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Maria's Backwater Bar & Grill

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18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2369
+1 239-437-4777
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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Very slow service and then one of our party didn't receive her meal. Marie yelled that they were out of cheese. Didn't say anything when it was ordered. Never offered an alternative. If you run a restaurant, you really need to treat customers well or you won't have customers. She needs to retire. Her son was wonderful. How embrassing for... More 

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Outer Banks, North Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

eaten there several times. always great. ambiance with the glowing fish, parrots and old world charm.

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Thank James E
Fort Myers, Florida
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

It is very easy to drive by this special place. Don't let the looks fool you, it has fantastic cajun cooking. The Crawfish Etouffee is special and the Salmon Duvall is great!!! One complaint; we have been there 8-9 times and they never have the Bread Pudding which we hear is unbelievable.

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Thank William G
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Maria's has been around a long time, but used to only be a fish market when I was a kid, now she has a small hidden restaurant, she cooks everything fresh, excellent! It is hidden though if you don't know the area, its right before you go over the bridge to the beach, small place. Her Son works there, he... More 

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texas
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346 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

The fried fish was great. The shrimp were big and great. Local small place but good seafood. The ettoufee was not good. Salty and bad flavor. Maria was great but will go back and stick with fried foods

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Thank cabotravelor
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

For our last supper in Florida for this season, we went to Maria's. The garlic shrimp and salmon Duval were delicious and so was the sangria. We look forward to returning next season.

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Great Neck, New York
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Loved this location. Beautiful sunset surrounded by outside dining. However, the food was just not worth eating. Dinner would have been better and cheaper at macDonald's.

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ELLINGTON
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269 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Upon entering this hole in the wall, quirkily decorated place you are greeted by a grouse, still in holiday garland. It is very casual and seating is either in the front which is enclosed or on the open patio where you have a view of the yachts parked at the docks and within shouting distance of the several birds in... More 

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106 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016 via mobile

Normally, I would recommend quirky little restaurants like these, but I won't be going back to Maria's. For starters, they have a message of support for an idiotic political candidate on their sign outside, totally inappropriate. If that hadn't turned my, stomach, their food certainly would have. I would not recommend giving this place a try.

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Thank Jctandco
Carleton Place, Canada
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

I had high expectations for this quirky restaurant. The Gumbo was good but unfortunately the fish dishes weren't. Our table ordered three different fish dishes, and they arrived all looking the same...bland..and unfortunately all tasted the same. All were coated in the same breading, with frozen french fries and a small portion of cole slaw.I had asked the server if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2369
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 239-437-4777

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