What do you get when you cross a Sports Bar with an above average seafood selection? The answer is Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille restaurant in Lighthouse Point, FL. Bonefish Mac’s draws in the crowds and if you visit during peak times, plan on waiting for a table or even a spot at one of the two bars.
The outside patio holds a bar as well as a fair number of tables to enjoy the Florida weather. We decided to head inside since it was a bit warm this evening and were early enough to get seated immediately. The host stand is at the entrance and the main bar area is to the left. There are TVs all around as well as some high-top tables. The main dining area is to the right and consists of booths and tables with a few ‘rocker booths’. The walls are loaded with all kinds of memorabilia from sports references to the ocean, fishing, beach…you get the picture. One thing to point out is that the lighting is on the dim side. You might need to take advantage of your cell phone light to look over the menu. The customer base is broad ranging from seasonal retirees to younger families with children.
Our server as quick to greet us and take our drink orders. Happy Hour for draft beer consisted of only domestic selections, so we chose soda and iced tea instead. The menu at Bonefish Mac’s restaurant is huge. So big, we had to ask for more time to decide by the time we got our drinks. You can tell at they are a Sports Grille when you page through the menu. They have it broken down in your typical format with wraps, sandwiches, appetizers, salads and entrees. They have a healthy election of pasta and they really bump up the selection of seafood. They even have a separate selection of shrimp dishes.
We decided on an appetizer and entrees and our server was quick to get things rolling. Drinks stayed filled and our appetizer was out in maybe 15 minutes, with entrees following shortly after.
Island Conch Fritters ($9.99) – When we ordered, we thought that $9.99 was a bit high for conch fritters, but the portion was huge. You get six oversized fritters, maybe almost double the size of a golf ball. We also liked to see they give you an even number making it easy to share. The outside was slightly crisp and golden brown with a denser than expected inside. We identified celery and carrots and found that four of the six were packed with conch whole; two of them seemed to lack conch. The size probably makes it tough to get the conch evenly distributed. We both enjoyed he taste and found Bonefish Mac’s version of conch fritters to be better than most we’ve tried to date in the area. The dipping sauces of remoulade and cocktail sauce were both the perfect accompaniment.
Bonefish Mac’s Famous Fish ‘N Chips ($11.99) – A generous portion of tasty white fish hand bettered and deep-fried golden brown. Served on a mound of “chips” and coleslaw. The dish was quite impressive in size. Three separate fish fillets were piled on top of the fries. We are not sure the type of fish, but it wasn’t the thick cod served at some places. The fish was fresh and flaky with a mild taste. The batter was really tasty, but we found that two of the three fillets were not as crisp as expected and were a bit on the greasy side. The third fillet was cooked perfectly on the outside and very crisp. The fries were coated/seasoned and were good, but after a few we were missing a regular steak fry. Jeff substituted out the coleslaw for fresh veggies. They were cooked just a tad over al dente making them a little softer than we like.
Sunken Treasure Trio ($19.99, extra up-charge of $.95 for seasoned fries selection) – A platter of seafood delights – grilled fresh catch fillet (cooked as requested) with a boat of shrimp and sea scallops sautéed in garlic butter sauce over rice. Another impressive portion of food and it smelled amazing. The fish fillet seemed to be the same variety as used for the fish ‘n chips, but I ordered it grilled. This fish was awesome and had the best grilled flavor. I’m not sure if they grill it over wood or charcoal, but it had so much flavor I couldn’t stop eating it. Hats off to Bonefish Mac’s on this fish because it was actually better than some other specialty more upscale restaurants we’ve been to.
The shrimp and scallops were very fresh and flavorful, but they were a bit light on the garlic. The rice was fresh and seasoned well. I ordered the vegetables and mine were also a bit softer then preferred.
Bonefish Mac’s restaurant is a fun place and seems to have a good vibe. For our review, we liked the service and large selection of seafood. The portions are on the larger side, so plan on leftovers. Prices seem comparable to other Sports Grilles around with some seafood selections a little on the higher price range. While there were a few hiccups in the consistency in our dishes, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed or forgiven. I highly recommend he grilled fish and shrimp and know that will be on your must have list on a future visit.
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Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille restaurant is located at 2002 NE 36th St Lighthouse Point FL 33064