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“Don't waste your time or money” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Caroline's Dining on the River

Caroline's Dining on the River
123 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320-1736
850-653-8139
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Ranked #15 of 26 Restaurants in Apalachicola
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $26
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Woodville FL
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Don't waste your time or money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My husband and I took my mother there tonight for dinner. It took longer to get served than it did to drive from Tallahassee. The salad was horrible. None of us could eat it. The rolls under cooked. My husband waited 45 minutes for a glass of tea that he ordered when we sat down. He never was offered a refill. The $21 I paid for the 7 supposedly jumbo but barely medium shrimp was $20 too
much. They were under cooked and had no flavor. I asked our server(sorry but she may never become a waitress from what we saw tonight) for melted butter. I hoped that between it and
some lemon that maybe I could flavor them a little
bit and possibly warm the garlic potatoes. She came
back with a container of
margarine and admitted that
she was afraid to melt it.
She was a bit put off by
the fact that I told her
she could keep it.
We were so ready to go that we are glad she didn't ask if we wanted desert. She was lucky that my husband is such a sweet man. I didn't want to tip her but be talked me into leaving her something. You can bet it was no where near the customary $25 we normally would have on a $68 dinner.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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oystr, Owner at Caroline's Dining on the River, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
WE asked you to leave the minute you got there. There is a civil expectancy on our part that you will act as an adult in our restaurant. Guess not Larry of Caroline's
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“good breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

we had breakfast here and enjoyed it very much. The portions are generous and they also have good coffee! Service was good and the views of the river are great, we even saw a porpoise!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newnan, Georgia
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“Best in Town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

My family & I go to St George Island every year for our summer vacation. Every year we make sure to drive into Apalachicola & go to Caroline's. The food is so fantastic, we look forward to it every year!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cordele, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The breakfast is outstanding as well as the Grouper Rubin sandwith, not withstanding....always the famous oysters and daily fresh caught seafood and fish

Visited January 2014
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Miami, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

me and my husband were staying at the water street hotel for weekend mini vacation we ate at carolines..The food was amazing its the best we've had in the area..we ordered the crab cake appetizer which was amazing then for dinner we had the panhandle grouper and the seafood sampler they were both so delicious the seafood was prepared perfect and the sauce on the panhandle was to die for..the first night there our waitress was Lauren And the second night we had Tabitha they were both wonderful very sweet and funny girls and also helpful about information on the area and directions..the only complaint was that the restaurant had an odor of something dead it was almost unbearable I'd hate to know what the smell was coming from..looks like the owners have let this place go..

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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