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Maria's Backwater Bar & Grill

18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
2394374777
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Fort Myers, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

If you want extremely fresh, perfectly prepared food, Marias is your place. This hole in the wall, family run restaurant does seafood and gumbo perfectly. Do not expect a smiling, kind, respectful waitress if Maria is working. She is abrupt, rude, and will yell at you, but her cooking is worth it. Her sons, Damian and Lamar who cook and... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Please do NOT expect a concierge type service... Maria, recognized as a true republican by the party makes best fried fish, craw fish etouffee, and more. Bring your own beer and wine, enjoy the tropical birds out back and relax. This is by far, the most under rated restaurant in Southwest Florida... if you need stuffy people waiting on you,... More 

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grandjunction
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

very very very Cajun with secret sauce and the atmosphere to go with it. Maria was very nice and the service was good from her

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Tallmadge, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Hubby & I were visiting Ft. Meyers for the first time. We were in the mood for seafood and thought we'd be adventurous, so we stopped by Maria's Backwater Bar & Grill. No one was around to greet us--a bit awkward. We were given a menu finally & told to find any seat. I ordered all-u-can-eat fish fry & hubby... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband and I - both long-time islanders - went to Maria's to celebrate our birthdays on May 16th. I had eaten at Maria's Cajun restaurant that she opened a few years ago (now closed) and loved her food so we were excited to spend our birthday dinner there, and we were not disappointed! It was cool enough to sit... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I live close by this restaurant and love coming here for both the all-you-can-eat fish fry (catfish, I think) and the laid back atmosphere. This is one of those off the beaten path places that is unique and definitely sans the corporate vibe. There's a back patio overlooking the bay and occasional live music. The service can be so-so since... More 

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Bolingbrook, IL
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69 reviews 69 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Salmon Duval was very good and the Gumbo was good (but we only received one of the 2 bowls we ordered!) It is BYOB so bring what you like to drink and bring enough for a long wait. . Waitress/owner was getting overwhelmed with just a sparse crowd. Wouldn't want to be there on a real busy night and... More 

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Fort Myers, FL
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We have always wanted to try Maria's due to good reviews, the quirky outside appearance and it's a local joint! We stopped in and noticed there were next to no customers - fine, all the better for service to us! Not the case - the server was not attentive, needed to ask several times for a glass of ice for... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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90 reviews 90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We have seen this place for quite awhile as you pass by it on the way to FMB. Got there and what a place .... loud traffice noise, on the Bay, tacky and with a quirky owner who wasn't there on Saturday ( her day off ). But oh my the food was Excellent and reasonably priced. Be patient the... More 

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

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