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“A step back into the past!”

JD's Restaurant & Lounge
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed February 21, 2013

The interior and exterior both will take many of us back to our childhoods in the 60's when Florida restaurants had kitchy decor of sea creatures in fun colors, dark paneled interiors, cozy bars, sturdy and comfortable wooden chairs with spindle legs and backs.... oh, and quirky, punny sayings on signs hanging from the ceiling. The attract a lot of people here and can be crowded at dinner time. It's a really good place for good food (early bird specials are numerous if you're hungry early and can be anything from a shrimp dinner to roast beef for a bargain). Don't go if you need polished, refined, fancy. This is way more laid back than that. Servers are usually very good here. We often like to get some of their sandwiches to go (for a day on the beach, nice to grab a great lunch to take back to your place). For this, we recommend their grilled chicken sandwich and their burger; both delicious!! For dinner, we keep trying things on the menu and have not been disappointed. We hope you enjoy it as much, as well.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Two couples when for dinner. The food was mediocre at best, the prices were way to high for what you got. The service as horrible. Our server was told that 3 of our meals were totally overcooked and we never saw him again until he dropped off the check. My meal was totally tasteless. What a rip off. We have been in the area for quite a while, and have eaten in almost all the local resturants, and this by far was the worst experience we have had. Will Never go Back!

1  Thank Shatom1
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We walked in and were wait listed. Fifteen minutes, not too bad. We were seated amongst several empty tables. Strange that we had to wait with so many open tables. The reason as we would find out is that they are severely under-staffed.

We waited for at least 5 minutes before our drink order was taken at which point we already knew what we wanted to order for food so we did. My wife ordered the coconut chicken strips and coleslaw. I ordered the half pound burger and fries. 30 minutes later our food arrived. Preparation time seemed a little much considering that it was burgers and appetizers. They were busy and the food was hot when it arrived so not too bad. The food was good, bar type, food.

Not once from the moment we ordered until we asked for our check were we engaged as customers. I would be very surprised to learn that they have a high percentage of repeat customers. Bear in mind that I believe it could be rectified with more staff and better training. Think of the before restaurant on a Gordon Ramsey show.

One other note is that they had a live band in the outdoor patio/bar area. They sounded quite good and it would be fun to party out there. The problem is that it appears the bar patrons need to come inside for some reason (bathrooms?) and it is extremely loud when they open the door.

Summary

Terrible service, decent food, better as a bar. Look elsewhere for a nice dining experience.

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Thank Ldyinger
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We have been going here on and off for the last six years. Food is always good and the price is good also.

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Thank Randy S
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We have been going to JD's for many years with friends of ours from the area. It's a fun, funky place with nautical decor that has not changed much over the years. And that is a good thing. Great service, good food, fair prices, casual vibe. No attitudes, just a place to relax and hang and all are welcome. Good mix of locals and tourusts. And you can have a beer with your breakfast! Nice view of the intercoastal too. It would not be a trip to Florida without multiple visits to JD's!

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Thank JoAnn R
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