We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 72 Marathon Restaurants

Dockside Tropical Cafe

35 Sombrero Boulevard, MM 50 off US1 - turn ocean side at Publix then right on Sombrero Blvrd, Marathon, FL 33050 (Formerly Roco's Dockside Bar & Grill)
+1 305-743-0000
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #56 of 72 Restaurants in Marathon
Price range: $2 - $28
Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: A waterfront venue located on Boot Key Harbor in the heart of the Florida Keys. Newly redecorated bar and live music stage with a view of the harbor. Casual relaxed dining on "the dock" offering live entertainment 7 nights a week.
Write a Review

62 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    18
    13
    15
    3
    13
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

You can pull your boat right up to it, dock,and listen to live music with some drinks on the water. Or just drive there.Awsome view of the water.Alot of locals who are very friendly. Always a great time for me! Highly recommend!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kim H, Owner at Dockside Tropical Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our place! Ask for one of us, and say hi! Kim & Eric More

Florida Keys
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We try the place every time it changes ownership. I wish I could say something more positive. It took 15 minutes for him to get my husbands beer and tell me they don't have the wine I ordered. Another 10 minutes to take our order and another 20 to determine that he never put the order in. My husband was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kim H, Owner at Dockside Tropical Cafe, responded to this review

I would like to apologize for the experience you had while visiting our establishment. I am not sure when you were in, or whether or not you were at a table, or at the bar, but either way I will speak with and share your feedback with the entire staff. My husband and I are very committed to offering only... More

Huntington Beach, CA
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Showed up for lunch based on reviews. Love the location on the dock. Super casual place, just to hang out and check out the view on the water and a locals hangout. So peaceful and relaxing. Menu for lunch was good and pretty simple and we the fish and the jerk chicken (really great). The waiter/bartender was the Captain who... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kim H, Owner at Dockside Tropical Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our place! Next time you are in ask for one of us, and say hi! Kim & Eric More

Bradenton, Florida, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It has the true laid back Keys atmosphere and all the locals love it to. The food is spectacular and the Owner Eric Stone is a fabulous singer and entertains there often with guest entertainers too. Really a place not to be missed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kim H, Owner at Dockside Tropical Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our place! Next time you are in ask for one of us, and say hi! Kim & Eric More

Los Altos, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Was in Miami on business, and had an extra day for a little run down the keys. Stopped at Dockside for a quick bite, ended up staying for a while. First thing that blew me away was the bloody mary that had a slider as part of the garnish - it was killer. After a couple of those, wasn't sure... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kim H, Owner at Dockside Tropical Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our place! Next time you are in ask for one of us, and say hi! Kim & Eric More

Fort Myers, Florida
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We had nine in our group, we took our freshly caught snapper filets here. They said they would cook them for $13.99 per person and that included two sides per person. They cooked them grilled, blackened and fried. The service for us was great, they had plenty of waitresses and the drinks were fantastic. The food came out for all... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kim H, Owner at Dockside Tropical Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our place! Next time you are in ask for one of us, and say hi! Kim & Eric More

brian0051
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The service is poor because the attendance is poor. You can't have a decent waiting staff if your only serving 10 people between 12 pm till 2pm. At 2pm till 4pm they have the worst live music combination ever! Fiddle and steel drums, really? And to make matters worse there both amateur's just terrible! Never seen a bar empty out... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A little off the beaten (tourist) track but had a great time - food, live band, drinks, service, views were all excellent.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kim H, Owner at Dockside Tropical Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our place! Next time you are in ask for one of us, and say hi! Kim & Eric More

Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

No waitress, The Bartender was handling the bar and the restaurant. Slow, slow, SLOW! We did not eat but a couple in our party did. They finally went up to the Kitchen and asked for their food.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
California/Idaho
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

we got there and sat down, after 10 or so minutes the waitress walked by and said she would be with us shortly, another 10 minutes went by and she returned, as soon as we started giving her our drink order she ran off saying she would be right back? 5 minutes later she returned and took our drink order,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Kim H, Owner at Dockside Tropical Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. While there are no excuses for any poor experiences, I would like to say that we continue to have growing pains (although less and less frequently) in this first year of being new restaurant owners. We are learning our lessons in all arenas, including staffing. We hope you will visit us again. And again, thank... More

Travelers who viewed Dockside Tropical Cafe also viewed

 

Been to Dockside Tropical Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Dockside Tropical Cafe

Address: 35 Sombrero Boulevard, MM 50 off US1 - turn ocean side at Publix then right on Sombrero Blvrd, Marathon, FL 33050 (Formerly Roco's Dockside Bar & Grill)
Phone Number: +1 305-743-0000
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Marathon
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 2 - 28
Cuisine: American

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing