Devotees of fresh seafood will appreciate Loch Bar, the newest addition to Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. Tucked into the space formerly occupied by Gigi’s, it replicates a highly successful venture located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
To start, the restaurant offers a rotating selection of oysters from across the country. Those bivalves can be paired with clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster tails, and crab legs to form a variety of shellfish towers. Tuna poke—chunks of pristine yellowfin bathed in chili oil and accompanied by a kicked-up soy-ginger dressing—is also a standout among the appetizers.
Entrees strike a graceful balance between the gems of the sea (think Maine diver scallops and grilled Atlantic swordfish) and land (roast or fried chicken and a rendition of steak frites). Given Loch Bar’s Maryland pedigree, though, you can’t pass on the crab cakes. Large chunks of backfin lump crabmeat are held together with an absolute minimum of filler and served with mixed greens and an Old Bay remoulade.
Decor at Loch Bar is upscale yet comfortable, with several bars at which customers can relax and enjoy nightly live music. Your tenure on those stools will be made more enjoyable by a formidable whiskey list that is heavy on hard-to-find American spirits and Scottish single malts.
Photographer: Libby Volgyes