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“No view and packed to the gills. had no other choices close by. Overated.” 3 of 5 stars
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Dockside Dave's
14701 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, FL 33708
727-392-9399
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Ranked #10 of 61 Restaurants in Madeira Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout
Description: Voted Best Grouper in the South...Southern Living Magazine, DuPont Registry, Best Grouper Sandwich!Now open for Breakfast: Saturdays 7:30am-10:30am • Sundays 8:am-11am
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“No view and packed to the gills. had no other choices close by. Overated.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

No view and packed to the gills. had no other choices close by. Overated.

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“Killer grouper sandwich”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2008

Killer grouper sandwich

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“Incredible 1/2 pound grouper sandwiches cooked 5 or 6 ways. Beer batter fries to die for. Go during off times to...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2008

Incredible 1/2 pound grouper sandwiches cooked 5 or 6 ways. Beer batter fries to die for. Go during off times to avoid a line. Say "hey" to owner Carol!

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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2008

We've been to Dockside Dave's several times in the past at their old locations and have always enjoyed the food. This time we visited their new Madeira Beach spot and were really disappointed.

The first issue was getting in: we were told we'd have a 1/2 hour wait, but it took an hour and a half to get us in. The new location is *tiny*; go early or during off hours or prepare to wait. Service was good once we finally got seated.

Second issue was the food. Most was ok with a couple of exceptions. One was the grouper, which was fantastic, as always. The stir-fried veggies served with the grouper, however, were totally overcooked -more disintegrating than soft - and they tasted odd, like they were cooked in a margarine substitute or such. Another disappointment was the fried shrimp; three people in our party had the shrimp and it was uniformly awful with an overpowering shrimp flavor, almost metallic and bitter. I could barely finish one bite; no one else finished theirs.

Hopefully this visit was an aberration - stay with the grouper and standard sides (fries and coleslaw) and you'll be ok.

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“BEST Grouper Sandwich on the Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2007

My husband and I ate at Dockside Dave's on St. Pete Beach at the suggestion of Sam, our BATS taxi driver. He was right on the money. There is also another location in Indian Rocks.

After reading every reveiw I could find before our trip, I had a list of places I wanted to try. This restaurant was not on that list, but after a week of trying them all, Dave's won, hands down.
The atmosphere is casual and the employees all very friendly.

When travelling, we like to take Rachel Ray's advice and go where the locals go and Dave's did not disappoint. On our 3rd and last visit there, the bartender/server thought that WE were local and said that she was disappointed to find that we were not.

The seafood bisque was to die for, and the grouper sandwich was the biggest and best off all the ones that we tried in that week on the island. The onion rings were HUGE and delicious! My husband had the gumbo and said that it was also great.

When I admired a wooden fish decoration in one of the windows, our server/bartender called the owner to find where I could get one. That was really beyond the call of duty!

As Sam said------Quality AND quantity all for a great price......what more could you ask for????

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