Ralph Lewis is a third-generation restauranteur and proprietor of Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach, Florida. Officially the oldest steakhouse in Florida, the restaurant was established in 1947 by Lewis’ grandparents. Nearly 3,000 pounds of steaks per week are dry-aged and hand cut in-house. Lewis, his father Curtis, and most of his family are avid fishermen and love the outdoors. Lewis is married and has two children, a daughter and son.
Okeechobee Steakhouse was named one of the “Top 15 Steakhouses in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler, 2016 Featured Restaurant of Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s State Magazine “Secrets of Success,” featured on the Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida, named Certified Angus Beef 2012 Restaurant Marketer of the Year and a frequent guest restaurant for dinner features on WPTV-TV. Okeechobee Steakhouse was also named Best Restaurant Service in South Florida by the Palm Beach Post. A 2017 Zagat article listed the establishment as one of the “Top 10 Must-Try Old School Steakhouses in North America.”
Lewis definitely feels a pull toward the community and serves as a commissioner for the CRA District that he resides in. He is on the Palm Beach Chapter FRLA Education Committee, working with the public school system to assist high school students who have the desire to follow a career in the hospitality industry. He also donates his time to mentoring with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
Lewis sits on the Board of Directors for the Palm Beach County Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. He is also coowner, along with Darren Dennington, of Straight to the Point Restaurant Mastermind Group. Together, Lewis and his wife, Laura, own 1947 Catering. They recently opened a gourmet meat market using the proprietary dry-aging process created by his grandfather seven decades ago.