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“South at its Best”

O'Steen's Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 592 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Jacksonville, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“South at its Best”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

I go to this restaurant often and it is always a pleasure. Be prepared to have an hour or more of waiting once you put your name down and understand that when they say "1.5 hours" they may mean "thirty minutes." If you can get past that then the food is unbeatable. Service is not so nice but I think it is because regardless of how they look at you or speak to you you will come back for the food. Not saying they are rude but the can be curt.

  • Visited January 2013
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Virginia Beach
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Down Home Cooking”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Definitely a blast from the past. Cash only. No reservations. You’ve got to put your name on the list and wait until you’re called, which averages about 20-30 minutes. Once inside you’ll think you stepped back in history. The place is small with a few counter seats. While the menu features a variety of fried and broiled selections, shrimp is the name of the game here. Lightly battered and served with a spicy homemade dipping sauce, the shrimp are well worth the wait. We also had a Minorcan Clam Chowder that was spicy and great. If you need a bit more zest, there’s Datil pepper sauce on every table.

Visited December 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Best fried shrimp in Florida!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The fried shrimp is the best in Florida. Although you may wait awaile for a table, the wait is worth it. The shrimp is very fresh and they do not drown it in batter. The servers are friendly. You must bring cash though!! No credit cards accepted. The only thing that is not fresh is the clams. If you are craving for fried shrimp, you must eat at Osteen;s.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank SlowAdvanture
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Palm Coast, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worth the wait!!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Best fried shrimp I've ever eaten!!! During high season, plan to wait 1+ hours, but it's well worth it! They do not accept debit/credit cards, so make sure to bring cash!!

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1 Thank Mark O
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Novi, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“You have to go there!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

If you want to enjoy fresh shrimps you have to go there. Bring some time with you as you may have to wait before seated. As side we liked the coleslaw!

  • Visited April 2012
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