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“Excellent Food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cheryl's By the Bay

Cheryl's By the Bay
Ranked #11 of 95 Restaurants in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Nueces County
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

We've been to Cheryl's several times. The restaurant is charming in a folksy sort of way - strings of colored lights and rustic furniture. The service is always good and the food is always delicious. The drinks are tasty and the wine choices are great. The restaurant is upmarket but casual.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Monroe, Louisiana
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great food, slow service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

We didn't have a reservation, but we were able to be seated on the deck outside very quickly. The hostess said that she would be right back with menus, but she wasn't. After waiting for a long time, my husband went to find a server for us. We finally got a server and she took our drink orders, but we still had no menus. A while later the hostess finally came back and brought them to us. The server and hostess were both very apologetic and were very nice. Once we finally got our appetizers, they were definitely worth the wait. Our meal was very nicely paced after things finally got rolling. To make up for the ridiculously long wait when we were seated, they gave us dessert on the house which we thought was a nice gesture. We would definitely go back when we visit Rockport again, but it is not somewhere we'll go if we don't have a lot of time.

Visited July 2014
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Easy to miss but worth finding!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

I am embarrassed to admit that its taken me 2 years to make the trip from Houston to Corpus Christie. Embarrassed because the whole area from Fulton to Corpus including Port Aransas, is just lovely and I have missed it! But now that if have made the effort.....must go again. So on Friday night we were looking for somewhere to eat that was within walking distance of our accommodation at the Hampton Inn Rockport. I read a couple of the previous reviews on Cheryl's which sounded good so we decided to give it a try. It is a little easy to miss if you don't keep an eye out, but it really was worth searching for. We weren't disappointed. The welcome and service by the team was outstanding, the barman's drinks just perfect and our meal....lovely. Its a great quaint little restaurant with an authentic feel and relaxed environment. Upmarket but not fancy. While there are other options in this same area...please give Cheryl's some of your time. It is worth it.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Braunfels, TX
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Decent food but smoking ruined it for us”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Food was ok, good but not great for the price. Shrimp and grits were loaded with oil. Fried shrimp and oysters were much better. The smoking in the restaurant was a total let down for us. The first thing we saw and smelled when we entered was cigarette smoke at the bar. The hostess was upset when we did not like the table near the smoky bar and directly in a hot sunlit room. She moved us to a better table near the back but was rude about it.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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East Bernard, Texas
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great ambiance, service & food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

The quiet, unassuming front hides a wonderful gem on the inside. Twinkle lights hang from the ceiling throughout the restaurant, giving a romantic, intimate feel. The table next to us had a group of teens, dressed to the nines, on their way to the prom, which tells you this is a place that people choose for special occasions. We were there for a birthday. Another table had a small child, so families are also appropriate. We showed up without a reservation, which could have been a problem, but we were seated right away & were treated as if we'd had a reservation for months. Service was excellent, & the specials were explained very well. Eclectic menu. For an appetizer, we had the charizo cheese things, which were great! Fiance ordered a fish special, & I ordered fish from the menu -- both were great. The restaurant was busy, but our waitress made sure we were well looked after. She & Cheryl apologized for the "wait" & comped our drinks for us, which was a pleasant surprise since we didn't think our food took long at all. We'll definitely return!

Visited May 2014
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