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“Beautiful location, but very pretentious...”
Review of Caliza Restaurant

Caliza Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Alys Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$70
Cuisines: American
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Description: Happy Hour: Tuesday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner Service: Tuesday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 9:00pm We serve contemporary American cuisine in a relaxed, al fresco setting overlooking Caliza's stunning pool at Alys Beach. Retreat here after a day at the beach for quality food and drink paired with polished, friendly service. The menu centers on artisan, seasonal ingredients sourced from regional purveyors, showcasing our Gulf Coast locale. Expect an equal mix of healthy and indulgent sharable plates presented simply with bright, bold flavors that let the ingredients shine. The open-air bar is the perfect spot for happy hour, offering artisanal cocktails designed for poolside sipping and a thoughtfully curated list of craft beers and wines by-the-glass.
Cottondale, FL
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, but very pretentious...”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

The surroundings are lovely and worth the trip, but the food is expensive and not that great. Definitely not the best choice for a summer meal as it is all outside dining with hot and humid weather. I suggest stopping in for a drink to see it and then head someplace else for dinner.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank myhart
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Dallas, Texas
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“Horrible service. Referred to our party as "renters" since we were renting at Alys Beach which is more than I can say about hal”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Caliza gets to use the ambience of a pool paid for by a nice community. Service is horrible and food not even a close second to George's!

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Guns1
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Birmingham, Alabama
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don't miss this dining experience”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Beautiful setting, fabulous, unpretentious service, amazing food that you cannot cook at home! My husband and I visited Caliza with another couple while staying in Rosemary beach and all 4 of us were blown away by the experience. Alys beach is so quiet and serene and most of all, modern. We sat overlooking the pool in a v shaped booth and were promptly offered a specialty cocktail from a diverse selection - we each ordered something different and each was unique and delightful. The waitress, Elena, was FABULOUS and told us a lot of history of Alys beach as well as the Chef's vision and specialty. The menu is not too big and we all loved our meal - especially the crab cakes - and the Key Lime pie was the best I have ever tasted. Yes, it is expensive and yet there were a few beach bugs - but I will go back again. And again.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Heather A
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Houston Texas
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Fantastic location to have a drink and some small plates. Unbelivable pool and setting; like something out of an old movie. Happy Hour menu is great with fantastic mussels, sliders, hummus, and other types of finger foods. All very reasonable during Happy Hour with a wonderful place to sit and look at the surroundings. Also fun to walk around and see the facilities and go upstairs and look at the view. Happy Hour is only 5-6 so I would get there early since the seating is limited near the bar but there is plenty in other areas.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank HoustonRover
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Shalimar, Florida
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Classy Food at a Chic Site”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Although at first glance you wonder about how interesting the food might be while eating poolside, as night falls, the chic design of the place is transporting and the food matches. Three couples ate dinner, each order was different, and all thought their meals were outstanding. I might point out the crab cakes as being some of the best I've had. The chef is from Baltimore and he knows what he is doing.
The cocktails and wine list both matched the level of the food and venue, as well.
To round out this review, I would recommend couples and close friends look forward to an intimate and romantic dinner under the stars with excellent food and drink.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank LRF17
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