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“Fish Fraud”
Review of Saba Rock

Saba Rock
Ranked #4 of 38 Restaurants in Virgin Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: With a reputation that far exceeds its modest size, Saba Rock boasts not only a famous over the water lounge bar and restaurant, but also an 8 bedroom hotel, 10 slip marina, gift shop, gardens and sun deck. Saba Rock Restaurant is one of the more respected establishments in the British Virgin Islands, offering both a lounge menu and a dinner menu with a wide selection of seafood (including local conch and lobster in season), salads and grills. The boutique hotel, which is consistently ranked among the top hotels in the BVI, is accessible via a 10 minute ferry ride from Virgin Gorda. Alternatively, you can arrive on your own boat and take a slip in the Marina. The Saba Rock ferry is available to pick up guests from any dock in the North Sound, simply phone ahead (1 284 495 7711) or hail us on VHF channel 16 to make arrangements. Reservations in advance are recommended for the Hotel, Marina and Restaurant. We look forward to your visit!
Fort Myers, Florida
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fish Fraud”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We are there in early May. Yellowtail Snapper, an excellent fish, was on the menu. Four of us ordered that, two had the Mahi Mahi special. Although the prepration was different, when they arrived the fish all looked the same. If you know fish, Yellowtail is only about an inch thick when it's alive. Our filets were an inch thick (typical Mahi size). We spoke to the chef who claimed that was impossible, as he didn't have any Mahi Mahi that evening (although it was their special, and two people at our table received it). Then the manager came over and conceeded that it COULD be Mahi, but adamatly refused to admit that it was. He eventually gave one of the four of us a discount, leaving the other three of us Yellowtail eaters with the full bill. We are from Florida, so we're attuned to restaruants serving fish that is not what you order. How would most people know? In Florida your restraunt can be shut down for fish fraud. But on Saba Rock, serving different people each night, fish fraud is easy to perpetrate. Just so you're aware.

Visited May 2013
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Columbus, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Back to Saba”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Another fun trip to the BVI this month and seeing that we had friends with us who have never been, Saba was a must stop. We were disappointed to learn that they no longer had the really great, economical full buffet and also we picked up a mooring ball right in front of the Rock yet we found out this ball was owned by Bitter End and we were not able to get free water and ice for the boat which comes with a Saba Rock mooring ball but we will call that mistake ours and we won't make it again. since they did not have the buffet we had to order off the menu and it is fairly pricey but all in all it was still a good visit.

Visited May 2013
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Boston
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Conch fritters and beer!”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Fantastic conch fritters, great beer and deep discount specialty drinks and excellent service. Wonderful low view of Bitter End Yacht Club and the North Sound. Great deals and spectacles make it a great time at happy hour!

Visited June 2012
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McLean, Virginia
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21 reviews
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“Great Restaurant with a Great View”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

We spent the afternoon at the bar reviewing the day's sail and discussing plans for the next day. The drinks were just right and the fried conch was fantastic. We made the most of happy hour when the special cocktails were substantially discounted. The view of Gorda Sound was spectacular from just about every seat. I was generally unimpressed for what passed as customer service in the BVI, but the staff at Saba Rocks did an excellent job. We'll be back next time!

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Bermuda
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“An alternative to the Bitter End”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

This place is fine, nothing special and a dining choice if you are staying at the Bitter End Yacht Club. For my money go to Yacht Club Smeralda if you feel comfortable in the surroundings.

Visited May 2013
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