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Review of Pops Sunset Grill

Pops Sunset Grill
Ranked #2 of 31 Restaurants in Nokomis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Pops features fresh grilled seafood, oyster bar items, over sized burgers, sandwiches & wraps. Daily Specials and weekend entertainment.We now feature several Craft Beers on Tap and by the bottle. We have seating for large groups and welcome families. Pops is a local favorite. Try one of our Fresh Oven Baked Flat breads or nosh on a basket of fried shrimp, clams or crab cakes. Our little place is located right on the water, we are laid back and have an excellent team of friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable staff! Drop by for Happy Hour 3-6 Daily!
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We love sitting at Pop's for the view and enjoying a relaxing drink. However, we our last several dining experiences were poor. Today I had a special grilled shrimp and crab cake which was 16.95. Had only 3 shrimp and small crab cake which was cold after waiting almost an hour. They had to bring my fries out separately since they knew my dinner was almost cold. Small portions and high prices have been the norm lately. My guest had an under cooked shrimp and scallop basket but paid less and got more food than I got. We will never order food there again as this has been the third time in a row for high prices and mediocre food. Go for the view but eat at Captain Eddie's for fair prices and always good food. Sorry Pops but you really let us down.

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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2013

Dear Bntixdr- Thank you for your recent visit to Pops and taking the time to provide some feedback through TA. As you know by reading TA, we take all of these comments seriously and address each one daily with our management team and staff. It would appear from your many visits, you probably know most of our team? We have and will continue to make sone changes at Pops, but all are done with alot of thought and our Patrons in mind. We have made several improvements inclduing theh use of a new dinnerware that is duarable and reduces our waste stream, All of these plates are somewhat larger than the previously used paper plates. It may give the appearance of less food; but I assure you we have NOT reduced our portions.

We had several positive comments on the "red plate" special you desribed including great value for price paid, unfortunatley, we missed the mark with you anf for that I apologize. Our Guest Service Manager or any of our management team would have jumped at the chance to make you happy before you left!

The next time you are in, please introduce yourself to our GM or Guest Services Manager and they will do everyting possible to make your next visit more pleasant
Cheers,
Don

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I was just recently in Venice visiting my parents and they took me to Pops, as it's one of their top picks to take people to for lunch, coctails and appies, etc. It was an amazing location right on the water with beautiful views. Pops has done a super job ensuring almost every seat in/outside of the place has fantastic views of the water. Each of the areas caters to what guests are looking for - whether it's inside the bar, outside along the water or in their recently improved courtyard area. The staff are very friendly and the service - no complaints. Location and fun and chill atmosphere is really what Pops is great at, but the food is pretty good too - just go in with real expectations. The prices are low and the servings large and overall the value is great factoring in the location and surroundings. Is it the best food you can find in and around the area? No, but it's good for bar food and the menu offers a lot more than just your typical greasy pub food so many places depend on

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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2013

Greetings andreaharding6- Thank you for your recent visit to Pops and taking the time to comment on TA! We appreciate your comments and compliements and will be sure to share with our staff. We hope you will not be a stranger and come back and see us again soon!
Safe travesl,
Don

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Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We always enjoy going to pops, but this time not as much due to changes.

Change #1 - pro- beautiful courtyard seating.
Pops has outdone itself by setting up 5 or so gorgeous fire rock tables under the shade of their trees.
Con- hostess never mentioned it was first come first serve, so we watch 3 groups come after us just seat themselves. We assumed a reservation had been had for all. Not the case. 55 minutes later we got a table.

Change #2 - the menu
Pro- well laid out and great look menu
Con- everything is more expensive

Change #3 - the food
Pro- many things are still delicious, ESP the conch fritters.
Con- grouper sandwich has changed for the worst. And portions of all items has decreased.

Still enjoy pops...but it doesn't feel like a hidden old Florida gem anymore.

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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2013

Greetings Toopzeros- Thank you for your recent visit to Pops and taking the time to comment on TA. We appreciate your positive comments on our new Courtyard, it has really become a great place to "chill out". I am not certain I understand your seating comment, but can share with your that all Patrons are greeted and asked if they prefer indoor, outdoor or courtyard seating. Depending on number in your party, the firepit tables are based on Community Style seating whereas smaller parties can sit together- actually, we have heard many favorbale comments in this regard as folks like meeting and sharing stories with new friends. If it is a larger party, they might have firepit to themselves. When Pops is hopping, Patrons can wait a little longer for waterside seating.

We have put alot of thought into our new menu offerings, it is always important for us to keep familiar favorites along with some fresh ideas. I assure you that we have NOT reduced our portion sizes; it is possible things may appear a little different since we changed from Disposable Plates to our new Dinnerware, but portions are the same generous servings we are known for. As far as pricing, Everything seems to have gone up everwhere these days, we do everyting we can to continue our reputation of good value for fair price while providing very fresh ingredients. By far, we are one of the most reasonably priced waterfront restaurants in our area!

We look forward to your return visit, hopefully sitting by a firepit and enjoying a cool refreshing beverage sooner than later! Thank you again for your patronage!
Cheers,
Don

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Great location, with indoor and outdoor dining, outdoor tiki bar and firepits, and very friendly waitstaff that are very accommodating. Now you know when a review starts off raving about the location that the food might not be so special, and in this case that's how I feel. The blackened hamburger was not much different than any other charred burger i have had and the grilled mahi sandwich was boring. The coleslaw kind of bland and the grilled vegetables tasteless. Go for the drinks and the location.

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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

Greetings Dakota3496- Thank you for your recent visit to Pops and taking the time to provide some feedback on your experience.We do take a slightly different approach when serving many of our sandwiches and specialty items; we serve a wide variety of condiments "on the side" so our guest can choose their preferred pairings or try something unique like our spicy bistro, banged up ranch or pina colada sauces. We hope that you will come back soon and look forwrad to serving you again! Safe travels, Don

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

3 of us went to Pops on a Sunday for lunch. It was crowded, but we were seated immediately in one of the non-dockside tables. Service was swift and accurate. I had the fried shrimp basket and it had plenty of medium shrimp and fries. My wife had the fried oyster basket and thought they were a bit overcooked but otherwise good and our friend had a veggie burger that she said was very good. As an appitizer (and experiment) we ordered the fried pickles - they're good! Check was $50+ forthe 3 of us, very reasonable for Florida. Place had a nice feel to it.

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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

Greetings JohnRCentralVer- Thank you for your recent visit to Pops and sending nice comments our way on TA! We very happy to hear that you ,your family and friends had a nice time at Pops! Come back and see us again real soon...the weather is a little warmer than Vermont this time of year...cheers, Don

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