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“GREAT Seafood!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maria's Old Florida Restaurant

Maria's Old Florida Restaurant
17979 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33931
239 433 2491
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Ranked #130 of 673 Restaurants in Fort Myers
Cuisines: Seafood
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Clinton, Ohio
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“GREAT Seafood!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is definitely some of the best seafood I've ever eaten. Maria is an amazing cook and a joy to be around. We started off with mushrooms stuffed with blue crab (very tasty.) I then had the "The Louisiana Bayou"...a steamer pan filled with dungeness crab, shrimp, andouille sausage with sweet corn-on-the-cob and new potatoes. All were steamed and seasoned to absolute perfection. My wife had a delicious shrimp scampi. This is a small unpretentious place with a wonderful owner/chef in Maria!

  • Visited March 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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Naples, FL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Authentic, Delicious Cajun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Top-notch food that's not to be missed. But hurry - Maria is closing in April when her lease is up. Lunch times are not as crowded so the wait is not as long. If you know Cajun food you're in for a treat, if not, let Maria's be your first experience. The Ocean Harvest Fondue is highly recommended and is the perfect size for sharing. The weird decor is a strange mish-mash of plastic, purple wisteria trees, chandeliers, and fish netting. Just don't walk out. Sit down and start ordering as much of this delicious food as you can possibly eat.

Visited March 2013
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Salida
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395 reviews 395 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 114 cities Reviews in 114 cities
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
“Maria's Passion is Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Try the Cajun! Delicious! Her passion is all over this place. Great meal! Great Service! The gumbo is delicious, have her award winners you won't be disappointed.

Visited February 2013
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Manchester, MI
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Fantastic Cajun Food In Fl”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Was glad to have heard of this gem on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed, the gumbo was fantastic & spicy, the fisherman's platter perfectly fried, even the oysters were just right. Portions were generous, prices very reasonable & Maria is a real character. The local news was going to do a live remote in a couple of days so this place is likely to get busier.
I heartily recommend you give it a try.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ft Myers, FL and Milford, PA
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72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“Fabulous fresh seafood!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

I've eaten here a couple of times and couldn't get past the appetizers the last time however my daughter ordered a steamer plate & it was huge more like a platter! People from other tables came over to look at it & ordered the same after they say what we got!!

It is a family run place that can be overwhelmed when very busy but the food and reasonable prices keep me going bsck!

sorry to hear that the restaurant plans to close at the end of the season so get there soon and enjoy!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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