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“Amazing service and excellent food!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of CJ's on the Bay

CJ's on the Bay
Ranked #23 of 120 Restaurants in Marco Island
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: CJ's on the Bay is the gem everyone is talking about on Marco Island. Featuring spectacular waterfront dinning overlooking beautiful Smokehouse Bay, CJ's is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the ambiance of beautiful Southwest Florida.
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing service and excellent food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

What a marvelous place right on the water. The cocktails are fun and refreshing. The food was spectacular! I had the lionfish which was so tender I didn't even need any of their homemade tarter sauce. My mother had a fabulous veggie wrap where she added avocado. Everything was fresh and beautifully presented. Oh and oh and oh I can't forget to talk about Marco our server! He truly was amazing! So attentive and friendly he even offered to take mine and my mother's picture. I work in the food industry myself and there is nothing more irritating then stopping what you are doing to take a picture. He actually offered for us to get up and go by the water!! Marco went above and beyond in his job. He was funny, friendly, and gave remarkable service! Thank you!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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120 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent Location, Good Food & Great Allergy Menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

We really enjoyed our lunch at CJ's. The weather was a bit overcast but we sat outside, anyway. They had a separate menu for the top eight food allergen that let you know which menu items were safe. This was such a great touch and we really appreciated it. For an appetizer, we tried the unique fried lobster fingers and they were good. I ordered the salmon wrapped in spinach in a pastry and it was delicious. We also had a fish sandwich which was good. Our service was excellent! Once it started pouring rain we were moved inside and the great service continued. The entire staff was very friendly and we would most definitely eat here again!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cla3boys
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Toms River, New Jersey
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice spot on the water with good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014

Had dinner on a weekday night and it was hopping. Read reviews about upside down nachos and asked waiter about it. He seemed kind of new and couldn't really explain it. Requested hold the black beans and we were told ingredients were premixed...which is strange. We opted to skip the nachos and go right to dinner. I had the prime rib special and my wife had chicken alfredo. Her pasta dish was good and got thumbs up. My prime rib was good as well, but was a fatty than usual cut. Waiter was nice and attentive. We'll be back on our next trip back to try their patio bar.

Visited July 2014
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Naples, Florida, United States
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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Less Than Expected”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had heard many good things about this restaurant and were anxious to try it. We were four adults and one child. We planned on early dining (no early dining specials). We arrived about 4:30 and seated at a large round table by the windows. We were enjoying the restaurant and review until the outside service staff started coming and going through the door which was inches away from our table. A BIG distraction. The restaurant was about 25% filled at the time we arrived. They could have seated us anywhere, but chose to put us at this awfully placed table. We ordered cocktails which were delicious. A shrimp appetizer was wonderful and perfectly flavored. One order was a gluten free dinner of clams and gluten free pasta. The gluten free dinner arrived at the table with two slices of bread in the plate! Most restaurant chefs and line cooks know about gluten allergies. Disappointed that this happened and reluctant to re-order, but we did and it turned out fine except for some non-gluten free pasta that somehow made it into the dish of the gluten free pasta. Things got better. Our other entrees were wonderful, blackened grouper, chicken with pasta and a blackened fish sandwich. Unfortunately, the activity of the door being opened and closed was a major distraction. At one point while all the door activity was going on, about four waiters were moving tables around behind us, opening and closing them up -- this contributed to our displeasure of having to dine with the rushing waiters coming in and out. Our waitress seemed genuinely concerned about the gluten mixup. She may have noticed it right away if she had served the plate. The waitress took our drink and food orders, but delivered only the drinks, not the dinners. The food was good, but not good enough for us to try it again. There are lots of great places on Marco and we just didn't like our experience.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ECW122
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New-to-Marco, Owner at CJ's on the Bay, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. I sincerely apologize for the disappointing experience you had for the evening. Based on your feedback, we have made some changes in the way in which we seat and prepare for our evening shifts. Our goal for all our guest is to enjoy the beautiful ambiance and not be disrupted by our staff. We pride our selves on our ability to address dietary needs, so the mistake of not removing the bread on your clams dinner was very embarrassing and obviously not intentional.

I hope that you will give us another opportunity to provide you a great dining experience. If you would like to contact CJ's at cjs@palsplaces.com, I would be honored to provide you a future visit card to visit us again. We value every guest and strive to continually improve the experience they receive at CJ's on the Bay.

Thank you again for your feedback!
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New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food, good service, great location,”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

One of the few places in Marco with water views. Have been there a few times. Food is always good and reasonably price. Service is always excellent.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fatima N
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