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“I hope they keep ROTTEN in the name of their restaurant.”
Review of Rotten Ralph's - CLOSED

Rotten Ralph's
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Sarasota, Florida
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“I hope they keep ROTTEN in the name of their restaurant.”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Rumor has it they are taking the "Rotten" out of the restaurant name, but after our visit there the other night, they need to keep the adjective because it fits perfectly. and let me say.. ROTTEN doesn’t quite cover it… it was FILTHY (the 2 previous proprieters NEVER kept the place clean... and each time we figured the new leasee would clean and do some sort of rennovations - not true of ANY of them).

THE SERVICE WAS ALSO FILTHY AND JUST PLAIN BAD…

2 SMALL EXAMPLES:
I could see each of the waitresses grabbing silverware for settings as people were getting their food... they were grabbing the silverware by the EATING END! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ok… if you are going to do it that way.. AT LEAST don't let me see it... BUT your hands have been all over everything in the place and you are going to touch the part of the fork with which I eat! NOOO!

Even their clothes looked gross.

We also noticed that the waitresses all appeared to be very busy, always moving about, but never really seeming to be doing anything.. one walked around for 5 mins with 2 plates of food.. just walking around and around with it... and I kept hoping it wasn't our food because it went by every table in the place and had to be ice cold by the time it arrived at the right table, which, thankfully, was not ours.

The food was terrible...My husband said his fish had no flavor... and it was SWIMMING (almost literally because it didn't look fully cooked) - in GREASE... GOOD THING HE DOESN'T HAVE A GALL BLADDER ANYMORE! I ordered pasta with "Ralphredo" sauce... and veggies... i guess they considered a sprinkle of parsley would be considered vegetables...

Anyway... in addition to bad service, bad food, and disgusting conditions, they also charge island prices for a VERY non-island atmosphere. We love our tiki bars on the island and off... and don't mind paying the prices when they are warranted.. but in this case... they should have been paying us...

So when they call it Rotten Ralph's.. believe me.. IT IS!

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank ktbCA57
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reelerotten, Owner at Rotten Ralph's, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
After 35 years in the restaurant industry I have come to realize that you can't please everyone.. You hate to ever here of someone leaving your place disappointed.... It is always much better to speak up at the time and let the establishment know there was a problem...

I have some real issues with this review...

First of all we are a brand new establishment and there are always things you need to adjust when you first open... Before we opened the doors here we pressure washed and painted the entire restaurant, it is not filthy as these people stated...

Secondly they stated that the fish was tasteless... We pay extra to bring in top quality Cold Water Haddock because it is such a good fish... This isn't the Pollack or Cod that most places use and it isn't frozen pre-breaded fish... We bring in a top quality fish at extra expense and we batter and cook it to order....

Thirdly, They claim the the servers were handling the silverware by the wrong end... We wash our silverware the servers then polish it to remove water stains and immediately roll it in napkins..

Fourthly they claim a sever was walking around with the same plates of food for 5 minutes.. That is ridiculous...

Finally I sent these people an Email apologizing for their bad experience, thanking them for taking the time to review us and offering to try and fix the problem, also I asked them for more information in order to address any possible issues... They didn't even dignify my Email with a response....

I really appreciate constructive criticism and any advice to help us improve... I don't appreciate people who post mean spirited reviews that have little or no basis in truth and make statements they aren't willing to back up or defend... This is the only review this person has ever posted... I have no idea what their agenda is but I am proud of my staff and my establishment and felt this review should not go without a response....

Thank you for taking the time to read this and form your own opinion... Dave Russell and the Crew at Ralph's
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Just had Blackened Grouper at the new location...wow”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I made the trip to Bradenton to try out the new location of Rotten Ralphs located on 34th St West, Bradenton Fl 34210. I think they just opened over the weekend at this new place.
Its a charming old florida looking place with great food like the other location on the Pier.
I had the Blackened Grouper with french fries. Was a large meal and was very filling.
I think the owner, name is Dave, came by my table to thank me for the business and chatted with me about his early childhood of playing in a Rock Band ! Another employee, I think the cook named Eddie came over to the table to make sure my food was cooked ok...i said yes and I could tell he was pleased. These folks are really nice and its a great feeling eating at a family owned business.
Thank you.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank avenuedude
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Asheville, North Carolina
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“CLOSED”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Part of the old Pier is closed, pending repairs by the City of Bradenton Beach and Rotten Ralphs is closed. It seems that they have vacated the premises.

Visited July 2013
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Thank craiggerry
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reelerotten, Owner at Rotten Ralph's, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
I am happy to say that we are NOT closed... We have just moved locations... We are now at 5942 34th St. W. in Bradenton... Same great food, same great staff and we still have "free beer tomorrow"....
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Arcanum, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“What happened?”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I visited Rotten Ralph's in July 2012, and we loved the all-you-can-eat fish & chips deal. The meal was great, the service was great and it was very affordable, especially considering the great view and location. However, when we went back to Anna Maria in July 2013, Rotten Ralph's was closed! We were so disappointed! We overheard a couple saying that they thought they might be opening in a new location. I hope that happens because we'd love to go again on our next visit to Anna Maria.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank StickerChick
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Somerset, UK
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152 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Not open yet”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

We drove out to the new site as for many years we have enjoyed this place on Anna Maria Island. Sadly, the restaurant will not be opening for another week. The decorators were still putting the finishing touches when we called in at eight pm the other evening. We have a gift voucher kindly bought for us from our children but we were told all vouchers will be honored. I doubt if we will be back for a couple of years, so hopefully we can spend it then. We wish the restaurant every success for the future.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank busymakingwings
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