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About Shephard's Ocean Flame Interactive Buffet

Gourmet buffet with open interactive kitchen. Chefs preparing dishes fresh right before your eyes! Hand rolled sushi, Wok station, Brazilian rotisserie, Variety of seafood, International fare, home made desserts and much more! Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful modern decor. Outside dining available. Great for banquets and large parties.
Open for Breakfast, Sunday Brunch & Dinner.

619 S. Gulfview Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Prime Rib, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5pm-9:00pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-10:00pm
Breakfast: Mon-Sat 8am-11am
On Holidays the hours, menus and pricing will vary.
(days and times may vary with season)

Cross Street:
Gulf Blvd

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 442-5107

Website:
http://www.shephards.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment daily at the tiki bar.

Parking Details:
Covered Parking Garage with complimentary valet.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Private banquet space available for groups of 30-500. Semi-private areas available for smaller parties.

Shephard's Ocean Flame Interactive Buffet Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (52)
Special Occasion (44)
Scenic View (41)
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Good for Birthdays (37)
Good for a Date (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Good for Groups (31)
Casual (30)
Great for Brunch (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Fun (21)
Creative Cuisine (18)
People Watching (15)
Romantic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Live Music (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Seasonal (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Business Meals (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Cozy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great Beer (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great location right on the water. Wonderful selection of food...unlimited delicious snow crab! Excellent service.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Yvonne was absolutely amazing. The service she provided will make us come back time and time again. And we will be sure to ask for you. It’s people like her is what the service industry needs

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was really AMAZING!!! Everything seemed very fresh!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Absolutely amazing. Staff were friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious and plentiful. Everyone had a great time. A must do!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It’s just a buffet. Food is good but not outstanding. Definitely not a spot for a special evening out. Very casual and feels like it’s primarily catering to the tourists.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 4, 2018

"Buffet" had very limited options, perhaps due to a weekday... I would expect Cheese, ham, omelette, brown bread, more bakery options, fruit and beverages (juices) at the minimum...

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Not really worth the money. People come for unlimited crab legs I guess.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was very very good. Great price for the buffet, had everything from seafood, to meet, to salads, to desserts, Sushi, and everything in between. The only complaint I had was the melted butter for the crab legs, I don’t believe that’s real butter, And if it was the butter tasted nasty. Other than that everything was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Cozy, People Watching, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

One of the best buffets in town now. I have been back many times and will continue to return and refer.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A truly abysmal restaurant. I tried each one of the baked fish on offer, and all were overdone - dry, not moist. Quality was overall very low, e.g. crackers (cheap, generic, factory-product) and cheese (3 kinds, a brie and two blocks of some generic solid white cheese with little flavor) were typical.

Staff, from the front desk to the waiters, made you feel like part of a factory operation rather than a guest or a client. No sense from anyone that they would like our evening to be special. If McDonalds opened a seafood buffet, it would be just like this place. Spend as little as possible on ingredients and talent, decor and ambience, and try to maximize volume of customers and pass-through rate.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were there for new years eve, our first visit with u. The food was exceptionally good. Everything we had was delicious. Thank u for a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Been here many times. Never disappoints. Great fresh seafood. Delicious, tender Prime Rib. Great mini desserts... you can taste them all! Well, almost ... Go hungry!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was new years eve and a great setting to spend the evening. Sat put on the patio great view right on the ocean. Waitress was a bit slow but another server took over and was very attentive. Overall a great experience.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

it is a $9.99 buffet that you pay $40 to eat by the water

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not enough handicapped parking. For a hotel plus restaurant, this place has far too little handicapped parking. They obviously want you to have to use the $20 valet parking. Even though there was an open space adjacent to handicapped parking, and knowing we were seeking handicapped parking, the valet refused to allow us to self park in that location and did not offer free valet parking as an option. Shame on them!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were given a table that was very uncomfortable for us to move around considering having a baby high chair on our ...we did made this aware to the host that we need a spacious place due to the need of the high chair but this was ignored . we felt very disappointed this is not a family oriented place. I will not recommend this place for someone with a baby.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Server was horrible. All he had to do was bring drinks and remove plates. We sat with no drink refills, never brought our coffee, never offered mimosas which were included and charged adult price for a child. We priceeded to talk to the manager who honestly had a "oh well" attitude. The manager gave us a scratch off worth 10.00 off our next meal (after we just paid 180.00 for the bad service) what a joke! So many other buffets around with great food and service.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was my third time and the first time for many of our staff. I love the options on the buffet and the cleanliness of the buffet. The atmosphere is great!!!!! I will be back again and again!!!!

