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“Wonderful view-food not so wonderful”
Review of Dolphin View Seafood - CLOSED

Dolphin View Seafood
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Mount Dora, Florida
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful view-food not so wonderful”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

This restaurant offers a panoramic water view which is great but the food was inedible.
I had the mahi wrap. A very small piece of mushy fish on a wrap. The tomato was good.
My husband had the fish and chips. The batter was not crispy and was soft and bland. Same with the fries. We threw away the food, gave up the view and went to That's Amore for a nice lunch with quality food for the same price. Dolphin View is not the place to go if you are looking for fresh seafood.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Dee1222
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Acworth
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142 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Former "must visit"”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

New owner's a couple of years ago and the atmosphere and food items have finally changed, not for the better. I used to hit this place for the 1st and last meals in town. Don't need to anymore.
Used to not really mind the price when the quality of the food was there, now the price is not worth the food either in quantity or quality. Sorry Charlie!

Visited September 2013
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Thank Harry A
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DeLand, Florida
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Views Ok Food”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stopped in for dinner after a day at the beach. You place your order at a window and then get your drink and find a seat. When your order is ready they call your name and bring the food to the table. Most of the food is fried seafood but I had a lobster roll that was not to bad, They were out of the conch fritters and several sides by the time I got thru the line and ordered.
Seating is mostly outside but there is an inside eating area. There are several tables on the deck next to the water and while we were eating we saw several Dolphins swimming in the river.
They also have a buffet dinner and then a cruise of the river and inter coastal waterway that you need to make a reservation for.
Its not a bad place to go with OK food and great views.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Dan B
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Miami
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Not great - very mediocre for fried/frozen not fresh seafood”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

For those who have been to New Smyrna Beach for in past years, they will remember the prior establishment here, called "Sea Harvest", which was an excellent fresh seafood market and grill. They had outstanding grilled, blackened or fried fish sandwiches - caught fresh and locally. Dolphin View Seafood is the sad establishment that replaced Sea Harvest. The food is fried and inconsistent, and the quality and value - nowhere near what seems to be the popular opinion on tripadvisor. This is a tourist place - plainly and simply. The locals rarely come here now, and consensus is - it is a good place for kids or tourists, but not a nutritional or good value for a typical adult meal. If you want to sit by the water, sit outside, try to see dolphins, or you just want some greasy fried food - it is fine. If you want some quality seafood, look elsewhere - maybe try Ocean's Off The Hook, or JB's. Dolphin View could be great...it simply isn't.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Richard P
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Covington, Kentucky
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125 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A new 'must go to' place for us”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

I don't know exactly where to begin this review, since everything about this place impressed us.

We were having our car worked on at a local dealer, and the woman that checked us out told us about Dolphin View, and we are glad she did.

Unlike other reviewers, I like the way you grab a menu, walk up to the cash register to order and pay, get your own drink, and then sit wherever you want. They will call out your name when your food is ready, and bring it to you. They have some indoor seating, but weather permitting I will sit outside on their large series of covered and open decks. The view of the marina and the river is absolutely beautiful.

I ordered the grilled mahi-mahi dinner ($14.99) with waffle fries and green beans. My wife ordered the blackened mahi-mahi 1/2 lb fish only ($9.99) and shared my sides.The portion of fish was large, cooked perfectly, and very, very tasty. The waffle fries were huge, and also very good. The green beans were unusual, but ok. I would get a different side next time.

The girl at the cash register, and also the girl that brought our food were both very friendly. There is a tip jar at the cash register, but the servers would make much better tips if you ordered at your table.

We will definitely return to DV the next time we are in the area.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank R B
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