Dining at the beach allows you to impress your date by sharing champagne at sunset, writing your names in the sand, and playing a shark like a trumpet. Jazz up suppertime with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of tropical dinner fare at Watercolors Restaurant & Bar in Boca Raton.
When not busy gazing seaward from the restaurant’s perch on the Intracoastal Waterway, Watercolors’ chefs relocate undersea bounties and well-seasoned steaks to their new home on a menu of surf ‘n’ turf classics. Caribbean-tinged bites such as the bahamian fish chowder ($6) and blackened mahi-mahi sandwich ($17) pair well with maritime surroundings, fueling salt-sprayed dates on the coast or stakeouts spent searching for a lost bathysphere. Coconut-crusted chicken hosts a laid-back summit between layers of French-inspired orange beurre blanc and jamaican relish ($24), and pan-seared Florida grouper spotlights local fish draped with tomatoes, basil, garlic, and capers ($29). Shrimp scampi conjures Mediterranean breezes with its tomato-herb cream sauce, which washes over a solitary strand of endless linguini ($28). On Wednesdays and Thursdays, live entertainment adds a dash of aural seasoning to evening meals.