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Bar, Seafood
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Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed March 16, 2024

We decided to give Whiskey Joes another try. It was around Christmas that we had reservations on a very rainy, cold day. We were told upon entering that we would be seated outside because a huge party was coming in for a private party. Needless...to say we left very hungry and disappointed. So on Friday, March 15th we tried again. We were seated very close to our reservation time outside, although we did not stipulate outside, in our reservation. Every thing started off slow, ordering, and receiving our food order. To say they were busy would be a understatement. We had a manager stop by, he was extremely kind, and concerned. When our food did arrive he returned to our table and asked if we were pleased. Oh yes we were. Excellent doesn't even describe our choices. Our server Alexis, she was a sweet, young lady and very attentive to our needs as well. I would definitely request her next time. So to sum it up, a bad experience was turned around. They must be very popular, the people just kept coming. Now they have another follower, as we are moving to the area next week. Kudos Whiskey Joe's. 👏More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 15, 2024

Food very good. Atmosphere good. Parking could be a problem during busy times. Call ahead and put your name on the list. On a scenic river. Outside areas.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 13, 2024

Longer wait times when we arrived however it was expected and also informed of this upon arrival. Sat out near the water with drinks while waiting on table. Server was very apologetic and kept us in the loop as far as kitchen delays went. I...respect that more than anything opposed to feeling like we’re being ignored. Our food was great! Recommend making reservations if going in the evenings.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 25, 2024

Great service, atmosphere and menu selection. My only complaint is that the seafood gumbo soup had NO seafood, only sausage, okra and rice. My server said she would tell kitchen staff., maybe they needed to stir it? So much for those who enjoy a good...cup of soup.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 31, 2024

There’s a nice bar, ambience, whiskey Joe’s is on the water and you can take your boat to it if you want food was good, we have hamburgers, shrimp, french fries, etc. even though the name is whiskey Joe’s they don’t really have a lot...of whiskey.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 25, 2024

This was my second time here and again the food wasn't very good. The first time I had the fish tacos and they were bland. The second time I had the blackened grouper sandwich and it was very bland, it was not seasoned much at...all especially to call it blackened. My husband had the deep fried grouper sandwich, it was heavily breaded and very greasy. This place is pricey and the quality is lacking. I would not recommend going here for lunch or dinner.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 15, 2024

Service was friendly and ok, we ordered a second round of drinks and she forgot them. Food was tasty but fries were cold. Tacos were excellent, calamari very salty

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed January 10, 2024

I was overcharged big time for my drinks & oysters. Double tipped and double billed! General Manager will not return phone calls regarding dispute! Do not go here unless you are paying cash and pay close attention to your charges. Rip off

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 10, 2023

Great atmosphere, food and service! We had Dalton as our waiter last night and he was EXCELLENT!! We'll be asking for Dalton again!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 18, 2023

I would check your bill. The waitress adds her extra tip in there which ended up being $20.00 extra charged. Ask for a receipt. This doesn’t have honest waitress here. Beware

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 17, 2023

Never in my life have I ever been charged $13 for a small shot of whiskey? That’s just outrageous. they should tell you how much a shot is before they serve it.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 6, 2023 via mobile

Decided to go for lunch, we sat down inside and it took the waitress 10 minutes to even acknowledge our presence, We ordered drinks and food, had to send one order back as it was undercooked chicken, the flies were out of control, the windows...dirty and our waitress agin never stopped back to ask how everything was, we waited again for awhile to ask for the check, I guess that she forgot and we had to ask again. Last time we ever ho thereMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 4, 2023 via mobile

We love stopping here after we pick up our guests from the airport. The restaurant has a fun, beach/Florida vibe that kicks off the “we are on vacation” mindset. This time we got to the restaurant later in the evening, near closing. We sat on...the outside deck overlooking the water, sand beach and fire pits. Our server, Quinn gave us excellent service. I highly recommend the coconut Mahi bites. My granddaughter ordered the gator bites; they were the best I’ve had so far.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 29, 2023

This spot is hit or miss. Some items are great ( wings) while others are miss ( pastas always mushy and wayy oversalted). The service this last time was great, but sometimes horrible.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 27, 2023

Nice view of the Manatee river, but the loud car noise from the I-75 bridge ruined the atmosphere. Food was average and our server seemed to have a bad attitude. Doubt we will be back as there are much better choices in the area.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill - Manatee River is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4.5