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“Perfect place for lunch!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pops Sunset Grill

Pops Sunset Grill
Ranked #2 of 31 Restaurants in Nokomis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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!
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“Perfect place for lunch!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

We got to Pops which sits on the intercoastal waterway in Nokomis / Casey Key -right around miday. .the menu had plenty good choices. .reasonable prices and a great atmosphere.. !

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank danno17314
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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Greetings danno17314! Thank you for your recent visit to Pops and taking the time to share your experience on TA. We appreciate your stopping by and hope to see you again soon and often!
Cheers,
Don
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Not anymore.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

What used to be a fantastic gem that we would drive 30 minutes to get to is no longer the gem it once was. The key to pops was that it wore the hat it was given. It was a place to get good ole florida fried fish. Now pretending to have more upscale, and pricier dishes, it no longer is the greasy fried Florida food haven it once was. The atmosphere is great still, wonderful location, but the salty waitresses have all been replaced by teenyboppers, the fried food went from being pretty good when paired with a cold beer to rubbery and terrible tasting. They added a wood fire grill which gives poor flavor to regulars like... the cheeseburger. Three of us ate here and almost all of the food was INEDIBLE. It was bad enough that we left only having to pay for drinks and appetizers. Really? That doesn't convince me much...and that was only after making it clear we weren't going to eat what we were given. Lets get real, a wood fired pizza at a salty sea shack? Bring back the fried fish baskets, and the simple one page menu. You wasted your time printing out a three pager when you can't make any thing on it! When you try to become a jack of all trades you are a master of none. This was by far, my worst dining experience at this place and I just cant give it another try. It was that bad. Almost 20 years of coming to this place knowing what to expect, and now I will never come back.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Cooper A
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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Hello Cooper A- Thank you for your recent visit to Pops and taking the time to share your experience on TA. I cannot say that I was happy to see your comments, but we do listen and try to accommodate all of our patrons to the best of our ability. Interestingly enough, it was the great comments from many of our Patrons who encouraged some of the changes you mention, but more importantly, asked us to keep most of our original dishes which we have don so like the Fish Baskets, Shrimp Baskets and others.

I am sorry that our improvements have not met your expectations, we will keep trying...perhaps you will come back and give us another try...we hope to see you soon!
Cheers,
Don
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Terrible oysters”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Have eaten here and had the steamboat pot a number of times, over many years, but tonight the oysters were terrible. They were gray, ashy looking, and tasted bad, and someone in the kitchen should have known enough to have not served them. We will probably never return.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank rabwitz
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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Hello rabwitz- Thank you for your recent and several previous visits to Pops and for sharing your experience on TA. I am sorry that we disappointed you on this last visit! We receive many favorable comments on all of our seafood, and oysters in particular. We buy fresh, and use local products when available. I was hoping that our Guest Service Manager or your food server would have picked up on your dissatisfaction with your oysters and corrected before you completed your meal. We will be sure to address this with both our front of house and culinary staff.
You have been to Pops many times, so you know this is not our normal offering...I hope you will drop by again and let us make that up to you?

Cheers and safe travels,'
Don
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Pops just ROCKS!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

The view is awesome, the food was very good and the service was excellent! We've been to Pop's a few times before but today was by far, the best experience ever. My only issue would be for the hostess to try to look a little more interested but every body has a bad day! We had some apps and a couple of burgers and all were just wonderful! It's a long drive for us to get there but always worth it1

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank LynnieMmm0
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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Greetings LynnieMmmO! You ROCK! Thank you for your recent visit to Pops and sharing your nice comments on TA. We appreciate your making the trip and we will do our best not to disappoint you on any visit! Come back and ROCK the place as soon as you can!
Cheers,
Don
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Okeechobee, Florida
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“GREAT LOCATION”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

My wife and I have been here many times over the years. Located right on the river it has that key west feel. This a great place for lunch the food is average but the service is good and like I say what a great location.

  • Visited April 2013
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Don P, Owner at Pops Sunset Grill, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Greetings garmac60! Thanks for coming by Pops and sharing your comments on TA! We look forward to seeing you again soon and often!
cheers,
Don
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