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The Waterfront Restaurant

4.7
1367 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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At the Waterfront Restaurant, our regular menu is based on the finest products we can find and updated seasonally. They are prepared in classic form, with emphasis on fresh, natural flavors. Most customers will recognize favorites - picatta, au Poivre, pesto, mojo, and others.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(941) 778-1515
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Justin Hibberts
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Private party contact
Ryan Reilly: (941) 778-1515
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spring Ave
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1367 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined a day ago

The food was terrific. Great starter (French fried carrots & beets), and the mains were amazing. Grouper Oscar and shrimp & grits were so flavorful and cooked perfectly. Great service, even with a plate delivery error. The beer/wine selection is very good.

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edwarddirkswager (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Said our reservation was for a relatively dark interior room--news to us. We would not have stayed. After protest seated us in an outside spot on the side street. Couldn't get preferred front street spot since there were only two of us. Upon leaving noticed some tab;es in our preferred spot with just two people. Food absolutely excellent. Service very good.

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Judy (New England)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

The brussel sprouts were soaked in grease. Could not eat them. Salad dressing and bread oil had too much vinegar and lacked district taste. Server Matt was very friendly and professional.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The Waterfront was everything we had heard and more! We dined inside and the ambiance was better than I had hoped. It was cozy without being crowded and most comfortable. I loved seeing so many of the original architectural details. The food was fresh, delicious, and beautifully presented. I will definitely return.

Hint: Reservations are for indoor dining. Outdoor dining is on a first-come-first-served basis through the hostess stand.

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Sarah (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We are never disappointed here. I love the lobster bisque. The very friendly staff and the presentation of the food.

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krashtestdummy (Nashville)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Waitresses always friendly, waitstaff terrific, and food consistent - what more can you ask?

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Absolutely delicious! We are only able to visit the island every couple of years or so and The Waterfront Cafe is always top of our list of places we MUST eat. They consistently give us the best meal during our visits. This time we had shrimp and grits and the risotto Julianne - both had fantastic flavor.

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JDandK (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My only complaint is that this restaurant advertises that it does no take reservations for outside seating. This is fine for me because I do not want to dine outside. However, every time they try to seat me outside. I do not know who control this, but I am just about ready to stop dining there.

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GEEZERS (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

One of our party had a steak that was full of gristle and hardly able to cut or eat. Where we were sitting started out being very chilly but our server turned up the heater; until the people next to us said they had been out in the sun and were hot so the heater was turned down. There was no offer to put down the vinyl curtain. We have been to Waterfront a number of times and must say this was disappointing.

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DJS1 (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been to the Waterfront many times, but on Valentine's Day it was even better than usual. My wife's filet was tender and cooked perfectly, and the special I had "Shrimp Over Hanger" was the best meal I have ever had at Waterfront. Perfectly prepared, and paired well with the Pinot Noir special wine of the day. Amazing!

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