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“Good little restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Barbara Jean's

Barbara Jean's
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Georgia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Good little restaurant”
Reviewed October 11, 2008

We ate at Barbara Jean's in late August. We beat the crowds by eating lunch here at 11:00 am. The waitress brought out our large beverages and took our order. I actually didn't feel like eating anything heavy, so I just ordered a grilled chicken sandwich. However, the other people in my group ordered the famous crab cakes and chicken fried steak with gravy. Before our food arrived, we were given a basket of bread. The basket contained jalapeno cornbread, pumpkin bread, and wheat rolls. I think the cornbread tasted the best, but it did have a kick to it! Our food arrived a little bit later. My sandwich was fine...but the crab cakes were very good and the chicken steak was very tasty. By the time we left, the crowds were starting to build. I would recommend eating here, but just come early.

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“Superb crab cakes. Long...”
Reviewed September 1, 2008

Superb crab cakes. Long wait in season.

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On The Water
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“Gettin' grits but givin' groans!”
Reviewed August 7, 2008

This was our first experience with Barbara Jean's in St. Simons Island, or at anywhere for that matter. We decided to go there after reading the reviews here. Overall, it was a good thing- the food was great. Service? Well, that's where the givin' groans part comes in. If you call there and ask how long the wait is- rule of thumb tack on another 20 minutes at least! The phone guy answering must be paid to score shave the wait time to get you over there. Two by two and ten by ten they all piled in. All was well for about 15 minutes waiting after the little, packed diner was bugling at the seams. Then, it happened- the host was answering the phone with his favorite phrase "about a 5-10 minute wait y'all". GOOD LUCK on that we say! Try 45 minutes at least for a table for two! So now for the food- yummy! Home style at its southern finest. The She Crab soup- for y'all not liking spicy foods (like me) be sure to skip this one! Burned the old throat going down, yuk. Fair amount of crab in it however.
Crab cakes- they were good, not as wonderful as I expected them to be. Honestly, had one just as good at Ruby Tuesday's recently. Side dishes- got some little bowls of gold here! Go for the squash casserole of yellow goodness- carrots are great, corn, mashed potatoes too. All good. The breads they serve you to start your meal are fantastic too. The pumpkin bread- you will ask for more!
If you leave there hungry, it is all your fault!

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“Always the best...well worth the wait!”
Reviewed July 28, 2008

Always the best...well worth the wait!

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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Crab cakes?”
Reviewed June 4, 2008

my wife and i really enjoy a great crab cake and after seeing this restaurant on one of the cooking shows we decided to eat there one night during our stay in St. Simon's. We had to wait a short time and visited the bar. service was excellent and shorly we were called to our table. the waitress arrived quickly, took our drink order and food order and left. the food arrived in a timely manner and the crab cake my wife had ordered was HUGE!. However it turned out to be a very mundane crab cake. it was good but not that good. my order of fried shrimp was also huge and very good except for the excessive breading. the small caeser salad i ordered was excellent and i could not finish the salad.Overall the service was excellent but the food just average nothing to write home to mama about

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