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“Over rated”

Tony's Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in Cedar Key
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: PLEASE NOTE: Seasonal Restaurant Hours: October- November 2016 Monday thru Thursday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM ( NOT OPEN FOR DINNER) Friday thru Sunday 11:00 AM -8:00 PM Please call ahead to verify hours before making long drives from far away.
boston
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Over rated”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Based on reading the reviews here we went to Tony's. I had the chowder and my wife had the fish sandwich.I should note that we are from New England and have been eating this type of food for well over 50 years. The Chowder was average at best. It was weak, not rich, the ratio of clams was small. many more potatoes. The fish was over cooked or frozen. It was dry, not flaky and moist.. We were disapointed

  • Visited January 2013
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Thanks for the visit. Of course this is your opinion. You may have been eating some kind of food which you state for over 50 years, but I can't see where that equates to what we serve at Tony's.
We are not a New England establishment, we are a Florida restaurant on the Gulf coast. Doubtful that 234 great reviews out of 276 total would make us "overrated". You obviously are stuck with the traditional values of bland food and can't find comfort in our kicked up chowder and seafood.
Every so often, we have a visit from a skeptical New Englander who arrives to disprove our championship status. I assure everyone Tony's Chowder is completely opposite of this. Try it for yourself and you will see right through this foolery. I'm sorry your experience was not satisfactory.
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RaceHorseLady
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Great world class chowder and po"boys”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

As advertised and rated on TA, Tony's did not disappoint. The chowder was very creamy with alot of clams. May be best we have ever had. My husband had a shrimp po'boy and I had the oyster. Very good, excellent, seasoned and cooked just right. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and funny. Loved the old building!! If in Cedar Key again would definintely go back to Tony's.

Visited January 2013
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Again, another top notch TA reviewer who understands the dynamics of dining out in todays changing restaurant climate. So glad you enjoyed everything from your food to the service and the atmosphere. We greatly appreciate your review and sincerely hope that you will return to Cedar Key again in the near future and join us again for another classic dining experience.
Thank you so very much for this terrific review.
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tampa, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Clam Chowder doesn't get any better than this”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

First dinner consisted of appetizers....clam chowder/ fried clam strips/chilled peel & eat shrimp. Second visit was the Platter for Two. Can't say enough about both....totally outstanding. Superior food, super service, the best of both we experienced in Cedar Key this trip. Front dining room seats only 30, so it's a "cozy" atmosphere to say the least. Depending on your viewpoint, some will consider it rather expensive, but the finest seafood is never inexpensive. Will never miss a lunch or dinner at Tony's while in CK.

Visited February 2013
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Thank you, coming from an experienced TA reviewer it certainly means a lot to hear your compliments. So glad you enjoyed our classic "Tony's Platter", in your words "super service" and
the old Hale building Circa 1880's cozy atmosphere. Your final comment's about "the finest seafood is never inexpensive" is so very true. I could not agree with you more. Our customers keep coming back because they drive hours to come here to enjoy the very best. For those I say, never worry. We will never compromise quality for cheaper seafood. Thank you again for your visit and your review.
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Best Clam Chowder ever!!”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

I am not a big seafood gal but this clam chowder is amaze-balls. Sooo good! Been here twice - once paired the chowder with a grilled cheese and once with a fresh garden salad. Both awesome. We also tried the mullet dip and it was great.

  • Visited February 2013
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
Hey, thank you so much for the excellent review. One of the reasons why Tony's Chowder continues to amaze people is just what you indicated. Even folks who don't typically care much for seafood really find this chowder a true taste sensation. The chowder is so universally accepted by so many because it is so unlike your typical clam chowder served. It really has a flavor profile that pleases the pallet. Loaded with tender, sweet clams and packed with so much flavor it truly shines bright and makes believers out of those that never found anything about clam chowder that they either wanted to like or cared to try. I really appreciate your taking the time to give us a great review. Again, thank you so very much.
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“Still great chowder”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

The chowder is one of the best I have ever eaten. Try it with a grilled cheese sandwich. The gresh garden was quite good also - very fresh, but the dressing was so-so.

Visited February 2013
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Chef Eric J, Owner at Tony's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
Thanks for the review and the kind comment in regard to the chowder. We're very proud that our chowder has stood the test of time and still shine's bright each and everyday. Pare it with a grilled cheese, salad or a fresh fish sandwich, it's sure to amaze you and your friends. The chowder makes every trip to Tony's memorable, maybe that's why so many folks snap pictures of the memorabilia on the walls, take home bowls, mugs, T-shirts and classic Tony's caps to show their friends and family they made the trek to Cedar Key to enjoy the best in the world. Thanks again!
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