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Star Fish Company Dockside Restaurant

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12306 46th Ave W, W Cortez, Cortez, FL 34215
+1 941-794-1243
11:30 - 20:00
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 11:30 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 20:00
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After reading about Star Fish. Company for the past two years, my husband and I and friends were finally in the area and stopped by for lunch. It was wonderful! The restaurant is tucked away right on the water and it is casual dining with a capital C ....with picnic benches under a roof and right on the dock. We... More 

Thank Sandra E
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I seem to be missing something when I see the rave reviews for this restaurant. The fish was obviously very fresh and tasty and it is a cheap meal in comparison to other restaurants in the area. However, you have to queue to order your meal at a hatch, must pay in cash as they do not take cards and... More 

Thank Kengolf12
Anna Maria Island, Florida
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1. Get there early! 2. Get there early!! 3. You can only pay with cash!!! 3. Did I say get there early? The tourists have arrived, discovered the Star Fish and it will be packed from now through April! So... We had 7 of us who had been waiting over 6 months to get back to the Starfish. So we... More 

Thank 903Mullet
Richardson, Texas
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228 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old Cortez fishing area with a fresh fish market and restaurant on the waterfront! We bought fresh Stone Crab $18/lb and fresh Grouper, both fantastic! Don't miss this place if you enjoy a relaxed location with fresh off the boat goodies! Tip: Stone Crab season is Oct-Mar, so arrive early and order in the market before lunch, they sell out... More 

Thank Ken R
Brandon, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want an "Old Florida" experience this is the place to go. Starfish started as a retail seafood market next to the commercial fishing fleet, that is still very active. On the back deck they opened a restaurant and bar, covered but outdoor (overhead heaters if cold out). The deck looks out over the fishing boats, large bay with... More 

Thank Ken M
Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a casual dinner at sunset. Sat at picnic tables but enjoyed first class, fresh-off-the-boat seafood surrounded by the boats that caught them. Even the blue herons and egrets found it a great place to perch! Great grouper and stone crab claws (in season). Hush puppies and Cole slaw were delicious too. 🐟🐟🐟

Thank Annfyoung
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been visiting when in the USA for 15 years and Star never fails us! Always fresh fish - ok it's served in a box - you sit on picnic benches but it's well worth the often long lines at peak times. Wine and beer (drought and bottled) is available and reasonably priced - unfortunately smoking is permitted at the... More 

Thank Scene-set
Sarasota, Florida
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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My last visit here here was in June 2015, so i was very much overdue for the incredible food Star Fish Company has consistently made and been famous for many years. I always get the same things. Blackened grouper sandwich complete with fresh lettuce, tomato, tarter sauce, and side order of french fries, double order of cheese grits, and perfectly... More 

Thank Charles R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I stopped by for lunch. Friendly service. Delicious seafood lunch with a fabulous view. It was busy so be prepared to wait for your meal. It will be worth the wait.

Thank Lisa H
Sarasota, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love fresh seafood, then Starfish is a must. Tucked away and smack dab in the middle of the Cortez fishing village, it is nothing fancy. You order at the counter and eat at picnic tables outside with a view of the fishing boats and bay. The hours they are open are very short and everything is made to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 14
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12306 46th Ave W, W Cortez, Cortez, FL 34215
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Cortez
  • Phone Number: +1 941-794-1243

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