Is there anything more quintessentially South Florida than the ocean? Yet there aren’t too many restaurants right on the water, which makes the opening of Latitudes at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa restaurant much more significant to the community.
Latitudes, which opened in May, replaces Sinclair’s Ocean Grill Restaurant, a 15-year staple at the resort. “While we will never forget Sinclair’s, Latitudes offers a completely new and vibrant dining experience that complements our one-of-a-kind location,” says Christine Metzger, marketing manager for Opal Collection, which owns the resort. “Latitudes features an open concept ideal for enjoying our beachfront location. Our upscale yet comfortable atmosphere and our five social and dining spaces create an intimate and inviting dining experience for every occasion.”
While locals enjoy bites at various spots on the inlet and Intracoastal, Latitudes is Jupiter’s sole restaurant set right on the Atlantic Ocean itself. The prime real estate offers a sweeping veranda overlooking the beach, and the view from indoors is just as idyllic. In the main dining room, bartenders show off their skills from inside the glass-enclosed Spirit Room, a unique interactive feature of the space. And guests can watch the culinary team prepare Latitudes’ scrumptious shellfish tower—which features local seasonal stone crab, oysters, jumbo shrimp, Alaskan king crab, and lobster—from the Chef’s Seafood Galley. A decorative main sail looms over the main dining area, which is equipped with four-top tables as well as semicircle booths in the corners; a private dining area is also available for events.
Jupiter’s Latitudes joins a concept that is operated at four additional Opal Collection resorts: Sunset Key Cottages in Key West, Delray Sands Resort in Highland Beach, The Resort at Longboat Key Club in Longboat Key, and Wentworth by the Sea in New Hampshire. “Latitudes is inspired by our oceanfront location and love for sailing,” says Metzger. “Our goal for Latitudes was to create a space where guests could enjoy modern American coastal cuisine in a cool yet comfortable setting inspired by sailing culture. The culinary experience is approachable, intimate, and engaging with a chef’s galley that takes center stage and provides a social hub for friends and family to gather around its many small plate offerings while sipping wine or a handcrafted cocktail.”
Open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late-night bites, the restaurant has all the must-have coastal town dishes on the menu, such as ahi tuna tacos, crab-encrusted Florida grouper, tuna poke, and grilled octopus. A highlight is the Simply Prepared Fish made with locally sourced catches, fresh ingredients, and traditional, simple preparations. “The difference between a good dish and an outstanding dish often comes from a restaurant’s investment in quality and products,” says Metzger. “At Latitudes, we stress sourcing local and organic products. Our menu is fresh, local, and lively and is crafted to be a feast for more than just your taste buds. We tell a story with each meal and aim to expand our guests’ knowledge of food and wine.”