Boston-based restaurateur Michela Larson is working with the Waldorf Astoria Resort in Boca Raton, Fla., to open the contemporary restaurant, which features New American food, a playful cocktail menu, and a chef-tended Claw Bar, offering a variety of fresh seafood. the blue accommodates up to 120 guests for dinner on the 27th floor of the hotel, featuring a bird’s eye view of the Atlantic coast.
Boston-based restaurateur Michela Larson and the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Boca Raton, Fla., announced the official opening of the blue, serving New American food and drink located on the 27th floor of the hotel.
Offering views up and down the Atlantic coast made possible by the bird’s eye vantage point, the restaurant accommodates up to 120 guests for dinner.
With its contemporary design, the expanded seating of the bar adds to the marble and chrome bar on the northern side of the Tower. Two arced lamps stretch across a white leather banquette providing the perfect amount of warm lighting against the lapis lazuli blue walls. The playful paisley carpeting running throughout the dining room is the perfect complement to the bird’s eye maple tables.
Set to change frequently depending on local and seasonal offerings, a modern menu offers unexpected flavors and modern takes on classic dishes. the blue features fresh ingredients while placing emphasis on sustainable and organic foods from local farmers and local waters, complimenting offerings like the Lobster 3 Ways, which arrives daily from Maine. A homemade bread basket featuring fresh brioche rolls, sliced sour dough and crispy breadsticks starts off the dining experience. Among the many starters are Mussels a la Plancha, which are cooked in beer and great for sharing, or the Char Grilled Octopus. Entrees include the Honey-Glazed ½ Chicken, the Aged New York Strip, Cider Pork Tenderloin, Cedar Planked Salmon and a vegetable dish called “The Farmer’s Plate.” Desserts include the Pineapple Carpaccio and the trio of Ice Cream Sandwiches.
the blue is introducing the chef-tended Claw Bar, which offers U-12 shrimp, king crab legs, Maine lobster and stone crab claws, oysters from both coasts, and more. the blue offers classic martinis and a menu of playful cocktails, along with an extensive list of local craft beers and world class, carefully curated wine selection.
For larger parties, Elevated Events @the blue creates the perfect customized event for any occasion. The private dining room is ideal for exclusive dinners and seats up to 40 guests, while the main dining room can accommodate anything from the most intimate events to parties of over one hundred guests.
Leading the blue is a trio of restaurant professionals: Executive Chef Christie Tenaud, General Manager Amber Renberg and Assistant General Manager Roberto Colombi. Renberg has been working with Michela Larson for 13 years in both Boston and Boca Raton. This is her sixth restaurant opening and her favorite project to date.
“This is a really exciting restaurant for a variety of reasons,” said Larson. “One is its location in this glorious resort with its brilliant views that we get to enjoy every day. Another is that we have a young team of talented professionals who have put together a remarkable staff, which is reflected in both our intriguing menu and our unparalleled service.”
“We are thrilled to have Michela reinvent the former Cielo space, leveraging the majestic location with new interior design features and menu,” said Rick Hayduk, President of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. “the blue now stands out as one of the dining experiences that epitomizes our new positioning as luxury with a Boca edge.”
the blue is open Monday to Saturday, 5 – 10 pm.