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“Honest Maryland Crab Cakes”
Review of Coyne's Pier 28 - CLOSED

Coyne's Pier 28
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed December 27, 2012

I come from Patuxent River country just off the Chesapeake Bay. I was raised on crabs and crab cakes. It is extremely hard to find good crab cakes south of Maryland but Coynes have delicious filler free crab cakes perfectly seasoned. We were so surprised to find a place that knew how to cook them. We found out they were from Ocean City, Md. We will be back to try their hard crabs very soon.

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2  Thank Bobby S
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

After a day of Christmas shopping, a friend and I stopped in at Coyne's Peir 28 at
the Sarasota Square mall. We were wowed!!! The restaurant is beautiful and
very comfortable; there is even outside seating which we love. We sat at the bar
this time and ordered wine, beer and the special $5 tapas plates offered there; they were
all way beyond expections and truly gourmet! We had the chicken osso bucco which
was served with risotto, the grouper cheeks and a crab cake. I cannot say enough
about how yummy each dish was! The osso bucco was so moist that it fell off the bone,
and the risotto was tasty beyond words. The grouper cakes were also cooked to perfection
with a delicious sauce. By far the best, though, was the crab cake, the BEST I have ever
tasted!! They do not use filler; I have never had a crab cake with no filler. Honestly, I
will be back, and soon, for these crab cakes! You can order them as an appetizer, as a
sandwich or as an entree. Believe me, I will be experiencing all three! The staff was friendly
and professional. I have nothing negative to say about this restaurant and plan to make it
a regular visit! So glad we discovered it!!

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1  Thank Westiefriend17
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

This is a brand new restaurant with open air design and open kitchen. Hostess was extremely friendly and cheerful. It is neat that they engraved the restaurant logo on all their wine glasses. Unfortunately this is where the happy story ends.
Wine selection was poor but, good price. We ordered Maryland Crab Soup ($6) and Char-Grilled Oysters ($10 for 6 pieces). Soup was a light tomato broth base with good savory flavor and peppery heat. Surprisingly the tomatoes were the canned variety and the corn and green beans were IQF (individually quick frozen). There were very little crab in the soup and the finish was salty. Oysters were awfully small with heavy Asiago cheese flavor. They were overdone and extremely salty. Virginia Sea Scallops (price not recorded) were overly salty. We sent them back and asked for them not to be salted. The second round was still very salty. Our server argued and said "well, they do come from the ocean and they supposed to be salty." Was that a joke? We ended up not eating the scallops and requested the server to take it off our check. Maryland Crab Cakes ($26) were true lump crabmeat with very little filling. The center was not heated thoroughly and still cold. The crab cakes had good sweet taste. Remoulade sauce was very mild and complimented the crab cakes well. Plate presentation was boring. Potatoes were just boiled red potatoes with garlic butter. Carrots were disappointing. Bread was frozen type and served with real butter. Our server never once replenished our wine for us. We had to pour the wine ourselves. He took the scallop off the check but no manager ever came to our table. If you are looking for a great seafood restaurant, please look elsewhere. We had a bad experience and will not be back.

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1  Thank German_Beerfest
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I'm wary of restaurants claiming to have "Maryland crab cakes." More often than not, these leaden spheres turn out to be loaded with filler. But Coyne's has the best crab cake this side of the Chesapeake.

This relatively new restaurant is doing everything right. The wait staff is friendly and informative. The rolls that arrive at the table are crisp outside and soft inside. You'll find pepper and salt mills as well as Old Bay seasoning on the tables. The menu is interesting: you can order a macadamia-encrusted and pan-roasted ahi tuna with a Kona coffee BBQ sauce or an amazingly delicious house burger (beware: the burger is immense). The crab soup was perfect--not a gummy chowder, but a tomato-y soup with chunks of crab. Even the potato salad, which we usually find ordinary in restaurants, was very good.

Coyne's has gluten-free entrees (fish, meat, and veggie) as well as steamed mussels, clams, oysters, and shrimp. Sunday night they pull out the mallets and plunk your crabs down on brown paper. Oh, and they discount beer and cocktails during Happy Hour.

We can't comment on the desserts because the portions were so substantial that we didn't have room. But we can't wait to go back!

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1  Thank rockcreekgirl
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Nice atmosphere prompt service crap soup very good. Chicken crab dish not worth 24$ sauce bland.veggies ok. No bread basket overall not worth price.

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1  Thank julieandchuck
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