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Big Water Fish Market opened its doors on 11/11/11 at 11am with owner Scott Dolan at the helm. We are near the south bridge on Siesta Key in the Crescent Beach Shopping Center next to Siesta Spirits liquor store. We are a retail fish market that specializes in fresh, wild, Florida seafood and we also offer a simple but delicious casual dining menu. We offer our customers the freshest fish, seafood, and produce available in a clean boutique style market. In addition, we carry a variety of specialty spices, sauces, and products to compliment your seafood. If you ever want something that we don't have in stock, just let us know and we will make some calls. In most cases we can get it to you the
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $22
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Lunch
CUISINES
Seafood, Soups
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing seafood!!! Had a great dinner late at night. Thanks for staying open for us! Fried grouper was amazing. Great clams. Great seafood stew! Best part… Go BLUE!!!!

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fresh and delicious seafood! We were staying at The Breakers and came across this place while I was researching eating places near the condo and had to try it. I was blown away by the fish & chips dinner while my mom loved her fish...tacos. Decent sized portions and wallet friendly. The next day we decided to get lobster rolls for take out and those too were delicious! It was there entree of the day so order early before they sell out!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has really changed over the past year. There are signs prohibiting dogs on the patio which is such a bummer. I’ve lived here a. Über of years and this used to be one of my favorite restaurants. I ordered the shrimp Caesar wrap...which was quite small and smothered in dressing! Boo! My lunch date ordered the blackened chicken sandwich which was OK but the French fries are different and not as good as in the past. We ordered inside but there was no table service as there has been in the past so our food got cold and no one even told us it was done. I’m so sad! My advice: skip this place and go to Arena next door. It’s consistently great every time AND it’s dog friendly!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the mixed reviews, we decided to give it a try, hoping for the best. First and foremost, the place has zero atmosphere-the outdoor seating is extremely uncomfortable stools set up on the entrance with a view of the parking lot which is just...a few feet away. The interior seating looked very cramped with little ventilation. While the hogfish was very good, we had asked that the grouper Oscar be served with the Bearnaise sauce on the side..unfortunately the staff couldn’t follow this simple request, and it was served with a very heavy Bearnaise sauce covering everything on the plate. The server did offer to have it redone, but service does not appear to be their strong point. I think there are better choices.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 9, 2024

First time dinner…..quite small and takes no reservations. Had a fantastic dinner, my friend is celiac and they were very accommodating. Would definitely go again and would definitely recommend!! Jada and Marissa rocked that room !!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 24, 2024 via mobile

Delicious meal and great portions . The wait staff is friendly and efficient and the waitress was very conscious of bringing out our food so that it was hot and timed right . My husband loved his dish and we split a piece of pie...which was a nice portion. Do not miss this placeMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 23, 2024

We stayed at the Tropical Beach Resort for 5 nights but we went to Big Water restaurant three times for dinner. Every time it was after sunset after 8pm and never waited for our table. Service was amazing and even sang happy birthday to my...mother. We ate over three times, shrimp cocktails, clam chowder, snapper, grouper bites, threetail, fish and chips, key lime pie! My mother said it was the bestfish and chips of her life where the cod was melting in your mouth. The shrimp cocktail are the best shrimp you will ever have including the clam chowder. All fish were cooked to perfection and everything so fresh. Highly recommend this place! Small place, love the decor, and perfect for canadians on vacations. This restaurant is 2min walk from the Tropical Beach Resort.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 6, 2024 via mobile

My sister’s family has been there before. They raved about it. It was my first time. We arrived at 5:30. Party of 6. Told 40 minute wait. No problem. We even called ahead and came before 6 knowing they would be crowded. (No reservations). They...called our name .. then gave our seats to someone else ?!? Said oh we just wanted to make sure you were here -wait what!? So we keep waiting. We were finally seated. The waitress was great at getting drinks and appetizer orders. All was good…we put in dinner orders.. appetizers arrived … then we waited and waited and waited. We ended up leaving 3 hours later. Not because it was a great meal because it took that long to get food. Even the waitress said she couldn’t explain. One of the other guys said they had a large takeout order (so how does that take precedence?) but all I saw was him getting beer from the place next door. All in all not a pleasant experience and won’t be going back. Too many other good places aroundMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 30, 2024 via mobile

Don’t let the fact be it’s a fish market too keep you away. Wonderful friendly staff. Freshest fish ever.Ample size portions. Peel and eat shrimp the best ever. Avoid the places in village with 2 hour waits and just come here.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 27, 2024 via mobile

Best Fish, best food of all our Siesta Key eats. Great service. Only bump is this is a very small place and we were seated near the tight busy door. Worth it to eat here.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 26, 2024 via mobile

Got great reviews, but we were a little disappointed. It’s a very small dark place. It took a really long time to get our food. There were a number of mix-ups and errors we had to deal with and in the end our friends were...over charged. My husband’s shrimp tacos were very good and very filling. I’d give my Caesar salad with chicken tenders gets a mixed review. The chicken was actually a cut-up fried chicken breast, and it was excellent. Unfortunately the salad part was mediocre at best. Our friends said that their meals, fried shrimp and the fish and chips, were just OK. In light of the superior reviews we’ve read, we may try Big Water another time and hope for a better experience.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 29, 2024

Excellent seafood! Came here after a day renting a pontoon at CB's, location is perfect! We ordered oysters, peel and eat shrimp, gator bites and clams for the table, all were very good! Location, service and small atmosphere were all great and made for a...perfect seafood meal! Also, grabbed a few single cans from the store next door to bring over, ha perfect!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 16, 2024

This is a hidden gem! The food and the service were incredible! The eclectic decorating makes this restaurant very comfortable and perfect for the beach environment! For sure I will return!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 14, 2024 via mobile

This place is a Gem!! Hole in the wall with the best food!! Group of 8 of us on vacation the reviews got us there … they weren’t lying. The crab claws 10 out of 10 well everything so delish!! Go Try it out you...won’t be disappointed!! It’s really small but just get there early .. order the crab claws for app and then anything on the menu. Our group all had different things we were all tasting and it was all delish!!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 11, 2024

Not fancy but excellent food. Wife and I had 2 different fish dishes and they were both great and reasonably priced. And it was walking distance from our condo.

Date of visit: February 2024
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No reservations but get there early for lunch or dinner. We waited outside for well over 45 minutes
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As owner I can positively tell you that you are allowed to byob and we sell beer and wine
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Big Water Fish Market is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4