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“Fabulous setting shame about service”

Matanzas on the Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Specializing in fresh local seafood, choice Angus steaks, Seed to Table produce and Dave's famous Dockside Pizza, we are Southwest Florida's best waterfront restaurant. Live music and Happy Hour daily!
Dorset, United Kingdom
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204 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Fabulous setting shame about service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We discovered this place last year and returned for a meal. The setting is lovely and our meal was pretty good, but the service wasn't great. Our waitress was disinterested and sullen. When we finished our meal and asked for further drinks suddenly our bill arrived which we hadn't requested! The waitress then became more friendly advising us that she was finishing for the day and clearly wanted us to settle so she could collect her tip. My tip would be try giving better service and you might receive a better tip!

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columbus, ohio
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great view, Great food!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Matanzas is located under the bridge to Fort Myers Beach. The dining room looks out onto
San Carlos pass. The food is great old time Florida and the service is attentive.
Both inside and out or upstairs on the deck, you can't go wrong. We have been there
many times and never been disappointed. The crunchy grouper is delicious and the
shrimp salad is one of my personal favorites.

  • Visited January 2013
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Midwest
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111 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great outdoor dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Our first visit to Matanzas and we met friends (locals) on the Upper Deck for dinner. We had to wait a short time to get a table big enough for all six of us, but the location was perfect. We ordered the Hawaiian pizza and the Super White, which has no sauce, just olive oil, garlic, veggies, and cheeses including ricotta. Delicious! One of the guys had the shrimp burger and liked that. Unfortunately, there is smoking in the bar. No beer on tap, just bottles.

  • Visited January 2013
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kc
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Relaxing Day Out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

We arrived by boat and found ample space to dock. As a large group we were split at two tables. The staff was very friendly and we thought it was very good food. Portions were large.

Visited February 2012
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Goshen, Virginia
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

my husband and i had drinks and an appetizer at matanzas. we love setting outside and enjoying the view. never a disappoinment, always a wonderful time

Visited December 2012
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