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“Good food, easy on the wallet and nice location.”
Review of Hungry Tarpon

Hungry Tarpon
Ranked #29 of 95 Restaurants in Islamorada
Price range: $5 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: In the Florida Keys you'll find this old Keys-style marina and fish shack "somewhere on A1A." A true conch atmosphere with many tasty delights, here in this Florida Keys restaurant you'll find yourself indulged in the Caribbean-inspired cuisine, the compassionate people and old Keys tranquility that is the Hungry Tarpon restaurant in Islamorada. The building has been standing since 1947 and with a home like Robbie's of Islamorada, plus a fascinating history, it all makes the Hungry Tarpon a part of the tradition since 1976. Enjoy dining on our bayside deck with tiki torches lighting up the night. Relax with friends over our fabulous appetizers and watch the boats come and go. Stroll our open air shops then wander to our sandy beach, melt into one of our bayside lounge chairs and let the sea air wash away the rush of the day.
Reviewed March 25, 2013

The food was good. My party of 3 orded from different sides of the menu. We all happy with our meals to the point we shared to compare. THE biggest suprise it was one of the cheapest meals I've had in the Keys. Only draw back you are eating outside some cover but hay its the Keys. For entertainment feed the Tarpons at the docks!

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Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Fish tacos with tuna was great after feeding the tarpon. Which was AWESOME. Don't pass this place without stopping.

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Thank JarrodFL
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

My friend and I were kayaking out of Robbies and decided to stay for dinner at the Hungry Tarpon. We sat at the bar and started talking to the owner. This was around 5:30 on a Thursday night. Both the bar and the restaurant were nearly empty at this time. We were asking the owner the history of the restaurant, and engaged in some nice conversation. The owner recommended the tuna roll for dinner. I asked about whether the wasabi sauce had mayo in it, and you told me that it could be made without. On the Thai fish fingers I also asked what type of sauce, as I absolutely can not eat anything with mayo in it.
We ordered the tuna roll, the shrimp burrito, the tuna tartare, and the Thai fish fingers. I told the bartender absolutely no mayo, ketchup, or mustard anywhere near any of these dishes. My friend apologized for me, telling the bartender that I was a freak, and asked for the sauces to be put on the side for him.
The thai fish fingers were served with a remoulade sauce, and on the tuna roll and on the shrimp burrito, one had the remoulade sauce on top and the other was made with tartar sauce. The bartender apologized profusely and bought us a beer, and had two of the dishes remade. So it was a bad experience for everyone.
This could have been easily avoided. Besides this unfortunate incident I liked the restaurant, and I liked the owners passion for the place. I emailed the owner, and also called and left a voice message for him, as I wanted to be constructive.
Here is how this could have been avoided in my opinion. I think that the bartender went back to the kitchen to explain to the cook. The cook doesn't understand English very well I was told, so he probably didn't fully understand the request. She probably asked that there was no mayo, mustard or ketchup on the dish, and he didn't even think about how the sauces are made. If she was more familiar with the food, she would have known that these sauces went onto the dishes, and she could have told him to leave them off. When she picked up the food, she must not have known what a remoulade sauce was, because if she did she shouldn't have brought it out to me when I was so adamant about leaving out mayo and mustard. Then when we cut into the dish with the tartar sauce, and I asked the bartender if this was tartar sauce, she said, "that's the way it is made." I guess she didn't know that tartar sauce was made with mayo. So the bartender needs to know about the food better, or all these ingredients should be listed on the menu.
Yes it is unusual that I don't eat any mayo, mustard, or ketchup, but it is not unheard of nor difficult to accommodate.
I am especially disappointed that when given the chance to respond to me personally, no one from the restaurant did so. So I am now posting this review publicly.
I wish you the best, and hopefully you can educate your staff better. It would have saved me from this bad experience.

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Thank xxxtripguy
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

The staff, food and atmosphere is great. Prices are very reasonable. You won't be disappointed!

They have a nice outdoor seating area where you can watch the boats come in and enjoy the view.

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Thank Chris J
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

En route from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, stopped in for a stretch break. Had been to Robbie's marina before for a similar rest-stop reason, but had not eaten there. This time, we were hungry and ready for breakfast - and truly, this R&R time eating breakfast, outside, in the south Florida sun, facing the water, was a chillaxin' highlight of our time in the Keys. Half of our large group had breakfast-y stuff, the other half had lunch-y stuff ... something about eating outside with the sun and breeze and boats and birds makes life seem oh-so-wonderful. Teens in our group got a kick out of doing the tarpon-viewing/feeding thing, adults just were completely content with morning coffees in hand to plan early retirement there. My grilled cheese was fresh and good, everyone else enjoyed their meals. Though food is secondary to the atmosphere. I envy people who can do this on a regular basis.

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Thank clamc40
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