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“Not a bad find in Venice”

Cedar Reef Fish Camp
Ranked #22 of 247 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 10, 2013

I love little places like this! Small, as in tiny, local run with good food, good beer and wine list and friendly staff. The food came out fast and it was pretty tasty, burger, fish sandwich, fish and chips, and shrimp and grits all were good. The double dipper appetizer was good, esp the spinach dip! ( seriously garlicky!)
The only down side was the fact that it is such a tiny place. We had to sit outside, they have a few tables out front for additional space. The outside seating area is dog friendly and they have a doggy menu for those that bring their 4 footed friends. Since this is in a strip plaza, outside means right on the parking lot, and it was a bit chilly outside last night, so it really didn't make for a comfortable dinner. Easy remedy would be to have a couple patio heaters in place.
Overall, the food was good, and I would go back again, just on a warmer night, or make sure I got an inside table.

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Thank gpisces
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Small place located in a strip of shops in Venice Florida. Excellent daily fresh fish specials at very reasonable prices. They have a surprisingly large menu. The best blackened red fish I have ever eaten. Friendly service in a pleasant place. It does get very busy so go early or go late.

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Thank JackJackCalifornia
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

After reading all of the wonderful reviews, we decided to try this little place. First off, before we get into specifics, the food was very good, but.....We got there pretty early for a Friday night, 5:30, and were relegated to the outside tables on a very cool night. Ordered a bottle of wine while waiting for our table and got chilled in the January night air. The owner should invest in some outdoor heaters to warm up their patrons, who were already unhappy when called in from the cold. The greeter/concierge was cold, unfriendly and not front-door material. Not once did we see a smile cross her face during the evening. You would think that you would place a congenial, welcoming face at your front door. Once inside, we were seated in a table that was getting blasted by cold air each time the door opened. A barrier of some kind would certainly help. We asked for a booth at either side which had no breeze and no overhead fans but were told that nothing would be available for at least half an hour. Suddenly we felt like three skunks at a picnic. Okay, we said, let's give this a fair chance. We had a good waitress, Casey, who tried her best we could tell. Took our orders and brought us the garlic puffs, but we had to wait at least 15 minutes for any cutlery, which apparently was supposed to be given to us by the greeter when she seated us. In any event, by the time we got the cutlery the bread was cold and another basket was brought to us. The owner came by and questioned us about our concerns and said he was sorry, it was a very busy Friday night. Hmmm, would have thought that Friday night is usually a pretty busy fish night. Anyway, besides no cutlery being delivered, no water was offered. Eventually we did ask for water from the waitress. Also, they did bring us more garlic puffs. The lemon wedges were slivers and we had to ask for more for our fish, but the fish was delicious, as well as the creme brulee, which also very reasonably priced. Might try it again for lunch, but never again on a Friday night!!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

It's difficult to find a restaurant in this area that has a high quality of food at fair prices. Cedar Reef Fish Camp is on our "go to" list now. We were there on a Monday night, and the restaurant was packed with patrons. There were lots of choices, but not so many that it appeared that they want to be everything to everyone. I had the special (fish and chips) which was not at all greasy and just the right amount of food. It was $6.50 I think. My husband had a "rich boy" sandwich with fried oysters. He was very happy with it, and especially happy that they subbed another potato for the fries. We had shrimp flatbread as an appetizer. It was really a mini pizza with sauce and cheese and shrimp. Not really flatbread. They also served us some incredibly fresh and delicious herbed biscuits with the freshest butter (hard to find fresh butter apparrently in southwest Florida, because almost every restaurant serves stale butter). We will for sure go back here again.
The only negative was the cleanliness of the women's bathroom. It wasn't bad, just surprised me that it wasn't as clean as the rest of the place.

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Thank rward2121
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Located in a strip mall, never would have imagined that this was a wonderful fresh fish restaurant. It would only be bett if it was on the water. Really nice campy decor, but the star is the fresh fish, cooked perfectly. It's worth finding!

Thank discerningtraveler21
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