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Maria's Backwater Bar & Grill

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18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

For our last supper in Florida for this season, we went to Maria's. The garlic shrimp and salmon Duval were delicious and so was the sangria. We look forward to returning next season.

Thank rctindall
Great Neck, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Loved this location. Beautiful sunset surrounded by outside dining. However, the food was just not worth eating. Dinner would have been better and cheaper at macDonald's.

Thank j A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016 via mobile

Upon entering this hole in the wall, quirkily decorated place you are greeted by a grouse, still in holiday garland. It is very casual and seating is either in the front which is enclosed or on the open patio where you have a view of the yachts parked at the docks and within shouting distance of the several birds in... More 

Thank JHAllen
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016 via mobile

Normally, I would recommend quirky little restaurants like these, but I won't be going back to Maria's. For starters, they have a message of support for an idiotic political candidate on their sign outside, totally inappropriate. If that hadn't turned my, stomach, their food certainly would have. I would not recommend giving this place a try.

Thank Jctandco
Carleton Place, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

I had high expectations for this quirky restaurant. The Gumbo was good but unfortunately the fish dishes weren't. Our table ordered three different fish dishes, and they arrived all looking the same...bland..and unfortunately all tasted the same. All were coated in the same breading, with frozen french fries and a small portion of cole slaw.I had asked the server if... More 

Thank cordebo
Woodbury, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

Back at Maria's for dinner. Food is as good as I remember from November. Seafood gumbo gets high marks and is very filling. Fried fish and shrimp are fresh and delicious!

Thank Mark S
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130 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

This place is charming, in a simple, rustic, off beat way. We felt like we were back in the "backwaters" of Central America or rural coastal Mexico. The patio area, with the caged birds is a pleasant spot for a beer. Paco, the beautiful, very verbal cockatoo is fun to interact with. We had fried fish & etoufee, which were... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Maria's Restaurant was recommended to us by friends visiting for the winter. Thus, we had to try it. Instead of ordering the Salmon Duval that was recommended, we tried a few other dishes. To begin with a dinner salad was served. The menu indicated all fresh ingredients. The salad was fresh with crispy lettuce and tomatoes. Also ordered at our... More 

Thank Willy W
Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Food is always fresh and good may not look like much outside but what a great surprize the staff are very good I think they are all family

Thank 976ron
Columbus, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

A small local favorite here. If you like good food at a good price, this is it and it's Authentic. Fresh fish and shrimp dishes. Gumbo is awesome. Maria is so cute.

Thank Toni M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers Beach
  • Phone Number: 2394374777

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