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“Wonderful”
Review of Magnolias Seafood Bar & Grill - CLOSED

Magnolias Seafood Bar & Grill
Price range: $5 - $28
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hickman Road
Description: The name Magnolia's Restaurant has long been recognized for its tradition of great food and unsurpassed service. The atmosphere, exciting 35 seat bar, great wines and martinis, two fireplaces, plasma satellite TV's, great state of the art sound and light system, comfortable seating and banquet facilities to accommodate up to 220 people. Whether you stop in for "Happy Hour" with friends or to enjoy a great dinner in one of our two dining areas, you wont want to miss this Bethany Beach Delaware hot spot, the new Magnolia's Seafood Bar & Grill experience.
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

If you don't visit this restaurant you are missing out on one of the best seafood restaurants that I have ever been to. The food was so good and the service was the best. I am delighted to give this review on this place. If you don't eat there you are missing out.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Brian H
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Friendly Staff”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Finally deceided to try Magnolias and was glad we did. Our waiter, Joe, was very nice and checked with us often to make sure we were doing OK. The manager, Todor, brought out our wine, and we asked for suggestions. We took him up on all of them, since we only wanted Appetizers. Amazing Crab Dip, Stuffed Mushrooms and Clams Casino, all were amazing. We ran into Todor on our way out and he asked if we would like to tour the restaurant. They have an upstairs and another full bar used for dinner and banquets. We enjoyed this restaurant so much, we are taking friends there tonight.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Phillygirl2011
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VA
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Food is ok, not great”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Eaten at this restaurant a couple of times, food is good - but not great. Carpet on the stairs going upstairs needs replacing or at least a good cleaning.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank highmain
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“There are better seafood restaurants in the area”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Decent seafood, but I was surprised at the nonchalant service and odd inconsistencies. It took forever for our glasses of wine to arrive (everyone who's waited tables knows that the drinks are a priority even if everything else takes longer to get to the table), and then when the bill came (after a long wait) I saw why our server wasn't that attentive: he'd manually added an 18% gratuity to the check for our party of 8. I got up and retrieved a menu to see whether there had been any advance notice that larger parties would have the tip added automatically -- there was none. So, maybe I shouldn't have been surprised after all that we got mediocre service if the management is letting servers add gratuity automatically.

I don't know of a modern restaurant that serves thaw-and-bake wheat rolls. The management also needs to rethink sending out frozen key lime pie -- when I tried to cut into mine (with a spoon, no less), a chunk rocketed across the table. My $11.50 glass of cabernet was not the quality that it needed to be if it's going to be the most expensive glass on the menu. And my "Magnolia-style" fish of the day ($24.99) -- described as "sauteed with EVOO, herbs and topped with shrimp" -- came out slathered instead a mushroom sauce that completely obliterated the taste of the fish.

Some things need more attention to detail. Also, apparently Saturday is karaoke night: good to know if you're not really a fan.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank NancyDrew76
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
“Needs updated”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We ate in a private upstairs dining room as we had a group of 20 celebrating 4 milestone birthdays over Memorial Day weekend 2013. The online reservation system was the best I have seen and they called to confirm the reservation the day before. While the downstairs dining areas were traditional and nice looking, the room in which we ate had a water stained ceiling as well as stains around the air vents. Almost all of us thought the food was very good, although one crab cake sandwich was warm not hot when served. Portions were ample and service was adequate for the size of our group. Two servers split the job and even gave each couple/group separate checks. I would not take a large group back, but probably would visit the first floor dining areas for a meal.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Jeff G
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