Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar
Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar

Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.racksdelray.com/
  • Phone: (561) 450-6718
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily Hours: Sunday- Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm,
    Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Danaher and Todd Katz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: We will do our best to accommodate all catering

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Avenue and 2nd street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There's valet available.
A word from Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar
In keeping with founder Gary Rack’s goal of establishing an unprecedented culture of restaurant dining experiences, the Delray Beach establishment sources a variety of inspiration for all aspects of its presentation. A New England seafood house featuring prohibition-style cocktails and Grand Central Oyster Bar-inspired steam kettles, RACKS Fish House + Oyster Bar will feature a unique, nouveau-nautical décor along with a responsibly sourced ocean-to-table menu that excites and inspires.
Culinary Director Matthew Danaher, known for his straightforward style of cooking, has developed an innovative menu that incorporates beloved classics with the modern style and appetite of South Florida. Guests will discover ever-evolving recipes for Oysters Rockefeller, pan roasts and po-boys as well as an extensive live raw bar featuring what’s fresh and in season.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)hot spot (25)vibrant bar scene (24)great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (16)special occasion (8)romantic (7)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Always Good!
    pickyeater
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We have eaten here several times and always enjoy our meal. It is consistently very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Racks - First dining experience
    PeterG
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Overall I barely liked the restaurant. Restaurant staff very friendly, went out of their way to please. Food was just okay. Found the one page menu confusing as it seems very limited (which it isn't) but we needed our waiter to help explain all the customization you could do at a price. I felt the mixed drinks to be very expensive for the type of food which is based on New Orleans style cuisine. IMO, drink prices were like a white table cloth restaurant which this isn't. Not sure I would go back.
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  • Fantastic food.
    LinnyVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Had a creative and delicious meal. Fun and vibrant restaurant. Tables could be set a bit farther apart but it's a great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Excellent fresh seafood....lively weekend crowd...would definitely go back. Reservations a must on weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively and delish
    Cruzie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have been coming to Delray more regularly in the past two years and heard about this restaurant's happy hour. We ordered raw oysters, fish tacos,truffle fries, and oysters Rockefeller;all of which were outstanding! We also joined their frequent dining club because we know we will definitely eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    excellent grouper good service excellent scallops and pork belly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Racks on racks on racks
    Raider10
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was a great place for my family to go. The service was amazing and everyone was so kind. Most of all the food was cooked perfectly, i only wish that my stomach had more room!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Few really enjoye our experience at Racks. Goo Cajun food and good service. If you like the taste of NOLA, try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Execellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Best sea bass dish I have eaten in many years maybe ever...I am going back next week just to make sure
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise level
    Earplug
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Because of the number of customers the level of noise is naturally high but it could be a bit more enjoyable if the volume of background music was a bit lower. The combination on Saturday night denied any normal level of conversation at the table. People go out ot dinner to eat and talk not just eat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SURPRISINGLY GOOD!
    beauoliVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I ENJOYED VERY MUCH...VERY FRESH OYSTERS...EXTREMELY TASTY CREOLE FLAVORED CALAMARI AND REALLY DELICIOUS SHRIMP & GRITS. TASTY GRILLED SNAPPER. RIBS - A LITTLE OVER COOKED. SAT OUTSIDE - A BIT WARM...EXCEPT FOR A LARGE LIZARD THAT JUMPED ONTO MY HEAD (OBVIOUSLY FROM A PIPE ABOVE)..IT WAS A WONDERFUL MEAL AND I WILL DINE HERE AGAIN..BUT DEFINITELY WILL SIT INSIDE!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Wonderful food.... great oysters, fantastic fish and a great beet salad. Half price wine night on MOnday and there was a great wine list. It was a great dinner and they accomodated our group of 8 very well. A must dine spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good local place
    Tmq54VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Had dinner here on a Monday night. Food was very good, not too crowded and not too loud. I would worry though on a weekend it would be crazy like many of the downtown Delray Beach restaurants are becoming and it is not even in season yet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    sofladineVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Limited menu. Poor service. Overpriced. And the bathroom was the smallest I've ever seen and had a line all night. Too bad because I was looking forward to it. The decor is inviting and eating outside was nice. Otherwise thumbs down.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TOO NOISEY
    Buster
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    VERY LOUD CAN'T HEAR ANYONE AT OUR TABLE LEFT AFTER OUR APPITIZERS
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar menu
    Lovethebar
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had a table booked but when we had seen how nice it was to sit at the bar we did so. Bartender was fabulous and the food had so much flavor. Just great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Racks Seafood was outstanding.
    ratlasVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have walked by Racks a 100 times and not ventured in off of Atlantic Blvd, but recently read a food review and was intrigued. We had the steamers (clams) and they were amazing and fresh. For dinner we had the snapper blackened ( a little overcooked and dry) with the jambalaya rice which was very good. And finally we had the scallops with pork belly which was absolutely terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FOOD MEDIOCRE
    Rosey381
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Noise level high, food so-so Would not return Price high for the poor quality Charged $3 for 4 small parker house rolls
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent in Every Respect!
    EliotVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Ate at Racks for the first time, and we were not disappointed. Food was excellent, service was superb. A thoroughly enjoyable experience all around. We'll be back soon and often. Only complaint is that they don't have validated valet parking, as many of the local restaurants do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Best seafood on Atlantic Ave. by far. Great food, service, and ambiance make this restaurant a real treat for an evening out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    JimP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great food (best crab cakes around), Nice friendly service and reasonable pricing. Read some not so stellar reviews and I don't understand why. I found Racks to be excellent all around. If you're looking for a hoity toity, stuffy, stuck up place to dine, this is not the place. But if you just want some good food, friendly service and nice atmosphere, check out racks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ran out of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had reservations at 8:45 (early). As soon as we were sat the waitress told is that 3 main dishes were already out.
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  • Birthday
    WeeklyVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We celebrate out birthdays each year. Racks help make it great Food plentiful and tasty Dessert great
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very very good
    StueyD
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent seafood place. Oysters are the shining star. Highly recommend the fried oyster po-boy, and, according to my wife, the oysters Rockefeller.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Seafood and Great Service
    BNLove
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our first dining experience at Rack's and we will more than likely go there again. The menu has fresh items and the fish tacos were mouth watering as well as the ceviche. We had a little bit of everything because it was all so good. Our server was on point, helpful and friendly, a rarity now a days! Can't wait for my next date night there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    pschreckVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Have noticed this restaurant for years. Tried a majority of the restaurants on Atlantic Avenue, and by far Racks has the best fish and oysters. Very good service and I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • All in the details
    bocafoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great food and friendly service. The power salad is to die for. The decor is super cool and so are the restrooms. I love Gary Rack's restaurants.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit pricey
    1GratefulDiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A bit pricey, but food was good, atmosphere vibrant, and we had a nice evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kudos to racks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    we dined here with the impression it would be not much different from the others on the ave. turns out this restaurant beats all others on the strip hands down. it's fun, lively and delicious. the servers are pleasant and most look like they are having fun working there. thanks goodness we tried it out, or we'd have to settle for surrounding establishments. my recommendation would be anything from the raw bar- if you like freshly shucked oysters, you'll be in heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thefoxsaysVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was delicious. Parking situation ridiculous!! The valet directly across from the restaurant charges $10 . Beware it is a rip off.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WeeklyVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Daily special seafood casserole was not described properly by waiter. It was too rich, too much cheese and drowned the flavor of seafood. Shrimp and grits were good Wine was good Usually I just order good appetizers so perhaps will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited Menu But Excellent Fish
    Seidelsprayco1VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was the 2nd time for us here. Both times the food was excellent. This time, on a Saturday, they ran out of the special at 8pm. that was weak. I did sub in trout and it was great. Fairly limited menu but everyone at the table had a great meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not worth it
    nottohardtoplease
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was expensive and not very good. I had the filet mignon and it was spicy. I have never had a bad filet mignon until now. My husband had 6 oysters that were $16.50 (way over priced) and he had the shrimp and grits which he didn't really care for either. The place is really small with only one bathroom for women and one bathroom for men. There was always a line to go to the bathroom. It was super noisy. I couldn't even carry on a conversation with my husband because it was so loud in there.
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  • Gem in DelRay
    Rate10VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    It's worth the drive from Ft Lauderdale for this outstanding seafood restaurant....the grilled octopus appetezier BEST we've had, and we order it frequently. The oysters were fresh and the lobster roll rivals Boston...casual but the food as good as a formal restaurant...the waitres Jen, described all the food preparation very professionally and everyone very friendly and welcoming.....recommend it highly...we will be back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I have heard both good and bad things about Racks. So it was about time that i gave it a try to see if its worth the high price tag. Service was excellent, Our server amazing, Jenn Chatterton made our night extraordinary. Please give her a raise. Our food was great when compared to the other restaurants on the avenue. But bottom line is that i will be back very soon.
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  • Service very slow
    Soraya
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food as usual is very good, the service is very slow. We were a party of 4 and we never ate together. 2 appetizers came out, then another 5 minutes later and 10 minutes later the fourth after we asked the manager where it was. Same with entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Oysters
    ED64
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Rack's had a great selection of Oysters and most of our food was good. The lobster roll was not great. The Parkerhouse Rolls are not quite as good as they are at the Parkerhouse in Boston. Overall it was good for the price.
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  • Good food but too expensive
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Disappointed. Price was just too high compared to value for food
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  • WendySVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Too loud in the dining room with okay service and expensive entrees--$30 plus for fresh fish.
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  • This place and I would return.
    lumpVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It was so a wonderful time and night, as my wife and I really enjoyed our time there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.