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“Great food on the bay”

Matanzas on the Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Pizza, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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!
Fort Myers, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food on the bay”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We found this hidden wonder this fall and have been there several times. The food is always delicious and the staff very friendly. We enjoy Karen as our server whenever we can. Can't wait to go again!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Tech45243
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Petrarca828, General Manager at Matanzas on the Bay, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Thank you for visiting our restaurant (again and again!). I will personally thank Karen as well. Please ask for me on your next visit. ~Glen
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Ohio
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great location and food”
Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

Very special place to have dinner. We decided to just have a light meal of appetizers. My husband had the bacon wrapped scallops and I had the lump crab stuffed mushrooms both were excellent. For desserts we shared a slice of key lime pie...yummy!

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Thank heidi1mom
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Petrarca828, General Manager at Matanzas on the Bay, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Sounds like exactly what I eat! Thank you for the review...the Stuffed Mushrooms have been a staple of Chef Dave's for many years so he especially appreciates the feedback. The Bacon Wrapped Scallops were a new menu addition just a month ago. I am glad you enjoyed both.
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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

What an excellent and fun place to go. Went 3 times on recent stay at Fort Myers Beach. Debbie served us the first night and she was great, food was outstanding, then she told us to stop upstairs to listen to music at Petey's upper deck. Great choice.
Chelsea waited on us and she was a hoot. Friendly, funny, and outstanding service. Also met Aaron the bartender- super friendly. 2nd visit was just to Petey's upper deck- Music & pizza were great and Chelsea took care of us again. OUTSTANDING AGAIN. 3rd visit was upstairs- Jennifer waited on us and Chelsea was just finishing her shift. Jennifer was great and Chelsea sat and visited with us for a while. Service was truly outstanding and will definitely go back on every visit. Best customer service imaginable.

Visited December 2013
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Thank joe n
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Petrarca828, General Manager at Matanzas on the Bay, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I know you came out of your way to come visit our restaurant and we can not thank you enough. It was a pleasure meeting you!
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great charming restaurant/bar direct by the bay”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

This is one of the best locations in FMB to chill out, wine and dine. Upstairs is a bit more casual with a fantastic view of the bay and the BEST PIZZA IN TOWN. Super friendly service(thank you Jenny, Bill and your wife), that makes you feel like part of the family. Don' t miss the happy hour from 4-7 o' clock and the almost daily live music. Downstairs is great for lunch and dinner right by the sea. Awesome seafood and daily specials. We stayed 6 days in the very nice and priced Matanzas Inn Hotel and went to the Restaurant almost daily and enjoyed it absolutely. The hotel is a great place to stay, right by the bay and close to the beach and other attractions. Very clean with a super swimming pool.

  • Visited December 2013
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Petrarca828, General Manager at Matanzas on the Bay, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Thank you very much for staying and playing with us (and also for the great review)! I have thanked all those mentioned for making your stay a memorable one. I also thanked Patty at the Inn. Hope to see you soon.
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Old Florida Charm!”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

My husband and I had dinner here a few weeks ago. Our server was bubbly and pleasant although she didn't know how to open wine much less offer suggestions, which we thought strange since their wine list is decent. The stuffed grouper and steak were both amazing and the old Florida charm interior makes it one of the most romantic places on the beach. We were going to order a second bottle of wine to enjoy the view after dessert, but the restaurant seemed to be closing up by 9:30 on a Wednesday. Although the tourists in the area do seem to eat really early (and fast), so we understood.

Visited December 2013
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Petrarca828, General Manager at Matanzas on the Bay, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Thank you for the review and honest feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the food and atmosphere on your visit. I do apologize for the lack of knowledge on the wine offerings. We are coming out with a new wine menu very soon and I will take that opportunity to refresh everyone. Please ask for me on your next visit. ~Glen
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