It would be a sin to talk about 50 Ocean without first mentioning the ambience. Perched atop Boston’s on the Beach on A1A, 50 Ocean is a sharp contrast from its sister restaurant’s casual beach-bar vibe.
Floor-to-ceiling windows line the restaurant’s east wall, offering an unobstructed view of the ocean and a wonderful source of natural light. There’s the Hemingway Lounge, featuring sofa seating and 10 black-and-white photos of the author that can’t be found anywhere else – perfect for catching up with friends for a few drinks.
Then there’s the bar: with its geode countertops and friendly bartender, it’s a great spot to sit while waiting for your table. Hint: there’s a temporary fixture of fruity vodka you need to try now. As of yesterday, two containers of vodka had been soaking two-weeks worth of pineapple and watermelon. The result is naturally sweetened drinks that taste nothing like alcohol.
I stopped in with our bar blogger, Shaina, for Happy Hour and dinner. Full disclaimer: I dined there as a guest of the restaurant.
Happy Hour specials run from 4 to 7 p.m., when you get 50 percent off house wine and premium well liquors, $4 craft beer and $3 domestic bottles. There’s also an “Appy Hour” discount: 50 percent off everything under This and That and Jars.
Click here to view the full 50 Ocean dinner menu for fall.
Apps you must try: the crispy whole belly clams (pictured), which are fried and served with apple fennel slaw and roasted garlic aioli – just a touch of the aioli is enough! – and the mussels, which were about the size of my hand, served with a white wine and chili broth and a small baguette.
Entrée options range from scallops to lobster fritte, with a few options for the non-seafood eater as well. Dishes that caught my eye: the grouper, baked and topped with blue crab, our server’s personal favorite; the wild salmon, grilled and served with a shrimp and summer pea stuffed scallion pancake; and the scallops, dusted with porcini and served with an herb and English pea orzotto. (Shaina went with the last one, of which I stole a few bites and loved).
I ordered the snapper, seared and accompanied by coconut risotto and a mango ginger sauce. The risotto was rich and creamy, the perfect compliment to the dish’s light, refreshing sauce and corn and red pepper relish. For the risotto alone, I would return again (and again and again).
Dedicated to supporting the community and environment, the restaurant locally sources ingredients where ever possible and serves only antiobiotic- and hormone-free meat and poultry.
Dining at 50 Ocean is a must for anyone. For those who rave about Delray Beach dining, your experience isn’t complete until you’ve ventured here.
50 Ocean is located at 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Entrée prices range from $21-$46. For more information, call 561/278-3364 or visit 50ocean.com.