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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 77
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 35
    Poor
  • 21
    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
Time changes everything

My family used to always go to Down the Hatch when I was growing up. I still love the food but the service isn't what it used to be. The seafood is fresh and you can get a good deal on the catch of the day. The view is nice in the evening too. I hope our less than good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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Vidalia, Georgia, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Service was just ok. Prices were higher than the seafood restaurants we normally go to in Daytona Beach and the food was not that good. No bread or hush puppies were offered at all with the seafood. I got stuffed flounder. The crab stuffing was ok but the flounder had no seasoning or taste. Salad was just lettuce, sunflower seeds,... More 

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Batavia, Illinois
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

We love sitting out on the deck! The locals swarm here by boat. Watching them come in and out of the marina is fun. The food is fresh and delicious. Nothing beats sitting on the Halifax, eating seafood, and enjoying a live band on a Saturday night!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

Took the family for a seafood dinner. We ordered the smoked fish dip for an appetizer, it was basically a couple of scoops of tuna salad. My sons fish was burnt and my shrimp po boy was less than stellar. $82 for fish n chips, a shrimp sand witch, snow crab legs, and a chicken finger kids meal was steep... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Too bad whoever is running this place is totally blowing the perfect location to be successful. The manatee boat trip we took gave this restaurant advertisement, so we decided to try it. It looked awesome from the outside. We walked in and there was barely a noticeable difference in the temperature inside than the temperature outside, then we opened up... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Went for lunch today at 3pm. There was only one customer seated inside the restaurant. I asked the lady if we could be seated at a booth at the window. She asked how many were in my group. I said 2 adults and 4 children and that we would need a high chair. She then told me I could not... More 

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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My family used to always go to Down the Hatch when I was growing up. I still love the food but the service isn't what it used to be. The seafood is fresh and you can get a good deal on the catch of the day. The view is nice in the evening too. I hope our less than good... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I haven't been to this restaurant in years, so long I had forgotten why I had taken it off my list. We went around 4 pm and there weren't many people there. The food was fabulous, very delicious, the fish dip was just as wonderful as I remembered. The restaurant is older but very clean. It sits right on the... More 

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Palmetto, Fl
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We stop here whenever we are in Daytona. There is indoor and outdoor seating and the outdoor area has a great waterfront view with a large stage and live music. We started with the fish spread appetizer which was great and then had the

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

What can we say?! We visited Memorial Day after the lunch rush around 2pm. Talbes were available all around the area. After ~20" of no, ZERO, not even a "Hi, I'll be right with you!" service, we finally got up and left. Several waiters walked right by us several times serving the table across from us without saying a word.... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I have been eating here for 20 years and love the food. Love the location. I have many fond memories. This year while racing at Daytona Speedway we went with our team. Again the food is great and everyone was extremely happy. However this was the first time the service was just, plain and simply, poor. We ordered and our... More 

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Additional Information about Down the Hatch Seafood Restaurant

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

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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: Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?