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“Disappointing”

Rumba Island Bar & Grill
Ranked #3 of 83 Restaurants in Oldsmar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue, Caribbean, Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Oldsmar, Florida
2 reviews
“Disappointing”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Loved the atmosphere, the concept, the music, but food needs help. It was very disappointing. My husband and I had salads that needed flavor, very boring. He ordered meatloaf. It looked good tasted Blah! I had the seafood lattifice (spelling?) and wasn't what I expected from the menu description. It is a casserole dish of rice, small amount of seafood and covered in melted cheese. The first few bites weren't bad but became unappealing after that because the taste is mostly melted cheese. Come on now. It came with two sides I chose black beans, and vegetables. The veggies were over cooked and had a plastic taste to them. Likely microwaved in a bag for too long, and absolutely NO seasoning, or flavor except the plastic. Uck! The mama muffins were good, and the margaritas were average , (and 2 for one). New to the area and had high hopes, but don 't recommend the food.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Rumba brings the islands to Oldsmar.”
Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

This is a place with life and food that is fantastic. I had the hog fish with braised cabbage and crab mac n cheese. Awesome.! My wife had chicken which was cooked to perfection and the marinade incredible. Add to this the cranberry cornbread stuffing and the result was incredible.

Dave, the GM, stopped by to make sure all was good. This is a personal touch every restaurant needs. He brought out a sample of the greens which was also done right.

You have to find it and try it. It one I will go back to. Guaranteed.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Bob L
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Fort Myers, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
97 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nothing exciting”
Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Ordered the pulled pork sandwich. Meat was served sort of warm with a small amount of there bbq sauce and very few curly fries which I paid a dollar for. Myself being in the restaurant business for over 20 yrs. don't expect them to be around long. On the positive side thought the employees were great.

Visited September 2013
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Trinity, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Excellent Food only surpassed by its value!”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Our second visit to Rumba was just GREAT! The quality of the food & beverages is excellent - only surpassed by their value. Rumba offers an "Early Menu" (must be seated and order by 5:45).
Plenty of selections and good portions. We went with another couple who had been here 2 other times. We had oysters on the half shell, and shared steamed mussels for apps.Oysters were large and juicy; the mussels were large and not over cooked like some places do. They were out of mahi mahi so they were substituting grouper for the same price! I had the herb crusted grouper (in place of the mahi) with the lemon caper sauce, coconut rice and veggies. (You get 2 sides with the entree and there is a good selection and not the usual suspects. One of the sides can be their house salad with choice of 2 dressings. Both girls had salads and said they were very good.) My fish was delicious, the rice tasty (I don't like rice but like coconut) and the veggies were done right. The better half had the salmon croquette oscar (salmon cake over blue crab stuffing with a couple of asparagus spears and Hollandaise sauce.) She really like it and would order it again. Now the best part - house wine by the glass is $3! I know the brand and it is not the usual jug stuff! It is a good California second label and they pour a nice portion. Certain draft beers are $1.50 and there is a margarita special as well.

We shared an app, had two entrees and 5 glasses of wine (we were not driving) and the bill was $49.19 before tip! (Desiree and her trainee Jennifer got $10 from me!) Such a deal how can you not leave 20%? We will be back often as it is only 20 minutes away.

  • Visited September 2013
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Tampa, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Rum Punch !!!!!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Unique "island" type menu but not too extreme. Just remodeled and is more open in the middle but still has some quieter spots. Smoked wings are the best around and the rum punch is 2 for 1.

Visited August 2013
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