While many restaurants have been barely holding on, Oceans 234 recently spent $130,000 on renovations, adding a full sushi bar, updating the decor and enhancing a sound system that keeps the Deerfield Beach destination rocking, even in its 10th year.
Judging by the crowds, owners Danielle Williams and Joe and Lois Pallaria have reason to celebrate. Visit on a Saturday night and attractive female bartenders in corset tops can barely keep up with the demands of the young, hip crowd here for the vibe and the DJ (on Fridays and Sundays, there’s live music). You’d think the place was nothing more than another beach bar scene, but Oceans 234 also pays attention to its menu, with a boost from new executive chef Victor Franco, who spent years as a sous chef for top South Florida toques like Norman Van Aken, Mark Militello and Allen Susser.
Ambience: It’s right on the beach, just steps from the pier, a prime spot to take visitors — with a caveat. If you, or they, hate high-decibel dining experiences — in other words, you want to have a conversation with your friends or family members — come early or better yet, stop by early during midweek to take advantage of the location without the noise. Best to grab one of the 175 seats on the sprawling patio (compared to the 35 inside).