About Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar
Delray Beach, FL 33444
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.
Seafood, American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: (11:30 am – 10:00 pm)
Monday: (11:30 am – 10:00 pm)
Tuesday: (11:30 am – 10:00 pm)
Wednesday: (11:30 am – 10:00 pm)
Thursday: (11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Bar open until Midnight)
Friday: (11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Bar open until Midnight)
Saturday: (11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Bar open until Midnight)
Atlantic Avenue and 2nd street
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We will do our best to accommodate all catering
There's valet available.
Matthew Danaher and Todd Katz
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
We have eaten at Racks many times before but found the service to be seriously lacking. We waited 15 minutes to place a drink order and then found it ridiculous in trying to place a dinner order. Racks Oyster Bar had so so oysters at premium prices. We ordered on waiter recommendation. Mistake...We had to search for waiter at the end to get the check which we would not have minded paying close to $275 for 4(one did not have a main course and only one drink a piece). This was hardly worth it and we will not return.
A nice casual restaurant with outside seating. Our usual restaurant Rosa was closed btw lunch and dinner. Open table directed it here and thanks to your reviews, we found a hit right around the corner that was great. Thanks for taking the time to rate restaurants, we help each other that way.
We shared a kale salad & our entrees were blackened swordfish and fishermans platter. Food was good, we found the waiter a bit pushy in asking if we wouldn't rather have a fish platter with scallops. The hostess was a bit glum & I there seemed to be an undercurrent with the staff.
The good parts; great cocktails, good wine price, excellent kale salad, vegetables were very good, delish truffle fries.
Not good; main course (snapper) two orders, $29 for a small piece of fish and twice the pieces were under cooked. Would NOT recommend. Poor value and preparation.
Specifically asked for outside when reservation was made - no outside available due to happy hour hangovers! Wanted outside because guest had just flown in from frozen tundra of Chicago. 4-5th time we've eaten here, always recommended it. Not anymore. Trout special (which I have loved) was watery; asked for rolls got 4 tiny rolls for $3 - are you kidding me. Sent the white wine back and got a different one that was worse. Just kept it. Waiter never came back to ask if we needed anything like a coffee refill. Too many good restaurants on the avenue like 32 East, Tramonte's. I don't like to complain, I just don't recommend and will never go back.
My mom and I were having dinner at Racks, and to reminisce about memories of my dad , as it was his one year passing. Into eating our appetizers the busboy pass by with lots of plates stacked up in a black bin and the plates were going to tumble over on my head behind me and he push them as not to fall on my head. The plates landed on the table and shattered everywhere, glass brushing up against my eyes and my arm. Landing into the food as well. My mother and I both got startled and thought it was gunshots.
Everyone came over and apologized. I received a half a glass of wine. That I asked for to calm me down. At the end of our dinner after they took all the food away and replaced it with new food the waiter asked if we wanted dessert. My mom replied are you going to compensate dessert for our evening? And he replied I wish I could.
When the $70 bill arrived for our dinner I was a little surprised that they didn't squash the bill. They did not even ask me for my phone number to check up on me today.
PS. My mother is using a walker. She is increasingly getting better from an accident she had where she broke her femur bone. We needed to use the bathroom and the walkway inside the restaurant was not handicap accessible. My mother had to go all the way outside and around to the back to the bathroom which she still had a little hard time to get back into the restaurant on the other side.
Totally inflexible on menu. Customer clearly not priority. Caesar salad had good dressing but no anchovies or croutons. Bread cost extra. Wouldn't give me sauce or side I wanted for trout almandine. Potatoes that came w meal barely edible so had to pay extra for fries. Fish was delicious after I was able to get sauce I wanted from my mother who ordered grouper. Everyone enjoyed fish but angered my father bringing his entree before he finished salad.
Pricing is Ok but quantity of food is simply a rip off. Our waitress was terrific but agin 3 dollars for rolls when you offer clams wth that much sauce yet no bread total bush league . Same grilled octopus nice flavor but smallest portion ever and my son got Scallops and Pork Belly which he could not find on the plate it was so small of a portion.
My sons girlfriend got crab crusted grouper no one shared it was 40+ dollars again a rip off.
