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“"Red" is the Best!”

Angler's Beachside Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Anglers Beachside Grill, a Fort Walton Beach restaurant, has been open since 1999. It stands at the entrance of the long time landmark, Okaloosa Island Pier. Angler's Specializes in full service beach weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, or any corporate/group dining event.
Reviewed June 15, 2013

The best part of our June 14 lunch at Anglers was our red haired server/bartender! She epitomizes excellent service, great customer relations, and how to make customers feel very welcome. As soon as we were seated at our tall wooden table, she came over with a huge smile, menus in hand, and a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. My wife and I, on a week's vacation along the Gulf shore, instantly felt like this was a place we wanted to be, despite the recent mixed reviews we'd read on tripadvisor.

Both of us love seafood, so I ordered the Fried Oyster Po-Boy and my wife the Soft Shell Crab Basket. While waiting, Red recommended and brought us, with a flourish, a couple of tall, specialty drinks that she concocted behind the bar.They were fantastic! And refreshing, as the A/C at Anglers wasn't working up to par and the restaurant not very cool.

Our meals soon arrived, and we eagerly chowed down. My Po-Boy (the first I'd ever had, being Canadian) was perfectly done and delectable! Not so much my wife's crab dish. She expected crab meat but said there were only two small bits inside the "squishy" shell, but instead a lot of little "wriggly" feet that turned her off. As a result, we felt the mixed reviews were justified.

After our meal, we bid Red a fond farewell and headed out onto the long pier extending from the back of the restaurant far into the breakers. This gave us a good view up and down the beach, which at sunset would have been spectacular (as several reviewers had pointed out). We headed back to our nearby condo thinking we'd try seafood at other restaurants on Okaloosa Island.

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John P, Manager at Angler's Beachside Grill, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

CurtieJoe – Thank you for letting us know how your experience with us went! We will definitely let your server know she did a great job! We’re disappointed your wife was not happy with the Soft Shell Crab Basket. We hope you brought this to your server’s attention. We hope you visit us again when you’re back in Florida!

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

This was the best of the touristy places we went too. We know fish and they did it well. Good prices, great atmosphere and way better than the Black Pearl.

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John P, Manager at Angler's Beachside Grill, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

SmileyTrips – We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review! We’re thrilled you enjoyed your meal with us! We hope you visit us again!

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Food was great, atmosphere was wonderful, outside dining by the pier was beautiful just breezy so be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater if you tend to get chilly.

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John P, Manager at Angler's Beachside Grill, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2013

Leyla C. – We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review! We hope you come back and visit us!

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Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

Plain and simple......Anglers is not a good place to eat. They have a great location. Nice friendly staff. The food is getting worse and worse. And the prices are absolutely ridiculous for what you get. My most recent trip I was given a steak that was a joke. It was very small and waaay overcooked. The time before that I was given bad shrimp, that was obviously spoiled. I recommended this place to a few coworkers months ago they came to eat last week and they were extremely disappointed. So I am done eating at Anglers. It is too bad because this place could be a great place to visit if it was ran right. Anglers is also not very local friendly anymore. Overall value of Anglers food is a 2 out of 10. Taste is a 4 out of 10. As much as it hurts me to say......Anglers is a sinking ship, and I can't recommend them as a place to eat anymore. Its just too bad the owners don't realize what's happening to this place, or maybe they just don't care? What a shame.

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Cindy F, Manager at Angler's Beachside Grill, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2013

BAMAKW – We take your opinions and insight very seriously. If you received such food, did you report it to your server? This is something we don’t take lightly. We’d like to personally hear from you and would appreciate it if you gave us a call at (850) 796-0260 and ask for Cindy.

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Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Great beach dining experience. The view here is amazing. They have a playground for your kiddos on the sand, adjacent to the pier so great people watching, truly an amazing spot for a sunset dinner. Our food was good, nothing amazing but we did order sandwiches, so their entrees may be even better. We had a really sweet waitress but she went long periods of time without checking on us or returning with requested items, therefore I cannot rate the service as very good, but they were all friendly and we were on vacation so a slower pace didn't hurt us. All in all a positive dining experience, would definitely return.

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John P, Manager at Angler's Beachside Grill, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2013

CBurn11 – We thank you for taking the time to let us know how your experience with us went! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. We are working with our wait staff on how they can improve. We appreciate the honesty.

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