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Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar
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Ranked #75 of 1,012 Restaurants in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Park Shore
Cross street: Park Shore Dr.
Reviewed April 30, 2013

While spending the winter in Naples, we found that everyone you meet be it at the pool, beach, store, etc is always ready to steer you towards a great restaurant (in their opinion). Personally, i never like to rely others recommendations simply because all of us are different.

You guessed it. We heard about Bayside from others renting at our condo and I figured why not. It was close, on the river, and seafood. And they accepted online reservations. The latest time we could get was 5 45 unless we wanted to wait until after 8. We did not. So off we went. Valet parking and seating were uneventful and as soon as we were seated or maybe before our backsides hit the chairs the waiter appeared. Told us his name, chummy in a phony sort of way. Took our drink order right away and it materialized in front of us in what seemed like a second. And, he was ready to take our order. We fended him off for a few minutes but this guy was as impatient as a sailor visiting a brothel on shore leave.

During this time, we saw another table say to this waiter, come back in 15 minutes as they nursed their drinks and looked over the menu. They had obviously been to Bayside before and were not snowbirds.

We had a few minutes to enjoy the view and the ambiance (both good) until our appetizers came out. With our salads. Never a good sign. And we had given our orders for our entrees already. Luckily, my wife and I are not slow eaters because no more then a minute after they cleared away our salad and apply plates, our entrees arrived. Maybe 20 minutes had passed since we were seated. And I don t recall any details about our food choices other then to say they were OK as in unremarkable. As we ate, the waiter hung over us to signal the busboys to clear our plates, and we the ordered dessert only to prolong our stay beyond 40 minutes or so. Of course, the check was slapped down with our dessert and coffee.

Not feeling comfortable to dawdle at this point, we finished and left for our car. I checked my watch and from start to finish, 55 minutes had passed. This for a restaurant no doubt considering itself upscale and trendy. Well, maybe not trendy.

Funny, it seemed like we waited almost as long for the car as it took for our meal. The waiters and valet staff should think about switching jobs. And the bill for all this fast food including tax and tip was $180. No lobster. Not on the menu.

Still looking for a good seafood restaurant in Naples. As they used to say in Brooklyn, "wait til next year.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We went with a friend in April, the off season without a reservation. We wanted to sit outside but were told that there were no tables available. We asked about sitting at the bar and were told to go right ahead. When we got to the bar area which is outside, the bar itself was full but there were at least 10 empty tables nearby At the bar we were told to sit anywhere we wanted to and did so. We asked for the bar menu and were told we had to sit right at the bar, not nearby or be seated inside downstairs to receive the bar menu. Very Strange!!
We all ordered the special of the evening that was highly recommended by the waitress- a coconut crusted sole served with green beans. The sauce on the sole was pineapple reduction and too sweet and it completely overpowered the sole. This had to be the poorest meal we have had in Naples.
To top it all off it our waitress had a scowl on her face when she arrived to take our bar order and refused to give us the menu until we had placed our bar order. She did become more friendly but not a good experience.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Went here for lunch with my husband and while the service was not friendly at all, I would still go back for the location! Great view of the bay and the salad I had was great.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Off the beaten path of busy 41. The room is large, loud and full of great views. The crowd is older, but the food is quite good, seafood fresh and oysters all around!! The menu of course was seafood heavy, but there are plenty of choices for carnivores or vegetarians. Wait staff is attentive, and drinks are poured on the heavy side. Wine list was also very good. Make a reservation and if you want to sit outside or have a window view that request needs to be made in advance.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We had a great table with views of the water as the sun went down. I have been here several times now and really enjoy it. Wine list is very good and the food is excellent.

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