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The Office Delray Beach Post

Just saw there was post about the office in Delray that was deleted a few days ago. Not sure why.

The post certainly wasn't favorable but I thought it was honest and accurate. The poster was simply commenting on the prices, which are indeed high, and the doorman. Maybe it was how he described the doorman that caused the deletion. Because this doorman was certainly reminiscient to the type of doorman you would see at a "certain type" of club.

I remember agreeing with the poster as the doorman did seem out of place and turned me off a little. A doorman in all black is not for place that calls itslef a "pub".

A pub is a friendly inviting place where you can grab a beer and a quick bite with friends. It's not a velvet rope night club with bouncers and techno music.

The Office seems like a cool place with a great beer selection. Hopefully they lose the doorman.

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  1. The beer list looks very good. Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale is a classic ale with the perfect malt flavor.

    If you would like to check out their menu, here you go:


    1. Had lunch yesterday at the Office. Service was excellent although they were quite bust at 1:00 p.m. The room is beautiful but very noisy. Had some excellent, well prepared drinks with juice squeezed to order. Shared a generous charcuterie plate ($15 I think) then had pork belly appetizer($13) which was enough for my meal and had the house salad($7), also excellent. Caramel pot de creme for dessert ($9). All in all I would say, yes, the prices were a bit high but I found value in what I ordered and thoroughly enjoyed. The exec chef was on hand overseeing all the food, management was accessible (Thanks Ed) and no doorman in sight (it was daytime, of course). Jessica, our bartender could not have been more friendly or helpful. I am only visiting down here for 3 weeks and know I will be back before I go home...

      1. i absolutely agree, the doorman thing was such a turnoff. we went the weekend after the official opening and the place was busy but definitely not packed. we just wanted to have a quick drink and visit one of our good friends who's a bartender there. when we walked up to the door and noticed the ropes and had a little laugh at how pretentious that seemed for our little town of delray, then when we were rudely turned away we were shocked. the excuse the doorman gave (with a major attitude) was that it was too busy inside and we could go to the outside bar if we wanted. i could see inside... it wasn't busy. they just wanted people to congregate outside so the place looked busy and exciting to people driving/walking by. we walked around to the outside bar which was 3 people deep and then were told by a hired security guard that we couldn't block the sidewalk. that was all we needed to get the hell out of there, so off to tryst! it was mobbed but got a drink at the bar in minutes and a table not long after.

        my brother who was with me came up with a catch phrase "who the F**K wants to be at the office on a friday night?"

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        1. re: tabatibbs

          Let me preface the following sentence by saying we've never done this before. My husband and I sat down at the bar, ordered drinks, then left without drinking them to go to Tryst. The bartenders were unfriendly, the place seemed "cold", and I wasn't impressed that we were directed to where we should sit at the bar. Shouldn't I be able to sit anywhere at a bar? As promised by other posters the menu was expensive even for appetizers and I didn't find any of the appetizers very appetizing. Realizing how subjective this post is I'm willing to give The Office a second chance in a few months but for now there are a lot of other places in the area that I would rather go to (Tryst, Cafe de France, Cut 432, etc).

          1. re: phonecutest

            I had high hopes for this place, but I don't like what I'm reading in these posts and also the fairly high prices. Hopefully they get their act together.


        2. I went there a few days ago for lunch with my boyfriend. We sat at the bar, had a couple of drinks. He ordered a cheeseburger, and I had the veggieburger. It was good, but VERY overpriced for the burgers. They came with french fries that are sliced so thing they are like chips. We weren't allowed to substitute them with anything else. I liked my burger, but I don't think it's worth the money.

          1. John Linn of New Times has an early review...

            "Total tab... $120. Not terrible, but my short conclusion is this: The Office is fun but on the pricey side. Some portion sizes are small. The nostalgic business theme is pretty nifty and jibes with the upscale, retro food. And the beer list is pretty rad. Look for a full review in the next month or so."

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            1. re: CFByrne

              We stopped by The Office last night for a drink after we had dinner at Falcon House. My guy ordered us 2 belvedere vodka martinis. $15 a piece. EACH! Are we in south beach? Isn't there still a recession?

