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“Decent enough if you have a..”

Matanzas on the Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Pizza, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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!
Westchester County, New York
Level 6 Contributor
742 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 557 helpful votes
“Decent enough if you have a..”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Matanzas Inn was overall a fairly decent experience with more ups than downs, except that all comes with a few significant caveats. Nothing approaches the level of memorable though the soup/stew was decent enough. We had a solid discount coupon that colors this review a bit generously, though with an enthusiasm bordering on the tepid.

It just seems a pronounced problem in Florida that typical restaurants have uninspired cooks and management, rubber stamp menus with seafood that ironically suggests it's been flown in frozen from somewhere fairly far off and sends a similar vibe for other fare. Matanzas Inn does little to escape that propensity.

  • Visited January 2013
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beach Place and GOOD”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Enjoyed some appetizers and cold beer. Nice, friendly place for a date or for an evening out. Enjoy. Very casual.

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Minnesota City, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Seafood and fish, fine views and good service. Even more if necessary.”
Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

When we come to Florida, we eat seafood every day. We missed a turn searching for a different view, but found Matanzas where the calamari salad, ceviche and spicy conch stew were enhanced by a perfect view of water and boats, birds and dolphins. Our host insisted the beef was excellent, but why eat that when you can grow your own in fly-over country? Enjoy it all at this lovely spot.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Djah2
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Kent UK
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great location and great food”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

My husband and I visited this restaurant twice while we were in Fort Myers. He chose twice from the top end of the menu going for the full works lobster, crab etc and he thoroughly enjoyed both of his meals. I chose from the cheaper end - stuffed fish and stuffed shrimp. Both meals were delicious. The setting was water side and on the first evening we were entertained by a dolphin and jumping fish. Good service as well makes this a restaurant well worth a visit.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Lesley M
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Fort Myers, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Water side lunch”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Stopped by here after a morning on Fort Myers beautiful beach for a bite of lunch. This restaurant and Inn is "under the bridge" on the north end of the island and very convenicently located within a short walk to the "Broadway" tourist area.
This place has been there for quite awhile and after we ordered and ate the baby back ribs and the stuffed grouper we were very happy with our choice of a place to eat lunch.
I'll be back there!

  • Visited May 2013
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