New Management, Fresh Decor At Boca’s Mediterranean-Inspired Ouzo Bay


Atlas Restaurant Group set to open second Mizner Park concept Loch Bar

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

If you are looking for fresh fish Ouzo Bay at Mizner Park delivers.

Look no further than the back of the large, elegant restaurant to find a display of Bronzino that was just shipped over from the Mediterranean or Dover sole fresh from Holland.

Part of the Atlas Restaurant Group, Ouzo Bay is the second one of its kind, the first is located in Baltimore where the owners are based out of.

Brothers Alexander and Eric Smith launched their restaurant group in 2016 and have opened nine   concepts including a chophouse, Japanese restaurant and gastro bistro totaling a $53 million portfolio. They are both under the age of 40 and South Florida was the first place they selected to expand to from Maryland.

They plan to expand more into Boca with the anticipated opening of Loch Bar, a more casual seafood restaurant with a large whiskey bar, and also into Texas.

The restaurant is located at the former home of Jazziz. It is expansive and can cater to private dining events of all different sizes from dinner parties to weddings.

A new private cigar lounge in the back features its own bar and pool table. A glass enclosed private dining room can host business meetings or family gatherings. Curtains were recently added to parts of restaurants to enclose several tables into an intimate setting.

The duo recently brought on new managing partners Laura Huron and Brian Bagley. Both are veterans of the hospitality world and most recently worked just across the street at Max’s Grille.

“Coming into this space is exciting,” Huron said. “It’s so beautiful in here. I am excited to be with a really good restaurant group that understands the importance of hospitality.”

Beginning this month, Ouzo will offer a Mykonos-style brunch.

But if you want to experience a fine dining Mediterranean-inspired meal, visit for dinner.

For starters, stick with the Greek classics like dolamdes, stuffed grape leaves; flaming sagankai, cheese, is a staple with a fiery performance; and spanakopita where you can actually taste the spinach and flakiness of the phyllo.

Meat lovers can enjoy lamb meatballs while if you are sticking to seafood, order the grilled octopus or grilled calamari to start.

For the main entree, expect to see simple offerings that tend to be healthier. Most offerings are grilled with simple ingredients and fresh tastes.

But don’t miss the Greek-beignets loukamedes for dessert with of course Ouzo, a dry anise-flavored aperitif, that the establishment takes its name from.

A shot of that straight or diluted slightly with water will have you saying Opa!

If you are on a budget, or are taking your grandparents out to dinner, check out the sunset dinner offered daily from 4 to 7 p.m., which includes a complimentary appetizer and dessert with purchase of an entree. Or you can receive a free bottle of wine if you dine in from 4 to 7 p.m. with the purchase of two entrees.

Live music will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays.