We had some northern friends visiting this week and we were on our way to the Myakka River Oyster Bar when I remembered the Gulfview Grill in Englewood. I had been there twice before and my meal had been pretty good, so I thought our friends would enjoy eating and having a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico. We started off our meal with appetizers. I ordered the she crab soup and my friends ordered pan fried callimari. The soup was hot and very tasty. Not so with the squid. It was tough and chewey and my friends said it was "just not good." Hoping for something better, they ordered prime rib (king portion ($19) which they split) and were charged an additional $5, but they got an extra baked potato and salad as a bonus (all for $24). My husband also ordered the prime rib in a queen portion ($18). My order was for Chicken Oscar ($18). When the meals arrived, they were lovely on the plates. But that was about as far as it went. The salads were passable, the bread was hard on the outside and soft on the inside. The baked potatoes were overcooked and the prime rib could not be cut with the knife they were so tough. When the waiter returned and asked if everything was okay, we told him, "no, not exactly," and proceeded to explain about the meat. He was apologetic and said he would talk to the chef. I was apologetic myself to my guests. It's terrible to take someone to a restaurant and have such a bad experience. When the waiter returned he said the chef had told him that, "yes, they were having trouble themselves cutting the prime rib, and would reduce the cost of the dinners by half." I was speechless. What kind of chef would willingly serve tough meat to their customers? My husband and friends finally gave up on the prime rib and declined to do take home containers. Is it any wonder? As for my dinner, it was okay. It was a large portion of chicken covered in hollandaise and asparagus (both tasted like they came from a can...nothing homemade in this chef's kitchen!) I might have enjoyed it more had everyone around me not been having such a bad experience, but I simply lost my appetite. My potato was also over cooked. My bill totaled $65, even with the half priced meal that couldn't be eaten, however, I did tip my waiter for the full dinner price because I did not feel it was in his control to fix the problem. I'm not sure whether I'll be returning to the Gulfview, as least, not with my husband. Which is really a shame since the she crab soup is so good. I hate to ever recommend a place when an experience has been unfavorable. I was just disappointed is all I can say. Maybe it will be better for you. I sincerely hope so!