Chops Lobster Bar, Boca Raton FL
Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton is one of those places where all the locals go to see and be seen. Wanting to see what all the hype was, we decided to try it for ourselves.
A group of four of us headed out on a stormy Tuesday evening and upon arrival the valet attendants were by the car with umbrellas to keep the Florida liquid sunshine out of our hair.
We arrived about ten minutes early of our reservation time and were ushered right to our table. The dining room is broken up into several sections divided by half walls, while a large bar with table seating beckons as you enter.
As assortment of fresh baked breads were brought over almost immediately, as was water and our menus. Our waiter, taking notice of our attire, quickly replaced the black napkins with white, which was done without asking.
First glance at the menu, tells you that your evening at Chops is going to be an expensive one. Entrees, with the exceptions of the ones on the $49 prix fixe menu do not come with sides. Ala carte, sides are either $6.50 or $9.50. One of the $9.50 sides was a loaded baked potato, which to me seems a little too expensive.
The menu featured a good selection of fresh seafood appetizers including shrimp, clams, stone crabs and a $55 seafood tower chocked full of everything the seafood lover would desire. A table sitting nearby had two of the towers and I can say they were well stacked with lots of variety and looked delicious.
In addition to appetizers, the menu featured about a half-dozen salads and a steakhouse favorite – french onion soup. The entrees were pretty predictable – filet, strip, porterhouse, ribeye (no prime rib) and some lamb, veal and fish selections. Entrees, like I said earlier, do not come with side dishes.
Two diners chose items off the prix fixe menu: both ordered a shrimp and lump crab cocktail which was made up of two jumbo shrimp and a nice size portion of lump crab. One ordered a small filet, which came sliced while another ordered the 12oz New York Strip. The filet was done to the right temperature, was a good size and was well received. The strip, while cooked perfectly, contained a lot of fat. For sides, they chose mixed vegetables and mashed sweet potatoes, which got a “too sweet” rating from the diner. The Prix Fixe menu includes dessert, and you can select from cheesecake, chocolate cake or fresh berries. Both chose the chocolate cake which was a small cake with melted chocolate inside and a scoop of ice cream.
The rest of us chose shrimp cocktail, which was 4 jumbo shrimp served with a cocktail and house sauce. Shrimp were firm and cold and were well received. I ordered the classic wedge salad which was served with bacon, egg and blue cheese. The wedge was large, served cold and with plenty of accompaniments.
For entrees, we both chose the filet – one 6oz and one 12oz. Seasoned perfectly and plated with a small amount of an au jus on the plate. Neither one of us could order dessert as we were stuffed!
Our overall impression of the restaurant was very good. Diners on a budget may find the prices a little overwhelming as our tab for four of us was nearly $300 including tip and drinks.
We found service to be attentive and our servers to be fairly knowledgeable although at one point questions about the Prix fixe menu weren’t answered completely.
One thing we noted was a lively crowd at the bar, where there was live entertainment and a special happy hour menu from 5pm – 8pm with drink and food specials. We may try that on a future visit.
Chops Lobster Bar
101 Plaza Real South
Boca Raton, FL 33432