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Maria's Backwater Bar & Grill

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18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2369
2394374777
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Fort Myers, Florida
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is very easy to drive by this special place. Don't let the looks fool you, it has fantastic cajun cooking. The Crawfish Etouffee is special and the Salmon Duvall is great!!! One complaint; we have been there 8-9 times and they never have the Bread Pudding which we hear is unbelievable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maria's has been around a long time, but used to only be a fish market when I was a kid, now she has a small hidden restaurant, she cooks everything fresh, excellent! It is hidden though if you don't know the area, its right before you go over the bridge to the beach, small place. Her Son works there, he... More 

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texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The fried fish was great. The shrimp were big and great. Local small place but good seafood. The ettoufee was not good. Salty and bad flavor. Maria was great but will go back and stick with fried foods

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Thank cabotravelor
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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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.

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Great Neck, New York
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

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ELLINGTON
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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.

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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 

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Woodbury, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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!

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Thank Mark S
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
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 33931-2369
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers Beach
  • Phone Number: 2394374777

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?