Last night, Bev and I joined a few friends for a Christmas celebration at The Living Room in Boynton Beach, located on 1709 North Congress Ave. Our mutual friend Chris, who’d initiated this gathering, had already been there several times and couldn’t wait for all of us to experience its unique, comfortable ambiance and warm, friendly service.
True to her enthusiastic description, The Living Room exceeded our expectations. Enhanced by the accoutrement of the Christmas season and the benefit of a cool, December evening, the establishment welcomed us with an eclectic mix of plush couches, oddly shaped tables, sparkling Christmas trees, twinkling lights and a variety of knick-knacks showcased in hand-painted armoirs. Vintage images of old-time movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn graced the walls, while a trio of guitar-playing musicians filled the room with the melodious sounds of Elton John and other mellow rockers, with a familiar Christmas song or two blended into the mix.
Our group sat around a lovely coffee table — three of us in plush chairs, and the other two in a thickly cushioned love seat. Seated near the front of the restaurant, my place at the open end of the table afforded me a view of the bar, where other patrons savored drinks from The Living Room’s extensive wine and beer menu.
A huge fan of hummus and pita and pesto sauce (which was offered as part of a tomato flatbread delicacy on the menu), I was torn between the two when it came time to order. Ultimately I chose the former, which definitely lived up to the waiter’s glowing review. The homemade pita bread was served warm, with the fresh hummus delivered atop crisp spinach leaves.
The other ladies shared two different flatbreads on the menu, the aforementioned pesto with tomato and mozzarella, and fresh pear and havarti. They also savored a Gourmet Green salad with fresh pear, tomato and crumbled bleu cheese, tossed with balsamic dressing — a bountiful portion that easily lent itself to family-style sharing. Adding a nice touch to our meal were the delightful books arranged on nightstands on either side of our dining area, including one on the meaning of names (Bev’s we discovered, was pretty accurate for her personality) and one on numerology.
We all agreed we couldn’t wait to go back to The Living Room in the New Year, with our only slight complaint being that the music — while definitely a mood-enhancer — was just a bit too loud for good conversation. Throughout the evening, we frequently had to repeat ourselves as we struggled to hear each other over the soulful sounds of the lead singer and her accompanying guitar player.
However, the Living Room’s positives far outweighed that minor inconvenience. I was very impressed to hear our friend Chris’ testimonial that after patronizing the establishment once, the waiter remembered both her and her preferred wine on the next visit. Indeed, the friendly service we all experienced last night was just as impressive as the unique atmosphere and diverse menu. Whether you order a sampling of appetizers or one of their main courses like fish tacos, duck breast, pasta or lamb chops (just to name a few), your food will be served efficiently and courteously.
So if you’re looking for a fun, different place to enjoy a night out with the girls, or a romantic evening for two, Bev and I highly recommend The Living Room in Boynton Beach. As our friend Joanna noted, it really felt as if we were on vacation someplace very different from South Florida for a few hours, and yet we didn’t have to travel very far. For the sheer element of escapism, complemented by delicious food, satisfying drinks and delightful ambiance, it’s hard to find a better destination than The Living Room.
Update: Video coverage of the evening.