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Waterfront Restaurant & Marina

2131 Oleander St, N 26' 29.492 W 086' 04.899, Saint James City, FL 33956-2029
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“grouper” (31 reviews)
“onion strings” (9 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2131 Oleander St, N 26' 29.492 W 086' 04.899, Saint James City, FL 33956-2029
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Meal was so so, atmosphere felt as though we were intruding, bored staff, prices for the experience was high, views were ok.

Thank BAS942
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We stopped off here in our hire boat. Sadly we had eaten so really just wanted drinks. What a great welcome, not many people at mid afternoon. We were tempted by the shrimps and they were just delicious. Had it been closer by Road we...More

Thank Chrissie77
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

This is the second time we've been to this restaurant and the food/service were excellent! I had the best clam chowder ever and the clam strips were tasty. Nice place to stop while boating.

Thank Cindi B
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Set out side along the canal and watch the boats ,, the food is great (open prime rib ) service is friendly

Thank Bob I
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We owned a second home in St James City for several years. We would often have lunch and dinner at the WATERFRONT. It was walking distance and delightful. Simple, small and modest setting with newspapers covering the table. Outdoor dining is nice there too on...More

Thank labrador47
Reviewed 11 August 2017

The Waterfront is a special place that is totally Old Florida. It's right on a canal on Pine Island, and you can tie up at their dock or drive there in your car to discover a thatch-roofed building housing a friendly lunch-and-dinner spot that serves...More

Thank villagordie
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We went for lunch and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. It's kind of an eclectic venue with all sorts of Florida paraphernalia on the walls, and at the southern tip of Pine Island, kind of a destination eatery. Seat yourself beach...More

Thank Steve N
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you Steve. We are so glad you found our little out of the way gem! If you like the fried oysters, come on in on a Saturday for our $9 a Dozen, fresh, shucked to order Oysters, they are awesome. We keep our seafood...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Cute place with great food. Veggies in our group say the Bocca burger is the best vegetarian option in the area . The crab and burgers are great. keylime pie if youve any room left is excellent. Even have an eating challenge ( never seen...More

Thank yvettelumley
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you Yvette for taking the time to review us. We love that you and your children have been visiting us for so long and enjoy it so. We pride ourselves on being consistent and only serving fresh, local seafood. If you like Shrimp, definitely...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Amy always takes good care of us...the food is great...Love the atmosphere and view... Grouper basket was delicious!!!

Thank karona1
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Amy is AWESOME and always treats everyone like family! We hope you got to see some Manatee or Dolphins while you were here or one of our spectacular sunsets! Thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it so very much.

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

The food was amazing for the price. Our waitress Amy did a fantastic job. My opinion, best restaurant on the island!!More

Thank Jab J
JD H, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you Jab J! We like to think we are the best also. We've been here for over 60 years, 22 under my ownership, so I think I'm doing something right. LOL We know we are not right around the corner so we always appreciate...More

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Response from villagordie | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for your help !
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Response from JD H | Property representative |
No pool table at The Waterfront, but Froggy's has one!
25 February 2016|
Response from Mark M | Reviewed this property |
Straight south on Olander Street almost to the south end of the island. It will be on your right
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2131 Oleander St, N 26' 29.492 W 086' 04.899, Saint James City, FL 33956-2029
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Saint James City
  • Phone Number: 239-283-0592
Pine Island's original and oldest restaurant, The Waterfront Restaurant & Marina has been around for 100 or so years. Serving "Ole Florida Style" seafood baskets & entrees, burgers, salads & more, The Waterfront is a local favorite. Our seafood is local and fresh, what's on your plate today was swimming yesterday! Conveniently located at the mouth of the Henley Canal, we are a boater's favorite as well, with 16 easily accessible boat slips and the shortest idle time of all local boat friendly establishments. Come on in for one of our daily specials, Saturday features $9 Dozen Raw Oysters, plump, delicious & hand shucked to order. Sunday's special is our FAMOUS Sweet Tea Fried Chicken, available only on Sundays, until we run out! Check out our picture gallery for our other Daily Specials. We have beautiful outdoor dining, dockside with frequent manatee & dolphin sightings as well as breathtaking sunsets. On the deck, we welcome your well behaved pets as well!
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