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About Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro

One Bite, One Taste, One Love. Love the no problem attitude inspired by good times, good friends, good food, and good music. We offer a cozy place for friends to meet and get away from the everyday ordinary.

A true taste of Jamaica is waiting for you!

2399 N. Federal Hwy
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Caribbean, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm

Brunch

Sunday : close



Dinner:

Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday: 5pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
NE 20th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(561) 465-3167

Website:
http://www.rocksteadyjamaicanbistro.com/

Entertainment:
We offer occasional live entertainment

Catering:
Catering and Events Planning, We cater for Large & Small parties, weddings, Anniversaries, etc.

Our Catering is not limited to our menu.

Executive Chef:
Duane K Morgan

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.9

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
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Fun (2)
Spicy (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for a Date (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a best kept secret in East Boca. The food was authentic and fabulous. We were so happy to find a restaurant like this so close to home. We were surprised that the restaurant wasn’t crowded but know that’s only because not enough people are aware of this gem. The ribs were my favorite, a unique flavor, fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. My husband had the duck special which was excellent. The service was friendly and attentive. The decor is classy Jamaica, feel like your sitting in someone’s living room on the island. Looking forward to returning to try other Jamaican cuisine.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 27, 2017

There's an extension of my Nana's Kitchen in Southern Florida. After a long day of business it was good to sit at their table and get the feeling of home. My co-worker is from Iran and had never experienced West Indian food. So, we started with a Sampler Appetizer and he found the Spices and Aroma familiar. To wit, he ordered the Curry Goat and Jerk Chicken combo. I had the Full Escovitch Snapper. The atmosphere is inviting you to relax, almost kick your shoes off. They stick to the business of Rustic, Homemade West Indian Comfort Food. And the Bread Pudding Dessert ala mode with a seasonal hot tea ending the meal on the perfect note. Warning; If you don't have a "Nana who put her foot in it...", you just won't understand how precious this perfect find actually is...

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is our 2nd time there and both times the food was very good.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The menu had a nice variety and jerk chicken and pork stew entrees were fabulous. Loved the personal service. We'll go back and bring our friends.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I don’t understand why this place isn’t busier. Maybe people are hesitant to try something different. This little gem has the vibe of a mom and pop place complete with reggae music while your eating. You could be in Jamaica instead of Boca. The food is authentic and delicious. We had the ox tails and the goat curry and between the food and the music, you can’t help but be in a good mood.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our experience was pure delight. We bought a Groupon for a better deal but truth is the food was delicious and authentic to Jamaica. The dining room is small, dimly lit (which I love) and decorated with reminders of peace, love and Bob Marley! Our servers were attentive and knowledgeable. Think our kids would like it!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This is such a gem of a restaurant. The food is fresh and delicious. I especially like the fact that there are vegan options. I usually have the Rasta Burger (which is vegan) but this time I did not want the bread. They were so accommodating and made me a Rasta Platter. It was perfect. My husband always has the jerk chicken which is his favorite. He says next time he has to venture out as there are so many other great options.

Tags: Cozy, Spicy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great authentic Jamaican food. Nice, cozy and comfortable. Reasonable prices and great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Service was very attentive and friendly. Food was very good, we filled up so much on the dinner did not do a good job leaving room for the Rum Cake: next time!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Bouncin' 'mon! Great authorization good and a fun environment.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Friendly and informative on the different dishes. Good variety

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Jerk Shrimp cooked and spiced perfectly. Recommend Red Snapper Escovitch and the Bull Bay pork ribs.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The food was very good! I hadn't tried curry for lots of years due to a bad experience...here.. the curry chicken was very good! So was the jerk chicken..will definitely go back!

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great food, super nice owners. A+

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My group loved the food. The flavors were spot on, curries and jerk meats were full
Of flavor but not overwhelming and the side dishes were just as good.

Everyone was nice and the prices were reasonable

Definitely recommend it highly

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was tasty and provided a good alternative to the regular options. A bit overpriced. Waitress did not seem that engaged in her job and the interests of her customer. Would not go out of my way to go back and dining there met my curiosity.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The food was very good but the service was poor. I recommend they get more than one waitress it was to busy for her. She never came back to check on our table to see if we needed anything else so I rate them 3 stars.There's room for improvement on staffing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2016

This is not the same place i dined at several months ago, at 8:00 pm on a Friday we were the only diners, looking back to my last trip there, we had table cloths, candle lights, nice decor, attention to detail and live music and the place was full with folks and others waiting to get in. Don't know if the place was sold and under new management or a new chef, but everything was off including the food, ordered crab fritters and it tasted like cod fish fritters.Would not recommend based on my last visit.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2016

We were the only ones in the entire restaurant. There was no parking at all. We have to part behind a plaza adjacent to the restaurant. Server was extremely friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 12, 2016

wonderful shrimp and scallop curry...came with peas and rice plus plantains..
we shared the jamaican version of carrot cake--it was in cupcake form, served warm and had a ginger flavor..delicious...

Had a groupon coupon so wanted to try it...and yes, we will be back..

