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“Amazing Dinner”
Review of Tortuga's Seafood Restaurant - CLOSED

Tortuga's Seafood Restaurant
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Best overall experience, especially the quality of the food with very reasonable prices. We sampled both clam chowders and both were the best I have ever had, ordered the white, very rich, creamy white chowder with fresh ingredients.
Crab cake dinner with hush puppies, and crab stuffed flounder. Excellent! Fresh salad and rolls with dinner. The staff took their time, the menu, had lots of options. The prices reflected the quality of the food, 20 ish for the entrees including salad, choice of side and rolls. Seriously the best dinner I had while on my 10 day vacation in Florida.

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Thank PeaceTeacher
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

My wife and I used to have lunch here quite often since they opened a year or so ago. While there was no atmosphere, the food was good, prices reasonable and we enjoyed the service from Denise.
Recently we went there to find tablecloths and linen napkins and a MAJOR increase in their prices. The salmon spinach salad had been $12. Now a spinach salad was $8 and if you added the salmon it became $16. My lunch bill was $28 when the same items used to be $20.
I don't know if they are simply trying to gouge our snowbirds during season or if they expect to do this year round.
Punta Gorda restaurants struggle to break even during the summer months. This one won't make it with these prices as it is not an upscale restaurant and it cannot be made into one by adding tablecloths and cloth napkins at lunch time. They will not get members of the working crowd at these prices. We had noticed that at lunch working folks were part of their business.
At the conclusion of our lunch I told them that we ate there year round and that we had always enjoyed it. However, I felt they were trying to rip off their customers with such a significant increase in their prices and we would not be returning.

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9  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stumbled upon this place as were looking for the sushi rest.(not open for lunch) We had a very nice lunch with fresh food and drinks. I had the sangria and it was wonderful. Also had salmon cakes and my husband had the crab cakes both were very good. Was a little suprised by only get two each for the price. But regardless was very fresh and good.

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2  Thank janmonee
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We arrived late but Natalie knew we were the couple that called. Our first sign we had encountered a real pro. We were seated promptly with our friends and began what was a memorable meal experience the likes of which we have not encountered in the past month in Florida. We had the crab stuffed flounder, roasted green beans with red peppers, potato wedges deep-fried to order, and the house black bean salsa. We watched as the chef prepared the entire meal, all of it fresh. (There is an attached seafood retail store also owned by the restaurant owners.) Deserts, likewise, were obviously made on premises and a wonderful conclusion to the meal. The Key Lime parfait was light, and easily shared with two. Natalie was our server and showed deep experience in her profession. Attentive without being intrusive. Wonderful. We were fortunate enough to speak with the proprietor, Maralee. They had relatively recently opened in this new location, having run a seafood retail store for a number of years in another location. The atmosphere was elegant but not overstated. Linen tablecloths and napkins. Nice china and place settings. Maralee has scored a home run with this venue for sure. We leave soon to return to the frozen north, and regret we've no more time to return again for another dining experience. Excellent service, superb food, warm atmosphere, and exceptional value. They don't take reservations for parties less than 6, but do try to get a table to the right and in the back so you can watch the chef perform his magic.

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Thank SnowAvoiderSalem_VA
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

We arrived and were settled at a table for four. After about 10 minutes with no service we were asked if we would move to allow 4 people to have our table and we could have a table for two.
Having never been there before we agreed and were moved to a table in the middle of the floor
right outside the kitchen. We never did have a waitress but the hostess looked after our needs.
She was so busy that she rushed us to attend to her other duties. We were finished in less then an hour, so much for a relaxing romantic evening. I have also had many better fish meals and cannot understand so many glowing reviews it was average at best.

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2  Thank Allayne E
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