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Catches Waterfront Grille

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374 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
You"ve come to the right place if your looking for fresh seafood, awesome crab cakes and some of the best appetizers in town. We offer great daily drink specials as well as being situated on the Cottee River for an amazing meal while watching the boats go by
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner : Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(727) 849-2121
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Thomas
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Private party contact
Catering Manager: (727) 849-2121
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 19
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Parking details
We have onsite parking with plenty of room and also handicap accessability.
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Entertainment
In our Tiki Bar which is the largest of its kind in Pasco County, we have some of the best entertainers in town, on the weekends 7-11pm and 4-7 reggae on Sundays.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View
What 374 People Are Saying
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4.0
food
4.1
service
4.4
ambience
3.8
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent! We all had a very good meal. The service was prompt and our table was lovely. After dinner we went to the Rum Bar and was greeted by the bartender who was very efficient in taking our order. We would definitely recommend this restaurant in the future and will be back with more quests and family as well. The decor and atmosphere is wonderful.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Nice n quick

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very disappointing. We should have listened to the poor reviews on TripAdvisor. Service was poor and so was the food. It actually could have been good but appetizer and entrees came out at the same time and everything was cold.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our server was very overwhelmed. Had the service been better, this would have been a 5 star visit.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great location, friendly service, great food, and not mention there was absolutely no wait time! We will definitely be going again real soon! We really enjoyed this restaurant as opposed to your typical “chain” restaurants. If you haven’t been there go! It is worth it!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was good. Many menu options. Service was very slow.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My husband and I broke a rule we never go out any occasion Mother’s Day Father’s Day Easter Thanksgiving Christmas but he broke a rule because we have been to catchers a week before that and I have the best lobster roll I’ve ever had and I’m from New England but Easter Sunday was a real disappointment I could’ve stayed home and had ham because that was all it really was my husband and I broke a rule we never go out on special holidays but we had been there a week earlier and I had a great lobster roll so I figured what the heck .I could’ve stayed home and made a ham because that’s all we ate .The lamb was tough we couldn’t eat it they ran out of salmon and stuffed flounder I say ran out of maybe they supplied it later but by then I was no longer hungry the best thing about Easter Sunday was our waitress we spent a lot on drinks and everything came to like $150 which is a lot for two people but what we didn’t get In food we made up in drinks unfortunately

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Friends and I have gone to Catches for Thanksgiving and Easter Sunday buffet's for the past 2-3 years. We are all widowed and do not have family in Florida. Our first foray's into Catches Buffet's were great and reasonable. The food coordinated with the occasion but having reserved w/Catches for Easter Sunday 2 days ago, we feel that it has become "same old, same old". The shrimp was "you peel" which I did not recall from previous holidays; the lamb was tough if you "self-served: a thicker piece (no Mint Sauce offered nor even mint jelly (ich), the green beans are always al dente (good) and the roasted corn was good as well. The larger desserts like pies, cake slices and cheese cake always go first and run out quickly and are not replaced with identical most popular items while the petite fours remain on the table getting old and dried out.
I will say that lunch and a drink at Rum River or casual lunch or dinner on the upper deck is good as well (outdoors if not too hot) I'm just not big on the Special Occasion Holiday Buffet's as I was initially. I almost forgot - THE SERVICE WAS IMPECCABLE!!!

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It took 90 minutes to get our food on a Thursday.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Was so very good and Stephen our waiter was simply wonderful!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was very good however the service was extremely slow it took us over 2 hours for dinner and between appetizers and dinner it was over 45 mins very very long and we had to be some where and even advised the waitress we needed to leave so when are food arrived we had less then 15 mins to eat and leave so did not make it enjoyable when your eating so fast.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

As always the service and food was great. Manager stopped by the table several times to ensure things were going well. Large portions. They have all you can eat fish and chips but nobody in the group got past the first plate without being full.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had a fantastic night at Catches. Our server was amazing. The place is beautiful and has a friendly, upbeat feel to it. The food was great...especially the crab cakes and crab fries. Going to Catches was a perfect way to end a wonderful vacation.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Steak was a sub par cut and not prepared to order. Baked potato was room temperature. My wife’s meal was good

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Seated on time but waiter and dinner took too long and service was poor

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Reservations were for 5:45p. the four of us got there about 3 minutes ahead of time. Restaurant seemed quiet and they were turning people away. Plenty of open tables could be seen. That...should have been our first clue. We were seated and then NOTHING happened...Server ignored us. We went back to the front (30 minutes later) and got the the woman there to bring drinks. Another 30 minutes passed and one of us got up to get bread plates and flatware from another table after the server put bread on the table. She took our food order and about another 30 minutes later one of us went to the front to see what the problem was. Answer....the kitchen is backed up and we are short help. Since we weren't in any hurry we tolerated this treatment. Food was good but the wait to get it was the worse service I have ever seen. The bill was adjusted for the inconvenience but not a one of us will ever eat there again. So sad for your restaurant ....word of mouth advertising can hurt.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Overall just an excellent experience. The food was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food and service
Nice seating beside the marina
Atmosphere good

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Catches was my family’s favourite dining spot when they wintered in Florida.
It has been 10 years since we were last there. We recently lost my Dad & had brought my Mom down to spend threee weeks out of the cold.
I made reservations at Catches for Valentines as a special nostalgic treat for us and friends.
Our evening was the biggest dining disappointment!
We were served a cup of clam chowder that I suspect the salt lid came off while seasoning the pot. We cancelled the other two bowls.
We then waited over an hour to be served the rest of our meal.
Sadly , it was not worth the wait , a true disappointment. The most bland tasteless captains platters & chicken breast . All meals tasted steamed or boiled . Yucky !!!
I wish we had never gone back as now even the memory of good times has been spoiled. We would NOT recommend this establishment to anyone we cared about.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The great & wait staff was extremely helpful & friendly. My wife uses a scooter we were able to go all the way to the outside deck with ease. Please extend our thanks to everyone who helped us that evening. Thank you for a nice evening!

