South Florida and seafood ring synonymous to me, and as a seafood lover, I had to make a stop at The Seafood Bar located in the legendary Breakers Resort, Palm Beach, Florida. The name alone made me excited; Hello seafood and bar? Yes please!
The restaurant re-opened in December 2016, after a multi-million-dollar renovation, which boasts a nautical inspired interior by world recognized hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany, who acted as a consultant to Peacock + Lewis Architects. The renovation was part of The Breakers’ investment of more than $30 million in capital improvements.
The backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, while impressive enough, is coupled with an internal sophisticated décor that gives diners the sense that they are dining on a yacht. Large columns, impressive light fixtures and cherry with maple wood flooring meets a stunning white wood wall paneling. Diners feel new world modern with old sophistication. While every inch of the design is impeccable, the real jaw dropping moment lies in the bar area.
A live aquarium bar!
This 18-seat bar allows patrons the opportunity to view colorful underwater life, while enjoying life on land simultaneously. Beyond the bar, the dining room seats 110 guests.
Every seat has an ocean view.
We were fortunate to be seated at an intimate table in the bar area; and the experience can only be described as “magical”.
Our waiter, Tom Syryca, a native of Binghamton, New York, was wise to escape the cold and move South with his family to Palm Beach a few years ago.
His experience working with The Seafood Bar has been nothing short of “wonderful”. Tom led us through the menu like a Pro, offering the sophistication and charm that one would expect from a destination of this kind. His knowledge helped us to embark on a culinary journey that created a full sensory experience and one that I would rush back to experience at any opportunity.
We began with the Stone Crab Claws, Oysters on the Half Shell and Shrimp Cocktail. Seafood is the freshest available and the menu changes to accommodate the commitment to freshness. In one word, I would call the presentation “exquisite” and the taste “divine.”
I enjoyed a Pinot Grigio, one of many options from a Master-Sommelier curated wine list, which complements the seafood we ordered. My husband enjoyed the Omission Brewing Company Ultimate Golden Pale Ale Craft Light Beer from Oregon. Our son was quite content with his chocolate milk.
Tom recommended I try the Fish Tacos, made with Swordfish that day, and accompanied with salsa, guacamole and queso fresco.
My husband tried the Seafood Club Sandwich made of Lobster and Crab, with Truffle Fries.
A children’s menu is available, and while my son considered Shrimp Tacos from the children’s menu, he decided that he would stick with his old faithful of Chicken Fingers and French Fries.
To say we finished every morsel on the plates is an understatement. As a matter of fact, my husband finished my fish tacos for me, because we could not stand the thought of those going to waste!
The Truffle Fries were lovely and would rank second only to ones at the Grand Havana Room in New York.
We were far too full to attempt dessert, but I suspect that the Ultimate Baked Brownie Sundae with Vanilla Swiss Almond Ice Cream and Crème Anglaise is the one to indulge a caloric feast with.
Should you find yourself in Palm Beach, this is a restaurant you must visit. Ask for Tom and he will certainly assist you in navigating this delightful menu.
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
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