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BAYOU TAVERN

6814 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
941-312-4975
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Ranked #9 of 22 restaurants in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $24
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The waiter was wonderfull, nice veiw and everyone in the place was raving about the food.Saw the comments about the owner, we met him and he was GREAT. First time there and we plan to go back.

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Longboat Key, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We arrived at 5:40 expecting to take advantage of the "early bird" menu which was supposed to be available between 4:30 and 5:45. The waiter gave us the menu acknowledging that we were indeed on time for "early bird". Shortly afterward the owner/manager? came and took away the menu stating that we really have to be there by 5:30 and... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

We had a 7 PM reservation, and arrived on time. No hostess, and the staff is great at ignoring people coming thru the door. When the owner/only waiter/ greeter finally took our info, he told us to wait, he would be back. 45 minutes later he told us to sit at the bar until he was ready for us. All... More

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This restaurant caught us by surprise. It is located in a shopping center where most storers are closed. But it is a gem so long as you don't order the pizza, which was dry and boring. The Basa Francese is superb. It is a mild, white fish served in an excellent francese sauce. The lasagna is cheesy, gooey, cooked in... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Bayou Tavern is in a mostly empty strip mall. The mall was allowed to deteriorate over quite some years - but is now totally remodeled and finally gaining tenants. The "staying power" of Bayou Tavern through the past vacancies is fortunate, as this is an excellent restaurant. We've eaten here several times now, brought friends for a "mystery dining trip"... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

we have come here often over the years. The owner is arrogant but the food has always been good. Tonight it was terribe. We were there early and we had the "Earlybird" which was not our intention, but why not. THe chicken picatta was just a piece of steamed thin chicken with a bland sauce, the fish mushy and tasteless.... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We have eaten here several times and while not great it was good but our experience last night was very disappointing. Although our waitress was very good and very apologetic, it didn't make up for drinks not delivered, an awful veal dish that was overlooked and tough, and desserts that weren't delivered. The rest of the meal was passable, but... More

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Cincinnati
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Do not expect gourmet cooking just solid good traditional Italian cooking. It seemed like most of the guests are from Italian families. It feels like many of the restaurants you would find in New Jersey or little Italy in NYC.it has a friendly ambiance with a very good keyboardist. This is a hard place to spot since it sits in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

The Bayou has been our go-to place even though we have always felt it was understaffed. We have, in the past, been willing to wait because the food is good and the atmosphere lovely. On our last visit, however, not only were we virtually ignored, but the bartender/host/cashier was not cordial; and we feel we were unfairly charged for a... More

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Boston
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

Our group of 7.5 thoroughly enjoyed dinner tonight. The 1/2 pint ate her pasta with the gusto of an expert. Of course my special requests happened, and were gracefully accommodated. Our party had the private table - and some of the raves were the lobster ravioli, veal piccata, grilled chicken, and the Tartuffe. My veal chop and arugula - great... More

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