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“Close but not quite. Good not great” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grunts

Grunts
409 Caroline St, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-294-8280
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Ranked #29 of 381 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A beautiful brick courtyard and relaxed surroundings with bamboo and palm trees. Located in old town but it feels like miles away. Wifi available.
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“Close but not quite. Good not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Everything you have read about the Mac and Cheese is true. May be one of the best single bites ever. The rest of the meal was above average but not stellar. The conch ceviche is too much salad and not enough ceviche. The snapper and grouper were well prepared but would not call them memorable or taken to next level

Splitting main course for just extra $4 is great deal and more than enough. If temp under 65 it can be a bit uncomfortable outside which is only seating avail. Wine by glass list a bit boring and overpriced for the value

All in all worth a visit but you won't be blown away.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Orange Park, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good Food - Nice Atomsphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Went here on 3/23 based on Trip Advisor ratings. We did not have a reservaton. Was told the wait would be about 20 minutes & that's what it turned out to be. Got our drinks and waited in the bar until the band cranked up, then moved outside to the porch, which does not offer seating. It was a lovely night, so did not mind the wait. The outside seating was wonderful. It was a perfect evening, temp was around 78 and you could see the stars peeking between the trees. Food was wonderful and service was good. The tables are far enough apart not to hear your neighbors. I would recommend getting a reservation to avoid the wait, but don't let that stop you from eating here....it's worth it! We would certainly go back.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maryland
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“New place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Went here on recommendation. Our party was all ages from 16 mos and we needed 3 tables which was no problem and really enjoyed the outdoor seating. The food was good overall and we had great service. Good place to take the kids as they could move around in an outdoor setting and didn't bother anyone. Would go back!!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, NC
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

My wife and I went twice to Grunts and really really felt the food was first class. I would expect food like this to cost dramatically more.

I would recommend it as a first class must eat in a city or many.

  • Visited March 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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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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“Surprisingly bad experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

On our first night in Key West I used Trip Advisor for restaurant recommendations. At the time it was ranked #18 out of 200 plus establishments, so figured we could not go wrong especially since it was close to Duval Street and we wanted to check that out. We waited for 10 minutes just to get a drink, then when we ordered food, they did not have any jerk chicken. Since they only have about ten entrees on the whole menu and the jerk chicken were on two, your choices became much more limited. I wanted to order the caprese salad since it had avocado, but guess what, they didn't have avocado either. How a restaurant in Flordia can be out of avocados is beyond me. The waiter plugged the seafood and I ended up ordering the fish tacos (which also were supposed to have avocado on them) and my boyfriend ordered a hamburger. Then when the hostess finally came back - service was pretty non-existent here - she took my BF's beer glass and did not offer a refill to him, just took the glass and disappeared. We pretty much just wanted to leave so didn't make much of a fuss. The atmosphere was nice otherwise but not extraordinary because everything in Key West is open air. Just disappointing and hopefully an outlier as most of the reviews here are pretty good.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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