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“Can't Wait to Return” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro

Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro
1350 Beach Rd., Englewood, FL 34224
1 (941) 474-9500
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Ranked #3 of 92 restaurants in Englewood
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Pacific Rim, Healthy
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Waterfront Healthy Gourmet Dining
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Can't Wait to Return”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were looking for a waterside restaurant for a Sunday lunch and found the Beach Road Bistro. I was surprised to see the kitchen was in a food trailer next to the gift shop but it was clean and well equipped so that gave me hope that the menu would also be unusual and innovative. We were not disappointed. The chef’s care in preparation was evident in every bite. We knew immediately we had found a new favorite restaurant.
The dining area is clean, modern and comfortably nestled next to the harbor with a relaxing view of Redfish Cove.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Beach Road Bistro to the rescue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My wife and I were vacationing on Palm Island for our 1st Anniversary and had scrapped our original plan to make the 1hr 45min drive to Sarasota for a nice dinner out, hoping instead to find something closer to the island.

Well... let's just say we followed some "out of date" reviews for our first option (which in the interest of tact, shall remain nameless). The moment we entered the dining room—decked out in our finest "romantic dinner" duds—ready to recreate the magic of our greatest moment together, we knew we'd made a huge mistake. I swear I heard a record scratch as the elderly and/or be-tank-topped patrons dropped their utensils and stared at us like we'd crawled out of a rocket ship that just landed in the middle of the restaurant.

Instantly, we bolted and the evening turned into Mission: Don't Let Pregnant Wife Cry on Her Anniversary. We drove around just as frantically as we searched Yelp for something, anything where we wouldn't feel like idiots in our pressed slacks and high-heels. Sometimes you're just playing the wrong game and amidst the beachfront, laid-back vibe of Englewood, we were ready to admit defeat.

Before we knew what we were doing or where we were, we found ourselves in front of this place, ready to just throw in the towel and eat whatever. Passing the large souvenir shop storefront and detached, food-trailer kitchen, we made our way to the back patio of the Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro... and the DAY WAS SAVED.

Talk about a hidden gem. You'd never know it from the parking lot, or the aforementioned trailer-kitchen, but we had one of the most romantic and delicious meals we could have possibly hoped for or anticipated.

The dockside setting provided a beautiful sunset sky and the decor was simple and elegant. The appetizers were artfully displayed and delicious, and the mood was a perfect balance of low-key sophistication and casualness. The menu, while small, was exciting and intriguing, and the service was friendly and non-intrusive.

We ordered a cheese plate, a couple glasses of wine, and took our time. My wife even asked to substitute chicken for an intricate salmon dish and was obliged without question. All in all, it was a great, relaxing, romantic meal. (And as we were dressed for a special occasion while mostly everyone else was in beach clothes, we never felt out of place or uncomfortable. That's the balance this place strikes as far as atmosphere goes, a big plus.)

Hopefully, more people know about this joint than it appeared (as we were one of only 3 tables that night) because it's a fantastic option for any lunch/dinner/cocktail for any occasion. If we ever find our way back down to Englewood, we'll definitely be back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Cocktails After The Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Today was the second day this week we stopped by the Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro for a cocktail after the Beach. The first day we didn't quite know what to expect and were very pleased to find a quiet patio over looking a canal and boats with great sangria. All the food is made there on site and is delicious. We tried their Roasted Red Pepper Hummus plate which was just perfect. Right from the "bite" of the hummus to the warm pita bread and crispy vegetables. Today we tried the Inasalata Caprese Salad. This again was perfect for 2 to share and simply delicious. Prices are reasonable, service is great and we will be back as soon as we can. Stop by and try it for yourselves.

  • Visited September 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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Columbia, IL
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Great place for a drink or dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We love the little shop and all the beach things they have out front but the real gem is behind the store there is a great little beer and wine bistro type place with very unique food. We always shop and then stop for a drink or two. It is on a waterway and some nights they have live music. Very quaint. Great service, fun place to check out. I think you can rent boats and such there.......

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great relaxing place to dine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a great bar and eatery on the water. The view is beautiful! The servers were all so nice and accommodating. The menu is simple and good and the wine list is great.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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