Established in 2020, Viva La Playa is an inspiration of the partners of Benny’s on the Beach, located over the ocean on the historical Lake Worth Pier. Lee Lipton, Chef Jeremy Hanlon and Dylan Lipton continue the same excitement and memorable experience at Lake Worth Beach with a new culture, casual resort setting and cuisine just steps down the beach from Benny’s on the Beach. Viva La Playa is a special addition to the “where every day is a vacation” vibe at Lake Worth Beach and showcases another beautiful view of the ocean.
Chef Jeremy Hanlon brings his coastal cooking influences from our sister restaurant, Benny’s on the Beach, as well as, beach towns around the world. Including but not limited to Baja, Bilbao, Mexico City, San Sebastián, the South of France, the neighboring Mediterranean and remote parts of Asia. Delicious unique flavors coupled with a refreshing selection of beach-inspired cocktails and fresh pressed tropical juices, from our bar, is a memorable pairing during your experience. Our bar creates all of our handmade cocktails with the freshest ingredients and garnishes.
Details are important to us at Viva la Playa as we intentionally complete everything with twists of bright freshness.
Our approach can be seen in the many ways we prepare our menu including house-made heirloom corn tortillas, 100% fresh vegetable-based sauces and dressings, our specific use of picked herbs and citrus, as well as the plethora of fresh juices, fruits, house-made syrups and spices we make for our delicious cocktails.
Relax and experience “ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE” at Viva la Playa.
Dylan Lipton is also the General Manager of Viva La Playa and leads the team with a dedicated hospitality focused experience provided to all of our guests. He strives for purposeful and intentional table side service in a family friendly environment. We welcome our guests for a unique oceanside experience only available on Lake Worth Beach. In addition to orchestrating our service, Dylan has also worked extensively on our bar program and closely with Latin American wine, tequila and mezcal suppliers. We have created a very unique offering of aesthetically inspired freshly mixed and delicious cocktails, made with fresh pressed juices. We offer an extensive bottle selection featuring limited vintages, growths and independent labels. Our bar is the center of our experience at Viva La Playa combining our passion for flavor and intentional pairing between the cocktail and food menu creations. Bar guests experience a personal introduction to our culture and if you are a lucky a taste of some incredible Viva selected tequila!
The space was redesigned beautifully by Cheryl Gaydas Eng The ambiance reminds you of countless South American resorts and vacation settings around the world. With a front view of the Atlantic Ocean and an unobstructed rear view of the western horizon on our sunset patio, there is always a space within Viva La Playa that creates a memorable setting for all occasions.
As a successful New York City apparel business owner for the last 30 years, it was quite clear that the restaurant/hospitality business has always been Lee’s passion as well. After celebrating many successful years at Benny’s on the Beach, Lee and his team’s newest dream is to watch Viva la Playa flourish!