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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining Update: FOOW is now open for limited dine-in service, as well as curbside to-go dining from 8 a.m. - p.m. for breakfast, lunch & dinner. As one of the 30A area’s only large family-style restaurants and bars overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, FOOW embodies the spirit of the WaterColor community: coastal, fun, and unpretentious, with impeccable service and cuisine. The menu, drinks, and interior design, coupled with a streamlined open-air kitchen, create a lively and engaging ambiance- perfect for a midday break with family, a fun evening with friends or a romantic date night. FOOW features live music seasonally; and the expanded FOOWbar offers an inspired beverage program. For large groups
$10 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
American, Seafood
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Parking Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an average breakfast...in fact I can cook better than this breakfast. A recommended biscuit was fine, but the eggs were dry, bacon flavorless and food service quality and coffee bitter. Service was good, but did not make up for the food.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

Visited FOOW - Fish Out Of Water - recently after a complete renovation of the hotel lobby & restaurant. Much more casual & family friendly. And affordable. Hamburgers & homemade chips were perfect. Shrimp & grits spot on. Fried oyster bucket delicious. Fried catfish meal...a hit. Waitstaff is young & friendly. Sorry it was evening when we went - couldn’t appreciate the new outside patio. Actually a great evening with good food. A solid hit.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious! Fresh fish with savory sauces - the fried grouper was incredible. The red velvet cheesecake dessert was amazing, too, as were the appetizers, sides, and drinks. The patio is the perfect place for a sunset view over the water. Pricey, but worth it.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 6, 2020 via mobile

I have celiac disease so generally my choice of restaurants is extremely limited. We found out they have a dedicated GF fryer so we decided to give it a go. I will say the wait was almost 2 hours, I thought I overheard they do...not take reservations, but don’t quote me on that. So we grabbed drinks from the bar and walked around. They were accurate with their wait time, we did not wait longer than stated. Once we were seated it was fantastic! The atmosphere was chic and sophisticated but down to earth. We felt comfortable there even with our young children, but also is a great spot for date night. Our server was so nice and very knowledgeable of the gluten free options. He had awesome menu recommendations too. We had the banger shrimp appetizer, it was so yummy with the right amount of spice. My husband had the blacked swordfish, I had the GF fried grouper and the kids had mac and cheese and burgers. We all loved our food. The seasoning on the grouper was fantastic! It was so good I questioned if it was really gluten free. The service was so fast! The kitchen is on their game and their waitstaff is first class. Worth the wait! Plus there’s shops to go look around in if you have to wait.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 4, 2020 via mobile

Excellent meal food was great service excellent best mashed potatoes I have ever had Grouper was great

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 4, 2020 via mobile

The family went here for dinner while on vacation for the first time. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. The key lime pie was delicious. The kids also liked the ice cream cookie sandwiches. Three of us got the filet. It was good,...but not the best I have ever had, but would get it again. Definitely plan to come back here again.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 29, 2020 via mobile

The food was very average and lacking great flavor. I expected more for the price. The redfish special was the best dish out of four. Fried shrimp and grouper items were very heavily battered/breaded. I would return but stay away from fried seafood. Service was...attentive.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 25, 2020

My high school friends and i had lunch here Sunday. The food was good. the view was amazing. The waitress was a little crabby!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 1, 2020

We stayed across the street so it was convenient to get takeout. Quick, easy, blackened grouper, grilled chicken, veggies, mashed potatoes, hush puppies were all great. Atmosphere seems cool as well (outdoor by the ocean, live music, nice interior) but we got take-out to be...quicker.More

Date of visit: July 2020
DustinParkman, Director of Restaurants at FOOW- Fish Out Of Water, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2020

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your meal. Looking forward to have you dine in full the full experience. See you soon!

Reviewed July 28, 2020 via mobile

Food was good. Location was great. Guidelines were followed for Covid. Loved the outdoor seating. View was beautiful.

Date of visit: July 2020
Explorer09149141296, Director of Restaurants. at FOOW- Fish Out Of Water, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

We are so glad to hear about your experience! Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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September 22, 2020|
Response from reneeb232 | Reviewed this property |
When we visited in July they told me they did not take reservations.
November 8, 2017|
Response from SamS6678 |
are u open on june 29 ?
Brenda F
September 18, 2016|
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Response from Tina B | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in Fish Out of Water. We serve breakfast everyday from 8 am until 11 am. In our peak season (Memorial Day weekend until the first week in August we have offered a breakfast buffet the past few... More
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