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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 214
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 23
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
pleasant lunch on the water

Tasty food, unobtrusive and pleasant service. Excellent local oysters (always important to ask where oysters are from because the oyster biz is very down in Apalachicola). We'd go back. Choice of screened porch or more elegant interior.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
rambleyat
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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441 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Really nice food. Really nice setting. Expensive but worth it. Love their oysters. Breakfasts are outstanding.

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Chattanooga, TN
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My grouper was nicely arranged over tasty, but buttery (?) garlic Mashed potatoes and asparagus spears, served floating in a 1/4" pool of butter. I had to spoon the whole dish on to another plate in order to eat it, and still was "queasy" when I left. Great view and okay menu...hardly "gourmet".

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Houston, Texas
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119 reviews 119 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Had dinner here with friends. We asked to be seated on their screened porch that is on the water. We ordered our entrée to find that of the four of us, two of our on the menu entrees were not available. Service was slow and the food when it arrived was average.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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132 reviews 132 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Tasty food, unobtrusive and pleasant service. Excellent local oysters (always important to ask where oysters are from because the oyster biz is very down in Apalachicola). We'd go back. Choice of screened porch or more elegant interior.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

I've been going to this restaurant for years because of one item they served. Their famous Seafood Boat. When I went there several months ago I was told that they no longer served their signature dish even though there was still a sign out front advertising it as the 'Home of the Famous Seafood Boat'. She apologized and said it... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Had lunch at Caroline's on the Apalachicola River and it was outstanding. They have a Grouper Reuben Sandwich that was served with homemade chips that is the best I have ever eaten. You can eat outside on the river or inside and still have a wonderful view.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

It was packed the Sunday morning that our large group dined here, and for good reason. Everyone really enjoyed the tasty breakfast offerings. I've had many crab benedicts before, but this one really stood out. Good coffee and omellettes, too. As other reviewers have mentioned, the service can be slow-paced. Yet, I still managed to get several refills of the... More 

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Prattville, Alabama
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The breakfast is what we enjoyed here. Amazing! Wonderful staff. We did not get to dinner here but the restaurant was always crowded, so we know it was good.

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N. Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The location on the river is very appealing & the indoor space is cozy & attractive. Locals advised that breakfast is the better meal at Caroline's. My husband enjoyed the bayou omelet. I had the lemon pancakes. The pancakes were good, but not as tasty as I'd hoped. The staff seemed a bit disjointed. Two young men appeared to have... More 

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Florida Panhandle
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We stopped here for breakfast. Very slow to be seated, slow to be waited on. They were not busy(maybe that should have been a clue) Our order didn't come as ordered and wasn't hot. The menu is very expensive for the quality. It's a shame, they have a nice, on the water, screened in porch for dining. We won't be... 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: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?