Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern
Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern

Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.racksboca.com/
  • Phone: (561) 395-1662
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday - 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
    Friday & Saturday: Kitchen closes at 11, Bar open until midnight.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Danaher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We will try to accommodate any/all catering inquires
  • Special Events: We can accommodate any special events requests;
    Personalized menu
    Seating layout to your liking
    from creative to the day of, we will accommodate your every request to make the event special

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Federal Hwy @ NE 2nd St, one block North of Palmetto in Mizner Park
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: On street, public garage or Valet parking $5
A word from Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern
This restaurant reinvigorates Boca Raton’s Mizner park dining scene with lively ambiance, striking interiors and a chef-driven American menu presented by award-winning celebrity chef Matthew Danaher. Restaurateur Gary Rack’s newest dining destination debuted in June 2010 after nearly $4 million in renovations, including eye-catching décor elements by Karen Hanlon and a chic indoor/outdoor bar and lounge area, perfect for game-watching or smoking a cigar. Grab a power lunch, enjoy “farm-to-table” dinner options, or grab cocktails and mingle. Lunch and dinner served daily. Happy Hour is daily from 4 – 7 p.m. and features a delightful Happy Hour menu | Friday is HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY beginning at 11:30 am - 7pm.
{Reversed Happy Hour} Friday & Saturday 10:00pm-2:00am featuring 25% off ALL RAW BAR items, Select Drinks are HALF OFF!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (37)vibrant bar scene (36)hot spot (35)fit for foodies (34)great for outdoor dining (32)neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (23)great for lunch (17)late-night find (10)romantic (10)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (6)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Racks
    ScarpettasVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Waited over 30 minutes after our reservation. Other than that, everything was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Evening
    AlbertVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Weather was great so we sat outside in their very comfortable outdoor settings, good energy with attentive servers. We shared a delicious starter the Mac&Cheese and I had the Crab Crusted Sea Bass which was awesome my colleague enjoyed the butcher's cut filet, perfect serving. Even though the restaurant was hopping the wait time for our starter and entrées was not bad. I would highly recommend it for a night out or a business dinner the eclectic style décor makes for a great ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Food was good with delicious jumbo stone crabs...the reason we went to Racks. Loved the ability to order per stone crab.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • juanafVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our first time in Boca and at this place. Food was really good, but a little bit price. Our waitress Arianna is probably the best waitress I have ever had. very energetic and she was checking on us to make sure everything was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DISAPPOINTED
    FETAUP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    i HAVE BEEN TO RACKS, BOTH IN DELRAY AND MIZNER, SEVERAL TIMES. UNFORTUNATELY THIS TIME IT WAS QUITE UNPLEASANT. THE WAITRESS WAS FAR FROM ADEQUATE, NOT ATTENTIVE AND RESPONSIVE. I ORDERED A VERY SIMPLE DISH, SHE EVEN ASKED, WHEN I ORDERED SALAD WITH NO CHEESE, IF I WAS ALLERGIC, WHICH I RESPONDED YES. THE CRAB CAKES WERE COOL, NOT HOT, AND THE SIDE SALAD HAD FETA CHEESE ALL OVER. I COULD NOT SEE, BECAUSE WE WERE SITTING OUTSIDE, SO IT WAS NOT UNTIL I TOOK A BITE THAT I HAD TO JUMP UP AND SPIT IT ALL INTO A NAPKIN. IT TOOK HER 15 MIN TO COME OVER AND SEE IF EVERYTHING CAME OUT OK, WHICH IT DID NOT. SHE SIMPLY DID NOT EVEN APOLOGIZE OR ASK WHAT SHE CAN DO. IT WAS A VERY DISAPPOINTING DINNER AND I WAS WITH MY FAMILY (4 OF US THIS NIGHT).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow from beginning to end
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    On Saturday night my family and I (4 of us) dined at racks and from the moment we walked to the hostess till the moment we walked away everything was amazing! We had a perfect seat in the front outside of the restaurant which had a perfect view of mizner. We were then greated with a warm welcome from our waitress Kristen. She was amazing from her extensive menu knowledge to her verbal specials. We were blown away!! As the evening progressed we were checked on by management who was very poise and professional! We ordered all Kirsten's specials from the seabass and crabcakes and the lobster roll and trout covered in almonds To make a long story short WAY TO GO RACKS! Best restaurant in all of mizner park hands down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, when served hot!
