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Caroline's Dining on the River

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123 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320-1736
+1 850-653-8139
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten at Caroline's several times for breakfast. Each time is an exercise of patience. I realize every place can have an off day but Caroline's service dial is stuck in the "off" position. Customers will wait to be seated, served coffee, have their orders taken, and get their breakfast. The food is okay the service is ridiculous.

Thank ErikaTimm
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for a weekday lunch, it was super quiet with only a couple other diners. Server was Right on top of things. The Gumbo was quite good but not classic with rice , but that was ok. Very healthy serving size with lots of shrimp and oysters. The price seemed a bit high until the dish arrived and revealed... More 

Thank Stevencoles
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The breakfast/brunch menu looks so scrumptious. So we tried to eat there Sunday. Finally were seated by confused hostess/wait staff. We waited for 45 minutes. We did flag down a waitress during the wait and forced her to take our order. We never were acknowledged again. Even the first cup of coffee never showed up. We finally left, but no... More 

Thank sandy_beaty
Fort White, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant has a menu specially for the people staying at the motel.We had the All American of fresh orange juice, two eggs, toast, grits and bacon. The fresh juice was the best we have had in a long time. We also ordered sandwiches at lunch time with fries or chips. The sandwiches were average but the home made chips... More 

Thank Goldrockhunter
Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Carolines for breakfast and lunch - the atmosphere is nice, quiet and on the river. The waitresses were very nice and polite and kept refilling our drinks making sure we had what we needed. Portions are very large and tasty! I should've shared with someone but I took leftovers home to enjoy later. Great place, a little wait... More 

Thank AnnaMae67z
Valdosta, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

This place didn't want business. They basically ran us off by telling us they wouldn't be able to deliver breakfast food to us for at least an hour and a half. They also said it would be 20 minutes before they could seat us. The restaurant had probably 10 tables seated. The entire porch was empty and several empty inside.... More 

Thank emvickers
oystr, Owner at Caroline's Dining on the River, responded to this review

You know there is always one out of 500 that thinks its all about you. You make judgements you don't have a clue about. Maybe the outside seating on the river was empty because the temperature was below 50 degrees! Maybe you wonder why there is only ONE restaurant in town open to serve you breakfast. I guess there was... More 

Montezuma, Georgia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The most unfriendly restaurant ever, rude and mean. We waited for 20 minutes until they said that our group of 12 was to big. There was plenty of tables available so it really was not the size of the group, could it be the way we were dressed, in motorcycle gear neat and clean. I would not go back there... More 

Thank iamcraw
oystr, Owner at Caroline's Dining on the River, responded to this review

Our other restaurant, the Boss Oyster, has sponsored the Thunder Beach bike rally held in the fall of the year for the last several years. We have many good friends who look forward to meeting at the Boss each fall. We are of the biker community. When we retire we will buy a Harley trike. We already know the color.Maybe... More 

Waunakee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We stayed at the Apalachicola River Inn and they give you a free breakfast with your stay which was very nice. They give you a different menu than the regular menu, but it still had a lot of great choices. The food we had was all really good.

Thank Marla A
Harrison, Arkansas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Eaten here for breakfast and lunch, both great! Heather took great care of us today and first day for (female) chef Carrie on her own. We will be back! Outdoor seating is so nice!

Thank Jessica M
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We arrived early and were the first table. It still took 10 minutes to get waited on, but we sat outside on the river and watched the Dolphin play in the water. The food was very good. I have seen a lot of complaints about the price, but there was more food than I can eat and I enjoyed it... More 

Thank beccakristfelt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $26
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320-1736
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Apalachicola
  • Phone Number: +1 850-653-8139

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?