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“Good for party crowd” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios
Ranked #13 of 111 Restaurants in Ocho Rios
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Illinois, USA
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good for party crowd”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Despite being advertised as a family friendly Margaritaville, the focus is all on drinking here. We had to say " No thank you" multiple times as the staff persistently tried to get us to buy shots and everyone applauded those who took part in the drinking challenges. This is fine if you want a bar scene but we were there with kids so it was a little surprising. Food was mediocre. One bright spot was the very friendly server.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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MvilleCarib, Social Media Coordinator at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios, responded to this review, December 1, 2013
Thank you for visiting and or your feedback. Typically, we do our best to provide an atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy; from the music, to the amenities and much more. Admittedly, there are day when we have a mixed crowd consisting of those that require more "high energy" entertainment, and this can sometimes get a little on the PG-13 side, but we keep things under control as best as possible. We're happy that you enjoyed the service your received, and have forwarded your comments regarding our culinary offerings to our team for review, as mediocre is not a true reflection of our operational culture. Thank you again for visiting, and we hope that you give us another chance to WOW you.
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Runaway Bay, Jamaica
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“This place Rocks!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Great place to dine and relax in the daytime. It comes alive during the days when Cruise ships dock in Ocho Rios. :) The best part about it for me is the exciting parties that they host at night time. The mix of local and tourists in the cool open enviroment and the vibrant DJ's make Margaritaville and excelent location for people looking to party and have fun. :)

Visited November 2012
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MvilleCarib, Social Media Coordinator at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios, responded to this review, December 1, 2013
It was good to hear that you had a chance to enjoy our daytime activities in addition to our eclectic selection of music at night when we transform into Club Ville. We do our best to offer great food and a wonderful atmosphere during the day that segues into a real party vibe at night, and we’re happy to hear that you had a great time. Thank you again for visiting and partying with us.
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Seattle
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Could Be a Wild Place...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We went with a group of about 20 people...and ended up being the only people there. It was supposed to be a dual bachelor/bachelorette party for our friends getting married in Ocho Rios, so this seemed like the perfect place. From the website it showed crazy drinks, sandy beachfront, dance floor, music, waterslide...it sounded like it was to be a fun night!

However, when we arrived, there was no one there and the waterslide was not running. The appetizers were mediocre, arriving lukewarm or cold. However, the nachos were delicious and huge (which is appropriate for the price)! Someone was able to bribe a server to turn on the waterslide, and from there the night got wild. It was so much fun! I can't imagine what that place is like on a busy night, but we were able to roam around and do what we wanted. Locals eventually trickled in later in the evening.

This really wouldn't have been a destination for me, since it's such a touristy and overpriced restaurant. But it was a great party place and given the right circumstances, I would recommend this to others looking to have a crazy night.

Visited December 2012
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MvilleCarib, Social Media Coordinator at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios, responded to this review, December 1, 2013
Thank you for such a lovely review and for choosing to share your special event with us. Though we are generally known for having a high energy atmosphere at times, we are always willing to do what is within our powers to ensure that an occasion such as this is made special with our unique touch (the answer is yes, what is the question). We have noted your comments regarding the appetizers, and have shared same with our team for review. In the same breath, we're happy that you enjoyed the nachos, which are a crowd favorite. Thank you for visiting and for choosing to have your event with us! May we suggest a Wednesday night the next time you're in town, as that might just be up your wildness alley. (;
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Fort Saskatchewan
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Tons of fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Went for a few drinks ended up on the water slide. That should say it all lol.. Got our picture taken with our hummingbird hat made by a really nice old guy.

Visited November 2012
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MvilleCarib, Social Media Coordinator at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios, responded to this review, December 1, 2013
A tasty cocktail and a nice trip down the slide in Ocho Rios is a good way to enjoy your time with us while in Jamaica, and we’re glad that you chose to spend time at our little piece of paradise to enjoy these things. Thank you for your positive review, and we look forward to your next visit!
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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

we thought we would go here for lunch on our day out and the food was gross the service was terrible they where gruppy and rude the people there where not friendly as at what a waste of money!! don't bother to go just listen to the song..... yuk

Visited December 2012
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