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“rip off!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of River Roost - CLOSED

River Roost
1891 E Merritt Island Cswy, State Road 520, Merritt Island, FL 32952
321-452-6606
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Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: We have water front seating,friendly staff. Great food, always a breeze,boat access. Live music with the local "Band Jams"
Palm Bay
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“rip off!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

We bought half priced gift certificates from Hometown News for River Roost in Meritt Island. We drove 45 minutes from Palm Bay to get there only to see a sign saying new owners. we went inside to inquire, and sure enough they said that they took over in November, and no longer honor The Hometown News Gift Certificates. Needless to say, we were very disgusted to pay for the certificates, and drive all the way there on a Saturday Night only to be told that our certificates were no good there!! I looked at there website before I left, and never did it mention they were out of business. This is very bad business and I feel very ripped off.

Visited February 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Cocoa, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Very good this time around!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We love the location of the River Roost (or is it Cap'n Eds?). The views are spectacular, so we keep going back. Although we have had some inconsistency in the past, this last visit was a great time all around. Our server Cindy with her southern accent has the ability to get the orders right. The food was good and the beer was cold. Keep it up. gang!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Merritt Island, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Unfortunate...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

This restaurant has such an awesome view of the river and nice breezes. It's really sad that you can't order over the music and expect to get exactly what you ordered. The musician smokes a cigar that can be very nauseating. I suggest they make all cigar smokers go to the outer area where it won't offend people trying to eat! Some of the food is good but service is slow. We used to frequent here quite a bit. When we decide to give it another try there's always some issues that leave us saying we aren't coming back. It's really unfortunate.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando, Florida
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“It was OK when it first opened but...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

now it's not wrth the effort of trying to park there. The service used to be great when it first opened & the food was good while the prices weren't outrageous. Now? Weird smell inside, dirty carpeting, sticky tables inside & out, loud music outside & no service inside or out. The wait staff doesn't care if you want a beer or a meal and will ignore you until you scream for service. The types of "ladies" that work there may as well do double duty on a corner or swinging on a pole! Go elsewhere for good food, good service, friendly atmosphere & NO cigarette smoke! I wouldn't bring my kids with me as they'll hear foul language outside & be engulfed in smoke or have their ears exploded by overly loud music. What is it with bars on the water? Bad food, bad service, loud music, &high prices for what> Obviously not a good time. No thanks.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“A total waste of money, spent over $40 for 3 and we left hungry”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

We went here for lunch because a friend gave us a gift certificate to try it out. We arrived and were the only people sitting inside. The outside deck looked very nice and entertaining but because we had our 1 year old with us, we opted to dine indoors.

The table was dirty and we had to ask the waitress to wipe it down. No big deal, but a little annoying. We got the menu and the prices seemed a litle high.
Iced tea was $2.50 with free refills uh, OK
$7 Boneless wings that were actually frozen chicken "tenders" broken in half. Not a bad price if the quaity was there but it was not.
The clam chowder would have been good if it was heated beyond lukewarm. $6 per bowl. We had to arm wrestle the waitress to get crackers to go with it.

The regular wings were cooked ok ($9 for 10), and the sweet potato fries were good.

Overall we were disappointed in the River Roost or captain Ed's or whatever they choose to call it.

My family will not be back

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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