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“Wonderful seafood, great service, cute atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Robbi's Reef

Robbi's Reef
Ranked #18 of 240 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$28
Cuisines: Barbecue, Seafood
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Robbi's Reef is a floridian-style restaurant that focuses on fresh, quality seafood and smoked in-house barbecue - a winning combination for the whole family to enjoy! Robbi's Reef is located in a beautiful, 175 seat restaurant overlooking a small body of water with large windows to maximize the view. With plenty of private parking, a full indoor & outdoor bar, a fresh seafood market, lots of large fish tanks to entertain, and plenty of photos of locals with their "big catch" to peruse, kids and adults will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the wonderful food!
Nokomis, Florida
Level Contributor
31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful seafood, great service, cute atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We love Robbi's. She is a lovely hostess. Her staff are long timers and are trained to answer any questions and to please the customers. If you don't like the way the fish is described on the menu, you can ask for it to be broiled, baked, blackened, or whatever. The Chef rocks! It is cute inside and feel like you are a fish in an aquarium looking at other fish! Truly a fun experience. As locals, we can eat anywhere and Robbi's is on our go-to list. The french fries are the best ever. If you are looking for a stuffy, place to eat seafood, this isn't it. If you want to have fun, a great meal, be comfy, good service, and feel like you are home, this is it! You will definitely come back again and again!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Stockbridge, Georgia, United States
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Went back the next night!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Looks a little sketchy from the outside, but don't let that fool you. Food was AWESOME. Every single person at our table was very pleased with their dish, even the kids. So much so that we decided to come back the next night so that everyone could try something different! I suppose you can only do that on vacation! Service was great, very attentive, kids loved the fish tanks and the pictures on the walls. We had a big party but only had to wait a little while, which is to be expected.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Christina P
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Venice, Florida
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

I've tried just about everything on their menu. They provide a great meal, well portioned, at a reasonable price. The staff is very friendly and the restaurant is clean.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rich H
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Venice, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“We were plesently surprised”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

We weren't sure it would be very good since from the road it looked like a local bar. We were very surprised to find the food was very good. We actually went back again the next night. The first night we were cautious and just ordered appetizers. The catfish bites were excellent. The next night we had the fish special. The prices seem a little high for the decor and location but is worth it for the quality of food. At least that was my experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Greg G
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Plymouth, New Hampshire
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162 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
“Very Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Having lived on the New Engalnd coast for many years we are very fussy about our seafood. Having read the rave reviews, we were looking forward to a good meal at Robbi's. It was mediocre at best. My scallops were nicely seared, but raw in the middle and barely warm .Serving size was a bit skimpy, salad was standard cafeteria style. Although the service was attentive, the decor was old shabby seaside shanty. There were a few miserable looking fish in aquariums, which were badly in need of some maintenance to get rid of the algae. My chocolate cake was dry and not worth finishing.
Not sure what the hype is all about; we like Cedar Reef and Pop's seafood better.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sippican
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