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18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
2394374777
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fun spot

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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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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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
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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 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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  • Address: 18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers Beach
  • Phone Number: 2394374777

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