About

OUR HISTORY

 

The Waterway Café was built in 1986 by entrepreneurial businessman and real estate developer Jefferson Vander Wolk, on the site of the former Waterway Marina. Featuring Florida’s only floating boat bar, great food, friendly staff, and magnificent views of the Intracoastal Waterway, it has become a South Florida tradition and a favorite of locals and out-of-town travelers alike.


TOP 12 REASONS TO DINE AT WATERWAY CAFE, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Fresh Fish, Great Food
Best happy hour in Palm Beach County
Super friendly staff
Great place to take out-of-towners
Best place to meet people
Famous original tropical drinks, including the Broken Bridge, Rum Runner & Gombay Smash
ROMANTIC setting
Speedy, tasty lunch: Rapid in-and-out for busy business people
Lunch Clipper Club: Our frequent diner club – Every 5th lunch is FREE!
A great place to really get away from it all
Boat Access


BOAT GUIDELINES

We feature over 300 feet of dock space.
Easy access and convenient.
Available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Radio-in your food order from your boat–and pick it up when you arrive.


WATERWAY STAFF & MANAGEMENT

Led by General Manager Rich Gagliardi and a dedicated team of over 100 people, the Waterway Café (and its sister organization The Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico) is a showcase of an enlightened management system called TeamPLUS Management. This breakthrough approach, created and pioneered by Waterway founder Jefferson Vander Wolk with support from Leadership Alliance’s Matthew Cross, integrates two powerful elements: A unique gainshare program, where team members participate in the growth and success of the business. A unique life success skills training program for all team members. The quality methods of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the man behind the success of companies such as Toyota, Harley Davidson and Proctor & Gamble also play an important role in the TeamPLUS system. The Waterway Café enjoys the rare distinction of having a low turnover, professional team of men and woman dedicated to providing friendly, efficient service second to none.