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Maria's Smokehouse and Seafood Restaurant

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18550 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
+1 239-466-9666
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Outer Banks, North Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great selection. very interesting cuisine with water views, parrots, glowing fish. I've eaten there several times. always great.

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Thank James E
Management response:

James, thanks for sharing the love for our great selection of dishes and our fun environment. It means a lot, and I hope we'll get to have you back again sometime soon. Until then, Damien, Waiter More 

Naples, FL
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257 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here recently at invitation of a good friend and ate with them and another couple for dinner. It is definitely a local dive with indoor and outdoor seating. We ate outside as the weather was nice ad you could see the boats anchored just outside patio. Their specialty was the "All you can eat Fish" which we tried... More 

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Thank Dan S
Management response:

Dan, I'm so glad to hear you and your friends had such a lovely dinner with us. Thank you for sharing the love for our relaxing atmosphere and our all you can eat fish special. It means a lot to hear you had great service, and I hope we get to have you back again sometime. Until then, Damien, Waiter More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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102 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

My husband and I wanted to try a local seafood restaurant and we always saw cars at Maria's so we gave it a try. There was only one person working (Maria?) and she was unable to keep up. We were in no hurry so we just waited and visited the birds. We ordered gumbo and smoked fish and neither of... More 

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1 Thank Fireside3351
Management response:

I'm very sorry to hear you were so disappointed in your visit with us. We take a lot of pride in the food we prepare from fresh ingredients and cooked with care, but it sounds like your gumbo and fish weren't to your taste. We always want you to feel taken care of with fast, friendly, attentive service, as well,... More 

Holland, Michigan
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

If you can look past. One, a questionable atmosphere. Two, Maria's poor poor hospitality let's talk about that a bit. She is down right snotty to customers. The only person that waits on people at the restaurant. She acts as though anything you ask of her is an inconvenience. She will not separate checks up for couples. Three, there also... More 

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Thank livin4vacations
Management response:

Although I'm glad to hear you do enjoy our delicious food, I'm sorry to hear that you've been so disappointed in our customer service. We always want our guests to feel taken care of with quality, professional care, but I'm sorry if you've felt unwelcome in any way. As for our parrot, it is part of our atmosphere and part... More 

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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Maria is awesome ! Her etouffee is above standard and a mouth watering dish. I have to say that I love it. The old smokehouse is small and looks like a dive, but, I personally put the fire system in the kitchen and have done service work there. That being said, the kitchen is immaculate and one if the cleanest... More 

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Thank Denver L
Management response:

Hey there, Denver! Thanks for sharing the love for our etouffee and our immaculate attention to detail in our kitchen! It really means a lot, and I hope we get to have you back for another meal soon. Until then, Damien, Waiter More 

Texas
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196 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We are so happy we went to Maria's and experienced the true old time restaurant experience. Seafood was outstanding and Maria is priceless. Don't go if you expect fancy surroundings and anything upscale. Do go if you want great seafood and the experience of a lifetime. You won't find another place like it !

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Thank TXtraveler67_71
Management response:

I'm so happy you were able to stop by for a lovely meal, too! Thank you so much for sharing the love for our outstanding seafood dishes! It really means a lot to hear you felt comfortable in our relaxing atmosphere, and I hope we get to have you back again soon. Until then, Damien, Waiter More 

A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Cannot say enough good things about this place. Not crowded at all, fabulous fresh seafood, and very cool outdoor patio right on the water. Great atmosphere and service was impeccable. Maria's son is VERY polite!!

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Management response:

I'm so glad to hear you've always had such a great time dining with us! It really means a lot that you love our fresh seafood and impeccable service. I hope we'll get to have you back again sometime soon. Until then, Damien, Waiter More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

i drove 40 miles round trip 3 days in a row for smoked amber jack. she had none, was never open and i called the the phone rang so long it disconnected. her hours on line say otherwise. how she stays in business is beyond me.

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Thank Floridagirl930
Management response:

It's concerning to read about your experience. It sounds like you went through quite some trouble to get what you were looking for, and I'd like to apologize for any inconveniences. We were close for construction on the roof for about two months .That being said, in the year since you left this review, we've made great strides in our... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

The seafood she makes will take your taste buds to highs one would think were not attainable I was looking for A Rock Shrimp dinner when i asked a Sheriff (who was giving out a ticket) where i could find rock shrimp and he said if you can't find any go to Maria's Smokehouse if you want the best fish... More 

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3 Thank Joe M
Management response:

It's been a while since you left this review, Joe, but it was so awesome reading about your experience! I'm so flattered by your compliments on our fish and our sauces -- I'll be sure to pass them along. Hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Damien, Waiter More 

Covington, Georgia
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123 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Still great after all these years, I'd hate to have to count the number of times we've been to Maria's, but the food's still great. And yes it still looks like hell, but the food is really special. the fish is fresh and super tasty we also had a bowl of gumbo to share this time, it was very good,... More 

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2 Thank onesawb
Management response:

You don't know how much it means to hear that even after all these years, you still have such a wonderful visit with us. It's a pleasure to have you always join us for a meal and enjoy our company together. Thanks so much for sharing the love, and I hope this means we'll get to see you again soon.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18550 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 239-466-9666
Description
Maria's Smokehouse and Seafood Restaurant features a zesty Cajun menu, great drinks, and award winning dishes. With remarkable smoked seafood and dockside patio seating, Maria's exceeds anything in the area. Our restaurant may look a little unimpressive from the outside, but don't judge a book by it's cover. Enter and you'll find a dining establishment full of kitschy character. Your taste buds will explode when you indulge into our menu, from our 2012 Best Dish Award Crawfish Etouffee to our wildly popular gumbo, everything pops with unforgettable taste. All dishes are seasoned with secret blends of spices taken from our little garden plots and pots around the restaurant that are bursting with fresh herbs and spices. No short cuts here at all. For all around best food, a zesty Cajun taste, and great drinks, Maria's exceeds anything in the area. This is THE place to dine.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?