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“Incredible 1/2 pound grouper sandwiches cooked 5 or 6 ways. Beer batter fries to die for. Go during off times to...”
Review of Dockside Dave's

Dockside Dave's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Description: Voted Best Grouper in the South...Southern Living Magazine, DuPont Registry, Best Grouper Sandwich!Now open for Breakfast: Saturdays 7:30am-10:30am • Sundays 8:am-11am
Redington Beach, Florida
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“Incredible 1/2 pound grouper sandwiches cooked 5 or 6 ways. Beer batter fries to die for. Go during off times to...”
Reviewed April 18, 2008

Incredible 1/2 pound grouper sandwiches cooked 5 or 6 ways. Beer batter fries to die for. Go during off times to avoid a line. Say "hey" to owner Carol!

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Florida
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed April 6, 2008

We've been to Dockside Dave's several times in the past at their old locations and have always enjoyed the food. This time we visited their new Madeira Beach spot and were really disappointed.

The first issue was getting in: we were told we'd have a 1/2 hour wait, but it took an hour and a half to get us in. The new location is *tiny*; go early or during off hours or prepare to wait. Service was good once we finally got seated.

Second issue was the food. Most was ok with a couple of exceptions. One was the grouper, which was fantastic, as always. The stir-fried veggies served with the grouper, however, were totally overcooked -more disintegrating than soft - and they tasted odd, like they were cooked in a margarine substitute or such. Another disappointment was the fried shrimp; three people in our party had the shrimp and it was uniformly awful with an overpowering shrimp flavor, almost metallic and bitter. I could barely finish one bite; no one else finished theirs.

Hopefully this visit was an aberration - stay with the grouper and standard sides (fries and coleslaw) and you'll be ok.

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Rock City, IL
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“BEST Grouper Sandwich on the Beach”
Reviewed November 30, 2007

My husband and I ate at Dockside Dave's on St. Pete Beach at the suggestion of Sam, our BATS taxi driver. He was right on the money. There is also another location in Indian Rocks.

After reading every reveiw I could find before our trip, I had a list of places I wanted to try. This restaurant was not on that list, but after a week of trying them all, Dave's won, hands down.
The atmosphere is casual and the employees all very friendly.

When travelling, we like to take Rachel Ray's advice and go where the locals go and Dave's did not disappoint. On our 3rd and last visit there, the bartender/server thought that WE were local and said that she was disappointed to find that we were not.

The seafood bisque was to die for, and the grouper sandwich was the biggest and best off all the ones that we tried in that week on the island. The onion rings were HUGE and delicious! My husband had the gumbo and said that it was also great.

When I admired a wooden fish decoration in one of the windows, our server/bartender called the owner to find where I could get one. That was really beyond the call of duty!

As Sam said------Quality AND quantity all for a great price......what more could you ask for????

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wensleydale UK
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“Easy dining at Dockside Dave's!”
Reviewed November 30, 2007

Five minutes walk from our condo, in Madeira Beach,couldn't be better, although used Dave's when it was in origial position and also at Johns Pass. Present location great for us and still best grouper and shrimp in the area. Great friendly service and good 'banter' with staff. Always look forward to our November vacation and to visiting Dockside Daves!!!
Phil Marrison. Leyburn. N.Yorks.England. UK

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Chicago
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“Fresh Grouper”
Reviewed November 12, 2007

Our favorite spot in this area. Dockside origianly started out in the marina down the street. It was were the pool of maderira bay resort is now. But the Grouper sandwich is still the best on the beach. It is a huge sandwich served with fries and cole slaw. Quite the meal! Highly recomended. Casual dress with outside seating available.

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