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Swordfish Grill

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 10/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Grill, American, Bar
FEATURES
Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really tasty food but the portions of fish in the Tacos were small compared to Tide tables that we ate at a few nights earlier. Hence the reason for 3 stars instead of 5. We will visit again but am hoping the stingy chef has...the night off on my next visit.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a meal overlooking Sarasota Bay from Cortez. Jessi always takes good care of us at the tiki bar. Love our Sweet Sunday Fundays with the gang.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 17, 2022 via mobile

The food was barely decent. Tried the alligator bites and grouper bites. Both had way too much batter and were very salty. The grouper tacos were ok. Drinks were good. Our waitress, Hanna, was lovely and very attentive. Would not recommend. 3 stars were generous...food-wise.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 17, 2022

We were a group of ten and it was an excellent lunch with great service and lots of gluten free options. Service was great and the food was delicious. From crab cake appetizers to fish tacos to grouper sandwiches, everyone left happy! We will be...back!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 29, 2022 via mobile

The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. Party of four ordered Grouper tacos, Grouper Rueben, Shrimp Scampi, and the Ahi Tuna salad. All were properly prepared and delicious

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 18, 2022

This restaurant had to serve the worst food we’ve ever had. We specifically picked up for the location and the menu looked great online. The food was horrible and overpriced. We will never refer friends to this restaurant and we will not be back.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 13, 2022 via mobile

We visit Swordfish every time we vacation near Cortez. The clam chowder was very good and the blackened Mahi sandwich was phenomenal. I went out in a limb and ordered Nashville hot grouper. Wow! It was so good that I had to share with everyone...at our table. Love this place.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 7, 2022 via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch with Amber, the food and service was outstanding and the view from the tiki bar is amazing.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022 via mobile

I’ll start by saying the food was really good. The atmosphere was casual Florida, and right on the water…so a bit fishy smelling, but cute. The staff was horribly trained. We made a reservation and arrived on time, but our table wasn’t ready. The hostess...didn’t seem to really know how to handle waiting customers. At one point, she sent another host to seat somebody- he seated the wrong party, and they both had a good laugh about it right in front of the rest of us waiting. When we got to our table, it wasn’t clean. There was a clean table in the dining room, and we asked for it. The host told us no and made us wait while he got someone to wipe our table. We sat down at a wet table. All of these are signs of poor training. From there things got much better. Our server was friendly and efficient. The food came out hot and delicious. A good performance by the server to offset a lackluster front on the house performance.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 27, 2022 via mobile

We love the deck at Swordfish and especially when Amber is working! She’s friendly, efficient and just a pleasure to be around!!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 25, 2022

Great outdoor tiki bar, also tables outside. Amber is a great bartender. Awesome service always with Amber, she always goes an extra mile to please everyone. Great drinks and food.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 21, 2022 via mobile

Reserved a table for 19.45. Our entrees arrived at 21.00. The hostess who checked us in could not have been more disinterested. Grouper dinner decent but the overall experience was the usual American casual dining rubbish

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

I was on my own for lunch so sat at the tiki bar.Amber was bartending she was welcoming and gave suggestions for lunch.Everything was great salad and key lime pie both were fresh and delicious Thanks Amber

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022 via mobile

Freshest seafood in the area. Amber is a wonderful host, outstanding customer service. Best bartender in town! Live music and a beautiful view.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 19, 2022 via mobile

Amber is the best bartender, so fun and fast service she so adds to Swordfish having outstanding atmosphere and great food I recommend The fresh fish spread.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Swordfish Grill

Yes, Swordfish Grill offers takeout services.

Yes, Swordfish Grill is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Swordfish Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5