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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 - 3:00 pm
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2014

Our stay at the Apalachicola River Inn included breakfast at Caroline's. Perhaps it was just this day, but the food service coming out of the kitchen was so slow. The entire dining room was waiting at the same time to eat. The food was very good and the servers pleasant and we got plenty of time to admire the furnishings... More 

Thank MagicDreamer
Tallahassee, Florida
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Visited for breakfast with my family. Caroline's has the best country ham and red eye gravy that I've stumbled upon. Most places say they have country ham when they really don't. Caroline's has the real deal. My wife and daughter had the lemon blueberry pancakes. They should've split it. In fact, when we went back the next day, they did.... More 

1 Thank Perry C
Gainesville, Florida
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103 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2014

Like stepping back in time, this restaurant, brings back images from an era long since past. The service is excellent and don't forget to try something unusual; The Oyster Omelette

1 Thank Steven H
Tampa, Florida
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2014

We stayed at the adjoining hotel & had breakfast included with our stay. The 1st morning, we were WOWED at the delicious breakfast we were given. A true home-cooked breakfast complete with bacon, eggs, biscuits, etc. We loved it so much, we dined for dinner & were not disappointed. I had the most delicious steak I had ever eaten with... More 

Thank Angie C
Port Saint Joe, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2014

If you are lucky enough to spend a couple hours at Caroline's Dining On The River...on your Birthday....you might get to gave "Louis" as your waiter! Talk about a guy with personality! He was not only very attentive to everyone at my table....after it was mentioned it was my birthday..he brought out a sweet treat to share at the end... More 

4 Thank Rita B
Roswell, GA
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2014

Fabulous restaurant on the water with excellent food and service. Get the oyster cakes and eggs for breakfast.

Thank soboy
United States
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133 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2014

Choices in Apalachicola are limited. Caroline's provides for a fancier meal. Apalachicola is known for their fresh seafood. This is evidenced by the shrimp boats parked there. You know that the catch is fresh and you can tell from the first bite. Local crab and oyster are a favorite. This is not a suit or tie place. Wheelchair accessible with... More 

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

LB, Fancier Dining, Thanks for the kind review. We thank you for taking the time to reply. Fresh seafood is nature's bounty.We are fortunate to be in nature's paradise to present seafood at its best. We are directly on the Apalachicola river all river front.Shrimp boats, oyster boats, off shore grouper and red snapper boats, blue crab boats all pass... More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2014

We came upon Caroline's on a quiet Monday afternoon - and were pleasantly greeted. Friendly and low key, the server agreed we chose favorites - grilled oysters, seafood gumbo, and fresh grilled grouper sandwich. Perfect! Best seafood gumbo on the Gulf Coast -

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

Carl S, Best Seafood Gumbo Ever, Thanks for the high honor. Seafood gumbo is a "HEAVENLY SOUP" of nature's bounty. The HEAVENLY ingredients are presented FRESH as nature intended. Fresh oysters a stones throw away,fresh caught gulf grouper, never frozen(our mantra for 24 years).Tiny one of a kind succulent bay scallops,shrimp from the shrimp boats you see gliding by. It... More 

Port Saint Joe, Florida
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2014

we have been coming here for 8 yrs. and own property in a nearby town. we ha ve always made this one of our dining spots during our bi monthly visits. usually the service is slow but that is ok since we are on vacation and enjoying the river and the venue. this time though it was ridiculously slow. 3... More 

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

Nancy P Port Saint Joe, Thanks for your review. I like to learn by all reviews, I don't shy away if it is negative. Of course we always want to please. This review is perplexing because we were fully staffed for seafood festival , wait staff manager, hostess, waitstaff. The waiter was new. Did he fail to submit your order... More 

College Station, Texas
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2014

Service was not so great - but the food far outweighed the service. We went here for breakfast because it was included in our stay at the River Inn. We would probably have not eaten there if it wasn't part of our stay. The decorum is a little dated, but you can't get a better view of the water anywhere... More 

1 Thank Dave S

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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, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, 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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