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“Great drinking place”

The Island Grille & Raw Bar
Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Tierra Verde
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Tierra Verde, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great drinking place”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

The bartenders and waitstaff are excellent. Their house Pinot grigio is very good. I got oysters, baked with crab and parmesan cheese. They were fine but not great. I'm sure I'll go back there and get food again, but that one dish was not great. It's a fun place to hang out with friends, drink, and have a very casual bite.

Visited October 2013
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  • English first
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English first
st. petersburg
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very good, but.....”
Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

I have eaten here one more than one occassion and until last night would have given it an unequivocable 4.5 stars. Upstairs with a great view of the water, comfortable setting, good wait staff, and usually very good food. Last night I ordered a special, parmesian crusted scallops. They came out as parmesian burned scallops. They were good sized sea scallops, only four, and the waitress said when I ordered them that there were five, but the parm was black, not golden brown. I was hungry and ate two, but when the waitress came back to check on us, I pointed out the problem. I said the chef should have never let them out of the kitchen that way, and she said she should have never let them out. Well.....
She offered to take them back and let the chef see, and do two more for me,she did, came back with three, the way they should have been in the first place, and were very good.
My friend had the blackened grouper, per the recommendation of the waitress, and it came out, blackened, but not in the good way. It was like this fine fish was burned on a flat top griddle that was way too hot, and the grease was old and burnt. It was a great piece of $22 fish that was screwed up by the cook (couldn't call this person a chef.)
The sweet potato tater tots were great, the squash parmesian was barely warm, all in all, not the greatest experience for the $$$, but I will go back one more time because I know they can do better. If they don' next time, that's it for them.

Visited October 2013
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Land O Lakes, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Did not like the food.”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

We had a Groupon. We went for dinner. I ordered the grilled scallops. There were only 3 scallops. They were drenched in a sauce that I did not like. I only ate 2 of them. I had sweet potato tots, they might have been good, but they were sitting in the sauce that the scallops had on them, so they were wet and mushy, and I did not like the taste. My other side was a baked potato, and it tasted hard and old. I barely ate any of that. The waitress asked how we liked our dinner and I said I did not like it, and explained why. She said next time you come order them without the sauce, she had said the sauce was good, I asked her before I ordered it. I told her we would not be coming back. She did not ask if I wanted anything else, or get the manager. This meal was $21.99 and I left still hungry and very dissatisfied. My husband ordered the fried grouper, which was also $21.99. He got 2 small pieces of fried fish. He said it was okay. He got sweet potato tots and garlic bread as his sides. Garlic bread, 2 small pieces was the best thing out of both of our meals. I was surprised that bread was a side, where most restaurants give you bread free with your meal, not served as a side. Very dissappoined. I expected dinner there to be delicious since it was so close to the water. Would never go there again.

  • Visited October 2013
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south carolina
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Nice little place off the beaten path, outside dining and food was great, we went 2 times in 3 days, great value and staff was fast and friendly, not far from the Don Cesar where we stayed.

Visited September 2013
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Englewood, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“This was a restaurant Groupon had and it was very good.”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

We went for lunch and I had the fried oysters and mild naked chicken wings. The oysters were very fresh but there could have been more seasoning in the breading. The chicken wings were probably one of the best I ever had. My husband said that he never had so much Grouper in a sandwich and it was excellent. So it was a very good deal to get a $20 Groupon for lunch. But they advertise 50cent oysters but you can't order them with a Groupon, and that day you couldn't get them for 50 cents. Also, it was hard to find.

Visited September 2013
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