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“Great sunset view. Not much else...”
Review of Gulf Drive Cafe

Gulf Drive Cafe
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Three of us stopped in to watch the sunset, get a drink and appetizer. Unfortunately, the service was pretty slack. It took 10 minutes to get a beer and a couple of mixed drinks. But, the beer was cold and served in a chilled glass. The mixed drinks, mojito & vodka lemonade were good as well. But, it took 30 minutes to get a nacho appetizer! Really? And, it was processed cheese, ground beef and not very good. We noticed before it was delivered that a group of 4 who arrived well after we did got their fried calamari before we received our nachos. The waitresses, Angela's response was that "fried foods came out first"! We were shocked and disappointed in the quality of the food.

Therefore, I doubt that we will go back for anything more than a drink and a nice view of the sunset...

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Thank Brad F
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

My friends and I went on a girls trip to Anna Maria Island. As soon as we arrived, we were starving and drove by many restaurants before we settled on this place (because it was right on the beach and looked awesome). Well, never judge a book by its cover. We walked in and the sign said "Please wait to be seated". Nobody was at the hostess stand and we couldn't even find anyone who appeared to be working there so we basically sat ourselves. The staff don't wear uniforms or nametags so it was hard to determine who worked there. It took forever for someone to take our drink order and when he finally did, we asked for a drink menu and he rolled his eyes, stood there for a minute then walked to the bar to get the menu. He came back and we gave our drink order and said we were ready to order our food. He said he couldn't take our food order now because he had too much to do and had to put in our drink order first, along with 6 other tables drink orders. Ridiculous. He only put in 3 of our 5 drink orders, so myself and my friend waited 25 minutes for our drinks. When they arrived they were half full in small plastic cups (frozen drinks). When he finally came back to take our food order a half hour later, we asked a couple of questions about how some of the meals where prepared and he rolled his eyes and said, "I'm new, I don't know". He was the most rude waiter any of us have ever had, anywhere. We noticed several tables around us were having similar experiences and were dealing with the manager with their issues. The bartenders were sniffing opened containers of milk and juice to determine if they were good or not. The entire staff was disgusting with their attitudes and appearances. The food was nothing great. We could not wait to get out of that place. We regret not walking out sooner. Neither of us have ever had an experience this bad and have never left such a little tip. This place is disgusting and has horrible management and staff.

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Thank oceanwavez
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We stopped in here because it looked nice and the location is fantastic. we ordered 2 sodas which came in a large mug size plastic cup full of ice, probably 4/5 ice 1/5 coke $ 2.75 each no refills offered.
Food came quickly enough but my fries seemed to be the ones from the bottom of the pile and we're fried twice in old oil. tuna mayo a bit 'watery'.

3 of the 4 staff we miserable and the bar lady was offish. One seemed quite bubbly. Generally the staff were unattentive.

Location and view great

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Thank ian l
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

We ate at both the beach (for breakfast) and at the bar (for lunch). We found the food we had pleasant enough and had no problems with any of it. When we had breakfast there we did wait a long time to see our waitress after we were seated and a full 35 mins after our order was taken we received our breakfast. I finished my coffee after around 5 mins and couldn't find anyone for a refill for about 20 mins. I eventually got a hold of the waitress and ordered another cup. When eating at the bar we had a better experience but did wait around a bit to be served, no big drama for us when sitting at the bar but I understand that this would annoy people. We did receive drinks quite quickly and refills in good time. I would always sit at the bar when here as it's easier to get service. Great sports venue as watching your teams by the beach can't be beat in the new Kokonut hut.

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4  Thank Mary1967
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

This is a classic case of growing to big to fast without a plan. This place has excellent food (especially breakfast) but it's recent expansion was not well thought out. The kitchen still is in the same location presenting a challenge for the wait staff delivering food at the far end of the restaurant which could be close to 100 yards away. We were seated for breakfast and spent 15 mins waiting of a waitress to come to our table. Nobody showed up so we left. Hopefully they will figure this out since we have always enjoyed this restaurant in the past.

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Thank glskinner
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