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“Absolutely must-visit place for their Clam Chowder!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tony's Seafood Restaurant

Tony's Seafood Restaurant
597 2nd St, P.O. Box 612, Cedar Key, FL 32625
352 543 0022
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Ranked #3 of 29 Restaurants in Cedar Key
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Welcome to Tony's in the beautiful island community of Cedar Key. We are located in the Hale Building (circa 1880) in the downtown historical district across the street from the historical museum at 2nd Street and SR 24. Tony's is noted for our 3 time World Champion Clam Chowder and our fresh seafoods. We are a small 54 seat restaurant and very popular. During peak times (1-3pm) and (7-8pm) there maybe a wait for a table. We provide covered bench seating right outside the front entry. Please be patient if all tables are taken. Our wait staff is great at getting everyone in, especially those that are patient. Our inside front dining area has no waiting area, so please allow us to visit you outside the front covered area when your table is ready. At Tony's our policy is total customer satisfaction. If there is anything about your dining experience that is not acceptable, please inform your server right away and our Management staff will do whatever it takes to make sure you are completely satisfied with your dining experience. We love compliments from our diners and always encourage them to contact us. Thank you for making Tony's Seafood Restaurant Cedar Key's favorite for nearly 8 years.
Zuidland
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“Absolutely must-visit place for their Clam Chowder!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

It was my first time ever eating clam chowder. And what a treat it was! A nice, very filled, harty chowder which burst of flavor. We were in Cedar key for 3 days and we ate here once and once a take out clm chowder. Also the Tony' seafood platter was very good (bit much as we had the clam chowder as a starter ;-)). Staff was ver friendly too. If we come back to Florida and anywhere in the neighbourhood, we will make shure to do a d-tour to get some Tony's Clam Chowder!
PS: the take away was pricey in comparison to the restaurantprices

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you very much. It's fairly standard procedure for visitors to Cedar Key to come to Tony's and enjoy our seafood and of course the World Champion Clam Chowder. It's nice of you to recommend that others follow suit. We appreciate your visit and your review. Please join us again soon.
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Baytown, Texas
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“Great Chowder in a great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We had the Chowder and it was great. The service was great and easy to get to. Would do it again. This place has apparently been around forever and it does live up to its reputation.

Visited October 2012
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Nice to have you visit us. I'm very appreciative of your positive review.
Thank you so much. Please come back and see us again soon.
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Winter Haven, Florida
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“Great Chowder and Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My wife and I ducked in to have Chowder and Beer before our reservations at another restaurant. Our server was outstanding and the Chowder came as advertised World Class! A must stop when in Cedar Key!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Fantastic! So glad to hear you were happy with our restaurant.
Thank you so much. We hope to see you agin soon.
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“Clam Chowdar Heavan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

World's best clam chowder and they have the awards to prove it. It is a must go and sample while in Cedar Key. Always consistent and anyways great.

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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Thank you for the great review. Much appreciated.
Please return again soon.
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Ashland City, Tennessee
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“Chowder is the star attraction!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We arrived in Cedar Key in time for dinner! We tried Tony's and want to go back every day while we are here. The clam chowder is as good as it gets! We have eaten chowder all over the US, Canada and Nova Scotia-- and this s the best. We joke about "world's best" because so many restaurants claim their chowder is just that but Tony's really is! We plan to send some to my son and, for sure, take some home with us! Enjoy. I do want to say that we wondered if the rest of menu could meet the standard set by the chowder--but it did. Salads were great and we had the seafood platter for two. (russet potatoes were awesome side).

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
WOW !! Yes, the star is the chowder, I agree.
Now that's really saying something special to Tony's and the TripAdvisor world.
You've traveled and tasted chowders all over (even those establishments that claim to be the best)
and you found Tony's Chowder to be the best of the best. Your not alone in your opinion.
We appreciate your GREAT review of not only our chowder, but our other entrees as well.
I'm happy you enjoyed your dining experience and I apologize if all your future chowder experiences in restaurants will become a disappointment. But cheer up, Tony's Chowder is available for restaurants to now carry. It's available through food service distributors here in Florida and up in New England. Thanks and please come back again real soon.
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