Boca Raton's Ouzo Bay Provides Tastes Of Traditions
It may seem challenging to find authentic Greek food when you’re not dining off the coast of the Mediterranean. But, a visit to Ouzo Bay, nestled at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park, just might prove it possible. The restaurant arrived last spring, following Atlas Restaurant Group’s first Ouzo Bay location in Baltimore, Maryland, led by founder Alex Smith.
“We are a Greek restaurant with Mediterranean influence,” says owner Derek Morrell. “What sets us apart is the freshness and quality. What you can get here is a unique dining experience that you can’t find anywhere else.”
A peek inside will lead your eyes directly to the massive fish display with selections flown in daily and sourced both locally and from around the world. The 24-ounce colossal lobster tails? Those are from Australia. The langoustines were shipped from Norway. And the jumbo prawns arrived this morning from Nicaragua. Plus, there’s fresh-caught red snapper, black sea bass and more for guests to personally select for their meals.
In true Mediterranean style, Ouzo Bay lets the food speak for itself without the unnecessary additions of heavy sauces or butter. “Everything here is simply plated,” Morrell says. “Grilled whole, filleted, served with olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs.”
Not sure where to begin on your Greek culinary journey? Morrell recommends starting out with the charcoal-grilled octopus tossed with sweet onions and red peppers in a red wine caper vinaigrette. Order the Flaming Saganaki for a real wow factor. Pan-fried Kefalograviera cheese is flambéed tableside with brandy and served with toasted pita.
Remember the fresh fish selection from earlier? Make your pick the branzino, a lean, tender fish served perfectly with a squeeze of lemon. Land options include the lamb shank served with toasted orzo and seasonal vegetables, plus a selection of prime-cut filets.
For a dessert that’s hard to come by, Ouzo Bay serves Loukoumades (bite-sized Greek doughnuts) topped with cinnamon and honey.
And at the end of the meal, you will be presented with a shot of Ouzo, the after dinner apéritif in Greece.
Ouzo Bay is open for lunch, dinner and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with mimosas for a penny with the purchase of an entrée. Stop by for happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily; enjoy half-off martinis and wines by the glass during ladies night on Thursdays; and don’t miss the live Greek band performances and DJs on Wednesdays through Sundays.
Ouzo Bay, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton / 561.757.0082 / ouzobay.com