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“Mother's Day dinner”
Review of CJ's Steak & Seafood - CLOSED

CJ's Steak & Seafood
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Mother's Day dinner”
Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

I was somewhat disappointed with the limited menu and high prices. The unlimited salad bar at $14 is way overpriced particularly for the limited selection. My wife and I both had the 7 oz sirloin steak with a baked potato. The price was $27 plus an extra $1.50 for the baked potato each. The service was slow but it was Mother's Day and Sunday night so that is to be expected. The salad bar is included with the steak. Not being a salad person I got the fruit which was two slices of a caned peach, two pieces of pineapple and a piece of Mango. These were very small pieces I might add as I wanted to enjoy my steak. When we were served the baked potatoes were at best medium. The taste of the food was good. The other three in our party said the food was excellent. The taste of my steak was good but was extremely tuff. In fact when I tried to swallow my second bite it got caught on my throat and I had to run to the restroom. I cut deeper in steak to see if it might be better. It wasn't. I told the waitress I was not able to eat it. She asked if I wanted another. After the previous trip to the restroom I declined. When we got the bill she charged me $14 for the six small pieces of fruit and $3 for the baked potato. The original bill would have been $26. Most places I have visited would have comped the entire bill. I just thought $14 for the one trip to the salad bar for a few small pieces of fruit was not justified. I went back to my hotel with an empty stomach. On the restaurants behalf I will say the taste of the two pieces of steak I had were good. I understand that sirloin steak does on occasion have tuff pieces which is not the cooks fault. This is the first time in my life I ever sent back a steak or anything at any restaurant. I am 67 years old. In short my wife and friends enjoyed the meal. I do think the restaurant is somewhat overpriced. Because of its location they are able to get by with higher prices.

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Citrus Heights, California
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Good Lunch, Okay Dinner”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

We visited CJ's twice. First time was for lunch, and the fresh ono sandwiches were excellent. A week later we were in Princeville and I suggested that we give them another try for dinner. We were seated on their outdoor deck, on seat cushions that were really dirty, unfortunately. Their menu entrees were pretty much all $29.00 and up. My wife had the Mahi Mahi while I ordered Seared Ahi tuna. They must have been pretty busy, because we waited for quite awhile after our salad bar trip - and the salad selections were quite good. Our seafood was good, not great. I would go back again, should we find ourselves in Kauai's North Shore.

  • Visited April 2014
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Calgary
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

We enjoyed our meal at CJs. The salad bar was excellent with lots of fresh choices. The catch of the day was good value and well prepared. The food experience was good but the service was sort of lackadaisical and disappointing. They certainly did not make you feel special in any way. They were just providing what was necessary. You expect more in a resort location. We stuck with the fish choices are were not disappointed in the flavours.

  • Visited April 2014
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Sugar Land, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Way overpriced but good service”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Sorry to but the salad bar was the best thing here. With a limited number of days on a vacation your choices for eating are critical. I would skip this place unless you are in a real bind. I ordered the steak and catch of the day, ahi tuna, and ordered both medium rare. The fish, great portion, came out perfect but the steak was medium well at best. I could have sent the steak back but didn't want to mess with waiting. The steak had little flavor regardless so I had to improvise with a soy sauce/wasabi dip that I had with the tuna. All in all it was a $20 meal at best, even on HI, that charged almost $40. You are better served to go to several other great choices in Princeville or even drive a little further down to the quaint town of Hanalei.

  • Visited April 2014
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Aloha, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Best prime rib ever!”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

I had found that many restaurants in Kauai with so so service. CJ's was the exception. It was like service back home. They were prompt and very friendly.

I had the Kings cut of Prime rib. I kid you not it was the best I have ever had to date. Cooked to perfection and all meat! not fatty like so many places. Came with salad bar and sweet roll which could be a meal in itself.

I was truly in heaven on Kauai and at CJ's!

  • Visited April 2014
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