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Caroline's Dining on the River

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123 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320-1736
850-653-8139
Today
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 200
    Excellent
  • 110
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Average with highlights

My husband and I had breakfast here after staying at the Apalachicola River Inn, The oyster and gouda omlette with a homemade biscuit was great. The homefries that accompanied it were cold and a bit tough. The "Maple french toast" was disappointing it was served cool and with pancake syrup and not... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
April T
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Chiefland, Florida, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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408 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chiefland, Florida, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had breakfast here after staying at the Apalachicola River Inn, The oyster and gouda omlette with a homemade biscuit was great. The homefries that accompanied it were cold and a bit tough. The "Maple french toast" was disappointing it was served cool and with pancake syrup and not Maple Syrup. The service was a bit slow.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Food was absolutely superb! Stuffed grouper to die for. Service excellent! Lovely view overlooking the water.

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Bella Vista, Arkansas
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

With a distinctive New Orleans flavor, this restaurant offers okay local seafood, but there are many other choices in town with better prices. We ate lunch here and were surprised at how uncrowded it was...that should have tipped us off before we ordered.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I had never heard of this restaurant before my family wound up there. In fact, I had never even been to Apalachicola before, and my family just picked a place as we were driving around, sightseeing. Everyone got hungry. Upon arrival, seeing the lights out front, we really didn't know what to expect. Then, somehow we meandered to the screened... More 

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Marianna, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a "free" breakfast included in the price of our room at the Apalachicola River Inn. My first thought was some cheap continental style buffet .... Was I totally WRONG! This breakfast was amazing. I choose the oyster omelet and my husband had the traditional ham, grits, and eggs...all served beautifully on China with stemware. We... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

One of the entrees was cold and the service was horrible. Waitress brought food and then just "disappeared."

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O'Brien, FL
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you don't have a party of four , you will not be able to sit by the water. The prices are high and the service is less than standard.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We tried the grouper and shrimp here, and liked both. While we sat at our table, we watched a dolphin cavort in the river. It was a nice experience and good service.

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Kalamazoo
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Probably one of the best breakfasts I've ever had. Oysters for breakfast...what could be better?? I had 2 is scrambled eggs, grits, the best biscuit that melted in my mouth, and oyster cakes (picture crab cakes with oysters instead). Really didn't need the eggs. My husband had basically the same, but his oysters were poached in a light, citrusy broth.... More 

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Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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700 reviews 700 reviews
696 restaurant reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Situated on the Apalachicola River this is a lovely restaurant serving very good food. The decor is stunning, but even if it was not the view would make up for it. While I was enjoying my breakfast a steady steam of birds and boats cruised by. Service was impressive. As with most eatery that are part of a hotel, prices... More 

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oystr, Owner at Caroline's Dining on the River, responded to this review

4bird1, Thanks for your kind review. We see by your past reviews that you are a constant visitor to Apalachicola,Thanks for that,you help us all keep going and trying. Thank you for the GREAT pictures you posted along with your review. Your eyes view of Caroline's dining room are GREAT. You see what we see when making a trip to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 123 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320-1736
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Apalachicola
  • Phone Number: 850-653-8139

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 26
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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