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Casual, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Crab legs were not very good. Prime rib was OK, but also not great. Not worth the price. Wish I went somewhere else.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was very disappointing and definitely not worth the price.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

If you enjoy a crap buffet... You'll love this place

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was great, it was nice to have such a wide variety to choose from. It slows down later in the evening so not all of the food is available the whole time. Probably better to go earlier in the evening rather than later to ensure the freshest food.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

First time eating there for Christmas dinner. For the price I thought it would be nicer. Kind of like eating in a cafeteria with long lines at the buffet. Just two of us and when we were in line for desert they cleaned off our table and were getting ready to seat people at it! Prime rib was good, but everything else was just adequate. Not worth the price. Won't go back.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The value of Shephard's Ocean flame buffet seems to have taken a hit. This was by far the most disappointing experience I have ever had there. It started from arrival. We had reservations for 630 and had to stand in line for approx 25 minutes. when we got to the Hostess station, they gave our table away to a party of six that just arrived with no reservations. They then advised us that we could wait another 45 minutes for a table or sit outside where it was approx 50 degrees and windy. The food was sub par at best and we have always had pleasant experiences here in the past. Foods were cold, dry and not in good supply for the amount of people that attended. This buffet in my opinion was not even worth half of the 45.00 that they were charging. The only bright spot was our server Michael Orsini. He was very cordial, professional and attentive to my family and our table. Big props to Michael, he deserved the 70.00 gratuity.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

My family went to Shephards on Christmas day. It was our first time trying the buffet and I think it's going to be a yearly tradition. It was super busy but the staff handled the crowd very well. I appreciate all the workers that were there that day including our server, James. He was attentive and pleasant. The food was great. The only bummer was that there was bacon in the macaroni and cheese and we don't eat bacon, but other than that, everything was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I usually come for Sunday brunch, which is fantastic. I was a little underwhelmed with the Christmas dinner experience. Our waitress was wonderful but a few of the kitchen staff were very sassy. Especially sassy at the dessert station. I understand that working on a holiday sucks but being rude to guests isn't acceptable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 25, 2017

First time visitors. This was the Christmas Day Buffet. The ambience and water view were wonderful. The food selection was quite eclectic. (Something for everyone). Everything we ate was excellent. Particularly liked the carving station choices. All high quality meats cooked to perfection. Our server was very attentive but inconspicuous at the same time. We will definitely go back in the future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Scenic View, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our server was very pleasant, but run off her feet. There was no pickup of dirty dishes. We had to clear our own table to go back to the buffet. We did not get drinks. We could have left without paying. For a holiday buffet, the staff should be full, not a skeleton crew. The food was only OK and some hot items were cold. I doubt I will be back. Too many other choices were they seem to really want your business.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Shephard's is one of the few restaurants open on Christmas so we went there instead of cooking. There is a bounty of food and we were able to sit out on the deck and listen to the music next door. A bit pricey.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a party of 10 and everyone was very happy With the food. Jonnie our waiter was very good. We were not crammed into a small space. Every thing went well and I shall return. Ken Kiefer. Xmas Dinner!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went on Xmas as I have for a few years now, and it was NOT up to par. No mimosas (said Xmas on Monday!! what??), no crab legs, and a much more limited menu for a higher price. They just cut too many corners this year. I won't be back and that is unfortunate as I have really enjoyed the place in the past, but enough is enough!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Husband and I have celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, anniversaries, etc at Shepherds many times and have NEVER been disappointed in the food or the service. Even when they are packed, like Christmas, the service is timely and friendly. They are also very helpful. I had asked about a desert that I really liked and was surprised when I talked to the server as he got the name for me. All we know is we will and have recommended Shepherds to all our friends

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving and loved it but the food and atmosphere were not as enjoyable for Christmas.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our second time there for Christmas buffet. Marvelous selections of all good foods and desserts. Clean floors & cleanup of tables was exceptional. Courtesy of server excellent. Noise was a bit much but it is a buffet.....Valet parking runners exceptional.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Disabled Access
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Even though the restaurant was not full we were seated in the bar dance hall area.... Not great.
The Christmas buffet was 42.95 plus tip and tax and napkins were paper and not enuf of them.

The food was just so-so. Too much sugar and the deserts were low quality glop!

Used to be a great brunch buffet but now it has gone down hill. Definitely will not go back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Have been to this restaurant several times. We are always impressed with the variety of selections, and, the fresh appearance and taste of the food. Service staff is some of the best we have experienced anywhere. We have had Yvanna several times now, and, will continue to request her every time we go to this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The view is awesome , food , drinks an service.. Love it every time we go there , no matter what the occasion is !

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Perfect choice for Christmas Day buffet. Seated immediately as per the reservation time. Waitress was professional and friendly. Food was all well prepared. Surprised that there was no turkey meat. Thank you for the complimentary valet parking that was offered. That was a relief on my mind. The close seating allowed us to sit next to a mother and daughter in town for vacation and they were fun to talk with.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I was a bit upset that they couldn't find my reservation in their system. When I asked to sit outside, they said that was for people with reservations! (Which I had!) I even had a confirmation of the reservation on my phone!

Otherwise, our server James made it a decent experience anyway.

Tags: Seasonal
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