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“great fish” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Water Fish Market

Big Water Fish Market
6641 Midnight Pass Rd, Seista Key, Sarasota, FL 34242
+1 941-554-8101
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Ranked #5 of 794 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $22
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: Big Water Fish Market opened its doors on 11/11/11 at 11am with owner Scott Dolan at the helm. We are near the south bridge on Siesta Key in the Crescent Beach Shopping Center next to Siesta Spirits liquor store. We are a retail fish market that specializes in fresh, wild, Florida seafood and we also offer a simple but delicious casual dining menu. We were voted "Best Grouper Sandwich" on the island in 2013 and we serve fresh, made-to-order meals until 6:45pm on weekdays and until 6:00pm on Saturdays and it's always BYOB! Come in and try a Seafood Steampot with crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn on the cobb or any of our other great selections. We offer our customers the freshest fish, seafood, and produce available in a clean boutique style market. In addition, we carry a variety of specialty spices, sauces, and products to compliment your seafood. If you ever want something that we don't have in stock, just let us know and we will make some calls. In most cases we can get it to you the next day. Whether you live here or you're visiting beautiful Siesta Key, please visit the Big Water Fish Market for all your FRESH seafood needs!
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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“great fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Great place for authentic fish dishes. Fish fresh and cooked while u wait. Atmosphere is extremely friendly and helpful regarding choosing a fish for dinner etc.Highly recommended for those who enjoy fresh fish in a casual dining atmosphere. A definite go to place in Siesta Keys and Sarasota wheteher u r a visitor or year around resident

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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BigWaterFishMarket, Owner at Big Water Fish Market, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! We work hard to always please the customer and are happy to hear that you enjoyed our food as well as our knowledgeable staff! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit!
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College Station, Texas
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258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
“Deliciously-grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The fish sticks out of the bun on all sides. Freshly grilled, perfectly charred, yet moist. Need I say more? We decided to grab lunch at this little place in a strip mall. It was well worth the visit. The food was excellent, the decoration/location wonderful. Facing the inside of the store I felt transposed to a little fish shack on Hawaii.

Service was excellent and friendly. I can highly recommend this little piece of heaven in Sarasota. And in this town where other drivers tell you to 'go home' when you miss your turn and the license plate of your rental is out of state, this means a lot to me. Thank your for showing us that Florida also has wonderful people.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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BigWaterFishMarket, Owner at Big Water Fish Market, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review and posting pictures! I'm glad you enjoyed our market as well as our food. I'm sorry for the not-so-friendly people you encountered as that's not who we are down here & not the impression we want our visitors to leave with! I'm glad we showed you what our area is truly about & hope you will stop in to say hi to us on your next visit!
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

This is an excellent spot where the locals go. I have had the shrimp tacos and grouper sandwich, which were both excellent. The staff is very friendly and the seafood is super fresh. It is byob so you can grab a drink from the liquor store next door if you'd like.

Visited November 2013
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BigWaterFishMarket, Owner at Big Water Fish Market, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
We appreciate you taking time to give us such a great review! We get our fish fresh off the boats daily and enjoy putting smiles on the faces of both locals and visitors! I'm glad you visited us & look forward to your next visit!
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Denver, Colorado
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“Fun spot for a fish sandwich”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

This is a fish market with 2 picnic tables for dining inside. There are not many choices but the fish grilled fish sandwich is wonderful. People in our group who don't really like fish enjoyed the sandwich. This is a good spot for lunch especially if you want to try a favorite spot for locals.

Visited October 2013
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BigWaterFishMarket, Owner at Big Water Fish Market, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for the review! We are a very casual place which most people enjoy considering "normal" attire here on the island is shorts and flip-flops! I'm happy the people in your group gave our fish a chance and enjoyed it and hope to see you back soon!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“amazing lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Its easy to pass by this place and think of it as only a fish market and not a place to buy a meal. However, their lunch options are fantastic. Very tasty, very fresh fish. My only complaint is I can never decide between the fish burrito and the blackened grouper sandwich!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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BigWaterFishMarket, Owner at Big Water Fish Market, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write this great review! We're thrilled you didn't pass by us and enjoyed your selections! I hope you come back to our little piece of paradise and look forward to seeing you again!
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