This place is OK, nothing special. The oysters were pretty good, the food wasn't bad either, but nothing special. The ambience is loud. Overall it's more of a fun place - it's right off Atlantic Ave in Delray, which has become a big party destination (mostly thanks to the owner of this place, who owns the whole corner), so how you feel about that is up to you.
Pasta and rice and coconut shrimp all very bland.
$70 seafood platter totally over priced!! Conch civic he was tough and hardly edible.
Waiter was not listening. Forgot our lemon then acted like we asked for the first time when we said he forgot it. Brought a second drink when we said no to another.
Waiter put on the charm right before time to pay bills. Prior to that he was too distracted to pay attention to what we were saying to him.
We had wanted to go for happy hour (4-7pm), but our 6pm dinner reservation was for a table not included in happy hour pricing. Happy hour is strictly first come, first serve, and we were too late to participate. I recommend getting there early, maybe by 5pm. We went to our table and had fresh oysters and tuna tartare; both delicious. My husband had the steamed clams, which were ok, but the steamed oysters we tasted were better. They do take a little while to make, so order these early if you want them. Our main courses were very good - trout almondine and the fisherman's platter. Everything we ate was very fresh and well prepared. The place was packed, it our server was still extremely attentive, and the managers came to greet us and make sure we were enjoying our meal.
Food is very good and semi-reasonably priced. The drink prices however are very high and the pour a very mediocre drink. For what they charge for a drink it should be a country club pour. In addition it was 1/2 off on bottles of wine and no one told us. The attitude of the bar tender was a little snippy as well. Probably won't go back.
Had to eat outside - couldn't hear each other indoors. But really enjoyed the service and the food. I had the Crab Cakes with a Signature Salad side. Both were great. My dinner guest had the Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce and Rice, and said that too was great. Dinner was pricey but not terribly out of line with many other choices in Delray.
Great Happy Hour - if you sit in the right spot. If you are going to Rack's for Happy Hour make sure to ask the host or server if it is available at your table. For some reason, Rack's has decided that Happy Hour pricing is in effect at the bar (obviously) and only certain booths and tables. The quality of the food and service are always good regardless of where you sit, but there could be a big difference in the check.
After reading many reviews I was a bit apprehensive since there were complaints about service. Our waiter was delightful, informative, and very attentive. I had grilled salmon which was cooked perfectly as I asked. The crab cakes had by 2 others were flavorful and all lump crab meat. Another person had the ribs and said they were delicious. The vegetables were all excellent too. The one complaint was that the person who ordered ribs didn't want french fries and there were no substitutions allowed. For the price charged for the ribs it wouldn't kill them to give a different vegetable. Other reviewers complained about the management but we didn't have any issues so I can't answer to that. The prices are not cheap, but it is downtown Delray and you expect that.It's not a fancy place but very comfortable...the hostess was accommodating and offered us our choice of tables as it wasn't crowded on a Sunday night. I would definitely go back again.
We chose Rack's after we called and they confirmed they were serving stone crabs. Great we thought, I was told on the phone they had a large selection. After being seated we asked our server about the selection, he said they have 1 size: colossal. Disappointed but ordered 2. One was great the other was terrible. We told the waiter and he said he would take it off the bill. That was nice we said but not neccesary. He insisted-so we said thank you. When the bill came and the 2 claws were on the bill at $35.00 each, we questioned the waiter. He said sorry-my manager said no-way. So we won't be returning. We dine out consistantly every weekend. I have never had a more disappointed with the lack of integrity in the staff.
Over a year ago, I was introduced to RFH by locals for a business lunch. The one thing that I remembered was that they had the best coleslaw that I had ever tasted. That's what drew me back this time for a revisit. Unusual and quite an accomplishment in my book that a side item has such an impact.
The decor is fun. The staff members were excellent and very well trained. The food was very good. We had a deliciously tender octopus appetizer. Then we had the recommended lobster rolls. Their "Very Best Cole Slaw", wasn't how I remembered though. They must have changed the recipe? It was now quite ordinary which made me really sad.
I know Delray has some big spenders, but $28 for a lobster roll? Wow! 2 iced teas, 1 appetizer and 2 mains exceeded $100 with a customary tip. The area has many, many outstanding choices for meals. I probably won't make it back to Racks.
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