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We love this restaurant especially because of it's famous onion soup. Also the short rib meat loaf and crabcakes. But the service was pretty poor the night we came to the restaurant. In fact the way our table was situated I was able to watch our food sit at the counter waiting for a wait person to pick it up and bring it to our table. I almost got out of my chair to get it myself. By the time a waiter came to get it it was cold. The ironic thing was is that I asked our waiter to see if it was our food and he went over checked it and said no it wasn't. About five minutes later another person came and got it and brought it to us. We had to send it back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed experience
    terryVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Server was friendly, efficient and helpful. Food was quite good. However, one of our group ordered one of the lunch specials. No price was given for the Special and we all assumed it was probably a bit more than the menu items. This special turned out to be twice as much as almost anything else on the lunch menu ($33 for a lunch item without being informed). We were all quite surprised and a bit angry Not at the price but at not being told the price to make an informed consent. This is the only 'policy' that would make us question returning. It seemed withholding and a bit tricky.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, fabulous atmosphere.
    ChimaGrl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went for our 5th Anniversary! Perfect choice to spend a romantic evening. The food was amazing! The service was even better. Thank you for making a wonderful evening better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Racks
    BraunVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My husband accidentally knocked over his wine shortly after receipt from waitress. we asked for a replacement thinking there would be n/c. We were charged for 3 glasses! Manager gave us a hard time, "if he did this for everyone Gary rack would be out of business" was his line. Oh puhleeze! We are long standing customers of table 42 & here. Unlikely we'll return or recommend to others. The customer is always right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crowded
    Kari
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Service was great even though the place was packed. Lobster salad was full of meat and a substantial meal. We were a bit disappointed in the pizza...it arrived 20 seconds after we ordered it and wasn't hot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waitress
    austineVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our waitress was somewhat inept but we believe it was due to the number of tables she was serving and the fact that she was serving us outside. It may also be due to the fact that the front of the house was not well staffed. The food was good and it came in a timely manner. Our waitress was bussing her own tables and we saw no bus boys, one food runner who couldn't figure out who got what, etc. etc. etc. I don't believe she was at fault here, but I could be wrong.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great specials!
    earlydinr
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed our early dinner at Rack's in Boca. The lobster sushi roll special that we shared was perfect for two and the presentation was fun. I had the Trout Almondine served over smoked creamed corn (regular menu) and my partner had the Chilean Sea Bass topped with crab over risotto (another special.) Both were perfectly seasoned and delicious. We will be back - soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rocky
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    food was overpriced and portions small. nice atmosphere and polite & friendly staff
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, great service
    TCGar
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great meal. Excellent ambience. Ask for Joe. He is probably the best server I have ever encountered. His food and wine suggestions were spot on. He knew every menu item and was accommodating to all who had special food requests or issues. Joe made the restaurant our new favorite. The sushi was tasty and fresh and very meal was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SLOW and inattentive service
    delraydiner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    service was incredibly slow even though the dining room was less than half full. my wife asked for more water 5 times before her glass was refilled.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great salad
    BatgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We just came from the iPIC and wanted something light. We had salads w salmon and it was perfect! Love the pretzel rolls w mustard spread. Yummm! Very friendly staff too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok, not as good as the hype.....
    Foodie2nightVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I was excited to try this place. Reviews were really good and it looked interesting. The restaurant itself looks and feels inviting. Unfortunately, that's where it ends. Music choice was unnerving - you need to play music to your patrons. Average age was 45 not 25. Our appetizers were horrible. Tuna tacos were flavorless. Oven roasted artichoke was disgusting. ( try Houston's - you might learn what artichokes should taste like). Our burger was decent. Won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiter was over selling
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was okay, best was the truffle pizza, waiter was selling all night from new dining card to apps to entrees,
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Happy Hour find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If your looking for either a great happy hour spot or a fun spot in Boca, try Racks! We were not disappointed...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Girls night out
    Jennaedwarss
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went with a group of girls for dinner. Great night! Limited food selection but everything we got was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb dining experience!!!
