I was really pleased with my recent experience at Tarpon Bay! In addition to regular dining, you can sit in a part of the bar where they are prepping some of the seafood items. This was awesome for us, because the super friendly guy working back there was happy to answer questions about the menu, and also hooked us up with a few samples.
The rest of the staff was equally attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant.
I liked the atmosphere, & while it was fresh and bright and indeed, even beachy- I didn't find it to be casual. There was live music the night we were there and a moderate crowd.
I will definitely return, and I would give this 4+ stars. I am only holding back the 5th star for now, because while everything ordered was beautifully presented, tasty and the correct temperature, the only thing that was incredibly delicious was my martini and oysters on the half shell. The rest was GOOD for sure, but not phenomenal... I plan on returning to try some of the other menu items.
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