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“Good food, but definitely overpriced”
Review of Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar - CLOSED

Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Price range: US$6 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Steakhouse, Pub
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A warm welcome to all from Bob and Patty Hallmark and the staff at the Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Bon Secour, AL. You're gonna see a lot of changes online over the coming weeks but all this is to improve how we can connect with you, our loyal customers. Without whom, we would never be able to share our fantastic recipes, consistently voted by you as the best seafood and best steak in the county!
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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118 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Good food, but definitely overpriced”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

I have been to Tin Top in Tuscaloosa 3 times, and each experience was the same. The food is very tasty, although not exactly fine dining (lots of fried seafood, baked oysters etc.) Normally I like that type of food and, again, the food here is not the problem.

The problem is when you take a very good beachside restaurant from South Alabama and plant a sister restaurant in a strip center development in Tuscaloosa, AL, you lose the whole flavor of what makes the original a good place. Add on top that you are still charging beachside prices and you end up with a mediocre dining experience with good seafood that is WAY overpriced for this area. If you want good fried seafood in Tuscaloosa go to Wintzell's instead. The food as about the same, but at least you get a view of the river instead of a parking lot and the cost will be between a third to half lower.

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Thank TuscaTraveler
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
“Great Seafood and Service!”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

The seafood here rivals restuarants found on the coast. The prices aren't terrible but enough to keep me from going too often. I've only been once but the whole group enjoyed it.

I plan to go here for my next "big occasion" dinner.

Visited October 2011
Thank MoraTheExplora
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calera, al
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148 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Awesome food!”
Reviewed 2 December 2011

Shrimp & grits, limas, steamed crab claws, creme brulee...Everything was delicious!

Visited December 2011
Thank ConnieH35
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very disappointing...”
Reviewed 8 November 2011

After reading the reviews and the menu, I was really looking forward to trying this restaurant. What a disappointment! We went for lunch/brunch on Sunday. They were not busy at all, and the service was SO SLOW! The fried green tomatoes were below average, the cheese grits had way too much pepper, and the Tin Top omelet was not as described... It had tons of bell peppers, not mentioned in the description, and the crawfish in the omelet was extremely "fishy" tasting. The menu advertises "thick sliced bacon", which in actuality was thin and soggy. Definitely would not eat here again!

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Thank ljlantrip
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Tuscaloosa AL
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141 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“update on my earlier review”
Reviewed 21 July 2011

The lunch catch is still the best fish in Tuscaloosa, and a good price. But they have a limited number of side items, and sometimes they're out of those. Fried green tomatoes are no good.
I was very disappointed in the Sunday brunch. The eggs benedict were tough, and the sauce was stiff, not good at all. The fresh fruit with cream was delicious.
I tried the shrimp remolaude, and while the shrimp was fresh and excellent, the sauce was mediocre and disappointing.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank Ankfray
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