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Atmosphere was nice, food was not what we expected, my husband got the seafood platter for $24.99 and it was not worth it and my friend, who took us out for my husbands birthday, got shrimp scampi and was very disappointed

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Nice experience on the river

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Went on a Saturday night with friends. It was not very crowded and the interior looked nice. We had a reservation and we're seated immediately. Our waitress was new and it showed, but I am very lenient when it comes to service so I was able to look past some of her flaws... Like slow service, forgetting orders and unattentiveness ... An iced tea was ordered along with a cocktail and it never arrived. Again, I can see past this and not ding the restaurant too much. Then the food arrived. Chicken fingers on the appetizer sampler were... Suspect at best. Poor cuts off meat with tendons still in tact. The crab cake was more bread than meat and inedible. The fried chicken in the first and chips was a large portion but poorly breaded so that it immediately separated from the fish leaving you wish naked fish and loose breading. The scallops we're not seared and unappetizing. That being said it wasn't awful, the fish was cooked, the portions were large and I hear the dirty banana dacquri was DELICIOUS! It was just so-so and likely our only visit.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

My strawberry salad with grilled shrimp was wonderful. My husband loved his shrimp Alfredo.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

First time there my wife and I went on a date night and I chose your place from the reviews that I have gotten from my friends thought it was everything met all of our expectations will come back again and recommend it to others

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The fish & chips weren’t very good. The breading of fish was heavy & fish was milky. Other meals were ok but pricey for the quality & quantity.

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2018

The servers are friendly, the food quite tasty. The ambience is, well, there. It is bright and open, but the acoustics are such that you don't hear other table conversation. The value? I've had the same quality for less money in the area. The clam chowder though, was delicious, I don't know that I've had better.

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Went there on New Years Day to celebrate a Birthday for out of town friend. New Years day was cold and windy. At times the dining room felt as though it was out doors. It was very cold! Asked the waitress if the heat could be turned on and nothing was done.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We did not receive our entree after waiting at our table for 60 minutes. We paid for a salad and beverage and left.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Had an awesome lunch before so booked New Year's Eve. Wonderful server & appetizer. But, $30 baked grouper was tough in the middle like a grisly steak...was a real effort to cut with a knife.

To be fair, Mgmt noticed my disappointment and pressed to inquire what I needed. I was so frustrated and very positive I didn't want another previously frozen entre. I didn't want to complain only to wait longer for something more edible.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food. Holiday buffet. Waiters were very nice. Would go again.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Sad they said my catchers rewards card would be credited next day and it wasnt...rip off.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Went for Christmas Eve dinner. The bacon wrapped scallops were outstanding. My one daughter really enjoyed the soft shelled crab. My other 2 daughters thought the crabmeat ravioli was ok, but wouldn't order again. Overall a very good dinner for the occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

I love this local seafood restaurant! Great food! Awesome atmosphere and great staff!! Had the Ultimate Fish Sandwich it was worth the $16.99 says serves 2...it definitely does!! Unless you are REALLY hungry and the flavor/quality was amazing!! My father had the Redfish and wow was that great as well, best Blackened!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent food & service. We were not rushed to order! Loved our server!

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2.0Dined on December 20, 2017

I have eaten there prior and was tremendously impressed with the service and the quality of the seafood and taste. I had managed a seafood restaurant before, so when I go out, I expect service and fine dining as I can mostly serve better dishes at home than in most restaurants.

This experience was not what I had expected and with discussion with my wife, Lobster House was a more inviting dinner date for our Anniversary. Service was ok, to be expected at most restaurants. The dishes were adequate. My wife had the Captains Fair and I had the Mahi. Flavor was disappointing, must less than the cost of the plates. The dishes were somewhat overcooked with sauces somewhat "interesting". Wine was good as was the crab cake. I did taste my wife's plate, too..

It was my Anniversary and wanted to give my wife something special. The online reservation asked if it was a special occasion, yet no one asked or knew, then why ask? I have had fine experiences with special occasions with other restaurants (management and servers).

I did tip well, it is not the servers total fault. It is management tone, acceptance of less than highest service and quality standards.

If you are looking for an advertised "Best Seafood" in a sports bar atmosphere, then this is your place.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

I invited my family for a dinner and hoped to see more Christmas decorations. The pasta with scallops was outstanding. Usually at other restaurants they serve the tiny scallops but these were the big ones, the chef served lots of sauce... not dry.

We miss the Rum Runner beer from a few years ago, please try to get it back. That is what got us back more often the men enjoyed that beer!!!!!

The special buckets of seafood is so good as well. The price on the selected days is a good deal.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Very slow Wednesday night ...the oyster Rockefeller was great....stuffed flounder was just ok not bad but the stuffing was doughy...pretty average food not bad not great server!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We have been going to Catches since we moved here 6 years ago and have never had a bad meal. We’ve eaten outside on the patio, inside the restaurant that has a very nice nautical theme and downstairs at the more casual outside venue with live music and the same menu as the restaurant. The food is fresh and delicious, drinks and service are really great. The view is very nice with it being right on the water. We bring our family and friends there when they come to visit. I highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We came for my birthday and really enjoyed the food and drinks. The service was pleasant. Went to Rum River next door and enjoyed the entertainment. I highly recommend this place. We want to come for lunch when our company arrives.

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