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Matanzas on the Bay


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene

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Served with your choice of 2 traditional sides or 1 premium side
Seafood Chimichanga
Flour tortilla wrap filled with crab, shrimp and Monterrey cream cheese. Flash-fried until golden brown and drizzled with cilantro aioli sauce
Crunchy Grouper
Local grouper egg washed and rolled in seasoned corn flakes, and flash fried golden
Seafood Platter
A combination of local Gulf grouper, Gulf shrimp and scallops prepared blackened, broiled or fried to your liking
Lump Crab Cakes*
Lump crab with Old Bay seasoning, sweet red onion and herbs grilled and drizzled with seafood aioli
Skewered Gulf Shrimp
Gulf shrimp grilled on a skewer and finished with Chimichurri sauce
Drunken Coconut Shrimp
Rum dipped and coconut breaded, Gulf shrimp served with red pepper cherry sauce
Caloosa Chicken
Tender, juicy chicken breast sautéed with spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and garlic. Simmered in white wine butter sauce
our high heat char grill sears the meat and seals in the natural juices. all of our steaks are choice angus beef. served with your choice of 2 traditional sides or 1 premium side
New York Strip*
We select the juicy center cut with the perfect amount of marbling, so it's always juicy and delicious. Topped with garlic mushrooms and onion frizzles
Filet Mignon*
The most prized of steaks, our filet is hand selected, char grilled to perfection and rested. Finished with garlic mushrooms and frizzled onions
Ultimate Stuffed Sirloin*
A house favorite! Stuffed with roasted garlic and broiled with bleu cheese. Finished with demi-glace and frizzled onions
1/2 Rack $13.99
Full Rack $21.99
Baby Back Ribs
Slow roasted then grilled to order for fall off the bone deliciousness with our sweet and spicy BBQ sauce
add any of the following to your steaks for a special meal
Florida Lobster Tail
a 9-ounce rock lobster with drawn butter
Gulf Shrimp Skewer
fresh gulf shrimp grilled on a skewer
Coconut Shrimp (4)
Now you are living it up!!
A selection of our baked stuffed offerings. Served with your choice of 2 traditional sides or 1 premium side
Hand rolled with seafood stuffing, broiled and topped with garlic cream sauce
Florida Grouper
A classic Matanzas offering, local Grouper with seafood stuffing baked au gratin with Provolone cheese
Gulf Shrimp
Local, Gulf shrimp with seafood stuffing baked au gratin with Provolone cheese
Served with garlic bread
Blackened Chicken Alfredo
Char broiled chicken tossed with broccoli, red peppers and traditional garlic cream
Shrimp Scampi
Gulf shrimp sautéed with white wine, garlic butter, onions, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Finished with fresh parsley and shaved Parmesan
Seafood is the centerpiece of our menu and we take great care in selecting and offering the finest market-fresh seafood available anywhere. Chef Dave and his team have spent years perfecting their craft to bring you an experience without equal. (Now, I'm blushing.) Choose your seafood and your preparation method. We will make it to order! Served with your choice of 2 traditional sides or 1 premium side
Local Red Grouper
White, moist meat with a heavy flaky texture
Buttery, rich flavor
Mahi Mahi
Lean, slightly pink, moist and flaky
Gulf Shrimp
Locally caught, fresh as can be
Sea Scallops
Large, moist and tender
Florida Lobster Tail
9-ounce, spiny lobster tail with a bold taste and firm meat
Char Grilled
Lightly seasoned and grilled. Available with Salmon and Mahi Mah
Oven Broiled
Finished with our seasoned butter. Available with all choices
Seared with Chef Dave's spicy peppery seasoning. Available with all choices
Breaded to order and fried to golden perfection. Available with Grouper, Shrimp and Scallops
Shrimp And Basil Crusted
Baked with our flavorful compound butter with Gulf shrimp, fresh basil and breadcrumb. Available with all choices
Argentinian grill sauce with evoo, Italian parsley, garlic and crushed red pepper. Available with all choices
Truffle Fries
Flash-fried fries tossed with truffle oil and shaved Parmesan cheese
Loaded Bakers
Steamy, hot baked potato stuffed with cheddar and hickory smoked bacon
Crisp and sautéed to order
Cup Of Soup
Baked Potato
Baked Sweet Potato
French Fries
Sliced Local Tomato
Local Vegetables
Dave's Potato Salad
Blended Wild Rice
Garlic Bread
Small Salad
Matanzas on the Bay and Petey's Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and coastal Florida ambience. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers seafood from Blue Star Seafood Company, produce from Pair-A-Dice Produce, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey's Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave's Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
American, Bar, Seafood
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Free Off-Street Parking
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Always good drinks,great food and atmosphere.One of our best favorites on the beach.The pizzas are always the best.The service is always spot on.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Bajakids
Reviewed 3 days ago

No reservations taken so be prepared to possible wait, especially if you want to sit outside on the beautiful deck. Drinks were fantastic as was the food. Once you're seated, they do not rush you to give up the table.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Rose B
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is our to go to place for special occasions. Great food and service. Beautiful view of the bay day or night. On hot days it is out of the sun for relaxing with a great cocktail.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Ralph J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time dining there and we were not disappointed. Close enough to walk from Times Square and the food does was very good. Outdoor dining near the water .....great service ....thank you Travis.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Cathy W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On Tuesday evening, 3/12, our family enjoyed a wonderful evening at Matanzas on the Bay in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Wow, great meal, beautiful view and tremendously attentive staff. Our server Jodi was great! We were celebrating my wife’s birthday and Jodi made our night...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank carmenc155
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great oysters on the half shell, fresh and very large. The stuffed shrimp were also excellent and our server Gavin was great! We usually visit Petey's Upper Deck for a more casual experience and to get a view of the boat traffic between the gulf...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank James C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grouper sandwich and coconut shrimp are our favorites. Go early as they can get really busy. The outside seating on the bay is nice. Boats can pull right up to eat too. Generous portions.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank STMorrison
Reviewed 1 week ago

No reservations are taken, but we sat at the bar and had a "happy hour" drink. After 20 min. a lovely table opened right by the water. Appetizers were delicious as the sun went down. I took several pictures of the boats and the water.....very...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank cricketg1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely meal last night. Started with the strawberry and spinach salad with goat cheese and walnuts. My girlfriend ordered calamari and asked if she could have more rings than bodies and when swerved it was all rings! The wine selection was great...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank katiedeloux
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent Jan 19 on FMB and I'm sure I spent more time, and had more drinks, and ate more food on the upper deck than anywhere else on the island. I knew from previous visits that Matanzas was by far the best pizza on...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank James R
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We saw a family with a small dog on the patio--the server brought out some water for her.
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December 8, 2018|
Response from Tina E | Reviewed this property |
They are closed on Christmas Day. You might want to try Pete’s time out or the top of Lani Kai is open bothnplaces have great food.
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