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Oceanside Safari, Islamorada, FL

Oceanside Safari

3.8
3.8
27 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Safari Lounge, which had been affectionally nicknamed “The Dead Animal Bar” by Islamorada locals, was a beloved Lower Matecumbe landmark for decades.

Now let’s fast-forward to today and: Breaking News!!!
Suntex Marinas came to the rescue with that much-needed TLC in the form of major renovations to the building; inside and out, throughout the property, everything from a brand-spanking new full kitchen with all new equipment, to a new and beautifully-landscaped private beachside lounge.

Guests will once again be able to enjoy delicious food & cool drink, both indoors and outdoors, all served up in casual comfortable classic Keys style. Oh, almost forgot, every cocktail comes with a spectacular ocean view!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Latin American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (305) 390-4572
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Islamorada
  • Cross street
    Located at Mile marker 74 at the end of Caloosa Cove Marina.
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 27 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

27 Reviews
  1. BaudouinD

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance, good good, waitress very energetic and funny ! Everything was ok for me and my family, we had fun and food was very good for us.

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  2. MichelleT

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful location, average food and poor service. Waitress was busy and unprofessional. Bartender was a bit surly when I asked for another glass of wine since our server was busy. Cook was amazingly helpful and polite out helping serve table.

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  3. Doug

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I rememer this place as the Safari Club, aka The Dead Animal Bar. We really did not need a reservation. The place was about 50 % full. There were more patrons at the bar then the tables. There was only one waitress and she was oerwelmed. She told us that it was her first day. It showed. The general manager tried to help, but... So, no, don't go here. It's not worth it.

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  4. EileenK

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding. They let us bring our dog on the porch. Tacos were delicious and arrived very fast.

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  5. ThomasB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    They were understaffed and slow. Waited for meal for 45 minutes and shrimp scampi was dry. Brought more sauce, but had to wait 8-10 minutes and food was cold

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  6. Henry1

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful setting. Menu needs more options. I would recommend for happy hour / bar food / quick bite , not dinner with friends.

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  7. Kiki1234567891

    Key West

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Oceanside Safari yesterday with a table on the beautiful deck overlooking the Atlantic, wonderful fish tacos, humus, fish dip, wine... Friendly and very efficient servers. Couldn't ask for anything better for lunch!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their menu was limited and they were out of a few items I was looking forward to trying. They made my sons grilled cheese out of a hamburger bun- it was pretty inedible for $8 he did not touch it because it was not grilled cheese that he ordered. Say you don’t have grilled cheese. The Alfredo pasta left a lot to be desired. The service was good though I enjoyed our waitress and the bartender a lot.

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  9. Alice

    Key West

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Leider konnten wir das Restaurant nicht finden, weil unser Navigationssystem falsche GPS-Koordinaten gespeichert hatte. Zum Restaurant selbst können wir deshalb keine Angaben machen.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, great food, perfect location What more can you ask for

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  11. MarioR

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The place is cute they just opened not to long ago. Truly believe they will get better. Food takes a while and it was a touch ago some better than others. Our waitress was nice a little hyper for us but nice. Overall I would go back in a couple of months and try again.

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  12. ElizabethM

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great food and the view was Perfect. Highly recommend!!

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  13. KelV

    Key West

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They have a long way to go in regards to service.. waited over an hour for food only for the waitress to blame the kitchen and give us attitude. The manager was kind and tried to help . The place has so much potential with a bit of organization

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  14. TonyaR

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent service! Not a ton of variety for dinner selections.

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  15. kdavis

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of friends really enjoyed our evening. Everyone was friendly from the minute you walk in the door until you leave. The food was good with lots of items to choose from. We would like to see glassware inside the restaurant. We understand plastic outside. A cocktail taste better im glassware.

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  16. BrianW

    Naples

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, reasonably priced for what it is. Average food/average prices. View is beautiful, nice place.

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  17. GregT

    Key West

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, drinks, view and ambiance! Had a great time and service was fun and timely. Conch fritters were good, fish dip and Guac were fine but not great. Fish tacos were disgusting; old fish smothered in gross sauce. Would recommend for drinks and aps only.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    View was beautiful! Server was nice and as accommodating as possible. The restaurant is poorly managed and under staffed. Such a shame because they have such potential! That being said, the food was great american/beach bar food!

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  19. MillyH

    Key West

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was amazing! We will be definitely coming back.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was doing the best she could but was the only person waiting on every table… it was very slow. Food was good and she really did her best but the other staff never stepped in to help her.

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  21. MSA1954

    Miami

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went there (1) because we really felt like taking a drive and (2) because of an article in the Miami Herald. It was almost empty, the food was OK, but just OK, and I've had better for the cost. I would not go back.

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  22. LinetteH

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Has the potential to be a great spot. The ambiance and view are beautiful. Restaurant is clean and staff is friendly. Felt like it was understaffed and the waitress had to serve multiple tables resulting in inattentiveness and errors in the order. We made reservations for outside seating but they didn’t reserve the spot outside.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Awful service. We never got our food. We had to leave after TWO HOURS, and find food somewhere else.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and food was great! Family ambience so if you want a quiet dinner don't come!

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  25. DeniseT

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered lot of apps and each got an entree . Food was good and fresh . Service was good . Sat outside and view was great !

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  26. LindseyW

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not bad for being brand new! They have a few kinks to work out with staff and service, but overall, we had a good experience. The food was decent, and fairly priced. One of the better places we ate at during our trip to the middle keys! I recommend trying them out. Beautiful views!

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  27. CamilliaC

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Franny is the best hostess I have ever encountered. She had me laughing from beginning to end and all her food suggestions were amazing. You can tell she is knowledgeable on the food and genuinely enjoys being herself and that resonates with me. She needs a raise and a promotion ASAP!!!!!

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FAQs

Oceanside Safari offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 390-4572.

Oceanside Safari is rated 3.8 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Oceanside Safari

73814 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036-4231

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Located at Mile marker 74 at the end of Caloosa Cove Marina.
  • Neighborhood
    Islamorada
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Latin American, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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