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American, Bar, Seafood
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worst restaurant I've ever been to the management. Didn't care? We tried to pull tables together. They said we were allowed. The waiter gave us a bad time. One of the participants copped an attitude with me and wanted to kick my butt. Nice establishment,...not really?I'll never go there again.Matter fact, we saw someone in a parking lot.Wanting to go in there and we recommend it not to go in there to go next door to sunset corner.Group left and wentever the sunset grill had a great timeMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 5, 2024 via mobile

Enjoyable experience, good food, sports on. Great atmosphere, good service, quick service. Busy place but the quality of food and service was very good.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed October 25, 2023 via mobile

Casual, on the water, one server during our visit on a weekday lunch - good service. Most fried food - I don’t go to bars … and they don’t have crab cake that day 😂. We ordered the big plate of fried seafood - calamari...shrimp - they’re good. I’ve chips and tails (?) … more fried food - they taste good but I always feel unsettling afterward. Oh well, the view is great 😊 They don’t have deck hand - park on your own. The water level is low, (global warming?) so makes it in and out of boat 🛶 a bit more difficult. Women’s bathroom - you need to pull the door knob really hard to open it.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed March 14, 2023

Belissa was our server, she was wonderful. Based on the location, the name Hooks, we were sure we would have a large selection of fresh seafood, but we didn't. The food was good and the outside dining is spectacular.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 12, 2023

all in all good food and drink. Weird part is bar has no bitters for old fashioned etc. Service was good as well. I would go back again.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 6, 2023

There were two couples in our party; this was our first visit for all of us. Three ordered Fish and Chips, one ordered a bacon blue cheese hamburger. Everyone thought their meals were excellent. I had one of the Fish and Chips lunch. It was...EXCELLENT! Best I have had in a long while. The fish was a large filet with light breading and cooked perfectly. Absolutely NOT greasy. The fries were also excellent. Plenty of tarter sauce and lemon for the fish. Service was prompt and very friendly. The waitstaff checked with us several times to make sure we didn't need anything. I will go again at the first opportunity.More

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

On Saturday, February 4th, 2023, we had our worse restaurant experience EVER. We arrived about 6pm and ordered couple wines and a couple hamburgers. The hamburgers took over an hour to arrive. They were ordered medium but were cooked well done and charred. We should...have sent them back but didn’t want to wait another hour to eat. Please see the pic of what we were served. In the past I would have left a good rating but after this last experience Hooks has lost a regular, we won’t be going back.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed November 23, 2022

Reasonably priced, food was delicious. Service was prompt and attentive. Atmosphere pleasant as well. Would definitely go again. A+

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 14, 2022

If you enjoy being devoured by swarms of ravenous mosquitoes, wait for a waitress who does not come, and when she does come-- forgets your order for a second glass of wine, or for tartar sauce, then the Hook is for you. As for us,...we shall go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 5, 2022 via mobile

Went fishing with a Crackerjack Inshore Charters LLC.. Did hook and cook. Blackened and fried! Best fish dinner on The South Shore! Try the green beans and broccoli!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed March 6, 2022

As a local of 40+ years I cannot continue to express the utter disappointment I have for this establishment and it is disgusting to even feel like it is my color that made me feel less than trying to dine with my family here I...have always look forward to taking my kids here after a long hard week of work to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Today was unacceptable! I realize my party was big so we sat by the pool and order 8 chicken tender baskets she did tell me that it would be 1&1/2 wait which I understood they were busy not to mention I was generous with the tip even knowing there was await I still had to walk up 40min later to get our drinks and I was ok with even though she said she would bring it to us. So I went up got it drink she said I food would be another 30min no problem. Finally after 2 hours of waiting I went up and she says to me they put ur order on the bottom and we ran out of chicken gave me back the tip and ask me for my card to refund me ok got my card when I get back I’m waiting and being ignored I asked I’m try to get my refund I was told to come back with my card the girls tells me the mangers in the bathroom I have to wait “I’m just a hostess!” she say of course I’m upset and I say dont care who u are I waiting for my refund then another girl comes charging at me like she goi g to throw her drink on me and say “I disrespecting her and she doesn’t have to take that” Well if some tell u with a nasty altered voice wave hands one is to feel a little guarded & defense so my response was “I do care who u are I want my refund” then the manager appears off the toilet I’m assuming and says “ I have to wait another 30 min for my food I said no I though u guys ran out of chicken so maybe then went on run to slaughter chicken or Publix down the road I don’t know. Needless to say I felt attacked by the manger as well not even coming to me as a regular customer to explain anything at all. I am will never subject myself to the hate and unprofessionalism this establishment has to offer. Little Harbor across the way is we’re I took my family and will continue to take my family after the care I received and of course sharing my experiences the manager apologized on there behalf not even being affiliated with them the manger even continued to check on my familyMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 25, 2022 via mobile

Had a great morning fishing and a good catch. Boat captain recommended we take our fillets to Hook Waterfront Bar and Grill for lunch. Great service. Grilled our fish to perfection. Excellent sides. Loved the Gator bites too. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 23, 2022 via mobile

Recently lunched there. Nice deck overlooking the water. We had a great waitress. But I feel it was over priced. The wings ...very small...didn’t get very many and it was $13! Recently ate in Bradenton where we had a huge basket of wings for that...proce...And they were better flavored. Fish “dinner” had the smallest piece of fish I’ve ever seen for a dinner and that was $23. At least if you’re going to overprice things, serve it to me on a regular plate with utensils not paper and plasticware! I think a good place for drinks and appetizers.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 2, 2022

I want to express what a wonderful evening we had tonight . We sat outside the tables were clean the servers were right there taking care of us. Food came out quickly cooked to order . Everyone had something different and every meal was perfect....A special thanks to our amazing server Jessica. She was amazingMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed June 23, 2021

This is my second time at Hooks. First time was on an afternoon for drinks and a burger on the deck. A nice view of the river and wildlife. This visit was on Sunday early evening. My wife and I sat on the deck. Ants...were all over the picnic table, making it a bit uncomfortable. The server was nice and polite. We started with some fries and drinks. The fires were cold and we tried a few times to get the wait staffs attention. Eventually she came out, apologized and brought us some hot fries, even though we had ate some of the cold ones as we were hungry. My wife had calamari which looked like the bottom of the grease trap. She was not happy. I had a burger which was excellent. As dinner came to a close, we pushed aside our food waiting for bussing and a seagull swooped down on out table grabbing some food. Staff came out, apologized, bussed our table and mentioned the birds were crazy. We paid our bill and left. We've gone to Sunset Grille (just next door) many times but we wanted a quieter place. Hooks was quiet, except for the birds. They also have indoor seating, but since it wasn't raining and this is Florida-outside is a must. Hooks needs to spray for ants and somehow bus the tables quicker as the seagulls are everywhere! View is nice but some of the food needs improvement.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Hooks Waterfront Bar and Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4