    enjoysfood
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Everything was impeccable, from being greeted upon arrival, to wait staff service, down to the outstanding food. I had the chef's lobster roll special which was exquisite both in taste and sight. The chef deserves the highest of accolades!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Racks Is TOPS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Never ever disappoints! Food, service, ambience...all GREAT!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had their Lobster special. It was amazing. Perfectly prepared. It was beautiful on the plate. We went there to celebrate our anniversary and totally enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fantastic happy hour
    DelrayDiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Racks currently has two locations. This is the Boca Raton one. They focus on meat but also have a rawbar and sushi. They have an incredible happy hour with half price drinks, reduced price food and oysters shuck to order for $1!!!! Their have everything from ahi tuna tacos to BBQ ribs, lobster cobb salad, to mac and cheese and all is great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovegoodfood
    Luvgoodfoof
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Never had a bad meal at Racks had the sea bass with crab topping was absolutely delicious would definitely recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and good food
    RSBKFVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Rack’s is a terrific place for a drink & a nice dinner. A nice variety of choices. It’s also very stylish. Service is usually great but my only complaint, (for 1 server) is that she just interrupted us every time she came over. She literally came right up to the table, did not notice or care to notice that we (4/top) were in mid-sentence. Just stand at the table for a sec & we would have stopped talking but she just immediately started speaking very loudly. This happened several times during our meal. We know you have a job to do; we know when you’re standing there. Give us a sec to at least finish our word & then proceed. Petty I know, but management should know so they can improve. Food is really good, and Rack’s is very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Value
    foodlver
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Terrific food and great value for the money. Prompt service, great ambiance and a very fun place to dine! Definitely going back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 623 reviews are from the Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern reviews archive.
  • good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    great food, excellent presentation. artichoke was a little under cook for the first couple of pieces.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Booked for a birthday celebration with family and really had a great time! Our server Joe was friendly, quick, and a really nice guy he helped make our night great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Great, Alcohol Crazy expensive
    DBJules
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We loved everything we got, and we had 8 people. Everything was excellent but the alcohol was far too expensive. The wines were 4x what they would cost in a store. I understand doubling but 3x and 4x feels like way too much of a rip off for me. Veuve cliquot was $140. That is insane really. You can get it for $45 at total wine. Even low end bottles of wine were outrageous. But that is my ONLY COMPLAINT! Everything else was excellent. The food, service, and ambiance. Loved the sushi bar and open fire areas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our waiter was Joe Diano. He was very attentive and took great care of us. He made valuable suggestions and they were spot on. Next time that we go there, which will be soon, we're going to request him when we make our reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ben was the best!
    gottadine
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My friend and I had a fantastic dining experience at Racks. The food was seriously great, the ambiance was fun, and our server Ben completed the dining experience. I'm sure all the menu items are yummy, but Ben did a great job steering us to some seriously fantastic food - lobster tempura appetizer, seabass and chicken entrees, and icecream trio - Boca has countless dining options - choose Racks, ask for Ben - your expectations will be exceeded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Its a great place for a quiet date or family dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great place for happy hour. Its from 4 to 7 daily and its the best deal in Mizner park
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I've now tried both restaurants, earlier in the week I tried their seafood restaurant and last night was the boca location. Both are exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over dressed inexperienced
    BeenThereEatenThat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our waiter was clearly new and needed more training. And kept trying to clear before we were finished - we felt hurried along. Salad on crab cakes was wickedly overdressed. Vegetable under trout too creamy should have been on the side as it quickly merged onto the trout and overwhelmed the beautiful piece of fish so that it's flavor was buried. On the up side, portions were extremely generous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • are they listening?
    cheeks314VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I made this reservation 2 weeks in advance and requested in the reservation that I get the check; I was the only woman in the group. I confirmed this with the hostess when I checked in and server. I did not get the check, my guest did = wrong. Also, this was the third time visiting this restaurant, each time one of the guests in my party's food was prepared incorrectly or delivered to another table so we all waited each time for the persons food to arrive while ours got cold. ouch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delish...
    TheRack
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Both food, drink and atomsphere were amazing. I had the lobster mac and cheese, YUMM-O. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Burgers
    Adina
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    best Burgers I have eaten. our waiter was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.