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Waterfront Restaurant

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2131 Oleander St, Saint James City, FL 33956-2029
239-283-0592
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11:00 - 22:00
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Saint James City, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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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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188 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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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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91 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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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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132 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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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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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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 

Ada, Michigan
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were on Pine Island for the week and ate here twice. both times the food was good and the service was very friendly. the atmosphere is very casual and family friendly. you can eat inside or outside along the canal. They have beer and wine, but not liquor. i would come here again any time!

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

Thanks Paul! Glad we lived up to your expectations, not only once , but twice! I'm glad your visits with us were enjoyable. We enjoy having you too! See ya soon! More 

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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Waterfront Restaurant is a beautiful venue, directly on the water. The outdoor seating provides a marvelous view of the boats and water. The food was delicious, but it all comes at a price. The grouper tacos were flavorful and filling, served with yellow rice and salsas. Complimentary coleslaw is provided when you are seated. We had a delicious lunch... More 

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Thank Twinkler1004
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks Twinkler, we look forward to seeing you again soon. We use top quality seafood and yes, I does come at a price. We use LOCAL seafood, not imported. It's very important to me to support local fishermen and the USA. That's why it tasted do good! I could lower the quality (and price) but I have to wake up... More 

Colorado
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

We liked Waterfront Restaurant so much we ate lunch here two days in a row, both served by our wonderful waitress Robin. The second day Hubby got a huge seafood po'boy, you will not believe how big it is, And he ate it all :) Being gluten free (darn it) my options were more limited, but Robin was very helpful... More 

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

Thank you Laura! Makes me happy that Robin took great care of you guys at our restaurant! We are working on a gluten free/celiac menu. We hope to have a few more choices for you next time you visit! If you like fresh seafood, you have got to come on Tuesday for our peel & eat Gulf shrimp special... or... More 

Cape Coral, Florida
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Set on a canal (and we were there just before sunset), The Waterfront is a nice, friendly, clean and reasonably priced restaurant. We had the buffalo chicken salad and grouper tacos. Service was prompt and our server was informative and very polite. What a great find!!

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

Excellent Mickey! We all try very hard to make your meal a experience at The Waterfront! Did you see any Manatee or Dolphins? They swim in our canal sometimes More 

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant really lives up to its "old Florida" description. People were friendly and service was good. My clam strips were excellent, as was my husband's conch. You can get your fill of fried things here! Our friend ordered sweet potato fries with her meal and they were battered and fried - as was the cob of corn on the... More 

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Thank Annjo2015
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words Ann! Yes, we fry a lot in the south, we have added a lot of non fried dishes to our menu. How did you enjoy our "fresh, cut to order " sweet potato fries? How did you like the fried corn (I saw it on a TV show)? More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?