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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here several times and are always surprised at how rude and inflexible the hostess stand is. If you happen to be waiting for someone to park the car, they won’t seat you. My wife and I went and they had some open...tables, but told us we had to wait 20 minutes because the open tables in the dining room were for a four top. Also, this is not a place where you go eat dinner and linger. It’s all about volume here, they get you in and get you out so they can turn and burn. Food is decent at best, but I’d rather spend my money elsewhere as the staff here is not welcoming.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022 via mobile

Attended with my two boys. Service was great and quick. Staff was super friendly. Food was amazing. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022 via mobile

This is truly a local staple. The restaurant is also a fish market so very best quality fish. If you are not a huge fish fan then there are plenty of other choices. This is truly reminiscent of the old fish houses that used to...be sprinkled all over Florida. A come as you are place.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022

There First Monday open and Food and Bar tender were awesome 👌. Definitely my new Monday spot .Worth a trip if you love seafood one of the best places, atmosphere is great 👍.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022

Had dinner last night, food was cold, broccoli was WAY undercooked. Big disappointment. Long wait, obviously busy, many empty tables, hard to figure why the long wait. Perhaps lack of staff ?

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 19, 2022

Today my husband and I decided to stop by for lunch. I ordered the Fish & Chips. The skin was limp & soggy (versus crisp). By the time the waiter came by to check on us, my husband had finished his meal. I had eaten...one piece of fish - with skin scraped off - and all the cole slaw and fries. I politely told the waiter that the fish was really badly cooked. He apologized (good move), said maybe the fryer wasn't hot enough as it was early in the day (12:15 pm is early?), offered to bring me another meal (good move, but I declined), then said they wouldn't charge me for my meal (good move). However when he came back with the bill, he pointed out that they had decided to charge me $4.99 for the fries. We said ok, paid, and left. But it increasingly wrankled me during the day. Who on earth on the Lucky Pelican's staff decided that they should charge me something for this meal? Admittedly, I did eat all the fries - I was hungry! But I didn't order a side of fries, I ordered fish, and it was disgusting! This used to be our favorite restaurant - but we may just have eaten there for our last time.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 6, 2022 via mobile

I really enjoyed my meal . There was a full house but we were served very quickly. Our server was very friendly and gave us personal attention

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 4, 2022 via mobile

Wonderful food great tasting Burrito and blackened Scallop salad. Service is friendly and very accommodating. Outdoor seating is available

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 19, 2022 via mobile

I was staying within walking distance of the lucky pelican and decided to give it a try. Sitting alone at the corner of the bar watching the guy crack open the oysters I was amazed at the dinners being served on a Tuesday evening. I...ordered a spinach and scallop salad. Very tasty . Great place to people watchMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed November 27, 2021

Sat outside, ordered Ribeye Steak. It was served BLACK! - Charred, so overdone it was shaped like a boat with pool of butter in the center. Potatoes were cold, green beans weren't cooked. Even the server knew it wasn't worthy, she never returned to check...on our table. Finally when she brought the check, she apologized & said she would take it off the check. Instead, the General Manager returned, didn't offer even a discount off the meal. He said "Come back, and I'll personally cook the steak for you, I'm much better than the chef!" I told him that I was never going to return, and he offered me a free beer ?!?!?!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 18, 2021

What a hidden gem! Amazing, mouth watering seafood! In love with this restaurant. Recommend it all the time to all our friends and family! Soooooo goooooooood!!!!!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed August 28, 2021 via mobile

The service was friendly and prompt. The fish was excellent. The load of bread with butter was great, especially for my young son to get something in his tummy right away. Being in a strip mall leaves the ambiance somewhat lacking, but everything else was...superb.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 28, 2021 via mobile

This is such an incredible restaurant. The food & service was exceptional and I highly recommend going. We searched for local restaurants on Trip Advisor, and this one was at the top of the list. Definitely know why. We had oysters and peel +

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 22, 2021

We stopped by on a busy Sunday after seeing the great reviews, and we were sadly disappointed. I had the fish tacos and my husband had the fish and chips. The fish tacos were tasteless and odd (pumpkin seeds?) and the fish and chips were...the same. The coleslaw and tartar sauce were very strange too. The only thing we enjoyed was the bread and butter and the fries. Definitely not returning. Too many other great restaurants nearby!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 2, 2021

I visit Sarasota often, and have found some amazing gems, however this visit I said,, I was going off the beat and path and gong to go all seafood this visit to see what excellent kind of seafood dishes I could find. I was here...n Business and dining alone nightly so I had many options to visit when I search TripAdvisor... I had the Coconut Crusted Mahi, Mahi, so delicious However, the sides would have been different in my opinion, beans and potatoes did not pair very well with the type and flavor of fish I chose. Ill sub a side salad next time..... all was very good however, will visit here againMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Response from Constance Z | Reviewed this property |
Just until we were seated inside. However it's chilly they do have out door heaters great place
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Click on their website for a link to instructions on "Text Ahead Seating."
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Lucky Pelican is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4