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“Really, the best clam chowder I've ever had!” 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 #2 of 25 Restaurants in Cedar Key
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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.
Winter Park, Florida, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Really, the best clam chowder I've ever had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

If you've searched the world over looking for the best clam chowder in the world, it' right here. We ordered the steamed clam and fried clam strip platter to share, but my interest rested in the chowder, besides we'd been eating nothing but clams all day. And they've been great! I kinda think the chef should share his recipe with me since its retired and all. I'll be in for a late lunch to pick it up.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, August 7, 2013
You really noticed the unique difference in Tony's Chowder so much in fact you wanted to express yourself. And for that, I am extremely grateful. Thank you so much for the visit and the great testimonial to my chowder. I'm really excited to read the passion in your words and I do truly appreciate it. Thank you so much for your visit and your great review of Tony's.
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Gainesville, Florida
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19 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Lovely Food and Building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

We stopped at Tony's on a motorcycle ride through town. The big World Champion signs are all over the building and signs leading into town. Apparently they have won at least 4 clam chowder championships with their chowder.
Of course we had to try the chowder! Lol we really enjoyed it and the lovely old building the restaurant is in makes the atmosphere true old Florida. We actually talked to people and compared notes on the food! The only down side to our overall experience was that the staff, while very nice, seemed a little overwhelmed the day we were there and they took a while to bring out our entrees. But the fish sandwiches were a lightly battered, sweet tasting white fish we had not tried before and they were worth the wait. So when you go make sure you do not go when you are in a hurry-take that extra few moments to slow down, take in the sights, and enjoy the old Florida feel!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 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, August 7, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to say something nice about your dining experience while here at Tony's. We always appreciate those who are willing to take a few minutes to tell the Trip Advisor community about their dining experiences. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your experience. From all the staff here at Tony's we greatly appreciate your dining here and your terrific comments. Please join us again soon.
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Tony's is mucho fantastico”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

My father's 87, born an raised in the North East in Rhode Island, and he swears that Tony's New England clam chowder is the best he's ever had, period! And hey he should know because he's been eating great seafood all his life. Every time we are in the area he insists-and I agree- taking the 1.6 hr. ride from Inverness is enjoyable knowing that Tony's is on the Gulf, at sunset, and great food at Tony's....

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
And mucho thanks for this very nice review. We appreciate your visit and your love for the chowder. That's a great review title. Thank you so much.
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Clermont, Florida
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“Consistency in service, food and overall experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is probably our tenth time to Tony's while visiting Cedar Key and one thing says it all "Consistent"... We love their chowder but also enjoy the other menu items...Staff is always friendly and before lunch or dinner is over your probably swapping stories with the people sitting next to you as it's a relaxed environment.... Tony's is now available in a retail can in most Publix in Florida and our family always has 4 cans in the pantry to bring our memories back to Cedar Key..... Can't beat the original restaurant ..... Stay hungry for chowder my friends.....

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, August 7, 2013
The great thing about diners like you is that you are a seasoned Trip Advisor reviewer and know your stuff when it comes to dining in restaurants. That's why you nailed it right when you focus on "consistency". That's a major part of having a successful dining establishment. I'm very appreciative of your visits and your outstanding comments about Tony's. Please return again for more consistency in what you desire most when dining out. Thank you so much! Chef Eric
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Holmes Beach, FL
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“Clam chowder”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We ate at Tony's having read about it in a book and saw the billboard. We of course had the clam chowder. In my opinion, that's the only reason they still are in business, because of people like us. It wasn't all that good. The service was questionable. I loved the old fahioned building, but wouldn't go back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
My apologies that you were not happy while dining with us. Your review is vague which makes it difficult to determine what might have gone wrong. I realize that we can't please everybody. Despite your negativity, we stay in business because we are blessed with great customers who appreciate our establishment. Just look at this site and you can feel the love for our chowder and our restaurant. Obviously none of that from you. But, like you said, you would not return, so best of luck in the dining world.
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