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“old style seafood house”

O'Steen's Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 584 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Atlanta
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“old style seafood house”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is exactly what we were looking for in a seafood restaurant at the beach -- friendly staff, good pricing, delicious food, a simple "formica table" kind of place. Fried shrimp, broiled scallops, hushpuppies, and biscuit were all very good. Could have used some side dish that wasn't fried, sugary, or cooked with bacon. Cash only.
We went at 8 on a Friday night and waited down the street at the Pub for about 20 minutes. They phoned the bartender when our table was ready. Great system for a place with no room to wait. While we were waiting at the window to give our name, the lady in front of us said they drive in from Ormond Beach to eat the shrimp and sauce. The sauce seemed most like a Louis sauce and the pepper sauce on the table gave it a nice kick.

  • Visited April 2013
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Cincinnati
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good, but not "World's Best Fried Shrimp"”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

We visited O'Steen's at 2:00pm and found a line of people waiting up to an hour for seats inside. So we ordered take-out and got our food in 15 minutes. Same food ... just a much shorter wait time. We waited in the Antique Mall next door which has the loudspeaker piped in so that you can hear when your order is ready. The shrimp were good ... no question about that. The "World's Best"? No. I've had better elsewhere. The shrimp are lightly, very lightly, battered and butterflied to look like a "T". They are obviously fresh off the boat. The pink sauce was just okay. We are used to cocktail sauce with horseradish in it, so a ketchup/mayonnaise/vinegar sauce just didn't have enough oomph. Ordered the fries and coleslaw as sides. Fries were the weakest part of the meal. Coleslaw was good. We will go back, and next time try the cucumber salad recommended by so many.

  • Visited March 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Shrimp the St Augustine Way”
Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

We didn't know St Augustine had their own special Minorcan pepper sauce or their own special way to fry shrimp until we ate at Osteens. This place is very unpresuming and the tables are very close but the service is fast, friendly and efficient. And that is important after a long wait to get in. We loved the shrimp and the hush puppies!

Visited April 2013
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Saint Augustine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Seafood: fried”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

The service was good. The selection was good. Unfortunately all they do is deep fried seafood. If you are watching your fat levels, this is not the place for you. Get there early on the weekends, it's a very popular spot and often a line. It wasn't my cup of tea!

  • Visited February 2013
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“Good stuff”
Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

A friend had suggested the restaurant and it was a great choice. The shrimps were good and even the BBQ chicken was pretty good. Most plates come with two sides. Prices were not too bad at all, ordered the double shrimp plate and another special and it was enough for three adults.
NOTE: They only take cash.

Visited April 2013
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