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Posted by Frank on 04/08/2014
This was our first experience with Captain Charlie's. The atmosphere is basic, 1 inch thick plywood tables. Waitress was cold , dry and unpleasant, Just like our main course, the blackened grouper. Their version is to coat the fish in spicy cajun seasoning. The waitress should have told us how they did "blackened" fish. Especially since we had ordered the non spicy calamari. The fish was also very dry. We should have sent the fish back, but our waitress never came over to ask how things were. When I did say something after we had eaten, she sad sorry, I can't do anything now. It's too late. Our appetizers, calamari and fried oysters were good but not exceptional. That is the only reason I gave a 2 for the food rating. I think this place is way overrated. I will not go back because they would not make good on the disappointing fish dish. Although, even if they did, I would have second thoughts of returning because the fish, like the waitress and management were so bad.
Posted by Caroline Archambault on 11/29/2013
My husband and I love this place! It is the best kept secret for seafood! I recommend the hog snapper or the triple tail! Dessert is a must, we usually select a homemade ice cream or mud pie. Appetizers that I would suggest: TWA shrimp or the Blackened Scallop Salad! Yummy!!! For lunch, my husband loves the quesadillas. The complimentary cole slaw gets a thumbs up too. My only suggestion would be to get a full bar. We are not wine drinkers & the beer selection was a little limiting. But really enjoy our date nights at this special place!
Posted by Lew and Peggy on 11/03/2012
Excellent food. Try the Swordfish or Shrimp. Killer wine list at reasonable prices. Good stuff available by the glass. The congenial host has created a laid back "Old Florida" atmosphere. Friendly, fun place. Don't let the exterior put you off. Recent Wine Spectator two page spread as Number One in S Florida has made it even more popular.
Posted by Barb from Ohio on 07/26/2012
In town from Ohio. Asked the front desk of our hotel for a great seafood-elbows on the table restaurant for dinner. We were pleased with the Reef Grill. Our server recommended maybe trying several appetizers as a meal to share when we asked her favorite things were. The Caesar salad with Panko-crusted hog snapper was great! The calamari was very good, as was the tortizza. The fish tacos were pretty good, too. I did not care for the key lime pie, it seemed very gritty. But, the mango creme brûlée was fabulous!
Posted by LAR on 04/06/2012
Seems like almost everyone through the door knew the guy behind the counter Lots of loyal customers. The food was intelligently prepared--we brought fish we'd caught that day--and we had it sautéed in clam juice/wine & clarified butter, served with an outstanding fruit salsa (apples, mango and pear? with some cider vinegar, brown sugar and cayenne--perfectly balanced). Dessert was a killer peanut butter/ chocolate ice cream. Wine list was respectable, if basic, and well priced. Best dinner we've had all week.
Posted by Tony Ciluffo on 03/11/2012
5 stars all around, atmosphere, food amazing, owners are the greatest, no better place around, and the wine a cellar beyond compare. If you're there do stop in you'll not be disappointed!
Posted by deb on 10/14/2011
Afternoon lunches aren't the same since they changed cooks..Won't be going back there again .. sad day too cause it was always one of the best eateries around