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“not up to par”

Sams St Johns Seafood
Ranked #54 of 476 Restaurants in Ocala
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$14
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
new york
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“not up to par”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

Some of us snowbirds have been here several times in the past 3 months, but last night's visit was just not up to par. The service was slow, even though there weren't too many patrons in the restaurant. We were first brought bowls of lemon slices for our ice water; half of the lemons looked like they had already been squeezed and used by someone else. Two of our friends ordered grilled fish, which came out of the kitchen cold. I always get the 30-piece shrimp, as did 3 others of us; only one of the 3 of us got hush puppies, which is always served with the dinner. My husband thought the breading on the shrimp was heavier than usual. Not sure what happened last night with the cooks or servers or if we will go back.

  • Visited January 2014
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Mathews, Virginia
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Average seafood...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

My family came to the restaurant from a recommendation. The place was busy, but you did not have to wait a long time for a table. (The busboy was fast on clearing tables for the next diner.) The seafood was average, but the platter I ate, the crab cake seemed like it was frozen and really didnt taste any crab. My mother had the lobster tails and she said it was great and had a good season on them. The fries were not the best, should have gotten the baked potato, I tried it and it was very good. Overall, I would go to it again and try something different.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank steve6668
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good food, average server!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013 via mobile

Stopped by after a day of antiquing...had the 20 piece shrimp for 10.99. The shrimp was lightly breaded and seasoned well. You could really appreciate the shrimp because it wasn't all breading like at some places..the fries and okra were just as tasty..the okra was fresh not frozen. The service wasn't great but it was shift change so we didn't mind that much..overall a good experience and we will go back.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank sweetymama
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“Never again...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

What a joke. Terrible service, terrible wait times and terrible food. I was given a spoon shoved in the cheese grits I ordered and the spoon had previous food caked on it still. Horrible quality food for the price also. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else...

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank StephanMartin
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Ocala, Florida
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Consistently Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Sam's is a favorite for our family. The food is excellent and the staff is very polite and helpful. We love the consideration they provide seniors. Great place for dinner!

Visited May 2013
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