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17979 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33931
239 433 2491
Today
12:00 am - 9:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 9:00 am

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  • 22
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Down on the Bayou

Don't let the front door stop you. Come in, sit down and read the menu. The decor is quaint, Maria is very accommodating and the food is outstanding! Biggest meaty King Crab legs, delicious soft shell crabs, Gumbo to die for. Also Grouper and French Fries crisp and delicious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Don't let the front door stop you. Come in, sit down and read the menu. The decor is quaint, Maria is very accommodating and the food is outstanding! Biggest meaty King Crab legs, delicious soft shell crabs, Gumbo to die for. Also Grouper and French Fries crisp and delicious.

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Excelsior, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This is a gem that is easy to drive by. The exterior of the restaurant does not convey a sense of fine dining and, once inside, neither does the interior. However, the food is among our fondest memories of our two-week stay on Sanibel Island. A few of the dishes have won awards from the local culinary community including the... More 

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grandjunction
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Excellent fish, flaky, sweet and hot. Marias secret sauce was delicious, we eat 1/2 the bottle. very old and authentic on the marina area

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

The place on San Carlos Blvd. is NOT closed. We had seafood gumbo and crawfish étouffée. Although both were very good, we agreed that our favorite was the étouffée. No skimping on ingredients! We spoke to Maria and found her to be delightful. A bowl of gumbo is pretty big, not your normal bowl of soup. We will be back.

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charlotte, ME
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Doubting the validity of the latest review............last review 8/19 stated" the restuarant was really good and funny that 2 days later, as we visited the restaurant it was not only closed but it is FOR SALE! The grass is nearly 10" tall around the frame from the realty company.....It is closed and for sale...don't bother

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Fort myers
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Went last week, best fried oysters I have Ever had. Husband said best Gumbo he has ever had. Please visit, HIDDEN TREASURE

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253 reviews 253 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Kid friendly small diner like place. Fish fry and Smoked salmon are very good. Maria is very nice and even serves at times. You have to look close or you'll miss it. Restrooms are outside the building, it doesn't look like much but the food is worth it.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

First time try. Food was good. Except for the mussels in green sauce. They were on the verge of going bad. Veal dish was good but a little skimpy on the serving.ganolli was like a rock. But the other deserts were to die for. Would give it a second chance hope they read this.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

We went based on other trip advisor reviews. Wanted the salmon Duvall but they said they were out of a key ingredient...so, we had a bowl of gumbo (huge), and the crawfish étouffée. We sat at our table for a full 10 minutes before getting a menu. Maria's son who was dining at another table told us about the fabulous... More 

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Fort Myers
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We've eaten here twice, and like Maria's other restaurant (The Smokehouse), the food is infused with her passion and understanding of what makes delicious food. The Gumbo is one of the best I've ever had, including many memorable versions in New Orleans. Any of the fresh fish dishes are worth trying, but Maria's famous fried grouper is what I crave.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17979 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33931
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers
  • Phone Number: 239 433 2491

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 9:00 am
Monday
12:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
12:00 am - 9:00 am
Friday
12:00 am - 9:00 am
Saturday
12:00 am - 9:00 am

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