Ouzo Bay Boca Raton: Mediterranean Food in Mizner Park
Ouzo Bay Boca Raton is a Mediterranean restaurant located at the South end of Mizner Park. It's European flair, calm blue hues, and tranquil decor offers a completely different taste and vibe than the rest of Mizner Park. It actually reminds me of a Greek oasis because it's set apart in its own little corner.
As most of you know, the Mediterranean region has been on the top of my husband and my list for places that we would like to visit. So, we jump at the chance to try Mediterranean restaurants all of the time!
We arrived on a Saturday evening, and the sun was about to set so we sat outside to enjoy the true Florida life. We had a great view of the manicured lawn in front of the restaurant, a few people walking by, and a quiet romantic space to dine because most people opted for indoor (air conditioned) dining.
For our appetizers, we ordered a Mediterranean feast! The "Flaming Cheese Saganaki" was presented with a small blaze of fire by our table, the hummus and pita were devine, and the "Octopus Carpaccio" was absolutely out of this world. I'm not a big octopus fan, but the server suggested that we try it. So, when in Rome, or rather, when in Greece do as the Grecians do. I'm so glad we listened to our server's suggestion because Ouzo Bay's octopus has to be the best that I have ever had! It was definitely a show stopper and a conversation starter. I was blown away by the texture and abundance of flavor. You definitely have to add this as an appetizer on your next visit.
For our main course, I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass and my husband ordered the Bronzino. The Chilean Sea Bass (picture on the left) was so delicate and moist that it slid onto my fork. The dish had an array of vegetables and I really felt like I made a healthy choice. It's braised with tomatoes, fava beans, sweet onions, potatoes and capers. I was really pleased to find out that all of the dishes at Ouzo Bay are made with olive oil except for two dishes. With only two dishes being made with butter, I felt like Ouzo Bay will definitely be a place that I frequent often. My husband really enjoyed his Bronzino. The entire Mediterranean seas bass was served from head to tail, and sprinkled with seasonings and olive oil.
Ouzo Bay has a nice selection of Mediterranean desserts. They serve ice cream/sorbet selections, chocolate cake, vanilla custard, Greek Beignet Loukoumades, an traditional baklava. We ordered the Greek Beignet Loukoumades and the baklava and boy did we make the right decision. The Greek Beignets are a pastry puff doughnut served with sweetened glazed sauces. Ouzo Bay stepped it up a notch with their Baklava with ice cream. It's not just any ol' Baklava. It was perfect! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. I can honestly say that it was the best baklava that I have ever had!
Extra information: There is currently an Ouzo Bay in Baltimore's East Inner Harbor and another one will be opening soon in Houston, Texas.
If you sit outside, make sure to pack up before dark because the mosquitoes are fierce.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely! The staff is incredible, the service is top notch, and the chef, Andrew Donavon, just gets it. Chef Andrew understands how to makes healthy Mediterranean food taste absolutely delicious. Bring a friend or call someone special to enjoy a meal at Boca Raton's Ouzo Bay.