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“Good local food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sandbar Seafood and Restaurant - CLOSED

Sandbar Seafood and Restaurant
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Alachua, Florida
1 review
“Good local food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

This was our first time going to Sandbar. My wife and her sister and I. The food was great along with the service. The food came out of the kitchen relatively quick. We all got different Meals only one of them was fried. All of it was good.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Joe P
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English first
Newberry, Florida
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Tongue slapping good !!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

Good seafood in the middle of Florida.
We were seated quickly.
Drinks within 2 minutes and order taken.
Food out at a reasonable time.
Hats off to the cooks, food was and is great.
Service great.
Friend told us about SANDBAR.
We also will inform others.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank HARLEY177
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gainesville, fl
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Run!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

Horrible run away!!! Cold food. Not fresh, whoever is cooking does not know how to cook. Someone is going to get sick. Run!!!!!!

  • Visited April 2013
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3 Thank gainesvillebull
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Gainesville, Florida
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Aweful food and poor customer service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2013

A friend and I went to this new restaurant looking forward to a girls lunch out. The menu looked great--lots of wonderful seafood offerings. We ordered scallops. When I asked if the green beans were fresh, the waitress said, "I think they are frozen". When I asked about the corn on the cob, she said she thought it was fresh.
I often order scallops in restaurants and I have never ever had such as this--I regret I did not take a picture. They were chopped! But I think that's because they were not scallops. There were two tiny whole baby scallops and I'm not sure what the rest of the white shreds were but I do know they were not scallops. The whole thing was flavorless. My companion said it was worse that that; she thought they tasted bad. I wonder what it was that we were eating.
The corn on the cob was definitely frozen (you know those perfect little 4 inch ears) and watery and flavorless--offered with hydrogenated spread. The steak fries were frozen regular french fries with no flavor. The baked potato wasn't much better. When the waitress asked how we liked the meal, we were nice but said not very much. I told her that I'd never had scallops delivered chopped and they didn't taste like scallops. She simply walked away. When we went to pay at the register the lady there was surely. We had a purchased "deal" so the food was only half price, but it wasn't even worth that.
The food was terrible; and the attitude of the restaurant was that they just didn't care.
I myself bought other "deals" for this place and am hoping to get my vouchers refunded.
We asked if we could sit outside but were told they only had one server so service would be very slow; so we ate inside (we later counted at least 3 servers!)

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank flamerritt
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Alachua, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great bang for the buck!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2013

I am a native New Englander, so I can tell you up front, that I am PICKY about seafood dining.

This restaurant is definitely going through some growing pains, and the weakest link is for sure the checking out end of it. I agree with the reviewer who complained about the length of time to get a check/pay/etc. It is a *lengthy* process. However, I can't give them a bad rating, based on check-out procedures. They will work out the kinks, over time.

The food is phenomenal. No other way to say it. My husband and I went one day, in March, when they were offering $5 lunch specials. I had clam strips, hubby had popcorn shrimp. Either of our plates would have been enough for 2+ people. And they don't just give you a heap of french fries to make it *look* like a lot of food. The seafood on the plate, far outnumbered the fries....which, by the way were skin-on goodness. Hush puppies were spot on..not too oily, or dry. Just right. Breading was light, and not gritty on the seafood.

It is such a welcome relief, to have a restaurant in Alachua that is serving good food, at fair prices. Their staff, and procedure is going to take time. I am sure not all restaurants operate flawlessly in the first few months of opening.

Give them a chance, if you like seafood. Be patient. Good food is hard to come by, outside the city of Gainesville, and we need to show our support to the smaller venues.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Kimberly O
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