To start with, my review is neither scathing nor glowing. 4 of us went to Ocean 11 this evening and generally speaking, we were disappointed. To hit the high points, the atmosphere is warm, quiet, and appealing. The feeling is that of a small, yet upscale eatery with slightly-higher-than-moderate pricing. The wait staff is knowledgeable (except for some wine list options), well dressed, and cordial. There is a full bar, comfortable seating, and a selection of jazzy musical pieces playing in the background. So far so good.
Now, to the food. The bread that is served when you are seated is very good. Warm, crispy crust with a soft, flavorful center. Not enough butter is served with the bread.
We ordered the calamari appetizer. This appears to be frozen breaded calamari served with a canned marinara. The calamari was not seasoned - depending instead upon the bland marinara. This is a big mistake. A better solution for the frozen squid would be sea salt, fresh ground pepper and a selection of 3 sauces made in-house. If you are going to serve frozen squid, at least dress it up a little.
On to the entrees. I ordered the broiled shrimp and scallops which was served with rice pilaf and vegetable medley. The broiled scallops were properly cooked, not too tough, nor too raw. However, pan-searing is far superior to broiling, requires no more skill to prepare, and sets off the sweet scallop meat with a savory (if seasoned properly) crust. It was served with a few drops of a sweet/savory raspberry sauce and somewhat artfully presented. The shrimp on the other hand were badly overcooked and seasoned with Old Bay seasoning. Not an awful way to season shrimp, but for a restaurant that tries to be upscale, this approach to shrimp is a clear fail. The vegetable medley was simply frozen/thawed broccoli, carrots, etc. Completely un-seasoned. The rice pilaf was nothing more than brown rice in a truncated cone form. Again, not seasoned and a bad attempt at presentation.
Another of our party ordered just the broiled scallops which was about $1 lower in price than mine with the shrimp. His included just 4 scallops (mine had 3, plus 4 shrimp), the "rice pilaf", and the thawed, frozen, flavorless vegetables.
Another at our table ordered the fried flounder sandwich. It was tasty, but served with onion rings and waffle fries (odd choices) which were clearly frozen, deep fried, and served. Although they tasted good, I expected more for the money.
Finally, the fourth of our group ordered the rib eye steak. It arrived perfectly cooked to medium-rare, but was somewhat tough. It came with the herbed red potatoes which were surprisingly flavorful. Again, though, frozen/thawed vegetable medley was on the plate.
The wine list is varied and not over-priced although there was some confusion among the wait staff about what each wine was and whether it was available.
Overall, I give Ocean 11 a C+. Not Great, but not awful. I will probably never eat there again as I rarely get to Florida and there are so many other restaurants in the area, one of which is likely to be what you are looking for.
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