About 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.
Seafood, American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday- Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 pm - 11:00pm (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, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wine
Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
My mother and her boyfriend got the lobs ...
My mother and her boyfriend got the lobster roll. They were basically hot dog buns with a very small amount of lobster. I was embarrassed when then came out since I suggested Racks and was treating my mother for her birthday. I got the filet mignon which was good but way overpriced. Back to Cut 432 next time.
This was the second time I went back and ...
This was the second time I went back and had the same waiter Johan , and loved it just as much as the first. The trout almondine, fried green tomatoes and roasted brussels sprouts made my week! Love sitting outside and no matter how hot it is it's always comfortable on the hightops. It was a perfect evening and so much fun… Definitely be back👍
Crisis! After sitting for 45 min our se ...
Crisis! After sitting for 45 min our server finally realized we never got our appetizers let alone any service. We then decided to leave and the manager made us wait for 10 min to speak with her bc she was in a "conversation". It was so bad- service and no apology that we didn't eat on a Friday night.
No one really cared we were shafted and I really couldn't believe in the world of social media no one cared. Our advice- give your money to more of a local place...
It was my birthday. We ordered a $60 bo ...
It was my birthday. We ordered a $60 bottle of wine. Then ordered the trout almondine and steak filet. The Filet was ordered medium and it came out red and bloody. It was sent back then came out burnt. The waiter suggested to order something else since they made the steaks thinner and smaller (but still $40) and they have this problem with cooking them. The manager came over and we ordered salmon medium. The salmon came out raw inside. The waiter took it away and we asked for the manager several times. He never came back and we sat there with no food. I ate the trout which was good as my daughter sat there with no food and the manager never came by. The waiter kept saying he asked him to come over but he was busy. We got our check for the trout and wine. The manager came over and was very rude saying our server never told him to come over and told him we did not want anything else. This manager at this Racks should be FIRED. He's not a nice person. He wouldn't even offer to take anything off the bill. There must be something wrong with the grill at this restaurant. Used to go there a few times a month. I have been telling friends about my experience and they have had similar issues with this restaurant.
It was our first time there, kind of fel ...
It was our first time there, kind of felt bad for the waitress she said it was her first big table (party of 8). Too much spice on the shrimp and steak one of the staff said the chefs that were working were known to overdo it but how would we have known before ordering on our first time but still delicious! We had crab cakes, applewood BBQ ribs, seafood linguini, Chilean sea bass, calamari ceviche, oysters, clams, and the Higo was a refreshing drink!! Overall we had a great night with great food didn't mind paying top dollar $$$$
Rack's Fish House and Oyster Bar offers ...
Rack's Fish House and Oyster Bar offers American fare at average prices. There was nothing wrong with our meals but they were just not anything special. I believe that in season, the bar scene is very active as the restaurant is located in the "hot" area of downtown Delray Beach. We were at the Rack's located in Mizner Park and felt that their menu had better choices. We were glad we tried it but we are not sure we will return. There are many better choices in downtown Delray.
Tasteless over-priced food served by arr ...
Tasteless over-priced food served by arrogant staff. Came for an 8:30 reservation and it was clear that server (Erik) just wanted to call it a night. Entrees arrived randomly. Mashed potatoes and asparagus cold. Server refused to apologize but said that dishes with fries required his presence before being served. Within 5 minutes of final entree arriving, server asked us 3 times if we wanted anything. Not our problem that the guy wanted to go home. Food was cold, bland, and just slightly above airline quality. Overall an expensive waste of money.
Though the waiter was good, and the Oyst ...
Though the waiter was good, and the Oyster House ambiance well done, the food was disappointing. The oysters were overpriced, and the salad was overdressed. My grilled scallops were over seasoned and overcooked, the Brussels sprouts were undercooked, and the potatoes cool. My wife's red snapper was equally over seasoned. At their price points, I expected much better food. We won't be returning.
Getting seated without a wait was great ...
Getting seated without a wait was great for a Saturday night... And we now know why. We were seated and ate within 40 minutes. Our server seemed to be in a race or rush of some sort. He took our order all at once and everything came all at once -- apps and meals. Drinks tasted terrible. Food was alright - I've had better and for less expensive too. I mean buffalo shrimp app $17 for 4 shrimps in buffalo sauce? The app my husband order was sold out & instead of brining the menu the waiter insisted on the mac n cheese or grilled octopus. Had to ask for a drink menu, and asked for one thing and was told I should get another. The manager happen to stop by our table. We expressed our disappointment but she just apologize and kept on walking. Not a good way to get repeat customers (just saying). And to end the rushed meal no mention of dessert or even ask/ offer a cup of coffee. Thanks but no thanks on this restaurant. I suggest taking a look at other restaurants within Delray before spending your time & money here! This place is overrated!!
