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Whales Tale Fish House

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2720 West Old 441 Hwy, next to Mt Dora Pizza, Mount Dora, FL
11:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Howey in the Hills, Florida
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Four of us stopped in yesterday for a mid afternoon lunch. Had I been from anywhere but the Deep South, I would probably have driven away. This hole-in-the-wall place is in a mostly abandoned shopping center that is quite literally on the 'wrong side of the tracks.' It is also off the main highway with little signage and had it... More 

Thank Robert_W_Mann
Palm Coast, Florida
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121 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

This is not a frilly NYC top of the line restaurant. What it DOES have is nice professional service with a welcoming smile and a great sense of humor and MOST SPECIFICALLY, excellent seafood simply prepared. The N.E. Clam Chowda is very good, the fried haddock was special. The breading was light and allowed the natural flavor of fresh fish... More 

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Camdenton, MO
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186 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff, limited menu, dinner meal served in a plastic basket like a fast food chain. I ordered salad with 1/2 order of haddock on top - a very small piece of fish. Ordered oil & vinegar dressing - got creamy Italian. Spouse ordered crab cakes, just okay but very expensive. She did taste friend's shrimp and thought it was... More 

Thank darrelltloz
Forest Hills, New York
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162 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

A hole in the wall in a strip mall with surprisingly excellent seafood. The seafood (both fried and broiled) was expertly prepared. The staff is very pleasant and attentive. A definite to return to.

Thank Gingerbreadjoe
Mount Dora, Florida
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Part of a group of male senior citizens out for lunch. Service was excellent for a group of 15. Food was very good and the prices very reasonable. This place continues to do well.

Thank Orlando-Mike2
Mount Dora, Florida, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This is a favorite place for lunch. Our favorite meals are fried clams and fried shrimp. They claim to have the best shrimp and I would agree. The shrimp are perfectly cooked and of a decent size.

Thank Lisa D
Sorrento, Florida
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

small restaurant all homemade. so good going back again. going to try the chowder. large shrimp better than red lobster.

Thank Dg1313
Twinsburg, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

In the mood for fish and based on Trip Advisor reviews, this was a good spot to go. The clam chowder was creamy, not too many potatoes and just the right amount of clams. We both had the halibut, my husband's with breading, mine broiled with a lemon butter sauce. Both were excellent. It's a little hole in the wall... More 

Thank Gennieann1
deerfield beach, fla.
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Have been there twice and have never failed to have a good time and great dinner. This place has the freshest food, homemade and great service. It is in an out of the way shopping center but worth the drive. My favorite is the broiled scallops with the crumb top haddock, hushpuppies to die for and their onion rings are... More 

Thank tripalong-7
Tavares, Florida
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This great restaurant almost hidden away in an old shopping center off Old-441 is a real treasure! The fried shrimp were absolutely delicious, very large, and priced very reasonably for the quality and quantity. My friend had the Soft Shelled Crab sandwich and raved about it. Their Clam Chowder is outstanding too!

Thank Thomas P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2720 West Old 441 Hwy, next to Mt Dora Pizza, Mount Dora, FL
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lake County  >  Mount Dora
  • Phone Number: 352-385-1500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?