We went twice to the Waterfront while staying on Siesta Key - being introduced to the restaurant by local friends. They have been going for over 20 years and it is clear hat the diners are mainly locals and not tourists. As such there is a wonderfully friendly ambience with seating at the bar or at tables overlooking the adjacent yacht moorings.
The food, with generous portions, is first rate but you may have to ask for doggy bags! All US meats of very high quality or fresh as it can come seafood. The staff have a super rapport with their customers and the result is of a an outwardly happy friendly dining experience - almost like a club and none the worse for that.
It is interesting that Googling the restaurant they rate the costs as $$$$ - not so - a main dish costs up to mid $20 and the whole meal - with a goodly amount of well prepared cocktails and 3 courses averaged around $35/head which while not the lowest cost was fabulous VFM in my book - mid November 2012 experience.
Very Highly Recommended to the degree that if you do not go then i would say you seriously miss out!
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