The tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Create a profitable impression with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of seafood and fine dining at Carmen's at the Top of the Bridge, located inside the Bridge Hotel in Boca Raton.
From its perch atop the Bridge Hotel, Carmen's at the Top of the Bridge pairs wide-open oceanfront views and city vistas with fresh, seasonal cuisine conceived by chef Dudley Rich, who has cooked privately for U.S. presidents. Starters from the dinner menu make apt preludes or small plates, such as the eggplant-and-goat-cheese ravioli swirled in a thyme cream sauce ($12). Sizzling with meats sourced from Harris Ranch, veal chops arrive drizzled in truffle butter ($45), and charbroiled filet mignon ($40) fairly accuses its port-wine-and-shallot reduction of smothering it. The entree menu also sates seafood yens with selections such as the peppercorn-crusted swordfish, sauced in a morel-mushroom dressing ($28).
The restaurant's windows stretch from the parquet floor to the ceiling, letting in sweeping seaside views. A grand piano stands ready for live entertainers to tickle the ivories or tease the ivories until they weep Chopin, all to the delight of evening dancers.
999 E Camino Real
Boca Raton, Florida 33432