              This place was packed so obviously they don't care but now my guy won't go back there to try their food because they charged so much for a martini. I agreed with him, but next time i go (and I will go with a friend or someone) I will stick with a beer. Sheesh!

              1. re: OysterHo

                Ok, a friend treated me for some snacks. We had 3 side dishes and 4 beers.

                The truffle fries were great. The truffled mac n cheese was very good. The crispy brussel sprouts were not good, IMO. I found them to be charred beyond recognition, not crispy, and saturated in an oily pool of ... well... oil. Nothing green to be seen. I do not recommend those at all.

                I still want to go back and try some main dishes though. We went there late at night and since I was being treated I was fine with side dishes.

                The beers we chose were good, but about $6-8 a glass. Not as bad as a @#$% fifteen dollar martini at least.

                1. re: OysterHo

                  It's almost impossible to not char brussels outer leaves if done in the oven. This is the only way I actually like them. If you want to try it a home, these are very good:

                  Remove loose outer leaves of brussels and cut in half
                  olive oil, salt, and pepper them in a mixing bowl
                  place on baking sheet with parchment paper
                  bake around 350 until tender (they really don't get crispy except for the burnt outer leaves)

                  1. re: freakerdude

                    Your method sounds infinitely better!

                    Have you had theirs yet? If so, did you like them? Just curious. :)

                    1. re: OysterHo

                      I haven't been here but the food looked good just walking by.

            2. They didn't lose their doorman, but they did lose their chef. Mark Militello is gone. http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cle...

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              1. re: lync0091

                Pretty favorable Sun Sentinel review just posted...


                It's a bit odd... he gushes over the place and yet the rating is a seemingly ordinary 2.5 stars.

                1. re: lync0091

                  It's funny... speaking of doormen and Delray gastropubs...

                  That doorman fellow from The Office... it appears he now works as doorman at... Taste.

                  1. re: CFByrne

                    Why do we need "doormen" at Delray restaurants? It's not like we're in Manhattan or something. If this stupid trend continues, it's going to put off a lot of people.

                    1. re: OysterHo

                      agreed doorman and velvet rope can kiss my butt ,is delray going to turn in stuffy stuffs ville not on my watch

                2. When I visit my snowbird parents in March, I like to walk around Atlantic stopping at whichver spot strikes my fancy in the evening. Would I really be out of place going in by myself at, say, 10 p.m. and sitting at the bar and ordering a drink?

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                  1. re: Fibber McGee

                    You'd be fine, but I'd stick with the beer lol.

                    1. re: OysterHo

                      Already have my choices picked out. lol.

                    2. re: Fibber McGee

                      go to Blue Anchor English pub the way it's meant to be
                      not stiff and trendy like the office

                        1. re: Fibber McGee

                          really why Meh?? expound on this I am wondering?

                          1. re: pikiliz

                            IMaybe meh is too strong, but my experiences have just been decent at Blue Anchor. The food I have had hasn't wowed me (maybe that's the point with English cuisine). I actually preferred the atmosphere, for me, at The Lion and Eagle in Boca. I'm also of the habit of wanting to try each place I can at least once. I'd go back to the Blue Anchor, sure, but it's not a draw that will keep me returning over new places. For me, the Office is new. When I come down again next March, if it's still there I'll give it a chance for a drink or two.

                            1. re: Fibber McGee

                              I too plan to try it on my next visit to Delray.

                              Fibber - did you ever try Linda Beans Lobster Roll?

                              1. re: Blind Mind

                                Not as of yet, Blind Mind. If I find myself around Atlantic at lunch time during my next visit, I probably will.

                    3. Word on the streets is that David Manero is working on opening a new restaurant - an renovation of a previous restaurant. building. That's all I know at this point. Anyone know more?

                      I wonder if he's be looking right in The Office and Vic/Angelos area, allowing mgmt to literally walk from one to the other... which can be a big advantage.

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                      1. re: CFByrne

                        John Linn has the details.

                        It's going to be a burger place in FTL, Commercial and A1A (by Aruba I guess), sounds like an Elevation Burger type concept, with plans/hopes for going national.