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Review of Red Lobster

Red Lobster
Ranked #21 of 343 Restaurants in Laredo
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Laredo, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Yes, my five star rating and title are a bit sarcastic, but unfortunately true.

There is one and only one thing that makes or break a seafood restaurant - the freshness of the seafood. Seafood will not keep for very long unfrozen, and if it is frozen with anything less than the best flash freezing technology, it will change in flavor and texture. Restaurants that cut corners by keeping frozen seafood for too long, or worse yet, thawing and then refreezing seafood multiple times, are going to deliver putrid seafood.

And so the BEST seafood restaurants anywhere are to be found in coastal areas (I am not a fan of freshwater fish) where fresh catches come in daily at the local harbor or fish market and are never frozen.

The second best seafood restaurants are to be found at restaurants that maintain high standards by not trying to cut corners with the seafood. In order to do this, the restaurant has to have a strong flow of customers constantly churning through the stocks of seafood stored in the freezers.

And this Red Lobster does that. The place is consistently filled with customers. The quality of the seafood is consistently good, not the best ever in the world but EASILY the best seafood restaurant in Laredo. (Any restaurant along coastal Maine will be better for fresh lobster, many in Seattle/Vancouver will be better for fresh salmon, geoduck, abalone, etc., most restaurants in Maui will be better for fresh Opah or Tuna or Mahi Mahi).

Which is kind of sad, to see that it takes a franchised operation, following the national standards of a large corporation, to deliver somewhat decent seafood here in Laredo.

Many Red Lobsters around the country have fared poorly in the last few years, probably because they are competing with many stronger local restaurants and no longer have the high flow of customers needed to cycle through all that frozen seafood. And so the financial/business news of late has been full of stories about how Red Lobster is doomed as a restaurant chain, and will someday no longer be around.

Which would be too bad, if this one here in Laredo closes, because then there won't be any decent seafood places in Laredo at all.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank vrmgi
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Fresnillo, Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Food was ok, well served and it has a wide menu for shellfish. However, service was not good, not even fair. Didnt get cutlery or napkins until i requested (waitress was like "you need a fork?" Duh.
slow response from the waitress however friendly.
As a restaurant owner i'm aware that steam (especially with shellfish) spreads a lot of smell, however, there are a lot of ways to get rid of odors. I felt like i was in a wharf getting my own lobster. Yuck!!!

Thank Alejandro M
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Monterrey, México
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good service”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

Nice restaurant in the Mall del Norte parking lot, good to close the day after you finish your daily shopping, taste is great, prices according to quality

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Mike_DeLaO
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level 6 Contributor
279 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Very friendly staff”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Hostess seated us immediately. Waiter - very friendly, courteous, attentive, but not overbearing. Food - typical Red Lobster.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank kccarlson
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Mexico City
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

This was a very pleasant surprise , from first impression of an average restaurant it went to better at every moment .
It looks nothing special but the waiter was very good , the menu surprised with its variety and the meal was truly delicious . This is definately a good option , but best be hungry as the portions are enormous .

Visited January 2014
Thank vagabondMexicoCity
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