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“A seafood dining experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Simply Seafood

Simply Seafood
Ranked #6 of 50 Restaurants in Dunnellon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
1 review
“A seafood dining experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went there after reading all the great reviews. Last seating is at six and definitely call for reservations as there are only three tables in the restaurant or you can get you food to go. Either way, you won't be disappointed. When we got there my husband looked at me like, you have got to be kidding me. But the owner, John quickly put his mind at ease when he greeted us and started explaining the fresh catch of the day and several of the menu items. I was soooo excited when, John explained that the menu was more if a "guideline" and that they would be happy to "create" any dish we would like. I gave John an "idea" of what I wanted and WOW, my dinner was amazing, a seafood pasta dish full of fresh shrimp, scallops, lobster, clams and mahi. The New England clam chowder was the best I have ever eaten, it was more like a stew than chowder but delicious! The seafood salad appetizer was huge with large fresh shrimp and big chunks of crab! The owner John and Debra made our experience a dining adventure. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tamara R
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INVERNESS
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“The Absolute BEST!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2014

I have been to this restaurant several times and each time the food is just as good or better than the last time i was there. This is the Best seafood I've ever eaten. Fresh food, daily specials and variety make this place a true gem. Simply Seafood puts those big "Chain Restaurants" to absolute SHAME. I will NEVER eat at one of those again as long as Simply Seafood is within driving distance for me. This is certainly worth the drive from where ever you are coming from, but please make a reservation (Yes, they do take reservations) to make sure you get a table since the place is quite small. The portions are substantial and I've had to ask for 'to-go' boxes twice. Warming up left overs at home are quick and easy with a quick tip from the chef. There is also a fresh seafood market next door that you'll need to check out while there. Might want to bring a cooler with you!!! You're certain to find something delicious. Simply Seafood makes Simply Seafood - Awesome & Truly Affordable.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KATHERINE A
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“GREAT SEAFOOD... Fresh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Although small and a little hard to find, the food is great, service was terrific and for fresh seafood... prices were fair. Everything thing is fresh so they were very willing to cook to taste and combine favorite elements of different menu items. Although cozy in size, several in our party mentioned the cleanliness and good aromas coming from the kitchen. By the way the kitchen is realitivly easy to see into.

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1 Thank Addam R
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Dunnellon, Florida
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“Dunnellon's Seafood Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

Upon entering this establishment, you are greeted two-fold. The friendly, and very helpful owners and chef and the delicious aromas of their amazing food! You are in "seafood heaven"! Their menu choices range from appetizers to sandwiches ( who doesn't like a lobster grilled cheese) to dinners both for the seafood and land lover alike. There are also daily specials that are so good it's hard to choose! The chef is very creative and takes pride in what he makes. Dishes are made from scratch - no jarred sauces here! The freshness of the dishes are a "palates dream". Don't let the restaurant size fool you. It's small - seating for 12-14 but it's menu is grand with a keen balance of flavors and an atmosphere of natural charm and charisma. It's the best around. You won't be disappointed. A true treasure of this area!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linda M
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“A Rare 5 Star Review”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

How do you tell if a restaurant is serving fresh of packaged Cisco seafood. In Dunnellon, it couldn't be any easier. Visit the two other popular restaurants on the river nearby. They will always have Grouper and other (so called) fish. They also will swear to you that it's fresh and often even claim it to be fresh caught locally. It's a flat out lie! Legal length of a Gulf Grouper is about the length of your forearm. A Grouper sandwich is NOT a 5 inch fillet that resembles a whole fish. These other two restaurants are preying on uninformed snowbirds who think dining on the waters edge equals good quality seafood. Just ask you server at one of these places if you fish is in a vacuum sealed package. It's sure test of their honesty and the seafood quality.

Simply Seafood is quite the exception here. The entire seafood menu selection clearly states that not only "your choices are what we have is stock, it's also subject to market price", both of which, is exactly how a real seafood place has to operate to do honest business.
Simply Seafood is simply the best you will find within 50 miles in any direction.
It's small, and only seats about 12 people at the most. It's simply the only seafood around that is the real deal.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kidritalin
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