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Down the Hatch Seafood Restaurant

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4884 Front St, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7219
386-761-4831
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Patio Seating - Watching Boats, Birds, and People!

We came for lunch before visiting the lighthouse and marine science center and were told to pick a table on the patio and a server would be out shortly. Our server arrived fairly promptly, took our drink orders and we got our drinks quickly. Our server was helpful and answered our questions. We... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Jenny S
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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241 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Coldwater, Michigan
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We went here as this place was suggested by a friends of ours. You can look out and see dolphins while you are eating if you sit by the windows. The food and service was excellent. We each had a variety of different items and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We came for lunch before visiting the lighthouse and marine science center and were told to pick a table on the patio and a server would be out shortly. Our server arrived fairly promptly, took our drink orders and we got our drinks quickly. Our server was helpful and answered our questions. We ordered the mussels appetizer, and fish sandwiches.... More 

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New York, NY
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We ate at this restaurant on a Saturday night in April. The restaurant is very poorly organized. We wanted to sit outside and were told by a very rude member of the waitstaff to "just seat ourselves". In order to find a table we had to stand like vultures in the dining area outside until a table got up. I... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Went to the Down the Hatch with my parents, aunt and young son. It's a quaint place with a nice view of the water. It's an older place but that's part of the atmosphere. Our server was very nice and friendly and took good care of us. Food was pretty good. I had the fish sandwich with trigger fish and... More 

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Battle Creek, MI
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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Standard Florida style bar fair in a fantastic location overlooking the river in Ponce Inlet. Great place to go and have a few drinks and enjoy the view. Better options nearby for food, like inlet Harbor restaurant. Still would recommend if for no other reason than the view!

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Columbus, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We used a coupon to get free smoked fish dip, and it was really good! Also, the inside was very busy, as people like to get out of the evening wind, but we don't mind it a bit cool since we are from the North. Service was a bit slow, as the waitress seemed to have too many tables, but... More 

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East Granby, Connecticut
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129 reviews 129 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Not upscale by any means but a great place to have a cocktail, listen to local music, possibly see dolphins swimming by. Last time we were there, we got the blackened Mahi Mahi sandwhich. It was very good.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Nice atmosphere, decent food and prices. Wish they had a better beer selection. Go early or call ahead as it does get packed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

While you can get lots of fresh seafood in any number of restaurants in this part of Florida, and you can absolutely get it here also, go for the beef. You cannot find a better piece of choice grade cut beef anywhere around. I've tasted the Strip as well as the Tenderloin cooked just as I like it, a little... More 

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Deltona, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My wife and I took a day to drive over to the beaches south of Daytona. Eventually, we ended up having a late lunch at Down the Hatch in Ponce Inlet. A heavy rain forced us to sit inside instead of outside next to the dock on the Halifax River. Since we had beat the dinner rush, we were treated... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4884 Front St, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127-7219
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Ponce Inlet
  • Phone Number: 386-761-4831

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?