Tags: Casual, Spicy
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Good Jamaican food at reasonable prices. I particularly like the Oxtail and the curried goat. My wife likes the brown chicken in gravy. Jerk Chicken is quite good too. I would not recommend the crab cakes

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on April 6, 2016

Food is excellent!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

DELICIOUS! Seriously a 10 out of 10. The good was fantastic, the service ruled, and we loved the music. I would definitely go here again!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 7, 2015

this place is so disappointing. we asked for three Jamaican specialties and noe were available. Then we ordered oxtail which was inedible and a crab fritter which was terrible. not going to try again.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2015

Apathetic staff . Much of what was listed on the menu was not available including any dessert and alcohol . Maybe just an off day for the place but I had the sense they weren't interested in serving

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 1, 2015

This is a very good restaurant suffering from lack of patronage. This results in the shortcomings noted in other reviews - a server who was attentive but had not sampled most of the menu and a kitchen that was out of two of the items on the menu. However, the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is very pleasant. I would recommend the Akee Sampler appetizer, which features the national Jamaican fruit served atop fried plantains. My wife enjoyed the Out of many one curry, which was spicy but not unpleasantly so. Unfortunately, it was made entirely with shrimp as the kitchen was out of scallops, but it was nonetheless delicious. I enjoyed the brown stew chicken, which is very nicely spiced. It was a good substitute for the Brown Stew Trenton, which was not available. The owner gave us one of the items at half price due to the menu outages, which wasn't necessary but shows that the restaurant cares. We plan to return, and hope others will as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 12, 2015

My only disappointment was that they didn't have any Jamaican coffee for after dinner. This, however, is definitely NOT a deal breaker. There are several things on the menu I can't wait to go back and try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 2, 2015

I just want to say that the food was excellent It tasted so good and it reminded me of my trip to Jamaica 2 years ago. But, we were the only ones in the restaurant and they seemed to run out of everything that we wanted. Plaintains are a side item and an accompaniment to most of the entrees. How do you run out? Publix is right across the street. I am in the industry so I understand that when you are busy you sometimes run out of food. But we were a party of 8, used open table to state that we were coming and as I said before, we were the only ones in the restaurant. And they were also out of 2 other things that people ordered. If my restaurant was literally right across the street from a grocery store, I would only run out of something when the store ran out or the store was closed. We made it a joke and laughed but we're disappointed, but we all agreed that we would give them another try bc the food that we did get was finger licking!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 23, 2015

My wife and I celebrated our birthdays here and it was great!! Jake, our server was awesome! He was very knowledgable of the food and had excellent suggestions on what to eat. Couldn't have had a better choice of where to eat and have a pleasant time for too!!!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 20, 2015

My wife and I had a good date night at this little neighborhood restaurant. As newcomers, the menu was somewhat hard to understand, and our first waitress was no help whatsoever. Luckily a second waitress saw us struggling a little, and she came to our rescue with some great recommendations. Other than the rocky start, it was overall a very flavorful and unique experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 23, 2014

The owner and staff were delightful and enthusiastic abound explaining their local ingredients dedication. The food was authentic Jamaican with savory flavor sand spice levels to the customers' request. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 4, 2014

Tucked away at the end of strip mall is RockSteady. We had the sampler to see what we would perhaps try. It was outstanding and melt in your mouth stuff. Overall it was nice an quiet - and for me they served Diet Coke in cans with ice. Very enjoyable and recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on November 21, 2014

Do not dine here. We booked a table for four at 7pm and were the first people in the restaurant. Despite this, they had already run out of several drinks offered on the menu and three of a limited choice of entrees. Later two of us were informed that our choice of goat curry was no longer available two minutes before our friends' entrees were due to be served. Although the food was very tasty this restaurant doesn't seem to have any concept of food planning or good customer service. Furthermore, we were made to feel unwelcome before we left as the staff started counting the coins very loudly at the till and dimming the lights so that we would leave.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 11, 2014

Awesome food! Nice decor and the music was a great selection played soft enough to allow easy conversation. The Sampler platter and Yucca fries are a must, but everything we had was excellent and authentic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2014

Open Table listed at 4 or 5 stars. Doesn't warrant any. The restaurant is very hard to find; no outside lighted sign. Empty at peak hour. The interior is tired, although clean.
Waitperson absolutely untrained and clueless. Jamaican shrimp dish was too hot to eat. Second waitress told us it could have been toned down.
Only vinegar salad dressing cut the pain from our mouths. Whole snapper was good, although a bit overcooked. Waitress one told us about popular dishes, but admitted she had never tried any of them. We won't go back

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2014

Very impressed and look forward to returning. Although we had driven past this restaurant before, even patronizing other businesses in the plaza, we had no idea what we were missing!
The service was spectacular and it was an authentic Jamaican eatery that we have recommended to many others while also returning ourselves.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 27, 2014

My husband and I loved this restaurant! The food was amazing--perfect portions, not too much or too little. Atmosphere was so relaxing and the servers/hostess were very attentive and friendly. We had the jerk chicken and the jerk grouper, and it was marvelous! I'm so happy we decided to make this reservation, and try something new. For anyone tired of the same old, typical restaurants in Boca, this is the place to go! We'll definitely be going back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 2, 2014

We were visiting from Boston and came here with my husband and son because we haven't had a real authentic Jamaican food experience. All the reviews said it was great so though we'd try it. We eat out a lot and are foodies. Since we both travel for a living we've experienced great food everywhere and have very high standards. We were all so pleasantly surprised! Everything was made to order and very fresh. I had the OX tail stew and it was very tender and flavourful. Husband had Jerk chicken - very impressed that they kept it moist and juicy. Son had the shrimp very tasty with lots of great savory spices! People were very personable and the service was great too! We are coming back again for another meal as soon we come back to FL!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 2, 2014

We enjoyed our visit here. The service was fantastic. Our table was ready and the food was perfect. We certainly will go here again. I would absolutely recommend a visit! I just hate that we had not found this earlier!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 9, 2014

Friendly staff. Tasty food. Nice atmosphere. Carribean/Raggae music in the background was just the right volume - not overpowering. The specials were a bit pricey. The bread pudding is a great dessert but only sometimes available.

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