Big changes afoot on the 27th floor of the Tower at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Cielo, the adventurous pan-Mediterranean cuisine eatery helmed by chef Nader Jaouhar is no more, replaced by The Blue, a contemporary American restaurant headed up by chef Christie Tenaud, formerly of Primo in Arizona and the Essex House in New York City.
The Blue’s spectacular ocean and city views can be seen from an expanded bar area, as well as from the dining room marked by dreamy blue walls, creamy bird’s eye maple tables and playful paisley carpeting. Also new is the “Claw Bar,” a crustacean-centric outlet for giant shrimp, king crab legs, Maine lobster, oysters, stone crab claws and more.
The menu promises “elevated American cuisine” and takes inspiration from local purveyors and the season, focusing on sustainable and organic ingredients and giving classic preparations a modern twist. What that means in your mouth are dishes like steak tartare with fingerling potato chips, arugula salad with red wine-poached pears and goat cheese flan, grilled lamb chop with corn-rosemary bread pudding and lobster three ways (roll, chowder and mac ‘n’ cheese).