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“A truly Florida restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Farlow's On The Water

Farlow's On The Water
2080 S McCall Rd., Englewood, FL 34224-4542
941-474-5343
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Ranked #13 of 99 Restaurants in Englewood
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: After you experience a meal at Farlow’s On The Water, you’ll find this restaurant will quickly become a favorite place for you, your family and friends.All our food is made fresh daily. We use the freshest fish and seafood, meats and produce we can find. Come and enjoy items from a menu that features a variety of delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts and tropical drinks. Choose from some of our signature dishes, such as Seafood Pie, our fresh catch fish selections, and beautiful salads, like our Cranberry Chicken Salad or our Crab Salad.The herbs used in our delicious dishes are grown in our garden here at the restaurant. You are welcome to tour the garden and allow your taste buds to be teased by the scent of parsley, basil and rosemary.Farlow’s offers live music Wednesday through Sunday nights. Join us for a great meal filled with delicious food, refreshing drinks from our full bar, a beautiful view from our inside or open air dining rooms and fun entertainment.
Venice, Florida
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“A truly Florida restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

With not many restaurants left in a true Florida setting, it is always a delight to visit Farlow's. The fish is always fresh, with local and exotic choices. My favorite are the tropical sauces. The choices in wine and beer are plentiful and they do a great martini (any one of them). The staff is friendly and helpful and I would suggest taking advantage of call ahead seating, especially if you want to be outside. On nights with music, plan on staying a while and heading out to the garden area tables after dinner for a drink. The overall atmosphere and menu choices makes for a true Florida dining experience

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Louisville, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Farlows Puts Englewood on the Map”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Owners Keith abd Laurie Farlow have a fine restaurant in Englewood. Laurie is from Louisville, Ky. This is why " The Hot Brown" , a sandwich of turkey and bacon and a special sauce on toast originally made at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, is on the menu.The fried green tomatoes also represents her southern origin.

Keith is from the Bahamas-Caribbean region and thus the Caribbean flair to many dishes. The Jerk Chicken Wings are very good indeed! Also when the Baramundi with mango chutney is available don't pass it up.

I live in louisville and have a vacation home in Englewood. I have been to Farlows many times.
Here are my recommendastions:

1. During high season, since the restaurant does not take reservations, I would not take young children here for dinner. There may be a long wait. If you are with young children go at 5pm, no later, or go for lunch with them.

2. In recent years properties in Englewood have been bought up by the British, French, Germans and Canadians ( due to the valuation of the dollar many propeeties are a steal here )Many foreign travelers are looking for an upscale kind of dinner place.There is maybe one other place in Englewood that provides somewhat of an " upscale "dinning experience.At my last visit there were are large group of Brits siting behind us discussing their world travels.

3.The best seating options are the indoor boths. There is a wonderful outdoor area right along Anglers Creek, well landscaped, and sometimes a Steel Band is playing. Smoking is alowed outdoors.

4.During high season ( Jan- April), if you do not want a wait, go at 5pm or 8 pm

5. Best bets on menu
LUNCH: The Hot Brown or the Cuban sandwich
DINNER: The Baramundi if available or the local Hog Fish. Yes try the Hog Fish, it is right
from the Gulf of Mexico and is delicious in my opinion.
The Jerk Chicken Wings are good for lunch or a dinner appetizer.
I do NOT recommend the steak. I would take the local fish over the steak.

6. This place gets rather busy during peak season. Don't expect perfect service, they are busy!!!

7. Lastly , keep in mind that Englewood is not Palm Beach. Farlows is not Cafe Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach. Farlows is Farlows in Englewood period. So if you keep your expectations reasonable , then they will probably be exceeded.

Bravo to Keith and Laurie for taking the chance of bringing this kind of restaurant to litttle ole Englewood!!!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Indiana
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“We never Miss going to this one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

We love this place. A little expensive but well worth it. Better get there early or expect a long wait. We think that you can call ahead but have not tried this.

  • Visited April 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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north port florida
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“Ambience for dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Nice garden setting, lots of menu choices, great food and good entertainment. The outside seating by the garden is very nice.

Visited March 2012
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great Florida Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

This wonderful place is right on the river and the food is great! We went with family including a 3 year old and we loved it. Sat in outside dining and our little one was treated great. Food, atmosphere and service are all top rate. Great for lunch too!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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