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“Great view, average food, but SLOW!”
Review of Gulf Drive Cafe

Gulf Drive Cafe
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed January 20, 2014

We have been coming to the island for years, and have eaten breakfast many times on the old enclosed porch area. We always enjoyed that and breakfast was good and plentiful. This year, we were excited to see that they had added so much outdoor seating. Why not? They have a great location right on the gulf, there is a shortage of places on the island with waterfront seating, and everyone likes to eat outside by the ocean when in Florida!
So, on a beautiful day in January, we stopped in for lunch at 2:00. We were told that they had had a rush, the kitchen was way behind, and that they weren't seating anyone at that time. We were given a beeper, and we wandered around outside for a good 30 minutes before it went off. Now remember, it's 2:30 in the afternoon! Finally seated in a lovely spot by the water, and our waitress was fine. The food was just barely average (ordered onion rings for an appetizer, and they do give you a lot! We split a blackened grouper sandwich and a Philly sub with sweet potato fries--again, barely average). What a shame! The sense is that they have bit off more than they can chew, so to speak. Seems the kitchen cannot keep up with the business that they're getting and they are understaffed. We are really hoping they will be able to get it together--we need a place like that!

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We met friends here on a rainy morning for breakfast. The weather forced us to dine on the 'back porch' instead of the deck overlooking the water. Food selection was quite good. My husband ordered the crepes which were huge and delicious. Having to sit inside, it was extremely noisy and ever though we had a round table for the 8 of us, it was very difficult to carry on a conversation. But on a sunny day, this would be the place to go to sit outside.

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

This place has promise when you see it - perfect beach location and parking across the road. However, we tried to get a drink at the bar while we waited for a table and the bar staff were the rudest I have ever encountered anywhere. They completely ignored my girlfriend and I - in fact they seemed to go out of their way to be rude. When we were finally seated after a long wait (and yet tables outside were empty) the service was non existant. We got our seats and a menu and then we just waited. The only reason we didn't walk out was because we were on our way to the airport and didn't have time to start looking elsewhere. There is no excuse for such bad service and rudeness when you are supposed to be in the "service" industry. The food was very medicore to poor. All in all, don't waste your time. We are returning to Anna Maria Island in the future - BUT WE WON"T RETURN HERE.

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1  Thank breijo
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We had great service, good food, and a wonderful view. We have eaten here several times, and have never been disappointed. On morning, while enjoying breakfast, a group of dolphins cam swimming by

Thank Chad K
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

My husband and I had breakfast at the Gulf Drive recently. We were seated in the indoor dining area because it was a chilly morning. The indoor dining area seems to also be the delivery entrance because we watched as dolly after dolly of frozen food was wheeled through on the way to the kitchen. The indoor dining area is also where 2 large coolers were stored. The doors on the coolers were so marked up with greasy finger prints they were one large greasy smudge! Both rest rooms open directly into the indoor dining area. Tables, folding chairs and miscellaneous supplies were also stored in the indoor dining area. Our table was so lopsided we had to fold a napkin and put it under one of the legs in an effort to balance the table. Never again, who run a business this way? Do yourself a favor and stay away from this place.

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1  Thank JanGIllinois
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