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Backfin Blue Cafe

2913 Beach Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707
727-343-2583
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Ranked #5 of 35 restaurants in Gulfport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Headed out on a Monday night to another restaurant and found it to be closed. And that was a "stroke of good luck" because we had a delicious dinner at Backfin Blue. We both chose entrees from the evening specials: she had tilapia with a crab cake and I had mahi-mahi topped with 4 or 5 jumbo shrimp with a... More

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

Well we're glad you found us! Sounds like you ate all the right stuff. I also find when traveling that some of the most memorable moments are the unplanned ones. Hope you get to visit us again. More

Gulfport, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The food is always great. Very eclectic. Their prime rib is excellent. My husband and I try to make this our New Years Eve dinner place.

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

Good tip on the New Years Eve dinner. I tell people we are the last minute holiday dinner destination since we don't make you jump through hoops to get a reservation (taken on holidays) and you don't have to buy into an inflated (price) holiday package. Good to hear from you and keep coming back. More

West Palm Beach, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Enjoyed a quick dinner here. Great selection of appetizer, salads, and entrees. Our group took two tables across from one another, and we all found something yummy. The crab cakes were wonderful.

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed our menu. It takes a lot of planning to produce a menu such as ours in a small kitchen out of one convection oven, but the challenge is part of the fun. Thanks for visiting. More

Elkhart, IN
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We ate outside, it was very nice - we shared our plates and everything was delicious! Great wait staff, too.

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review. We are glad you had an enjoyable visit and hope we get to see you again. More

St. Petersburg, Florida
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I live in Gulfport so this restaurant is very close. Its setting is quaint and a bit rustic. You can eat inside in a somewhat confined area or outside on the larger porch. If you chose the porch be prepared to be eaten by mosquitoes. Except for the crabcakes (which are very good) the food is average. Service is also... More

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us. I am glad to hear you enjoyed our crab cakes. Of course we stand by the quality of the food we purchase and how it is prepared, yet we are always trying to improve what we do. We are currently working on avkitchen makeover that will allow us to bring some exciting changes to our menu.... More

Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a hard review bc usually I either love a place or hate it. I loved loved loved one thing here but hated the rest. My family and I ordered all different things. Our waiter was a very unfriendly man. Our food took the longest time ANY restaurant has ever taken to come out. It took about an hour,... More

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

Well we do appreciate your business and I am sorry to hear that our server did not live up to your expectations. I have spoken to him about this and taken the time to monitor his serving technique and to speak to his guests to get feedback. Thank you for sharing your concerns . More

Savannah, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is the second year in a row we've eaten here. Their edamame salad is to die for as is their corn/crab chowder.

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

Ahh two of my favorite things, the corn and crab chowder which I eat occasionally and the Edamame Salad which I try to eat every day. Can't go wrong with either of these. Thanks for sharing. More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We ate outside at this wonderful restaurant. The food was outstanding. Crabcakes were unbelievable! Would highly recommend.

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Backfin Blue Cafe. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and our food. Hope to see you again soon! More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a gathering of 30 family members to celebrate my Uncle's birthday at the Backfin Blue Cafe. We enjoyed our dinners outside on the porch. The food was very good. I had the Crab Martini and was very impressed with the lump crab meat in this appetizer. The combination of flavors was terrific. My husband had the Grouper Oscar... More

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

It was our pleasure to host your Uncle's birthday party. Our outdoor deck is a great area to have large gatherings. Glad to hear you enjoyed our crab cakes, especially coming from Maryland. I often tell folks wnen I see some Maryland plates pull up for the first time, the people usually have a dubious look on their face on... More

Islamorada, Florida
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Let's start with the positives. Cute place and the porch is lovely although I don't know how it would be in the summer. Service was good but if you don't want to relax and enjoy your meal this is not your place. Salad was good, caramel brownie fantastic. Negatives were my entree which was the bacon wrapped bar-b-que shrimp. I... More

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Harold R, Owner at Backfin Blue Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and sharing your review. Sorry you had some 2-3 year old distractions during your visit. As far as the size of our shrimp, your server was almost right, we use the 21-25 (per pound) which are typically classified as jumbo shrimp ( there's that dang oxymoron!). I hope you get to visit again and try our... More

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