Food was good enough to cover the servic ...
Food was good enough to cover the service that was unnecessarily slow for only having 6 tables sat in the whole restaurant. It was Father's Day and it was the fathers at the table who were constantly left waiting for their drink or their food to be made correctly. And instead of the server just apologizing and quickly fixing the issues, he kept making excuses as to why it wasn't his fault (no one cared, they just wanted what they ordered in a timely fashion) .. and $70 for 5 cups of soup (which was WAY overdressed with scallions and just mediocre) is outrageous. We still tipped over 20% because we are all "in the biz" and "we understand" ... but in hindsight, we left upset and will never return.
We celebrated a big birthday with some f ...
We celebrated a big birthday with some family members and we had a great time. The food and service were excellent. We ate at an outside corner table that was comfortable and private. Nobody rushed us and Racks was a hit with all of us.
We took out of town guests here and were ...
We took out of town guests here and were very pleased with the service, food and our waiter was exceptional.
We have been there before and will go back many times in the future.
We really like this place. We've been there a few times and have never been disappointed. The food is phenomenal. Everything you see coming out of the kitchen looks awesome. I had the Idaho Trout Almandine and my wife had the Chilean Sea Bass. We loved both. I tried a bite of the Sea Bass, and all I can say is, if you like coconut and crab and rice, this is the dish to get. Phenomenal. We'll continue to bring friends here.
Racks has it all
We've been to Racks several because we like the food. Most times we've come at night and the place is loud and frenetic with a crowded feel. Q. At lunch however it's much calmer and relaxing. Either time the food is very good; the drinks and the appetizers are very creative; and the service efficient with a smile. The specialties include oysters from around the world; and all seafood is their mainstay.
Went on recommendation and booked Easter lunch for 3 people. I was so embarrassed. The grilled octopus was just ok. We each ordered the grilled snapper and one side. no alcohol. No dessert, and no extras. The bill was $170 before tip. The worst part was that the server was terse and didn't seem to care.
Started off pretty bas as we were seated for more than 20 minutes before someone came over. From then on, service was great. We ordered fish, mine was definitely undercooked and had to send it back. Still came back undercooked. My wife's was a little better. The fries were very good so were the oysters. Luckily, the manager saved the day by the treating us to a bottle of wine.
Maybe they just had a bad night.
Not Worth It.
Sorry, Gary Rack, your growing fame as a restauranteur seems greatly overblown in my opinion. We two couples decided to have an anniversary dinner at Rack's Fish and Oyster House last Saturday evening. We were greeted and seated promptly by a very friendly hostess who offered us a choice of a noisy area or a booth farther away from the bar. It seems not to have mattered as it is a very noisy place, but the offer was appreciated.
There is a limited menu for anyone who wants a simple healthy seafood meal. I was pleased with my plain grilled mahi, and the trout almondine was tasty, but the calamari was very breaded and over cooked. Being charged $3.00 for a basket of 4 small, plain rolls was offensive as Rack's is not shy about their prices. In order to get butter for said rolls or any condiment such as plain balsamic vinegar, one had to be lucky. There was no balsamic at all and they presented one single pat of butter for the 4 rolls. They certainly are not generous in any way with butter or serving sizes.
To be fair, I am on a very limited diet for medical reasons, so my choices aren't easy. But, I have not had any problem in any other restaurant we have dined in. Overall, We were not impressed by our dining experience at Racks. There are too many other great choices in the Delray area to bother with overblown prices and less than really good food.
A friend recommended this restaurant for great oysters. They were okay, but not top notch. I later found out that he meant City Oyster, not Racks.
While the oysters were not first rate, my husband's lobster roll came exactly as he had personalized it and the shrimp and grits were tasty.
However, the people at the next table send back their order of mussels.
There was an extra $2.00 charge for a scotch we had ordered. When questioned, we were told that the bartender had mistakenly poured an extra bit into the glass. Hence, the extra charge. Not a move to entice customers to return.
There are too many other similar places on Atlantic Avenue to recommend this restaurant.
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