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“Five star for location--two for service” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Caroline's Dining on the River

Caroline's Dining on the River
Ranked #17 of 37 Restaurants in Apalachicola
Price range: $8 - $26
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gainesville, Florida
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203 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Five star for location--two for service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Perfectly acceptable food but very in attentive service. Lovely spot on river so definitely include in your visit.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank KBM212
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  • English first
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English first
Punta Gorda, Florida
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103 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Ordinary but great views”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We were staying at the hotel next door, and not having a very good experience. However, the breakfasts were taken at this restaurant, therefore we can't rate the value. It was very nice, nothing special but they are served until 1pm, so great for a brunch. The best thing about the place was the view on the river (and road bridge!) and the friendly, efficient staff. We didn't take dinner there.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank SuziTours
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Alabama
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“YUMMY!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

wonderful meal as usual.Our waiter,Shon was superb!! Even had dessert! Tiaramisu was delish. Really enjoyed the evening.

Visited March 2013
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Villa Rica, Georgia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great shrimp!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Food was superb and the view was fantastic. Opt for the fried shrimp and crab cakes! Looking at the water and eating superb food was wonderful. Waitress was mediocre but even she could not spoil the meal!

Visited April 2013
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Thank pam9508
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oystr, Owner at Caroline's Dining on the River, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Pam 9508, Thanks for your kind review. Our shrimp are extra jumbo and when frying it is imperative to leave the tails on or the moisture will leave the shrimp and they will shrink. Angela Bryant is our waitstaff supervisor at Caroline's and she will pick the best of the waitstaff that are trained. Sorry if that was not up to par. Please visit us again. Cordially Caroline
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Birmingham, Alabama
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Quaint setting on river , friendly service, but someone "killed my grits !!!!! ( they were awful )”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is our First time to come to apalachicola . we have enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. everyone has been very pleasant and helpful. So far My only complaint is the high praise and recommendation to eat at this resturant , don't get me wrong , it is a great setting along the river and our server was very attentive and pleasant. Her name was angela .
Our food was presented nicely had good sauces . But someone forgot to use some salt when cooking the grits . And then they threw a clump of cheddar cheese on top. it required a lot of salt and butter to give it any flavor . So sad, because cheese grits in the south is such a great pairing with sea food . I feel sorry for other people trying cheese grits for the first time at this resturant , . They are missing out !!!
In regard to the other food we ordered , it was alright, the grouper was very good, had a nice sauce, the pecan chicken alright but it too need some salt . Others tried gumbo and enjoyed it . So overall the food was ok as long as one has a salt shaker handy.

Enjoy the view and friendly wait staff . Enjoy the quaint old town. But Don't let this be your first venture to try cheese grits .
You will never try them again.




  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank jpa2smh
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