Not all Morton’s are created equal. While the restaurant brand prides itself on quality steaks and enormous sides, exceptional service can also make a location stand out, which is what we discovered at Morton’s The Steakhouse in West Palm Beach.
Because this is Florida, this Morton’s offers al fresco dining with several outdoor tables. Inside, the ambiance is more formal with a large dining room, open kitchen and big, comfortable booths. We were greeted by the hostess and quickly seated in a sumptuous booth. We started off with a glass of Krug cabernet and a martini while another server brought us out one of their famous warm onion loafs and side of creamy butter.
While the restaurant was sold out of prime rib the evening we visited (only available on Friday and Saturday), they did have a bone-in filet special that our server, Cindy, highly recommended. We started off with a sampling of tuna tartare, a nice light and flavorful dish served atop fresh avocado. The shrimp cocktail here is simply enormous – four jumbo fresh shrimp are served with a nice side of spicy horseradish cocktail sauce. Other appetizers include broiled sea scallops wrapped in bacon, smoked Pacific salmon, Maine lobster cocktail, jumbo lump crab cake and baked five onion soup.
For dinner, we took Cindy’s suggestion and sampled the tender bone-in filet as well as the marbled Chicago style bone-in ribeye. Both of the juicy steaks were cooked to a medium rare perfection. The steak selection also included a New York strip, porterhouse and Cajun ribeye. There is also a selection of “slightly smaller” steaks available for those looking for some lighter fare.
Side dishes here are enormous and meant to be shared. We couldn’t get enough of the Lyonnaise potatoes, which were sautéed with onions in bacon grease. The creamed spinach was heavenly rich and perfectly complemented the steak. The sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon and shallots sounded phenomenal as did the jumbo grilled asparagus, which we look forward to ordering our next visit.
If you can save room for dessert, Morton’s offers a wonderful assortment, including their legendary hot chocolate cake, upside-down apple pie, key lime pie and New York cheesecake; but we can never resist the mile high creamy carrot cake with raisins.
We often saw General Manager Lisa Lewis checking on guests throughout the restaurant to ensure they were having an enjoyable experience. With attentive service like this, quality steaks and unbeatable locations, Morton’s continues to remain at the top of our list. Morton’s is located at 777 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida. For reservations or more information, call (561) 835-9664 or visit Mortons.com.