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“My Favorite Restaurant Falls Short”

Bonefish Willy's Riverfront Grille
Ranked #51 of 472 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 12, 2014

I ahve been going to Bonefish Willy's for over 10 years and watched it grow in size. The menu continues to be a solid offering of fish dishes with shellfish as well. Some old favorites. But and here it is , after all the successful years they fell down on the job last night. It was a celebration day for my wife of 25 years, at a place we discovered when we first moved to Florida. The managers seem to have not learned the art of staffing the restaurant. After a 60 min wait (on a Tuesday with a 6:30 arrival) I had to struggle to get attention to get a refreshment to wait with, the staff seemed "lost" and the words were spoken ….."We are short staffed tonight". I went for good food and an evening on the river, not management 102 class. Get it together BoneFish Willys because there are many new restaurants looking to take your place on the best list. I was served with a check and not with a suggested dessert ideas at the end of the meal, not even a suggested "coffee". It may be forgivable once but some 6 years ago when the owner was away, nothing was right except the location. But I have continued going there at least for now.

Please don't fade into the history of good local dinning.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We enjoy Bonefish Willy's. Sitting OUTSIDE is highly recommended with a beautiful river view and even heaters when our temperatures dip and it's cold. For us, the inside is to small and close to other tables, but again, we are outdoor types. The seafood is very good and we have had good service including wine and beer suggestions. They get busy, so plan on an early
arrival--believe reservations are accepted for large parties. Bonefish routinely runs $5.00 off
coupons. Check out their website. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the Melbourne
area.

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Thank zipdoo
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Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

This is one of those must stop at restaurants !! The setting is on the Indian river , sit and enjoy the palm trees while the boats go by . The food is outstanding . The staff so accommodating and friendly ! Definitely will be back ! The dinners are out of this world . You must stop when in the area you won't be disappointed !!

Thank retiredfelix
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We used to go there on a regular basis, but in the past couple of years, we have watched the prices rise, and the portions decrease. The service has gotten worse with almost every visit. We prefer to sit at the bar, but you can wait for service for as long as 10 minutes...and equally as long for your server to return to see if you would like another, or to pay your bill. They do not have a full time bartender and the wait can be long. We have stopped going there except to see someone when we see their car outside. This was at one time a very friendly hometown type place...the food used to be great, and the service was very good.. Amazing how things change!!

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Thank jowick2013
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Overpriced, operated without passion or purpose, horrible service, microscopic portions, menu descriptions more fiction than fact...don't waste your time and money, support a place that cares about what they do.

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2  Thank Patrick G
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