The Waterway Café is a South Florida tradition in waterfront dining since 1986, and the most popular restaurant in the Palm Beaches. Featuring an exciting menu of fresh seafood, steak, chicken, pasta, custom-made pizza entrees and fabulous desserts.


(561) 694-1700


2300 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

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About Us

The Waterway Café

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.


Over the years, The Palm Beach Post has ranked the Waterway Café among their top choices in these categories:

– Best of the Palm Beaches
– Best Place for Singles to Meet
– Best Restaurant for Out-of-Towners
– Best Waterfront Dining
– Best Happy Hour

“The Waterway Cafe is a great place to take in the sights and sounds of the Intracoastal Waterway.”

-The Orlando Sentinel

“If you want to show guests a South Florida tradition in casual dining in a waterside setting, this is the place. Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, the restaurant features a nautical theme, a menu featuring sandwiches, steak and seafood; plus Florida’s only floating boat bar. Popular dining choices include grilled dolphin, blackened tuna, porterhouse steak, custom pizzas and a variety of pasta dishes. Seating is offered inside and outdoors. During winter months, windows are removed from the side facing the intracoastal, making it an open-air restaurant.”

-Palm Beach Post



  • 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


– 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.


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.