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Maria's Backwater Bar & Grill

18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2369
+1 239-437-4777
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible11%
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“étouffée” (2 reviews)
“coleslaw” (6 reviews)
“shrimp” (9 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2369
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

Go here with an open mind and you will have an awesome experience. Sit in the back deck area if possible and say hi to the parrots. Maria is a wonderful person and be kind to her....she will be kind back to you. The food...More

1  Thank Blackhawk240
Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

I almost don’t want to rate this place 5 stars and give it away as a “hidden gem” but it totally is! A dive to say the least but I say that in the most wonderful way! Service is slow but Maria is a One...More

1  Thank rcb2281983
Reviewed February 9, 2018 via mobile

Good Shrimp, good everything. Old place limited seating on the dock. Limited parking, but worth a stop. Casual rustic dive. One of our favorite stops. Try the seafood fondue!!!!!

Thank ozarklandman
Reviewed January 22, 2018

The meals here are delicious. The fish and Cajun dinners are very very good. If going with a large group definitely call ahead. Always visit when we go to Fort Myers.

Thank Gilligan90
Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

Waitress was not on her game. Food was good, but not worth coming back due to how bad the service is. In my opinion, it's not worth the trouble.

Thank beaker49k2
Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

Also known as Maria's Smokehouse or Maria's restaurant. Intimate, cozy, and eclectic with its decor. This is a locals' hidden gem. We began with the smoked fish of the day, mackerel, for an appetizer, which was fresh and nicely seasoned. We shared the crawfish étouffée...More

Thank DRose517
Reviewed February 17, 2017

Very slow service and then one of our party didn't receive her meal. Marie yelled that they were out of cheese. Didn't say anything when it was ordered. Never offered an alternative. If you run a restaurant, you really need to treat customers well or...More

2  Thank mary k
Reviewed February 12, 2017

eaten there several times. always great. ambiance with the glowing fish, parrots and old world charm.

1  Thank James E
Reviewed August 22, 2016

It is very easy to drive by this special place. Don't let the looks fool you, it has fantastic cajun cooking. The Crawfish Etouffee is special and the Salmon Duvall is great!!! One complaint; we have been there 8-9 times and they never have the...More

Thank William G
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Maria's has been around a long time, but used to only be a fish market when I was a kid, now she has a small hidden restaurant, she cooks everything fresh, excellent! It is hidden though if you don't know the area, its right before...More

1  Thank Dori Kris P
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April 23, 2017|
Response from James E | Reviewed this property |
I don't know but the salmon duval and craw-fish etouffee were great!
Terry H
March 30, 2017|
Response from James E | Reviewed this property |
i always get salmon duval but I thnk they have an all you can eat fried fish. the atmosphere of the restauramt is wonderful
January 24, 2015|
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
I think every day but they do close at 9PM... As long as you like casual and good food, you cannot go wrong with Maria's. Superb fried fish, not at all greasy.... what the heck, Nothing is bad... I take all my northern... More
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2369
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 239-437-4777
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