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“Service was fine, food was not worth the value”

Bob Heilman's Beachcomber
Ranked #28 of 695 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Service was fine, food was not worth the value”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had heard a few great reviews of this restaurant so my wife and I (we are in our early 30's) decided to check it out. Well, the restaurant decor hasn't been updated in 30 years, first off. The service and wait staff were just fine but the food was well below the value charged. For a $30 plate of ribs, the ribs were plain, boring, and the rib sauce was just ketchup and brown sugar. My salmon was dull and not much was added to it. The "crackers" with the home-made relishes were just packaged saltines that you would get at a McDonalds. Plus they were broken! Then, the breads served with the relishes were desserts! Banana bread and muffins? Just weird. Overall, for the quality that they advertised, the food was just weird. Is this normal for American restaurants? (we are from Canada). The fries were frozen packaged fries. I would not even expect this kind of meal from a $10/plate family restaurant let alone a $30 fancy place like this. We would never recommend this restaurant to anyone and can't imagine why anyone else doesn't realize that the food in this place is so poor!

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
“Third time was a charm...glad we went”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We've been to the Beachcomber about 3 or 4 times. (see my review of a few years ago) This time we were very happy with the meal and the service. 2 of us had the farm chicken and one had the shrimp in a casserole dish with spinach and mornay sauce. All 3 dinners were tasty, well-cooked and very enjoyable. The portions were generous....so generous that one of us took home half the chicken in a "doggy bag".
The service was not rushed, very attentive while not being obnoxious. Waitress was well-informed about the menu, didn't have an attitude ,(like the last dude we encountered in this restaurant) The atmosphere has an air of sophistication, it's quiet and reserved and you can actually hear your dining partners talk! The clientele is an older crowd, one who appreciate the finer things in life. No, parents.....this is NOT a restaurant to bring your small kids to. There are plenty other restaurants at the beach for families with kids.
We shall return....Bob Heilman's has redeemed itself for us!

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank crickerpicker
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Clearwater Beach, FL
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7 reviews
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“Bob Heilman's Beachcomber”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The Beachcomber is one of the oldest and finest restaurants on Clearwater Beach. We had an intimate Valentine's Day dinner that provided great service and a delicious meal!

  • Visited February 2013
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9 Thank Ruth V
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Flemington, New Jersey
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantabulous Dining Experience”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

What a comfortable and delicious meal we had. The veal chops were cooked to perfection and the Chilean Sea Bass moist and flaky. The entire meal from the tasty breads and relish tray to the superb wine made for a fantabulous dining experience. Even the side dishes and (spinach) salad were expert. Decent portions but not too small - just enough to enjoy. The service could not have been better and the piano player was a nice touch.

  • Visited March 2013
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11 Thank Mary D
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Dated”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Very average, trying to be upscale. Food was alright nothing special. Decor from the 70's needs to go

Visited March 2013
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4 Thank Allan S
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