The old Watercolors Cafe in the former Boca Raton Bridge Hotel always offered some of the prettiest water views around, views sadly never quite matched by the quality of its food or its tired, dated decor.
Well, $10 million and a complete renno of the hotel and its two restaurants later and the folks at Hilton Hotels who are running the place are hoping the view won’t be the only reason for hungry diners to show up. Now called the Waterstone Resort & Marina (999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500), the swank property has a coolly contemporary look and feel, both of which carry over to its twin eateries, the casual Waterstone Bar & Grill and the more upscale Boca Landing.
Waterstone B&G features a chic bar and lounge that face a spacious outdoor patio. The beverage menu of artisan cocktails, craft beers and boutique wines is paired with a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that runs the culinary gamut from egg-white omelets and cheesecake-stuffed french toast to shrimp nachos, spicy jerked chicken sandwich and arugula and hearts of palm salad.
The Landing makes a more elegant presentation, with even more spectacular water views from floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of dark wood trim, raised booths under massive chandeliers and contemporary furnishings. Resort exec chef Steve Zobel has crafted a small plates-oriented menu that gives a modern twist to familiar dishes, like crabcakes with Old Bay butter and shrimp salad, fish ‘n’ chips with preserved lemon tartar sauce and sweet potato chips, and pork belly sliders with smoked tomato jam. There’s also a roster of “simply prepared” fish and meats with choice of four sauces.