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Maria's Backwater Bar & Grill

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18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
2394374777
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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My wife and I wanted a unique place and we got it. Service was good. Server, I believe owner family member was very nice and thanked us several times for stopping by. I had some kind of broiled fish that I was not too excited about. We also had crab and oysters that were fantastic. Overall... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Maria's is a must for every trip we take to Fort Myers. Simply delicious. Emphasis on the simplicity because if you require much more than is necessary for any human, go somewhere else. If you like to enjoy yourself and taste fresh food, Maria's is again, a must.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We used to get there each year but in july 2015 we learn at our arrival that the bring your own wine was no more in force. For the meal price it was ok before but now it is too high for the food quality. It is not Maine lobster but local fish and other imported type of fish.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I had a few really good meals here a few years ago. Also have been getting smoked mullet here for over 30 years. Decided to stop by for lunch the other day. First off they decided 12 noon was a good time to clean and service the friers. So no fried food. Mind you that is half the menu, but... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Don't waste your time or money. We went here because of Yelp reviews and the recommendation of the desk clerk where we were staying(though he said he had not been there in some time). We ordered the following and were told, "we don't have those": Cajun Clam Chowder, Smoked Fish Spread, and Smoked fish Dinner. We were told the menu... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

Walked into the empty restaurant (the open sign was on) proceed to the back deck and asked if it was open.. two lady's in the kitchen most likely the owner yelled at us that the back was not open and had to be all cleaned! Then we asked are you open and she yelled no ! Extremely Rude and unfriendly,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My wife and I wanted a unique place and we got it. Service was good. Server, I believe owner family member was very nice and thanked us several times for stopping by. I had some kind of broiled fish that I was not too excited about. We also had crab and oysters that were fantastic. Overall a good spot I... More 

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Ft Myers Beach
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Sure she runs the place all alone, but she doesn't write your order down and you have to check it when it comes time to pay. She charged us for 4 vs 3 glasses of wine, and we ordered a "cup" of soup and she got extremely hostile when we pointed out that we were overcharged for it, saying you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Maria is prolly the sweetest lady on the beach... If you could put her in a bottle you would have something sweeter than yoohoo and her food was amazing. Gumbo great Salmon great Beer cold Thanks Maria

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Loved this place - its right on the water - you eat under a covered patio and the owners parrots are adorable! Really enjoyed my lunch and the clam chowder is mmm mmmm. Would definitely come again and recommend to anyone looking for a local spot for some amazing seafood and friendly service.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We visit Maria's Smokehouse many times a year and for very good reason: great food and a laid-back atmosphere at a very reasonable price. This is a small place so Maria does everything she can to keep overhead down, including serving as chief hostess, waitress and cook some nights. So do not expect 5-star service. Maria is absolutely delightful and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers Beach
  • Phone Number: 2394374777

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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