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Waterfront Restaurant

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2131 Oleander St, Saint James City, FL 33956-2029
11:00 - 22:00
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2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for dinner on a Friday night. Ended up only eating appetizers and then leaving. Food was good. But it was very apparent the waitress did not want to be there and was rushing us while taking our order. We had to hunt her down just to pay the bill.

Thank Missy W
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm terribly sorry about your experience at my restaurant. If you could email me jd@waterfrontrestaurant.com I would love to get to the bottem of this. I appreciate you letting me know, I can't fix it if I don't know what's broken. We have worked extremely hard on our service and would like to straighten this out as soon as possible.... More 

Henry, Illinois
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The waitress was friendly and very helpful! I asked what her favorite was and went with it! Oh my gosh was I glad! It was a seafood philly which I would not have ordered without her encouragement. I left the bun but ate the grouper, scallops and shrimp with grilled onions and cheese. It was awesome, my husband got the... More 

Thank bethen3
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks guys! The seafood philly is our little hidden gem!! Glad you had a great time... next time, no love bugs! More 

Enkoping, Sweden
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good food, very good service outside. Nice place to sit outside looking at boats and have the very good pasta dishes

Thank cmoller60
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks guys! I'm on Pine Island ( a stones throw ) from Sanibel... but I'm glad you had a nice dinner! Whether you were here or over there! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here a few times. Good food! Enjoy eating outside on the small deck out back on one of the waterways Will be back again!

Thank Diane P
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Diane! Makes us happy that you enjoy our food, hospitality and our awesome view! We get Manatees and Dolphins sometimes... see you soon! More 

Safety Harbor, Florida, United States
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food. And service.great views. Friendly staff. Old time decor.thrvfried oysters were tender and not overly breaded.

Thank Ronald M
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks Ron! Glad you enjoyed our Oysters! If you like raw oysters, on Saturdays , we hand shuck (to order) our gulf oysters for 9$ a dozen!!! More 

Saint James City, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The food is above average, but not gourmet, but then, you don't pay for gourmet food. The ambiance is worth it.

Thank Judy N
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Judy! Yes, we are not gourmet... simple, local, fresh seafood prepared simply, old school! Speaking of old school... or bar area is the original one school school house in St James City.... a lot of memories and a lot of history, if these walls could talk! Glad you enjoyed us, see y'all real soon! More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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189 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Friends had recommended this restaurant and we found it worth the drive, which included a visit to the shops of Matlacha. It's located at the very south end of Pine Island (St. James City). Rustic. Nice deck over canal. Good place to end the day with sunset as it faces NW. Food was good. Servers were excellent, including the bus... More 

Thank Janea26
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you! It's awesome ... we get to see the beautiful sunset everyday, glad you could enjoy it with us!!! More 

Cape Coral, Florida
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92 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

The food is good and the prices are a wee bit higher than the two places up the road. It's nice to sit out on the water and watch the boats come in. The wait staff is very busy when they are busy. After docking the boat and sitting at the bar waiting to get served, I sat for almost... More 

Thank MichiganMillionaire
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Sorry about last year, we have made great strides getting great servers, attentive staff and quicker times in and out of the restaurant. Thanks for coming back, we listened to our customers and made changes! Please let us know about anything we can do in the future to make your visit to our place.... thanks again More 

Oakville, Canada
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134 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Old style Florida at the bottom of Pine Island. Nice selection of craft beers and the seafood is very good. A bit higher priced than 'mainland' restaurants but not excessive. Service was friendly and the vibe is nice. We sat inside because it was a hot afternoon, next time we'll try to sit outside and enjoy the view.

Thank Mike D
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks Mike! Glad you enjoyed our establishment, we serve local seafood, it's a little more $, but worth every penny... one of my sayings is "good seafood in not cheap, cheap seafood is not good"! See ya soon! More 

Mount Sinai, New York
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43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Great place to park your boat and have lunch.Service is very friendly and food is good. inside or outside seating

Thank stkinmin
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks guys! We are that "One Particular Harbor"! We keep it simple and old school ( funny pun - our bar area is the original one room school house in St James City) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2131 Oleander St, Saint James City, FL 33956-2029
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Saint James City
  • Phone Number: 239-283-0592

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