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“FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT ITS GOING TO BE A BLAST FROM THE PAST”
Review of Rod and Gun Club

Rod and Gun Club
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed May 13, 2014

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT ITS GOING TO BE A BLAST FROM THE PAST. Once you step inside it is like going back into time, the good old day BC and BC, before computers and before cells. It is a bar, it is a restaurant, and also a hotel. It is right on a canal of the Everglades, the lobby is full of mementos of a time gone by. We had lunch out on the veranda ( patio) . I had the captain's platter which was much better than the service. I shrimp were fresh, the fish was tender and the scallops were fantastic for the price of $18.99 and well worth it, Just to sit there and see the views while eating was fantastic. Not only do you get a nice lunch but also a lesson in history as an added bonus. This is a great place to take friends after a trip to Shark Valley, and don't play with the gators !

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Thank Jim D
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

The Rod and Gun Club: Kitchen Poaching in Everglades City!!!
Everglades City--one of the most sublime fishing sites on earth. My partner, David, and I have been coming here for a number of years to enjoy the beauty of the Everglades, to fish and to taste the bounty of the sea that is available here. One of the additional joys of fishing in the 10000 islands is the ability to have the local restaurants in Everglades City expertly cook your catch, a touch of pampering after a day spent on the water. Over the years we’ve been here, we have enjoyed our fish catch at all of the local restaurants, except one—the Rod and Gun Club of Everglades City. And this year to satisfy our historical and culinary curiosity, we ventured there with a portion of our day’s catch of speckled and silver trout. And the experience we had there is why I am writing this……. and why we will never go there again.
We had an abundance of trout to enjoy—too much for a single dinner for four people. Nevertheless, after separating the fish, we opted to take more than enough for a hungry party of four so we could have a bountiful dinner and cooked fish for sandwiches for the next day. After conveying our precious gallon bag of trout filets to our waiter and requesting that it be cooked (offered as blackened, fried and broiled), we settled back in our chairs on the commodious porch to enjoy our cocktails and our appetizers. As the sun set over the Barron River, we reminisced about the day’s fishing and the anticipatory enjoyment of a platter of fish to come. All of the restaurants we had frequented in the past had simply mounded all of our fish on a single platter and we ate family style. Imagine then our shock and surprise when we were presented with three plates each containing two small pieces of fish (one grilled, one fried), potatoes and vegetables. The fourth plate contained only a few chunks of fish, not enough for a single meal.
WHAT???
I personally had caught a 24” trout and brought those two large filets along with 12 others (a mix of speckled and silver) assuming we would have leftovers cooked for sandwiches the next day.
Clearly, I thought, they had mixed up our catch with another party. No, I was told by our waiter—this was all the fish we had brought. I then went into the kitchen and was shown an empty refrigerator by the chef who assured me he had ‘cooked all our fish’. Which certainly could have been true, but not for us!
What is shocking about this is how completely arrogant was their behavior and how stupid they assumed we were not to have known how much fish we provided. Needless to say our meal was ruined and we left after hastily paying the bill (for food we brought but didn’t get).
Folks, I’ve had bad meals before or bad service at establishments and I’ve rarely felt it necessary to post a poor review. However, this behavior was so insulting that I am glad that social media makes it possible for me to call the Rod & Gun Club out for their behavior in every place where they advertise or appear.

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12  Thank DrPD215
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City was built by the Storter family in 1864 and was used as a private residence. Eventually, the spacious house morphed into a hunting and fishing club. The club was bought by Barron Collier in 1922 (along with over a million acres of land in what is now Collier County) and continued to be managed and owned by the Collier Corporation until Hurricane Donna came through in 1962. The Bowen family rescued the club in 1972 and have owned and managed it as a hotel since then. A 1961 motel addition was destroyed in a huge blaze in February, 1973, but the guest rooms in the cottages are still in use. The second floor is under reconstruction, but it may be years before the project is completed. Fire codes dictate many changes which would alter the building significantly. As it stands, the Club is a great piece of Florida history and a pleasant place to stay.

Thank Aviationjenny
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Lunch was good, pricey. Waitness, Ashley, was very entertaining. Makes a great Key Lime pie !

Outside dining very relaxing.

Thank Margie B
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

We have stopped in at the Rod & Gun Club on previous one day visits, but decided to stay in one of their cottage rooms and after having great margaritas stayed for dinner. The food was fair/average, the drinks were outstanding, and the expansive riverside screened porch dining was welcomed. You have to experience walking through the entrance, lobby, inside dining room and bar room before heading out to the screened porch and soaking up the history of this unique club.

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2  Thank Tammy N
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