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“Great place for lunch!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Starfish Cafe

Starfish Cafe
12306 46th Ave W, Cortez, FL 34215, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34215
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Ranked #11 of 35 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Columbus, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We ate here while on vacation with our family. The kids loved sitting by the bay watching all the birds come and go. Also liked walking around the property and looking at the fish for sale in the market. We learned the key to this place is to get there early! They start taking orders at 11:30 for lunch. The line at the window to place order usually starts at 11:15. We went early, found a nice shady table. Only waited 15 minutes for food after we placed order. Food was good. We'll go back.

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Fish Creek, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“2 hours for food!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Okay, the food was good. But, not great. Outside seating if you can snag a table. You order and pay for your food, then wait a LONG time for your order. We had shrimp, grouper sandwich, hot dog, grilled cheese and the Cortez combo. Everything tasted good. But, waiting that long was ridiculous. Since you've already paid, you're stuck. Yes. There is a bar, but they don't really tend it. 3 employees were way overtaxed and their attitude showed it. Not a very welcoming place.

Visited March 2014
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Authentically local and fresh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Someone we ran in to on the beach our first morning on Anna Maria Island recommended Starfish Café here in Cortez (across the causeway from Holmes Beach - take Cortez east over the causeway, then turn right on 123rd Street and you'll run right in to this tucked away fish haven). We ended up eating here twice - one foggy Tuesday evening not long before closing time (which coincidentally avoided the usual long lines) and again for lunch a couple of days later. You just go up to the order window, order your food, wait for them to bring it out to one of the tables / picnic tables that are right there overlooking the commercial fishing docks. This place is the real deal...it's all about the fresh local seafood. They might make a little too big a deal about customers needing to be patient, but I guess that's just part of their shtick.

For dinner we enjoyed fried oysters and a fish selection that was a special that day. I've eaten a lot of oysters in my day, and I can faithfully say I've never had better. VERY lightly battered, these babies were succulent and tasted like they had just jumped right out of the boat, which they probably did earlier that day. For lunch, we shared a blackened grouper sandwich and a crab cake sandwich. The grouper was excellent; the crab cake just OK. Fries were OK; I've tasted better, but they aren't the focus of the meal regardless. Beer is cheap.

You'll love the authenticness of the working dock, and will undoubtedly enjoy all the Pelicans close up and personal. Highly recommended!

Helpful Hint - Captain Kathe offers fishing trips and 2-hour tours of the immediately surrounding area, which we enjoyed one cool morning. Fun way to get a feel for the entire area, and your kids will enjoy getting out on the open water.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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