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“Feels Like a Sinking Ship”

Clayton's Siesta Grille
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Ranked #19 of 1,031 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Clayton's Siesta Grille is known as the locals place on Siesta Key for dinner, breakfast and lunch. We specialize in Seafood with other options like Duck, The worlds best braised beef shortrib, filet mignon, gourmet pizzas, fish taco's and a great burger. We have a full breakfast menu with Eggs Benedict, corned beef hash, cheesy grits, bloody mary's and mimosa's. We have hamburgers, fish taco's and Cuban sandwiches for lunch. The webpage will not let us make this clear: we are not open between 2pm and 4:30pm Sed. thru. Sun. Our hours are Monday -Sunday from 4pm to 10pm and 10:30 on Fri and Sat Breakfast hours are Wed-Sunday from 8am to 2pm
Sarasota, FL
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Feels Like a Sinking Ship”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We used to be semi-regulars at Clayton's, visiting once or twice a month. Our first minor issue came when they would not accept a coupon on a weekend, which they had done in the past. In their defense, the fine print clearly stated the days that coupons could be used, so we counted our blessings that they had accepted them before, and moved on.

On our last two attempts to dine at Clayton's, we were told that the entire inside dining area was reserved for a private party, and that only outside seating was available. In milder weather we would not have minded, but on one visit it was unbearably hot and humid, and on another it was so chilly that our food would not have remained hot for very long, so we passed on Clayton's and went to a nearby competitor.

A little over a week ago, we decided to give Clayton's another chance. After all, what could the odds be that the dining room would be reserved again? Well, it wasn't. It was a Tuesday, and the whole restaurant was closed. We were told that there was not enough business to remain open throughout the week, but they would reopen on Wednesday. Are you serious? It's "season" right now, and every other establishment is packed or has waits, so what does that say about Clayton's? To me, it says something doesn't smell right, and it's not the food, it's the way that customers are made to feel when they're trying to support a local business. We won't be back.

Visited February 2013
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“You people at trip advisor make it very difficult to leave a submission. I won't be bothered in the future.”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

waited forever for service. Food was non descript to say the least. Couldn't tell what we were eating.

Visited February 2013
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Sebastian, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“4th visit in two years-Excellent”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Over two years, we have been to Clayton's for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have never been disappointed. Just had dinner there. Food and service lived up to previous visits-excellent.
We tried a variety of appetisers as we had a large lunch. The Spring Rolls were the best ever. Our waitpreson was very knowledgeable about recipies. That and service continued our usual great experience at this restaurant.
Would strongly recommend

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank edward h
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Not in plain view but worth finding”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Cross the Stickney Point bridge onto the Key, hang a left and another quick left and you will find Claytons just down the street on the right. We stopped in for lunch and were pleasantly surprised. The mahi fish tacos were good size and although I asked for blackened (and got grilled) perfectly cooked. Service was thoughtful and efficient. Will be back to try out the dinner menu.

  • Visited January 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great for brunch and fantastic salads”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Went here for the first time yesterday for lunch and liked it so much that we returned for brunch today. Very accommodating with special requests to alter menu offerings and the food is fresh and delicious. My new favorite place for brunch and lunch.

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Thank LSD417
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