjoying Clematis street, where I found so many great places to eat. There were two restaurants where I had fusion type cuisine & one closer to the waterfront, where I enjoyed Taco Tuesdays for a very reasonable price.
I love how they open up this street on Saturdays to the many vendors that sell all kinds of goods, including crafts, antiques, clothing & different types of food. The other thing I noticed about Clematis is how truly safe & pet friendly it is. Dogs are everywhere & I love it!
At night, this street comes alive & has a cool vibe to it.
Clematis is definitely one of my favourite streets not only in West Palm Beach, but South Florida.
Written 28 March 2024
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Danielle
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Bounty of restaurants to choose from in Downtown West Palm. Downfall is obvious: the parking. And there is a fee. Wish Clematis had at least a few boutique clothing stores, but we go to City Place for that anyway so no biggie. Overall, we always make it a nice, enjoyable outing when visiting there.
Written 24 April 2022
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BBAM4
Livingston, NJ20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We ate at Rocco‘s Tacos, and the food was decent not outstanding, but they do have the best guacamole! The streets were decorated for the holidays and we’re beautiful. The waterfront area was also highly decorated with seasonal decorations and was quite nice.
Not really a lot to do just a place to go and eat and walk around for a bit afterward.
Written 24 January 2020
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KaikouraAK
Juneau, AK70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
We went to Clematis to see how it’s changed over the years - I grew up in the area. We were lucky to stumble upon Kurafuto where we had a fantastic meal!! The pomegranate margaritas were tasty and not too sweet. The calamari was tender and cooked in strips with a light sauce, not your usual frozen, batter covered rings. I had the lobster sushi roll which came with a side of light tempura lobster and my husband had the curried duck. We were both so happy! Then we had the fried bananas and ice cream with which I was pleasantly surprised. The service and the food were excellent. Walk a little farther west on Clematis past the crowds. Don’t miss this gem!
Written 16 December 2021
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Evan R
West Palm Beach, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After years of construction, Clematis St. is thriving with plenty of new tasty restaurants and night spots/clubs! Within a year, several new restaurants have started to appear in addition to the new park and waterfront.

At the base of Clematis, ER Bradleys still has the best views and an amazing ambiance. The food is superb, drink are fantastic, but get ready to pay for it, certainly not discount dining. Walking up the street you have Sloan's ice cream, Pizza Girls and Mangia Bevi (new Italian where the old Cabana used to be) and on the alternate side, a great French bistro Pistache. Pistache has quality food and a good bar scene at a reasonable price, Thursday nights late are good specifically. The Palm Beach crowd tends to like this one.

Ok, moving up the street to the 200 block, Luna Pizza is about to take over the old Maison Carlos spot and open Luna Pizza Bar. Walking a little further, Grease Burger Bar. Grease is part of the Big Time Triange that includes Rocco's Tacos and Reef Road. All owned and operated by the Big Time Restaraunt Group. Grease has good burgers, fries, etc., and a decent happy hour. Just watch your bill, several time they 'forgot' to charge me the half price advertised. Rocco's has a great scene, adequate food. Guacamole made fresh at the table is great, rest of the food is fairly bland. Reef Road is also just adequate.

Next to Grease, is the Motley Crue themed rock bar, Dr. Feelgoods. Vince Neil opened this hot late night spot in the old Monkey Club location. Music is...you guessed it, rock and roll. 80's, 90's and current. Ustairs from Feelgoods is Lost Weekend. Lost has video games, pool tables, skee ball and a good bar. Great place to take a break from the crowded club atmosphere. Next door to Lost Weekend is new house club called Monarchy. Monarchy has a small dance floor but great DJ's, a long bar, attractive crowd and I can honestly say I have never had a bad time there.

Next to these is Forte, which had a makeover once the Cuillo family got rid of that 'guy from Top Chef Steven". Now the chefs from Amici have taken over the kitchen and the food is fantastic, good prices, great specials and a popular lunch scene.

Onto the 300 block, you have Don Ramon who just opened their Clematis Location. Food is also very tasty, priced right, and even has a 24 hour takeout window. Mambo's Meatballs and Music is next to Don Ramon. Never busy, moderately priced with a good happy hour, this one can't seem to draw a crowd. Across the street Bella Pizza, New York style pizza, very good. And then the mega entertainment center that is Roxy's Pub.

Roxy's is the mastermind of John Webb who started by taking over the old Roxy's name and designing an Irish Pub themed sports bar and hangout with plenty of beer on tap. Maybe over 50? Food is great, BBQ wings are my favorite and this is the spot to watch Gator Games. Upstairs the complex continues with the 10@2 Saloon. They have Karoke, Live Bands, etc. up here several times a week, old west themed. Next to that a small Cigar Bar. And in the back, Rome. Rome is a Greek themed Dance club that is opened till late on a Saturday nights. (not sure about Friday). Up top on the roof, the masterpiece, SKY309. Sky309 opened in Dec 09 and is a 7500 sq feet outdoor tropical themed roof deck. They have a killer Sunday brunch, night DJ dance floor, Seafood happy hour brunch, and a traditional menu. This one is destined to become the hottest night spot when weather is good.

Lastly, mega new restaurant 'Off the Hookah" is opening in Spring 2010. Hookahs, beds to lounge on, Egyptian food, sushi, etc. seems to be the story. Looks like a lot of fun, they took over the old Z Gallerie space, which was huge. They also are apparently going to turn into a club once dinner hours are over. Then towards the end of the street there is takeout Chinese, Jimmy Johns, Areperia, Brooklyn Ice Cream, Denny Cafe and several other small spots.

At the end of Clematis, Cabana has re-opened in a beautiful, larger location and continues to serve the finest Latin food in West Palm Beach. Part of a small chain that includes spots in NYC and Delray, Cabana's Churassco and Paella to me cannot be beat. However I must say, everything is delicious at Cabana. Glad to have them back. Cabana is next to O'Sheas a classic true Irish bar (the bartenders have the accent!). Live music and a younger scene dominate.

All this said, Clematis is a must see in WPB and a great dinner or hang out scene. You cannot come to WPB without hanging on Clematis!
Written 13 February 2010
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Gary S
West Palm Beach, FL287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Clematis is full of restaurant (a few retail shops) and entertainment at night. EVERY THURSDAY night, there is free music at the pavilion at the end of the street. Most foods that you want are represented on Clematis St. There is a small theater on Clematis also. Finally, a short walk from Clematis is West Palm Beach ESCAPE ROOM ...we made a great evening of it by doing the Escape Room and dinner on Clematis.
Written 22 October 2019
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Nathaniel B
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Clematis Street is the hub of entertainment and dining in the downtown WPB area. (CityPlace is geared more towards shopping). Clematis has a lot of neat shops to check out as well as some good restaurants. It does get busy during the evening, but still great to visit. The only thing I would be careful of is that some of the restaurants are geared towards tourists and certainly mark things up. The free trolleys and electric carts make getting around the downtown area very easy. A trip to West Palm isn’t complete without a stop down Clematis Street.
Written 7 July 2019
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