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“Want Atmosphere and Fun? Here it is!”
Review of Real Macaw

Real Macaw
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Ranked #250 of 986 Restaurants in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Aurora, Canada
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Want Atmosphere and Fun? Here it is!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Loved this teeny, tiny restaurant that has a delightful happy hour and the food is fantastic. The fish and chips are my favourite. Watch you don't miss it - it's tucked away and you may have to double-back. Parking is not so good - they need to increase your parking lot. Highly recommend it! Enjoy!

Visited January 2013
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English first
Jersey, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Dinner at the Real Macaw”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

We were recommended to the restaurant by our Concierge who knows that we like 'different' restaurants. It is an eclectic place with different rooms within what can only be discribed as a converted house. The bar has both and inside and outside area and the deccor is very carribean.
The food is slightly expensive but was very good, a little bit different and beautifully cooked. It was nice to chat with the lady who was the Manager / Owner and we swopped a few stories and had a bit of a chat about 70's music.... We went in November so it was pretty quiet on the night that we went but probably absolutely 'buzzing' in season.
It was also great to finish our meal listening to the music of Doc...great pianist/vocalist (voice like Robert Palmer / Bill Withers) but it was a shame that we were pretty much the only table left to listen.....
Also the lady that was working behind the bar let me borrow her cell phone to phone our Hotel to ask one of our front of house guys to come and pick us up....really kind of her and much appreciated !
All in all, a good night was had !!

  • Visited November 2012
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Venice, Florida
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Unbelievably good!!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We moved to Naples two months ago and have been exploring many restaurants. The Real Macaw is right down the street from us, but we were put off by the exterior, which looks a little dumpy. On Christmas Eve, we decided to go out spur of the moment. We were headed downtown to see what was open. We saw that the Real Macaw was open and decided to give it a try. What a nice surprise!! The decor was kind of Florida funky. I'm not good at descriptions, but this was definitely different, and I loved it!! There was a real macaw, a beautiful bird, that they moved out of the area eventually due to his excessive squawking, but I wish they hadn't!! We sat at the bar to eat, but I peeked in the restaurant and it was really cute. "Peeking in" is not accurate, since everything is fairly open.

Heather at the bar was wonderful. She recommended everything on the menu except the fried food, but only because she doesn't eat fried food, so she didn't know if it was good or not. I wasn't that hungry and ordered the crab cake appetizer, which would have been enough for a meal even if I had been hungry. My husband ordered the mahi mahi, and it was exquisite. I NEED to go back soon so I can order it myself!! Portions were ample, the presentation was exquisite. The drink menu was also plentiful -- I had a painkiller; for some reason, these are only good in Florida and some Caribbean islands. It was exceptional.

The menu has several fish entrees, chicken, duck, pork--I don't understand why, but there are not really any seafood restaurants here, so if a restaurant offers any appealing seafood, I usually get it. I'm sure the other entrees are just as good.

The food descriptions put me off a little "Cashew Encrusted Wild Salmon" -- Cedar wood-roasted wild salmon encrusted with cashew nuts topped with fruit salsa. (I brought a menu home.) Heather assured us that the cook has been with the owner 30 years, is from Trinidad, and knows what he's doing with food. I believe her.

The prices were lower than most Naples restaurants, but still not cheap. The mahi was $26. However, compared to the $39 for grouper I've seen at some restaurants, this would be considered a bargain. The food was definitely gourmet, both in taste and presentation; the only thing not gourmet about it was the plentiful portions.

I can't say enough about the atmosphere (not fancy, tho -- if you like to dress up, this is not the place), the food the service--I have no recent memory of enjoying a restaurant so much.There are so many restaurants here I have been reluctant to visit the same one twice, but I will happily return to the Real Macaw over and over. Definitely my favorite restaurant so far. I almost hate to give it such a good review -- I'd like to keep this place to myself!!

  • Visited December 2012
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LAKE PLACID,FL
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A OUT OF THE WAY FUN EVENING!”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

USED To work n this area and the food will sharpen your taste buds up!A fun spot with a out of the ordinary decor!FOOD very good also!

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Naples
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“First and last visit”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a Groupon and sat in the bar area. Island atmosphere and quaint. Our server (pretty young girl) was inexperienced. She got my order wrong, brought my husband's entree and by the time my food appeared, he was done! Ok, no big deal - we could just watch each other eat!!
I did not receive the side order I had requested, but kept quiet.
When I was done, we asked for the check, it showed my first entree (the wrong one and different price).
Second time around, the entree was correct, but the price was higher. We asked about that, our server threw her arms in the air and said we should talk to the manager as that was not her problem!
We did. Apparently, it had something to do with the value of the Groupon and having to "make up the amount". Hmm, we have used Groupons before in other restaurants and not had that issue.
We were obviously being difficult, the manager was unapolagetic and we couldn't wait to leave.
Small consolation - the food was OK, which accounts for the 'poor' rating and not 'terrible'.

  • Visited June 2012
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