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“Go for the cuteness-stay for the food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Owen's Fish Camp

Owen's Fish Camp
Ranked #19 of 992 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
marietta,ga
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80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Go for the cuteness-stay for the food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

I'm not one who likes to wait for a table but this place is so stinkin' adorable I was very content and entertained. When I finally tasted my first morsel of grilled red snapper I was already planning my next trip! You have got to go!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great food in a cool casual atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Owen's is set on a small side street that reminds me of the campground on Martha's Vineyard. It has an old time, laid back atmosphere but with great fresh fish, oysters, mussels, a decent wine list and some very interesting beers. Everything I had -- the smoked fish appetizers, shrimp and grits, oysters rockefeller were all delicious and made for a fun evening for my group of 7. Other pluses: It has a backyard where you can hang out and wait for your table and its connected to a cool art gallery where you can browse post dinner. Also, just down the street from the artsy theatre.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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west dennis,ma
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“It's A Must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

After reading all the positive reviews had to try Owens . well it was great Its like eating in a camp in the woods. the service was excellent and the food as well. They do not take reservations but you can call ahead to get on a list . try it you will love it

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Lakewood Ranch Fl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fun place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

As you enter you would think you're are dining somewhere in the Carribean. The place is fun, the food is good, and we have been there several times the clam bake was very good and worth the try

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Sarasota, FL
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63 reviews
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“Still Mediocre and Snitty”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Well, yes, we’ve been several times over the year or two it’s been open. Have had varying service –sometimes vague and vacuous, sometimes good. Food usually a solid B.

So yes, the leader of our film group set us up to go about 4pm after a Burns Court film. Small group, less than 10. Some people got there a few minutes after 4 – the film finished at 4:15. The hostess was draconian and must we say MUCH less than welcoming. Though we had made arrangements, NO ONE was allowed to sit at the table until ALL (including those who needed rest room breaks) had reported for head count. We, the hapless patrons in the room, though obviously the ones paying the check, meekly awaited the bidding of Queenie the Hostess. Can we mention that less than 20% of the tables were occupied at this early hour, and some of our party were using canes? Maybe the owner punishes people who don’t honor the “do not seat incomplete party” rule, regardless of the circumstances. The results aren’t good.

Our server was quite good – efficient and kind. She got an extra tip. Hope the hostess is not in the tip pool.

Food was OK. Salads, soggy, with bruised lettuce. Crabcakes obviously pre cooked and barely warm, though good lump meat. Fish was OK—though no one was raving. Wine pours barely in at 4oz, and markups quite high. (Think $9 for a wine that probably retailed at $12) And yes, the place is cute and quaint—but good looks only get you so far.

We are looking for other more welcoming venues with better quality food, both as a group and personally. This place is always crowded—yes, location, location, location.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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