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“Great food, beautiful dining room with view”
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J's
Price range: $6 - $25
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Reviewed September 20, 2013

This was our first time eating here, though other family members have been here several times. We snagged the early bird special--unbeliveable! For 10.99, we got salad, entree (mine was lump crab meat stuffed flounder, with rice and vegetables) AND dessert (cheesecake). While early bird specials are less food, in this case, it was probably the portion size we all should be eating. The fish was excellent. It's also in quaint Gulfport. The only disappointment was the Sangria--would not recommend the red Sangria. Our waitress, Caitlin, was more than attentive. All the staff are friendly and seem truly happy to have you there. Very nice.

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1  Thank Maryland54
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

The food, drinks, view AND staff were all outstanding. The view of the bay from the dining room is only beaten by the 2nd floor open air bar. We met the owners during our visit and were extremely hospitable. Everything from burgers to fine steaks and lobster. We'll be back!

2  Thank David C
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

My visit here was beyond great , from food to atmosphere to staff it was a great time ! And that Larry guy only one word describes ( YUMMY )...

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2  Thank Frank S
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Let me begin by saying the ambiance is fabulous. Blue paint on the walls softens the huge amount of light coming in the wraparound windows along 3 sides of the building. The view of Boca Ciega Bay is top notch. The bar area (complete with live entertainment/DJ) is separated from the dining room so the crowd noise is minimal.

This restaurant opened less than 3 months ago, so I expected some glitches.

The food, with an emphasis on seafood/fish, is quite good and they are smart enough to keep their menu to a manageable length. That is not to say there isn't room for improvement.

Since hubby and I were celebrating our anniversary, we indulged in the Portabella Mushroom/Spinach & Tomato appetizer. It was quite good, but a trifle acidic due to the large amount of balsamic glaze.

I had the Crab Stuffed Flounder with broccoli hollandaise. The fish was flaky and the crab stuffing nicely seasoned. Unfortunately, I found several pieces of shell in mine. The broccoli is large with the stem attached. I'd rather see the florets served. Not nearly as intimidating on the plate. Hubby had the Parmesan Crusted Grouper and liked it.

Be prepared to take your time. The kitchen is slow. We waited over 20 minutes for our entrees. Our server was personable and knew the menu well. However, she needs to know when to stop talking. Chatting about things other than the menu should be kept to a minimum. Other staff was excellent. The wine list is limited. I'm hoping that will change as the establishment gains confidence. And BTW, for a Thursday night in the off-season, the place was busy!

It sometimes takes a while for a new restaurant to come up to speed, but we'll be back. Next time for lunch.

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1  Thank Susan P
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