Meatball Room Boca Raton, FL

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Meatball Room Boca Raton, FL

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Since every place before it seemed to fail in the Regency Plaza in Boca Raton, a new group of owners decided to drop a ton of money and redo a restaurant that didn't really need redoing and open a new Italian Restaurant called the Meatball Room. I had seen the coming soon sign for a while, but wasn't sure they were opened until I saw my friend Jeff from posted about the restaurant and said I would love it. Since I trust his opinion, I decided to go try it out on opening night.

The Meatball Room was PACKED on opening night. Thankfully I made reservations before just heading over, or there probably wouldn't be a spot for me until they closed. As I approached the hostess stand to give my name, I heard the regular Boca Raton snob remarks like "I live in Woodfield and you HAVE to seat me", as well as "You won't stay in business long if you don't seat the locals first". Such a nice sense of entitlement around this area.


We were seated in the back room where I ran into two other tables of close friends. Things weren't looking too good when both of them mentioned how long they were waiting for their food up until this point. A pizza finally arrived at their table after about 45 minutes and it wasn't even hot. I started to doubt the longevity of the Meatball Room, not only based on this, but hearing all the others around me complaining about the service, the taste of the food, the wait, the fact they had no more bread etc.


Our server finally found his way over to us and we placed our order. I started off with a plain pizza since I figured the rest of the meal would take an eternity to arrive. Maybe it was just my run of recent good luck, but our pizza arrived at our table in quite an acceptable timeframe and it was hot and crisp. I am sure the other tables had reason to complain, but in my opinion there was zero to complain about when it came to the arrival time. Now, with regards to my regular meal, that is an entire different story. Since I am only basing my review on the pizza I will leave out all the negativity with that aspect of the evening at The Meatball Room.


I took my  slice and separated it from the pie and took my first bite. The aroma of the slice was fantastic. It possessed hints of a fruity olive oil and the smell of the fresh sauce had me salivating. A crisp crust held up nicely on the top of this slice of pizza that was still smoking from the oven. The taste was great. This slice of fresh pizza from The Meatball Room in Boca Raton contained just about all the finest ingredients you could expect from a relatively high end pizza joint. The cheese was top notch and tasted great underneath a sprinkling of some exotic tasting olive oil. The crust had really nothing wrong with it and besides being crisp as we discussed earlier, it had a nice taste to it. When it came to the sauce, I wasn't entirely blown away. Not that there was anything seriously wrong with it, it just had an aftertaste that I didn't love.


Outside of the sauce, The Meatball Room in Boca Raton is onto something with their pizza. Many of my neighbors have said they wouldn't go back there after their first time, but I have since been back a few times and enjoyed the pizza each time. The owner John came over to say hi the first night and said the grand opening is in a month or so and this was just a soft opening. Quite sure that John learned that in Boca Raton there is no soft openings. The day you opening the doors, you are open, and people show no mercy.

Personally I would love to see The Meatball Room stay in business in the Regency Shops of Boca Raton since it is nice to have a local Italian place to dine at. The very residents who complain about the food and the pricing etc, are the same folks who complain about no restaurants being available in the shopping center. Instead of showing such hatred and speaking about the places that open up in your backyard in such a vitriolic nature, perhaps they shouldn't go the first night a restaurant opens and instead wait a month for them to even out the kinks. Give the place a chance to open if you are so easily upset, at least before you bash it folks.

The Meatball Room in Boca Raton gets 6 out of 8 slices for their pizza.

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11 Responses to “Meatball Room Boca Raton, FL”

  • Boca Spin Doctor wrote:
    29 Nov 2013 at 11:05 pm

    It was great the night we went. John went out of his way for us to taste all his dishes on the menu. Superb.

  • Martin wrote:
    30 Nov 2013 at 9:16 am

    OMG, OMG, OMG, that’s how I feel after eating at Meatball room. The pizza was AMAZING same for the Turkey Meatballs. We live in WCC and want Meatball Room to stay.

  • roy wrote:
    01 Dec 2013 at 7:20 pm

    People actually say that they live in X neighborhood and act like they have a right to service before others? Wow.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    01 Dec 2013 at 7:55 pm



  • Matts Pizza wrote:
    03 Dec 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I wish they had slices. Or take out.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    03 Dec 2013 at 10:31 pm

    They are starting a $6.99 two slice and soda special as well as delivery.
    Sent from my iPad

  • Allan Rosen wrote:
    19 Dec 2013 at 7:35 pm

    No one cares what snot nose neighborhood you live in.

  • Omustgo wrote:
    20 Jan 2014 at 8:43 pm

    That is really an obnoxious neighborhood! I fired up most of the pools in there when it was being built in the early 90’s In any event,I am trying this Meatball room Pizza. I live less than 3 miles from it ,and have been looking for new taste adventures,in Boca.

  • robertw477 wrote:
    02 Feb 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I love your comments on this one! Reat the twitter feed from Donald Silverman (dad of Sarah Silverman) It is called Rants from Boca. He will crack you up with the entitlement jokes.

  • robertw477 wrote:
    02 Feb 2014 at 6:51 pm

    By the way on yelp this restaurant had a number of bad reviews and now yelps there are a number of fake (positive) reviews. For some yelp I guess can make or break you. What I don’t understand there is some places get 23 reviews (meatball room) immediately and other open for years get just a few reviews. I know yelp is blocking plenty form this place.

  • Mark Wohl wrote:
    26 Aug 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Save your money. You could get much better Italian food at Maggiano’s or any number of Italian restaurants than this overpriced joint. It’s only kept alive by its two big bars and a lot of forty-something divorcees looking to hookup–something Boca has no shortage of.