Service was awesome, food was good, atmosphere was lively and enjoyable. Live music and outdoor seating makes sure you don't forget you are in FL.
By 615 there was a pretty long wait and this place has a ton of seating. There is a great statue of...the 'ugly grouper and ring toss and other games for the kids.
Staff was fun and engaging, and we picked up a few pieces of garb from the gift store to prove we were there. Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile The food and service is OK at the grouper.
We would love to make this up to you with another visit, on us, Please email me at Hgerken@uglygrouper.com Hayley Ger ken Assistant Manager Reviewed 4 weeks ago I always like to give a shout out to the staff that make the experience.
Conversely, more moderately good food can be elevated by excellent service and experience. When Rye and I and out 2 friends sat down at the bar Brian was ready to guide us through a fun, boozy and delicious lunch.
One can't always find a skilled bartender at a Beach bar/ restaurant but this was not the case here. Drinks were yummy and once we'd eaten and were starting to leave Brian suggested shots.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago If you are in the Annamaria area and you don't eat here...you're missing out! The food is not only fresh, it came out perfectly hot and was absolutely delicious.
We sat in the outside eating area and loved the vibe and live music. The...zucchini bites were AMAZING and our server, Ashley Faith was so attentive and kind.
Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Patrons are entertained by live music Aug. 1 at the Ugly Grouper restaurant, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Annamaria commissioners accepted a bid from the Ugly Grouper for the new city pier, but then voted to reject the offer at their July 30 meeting. People sit at the bar Aug. 1 at the Ugly Grouper restaurant, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Annamaria commissioners accepted a bid from the restaurant for the new city pier, but voted to reject the offer presented them during a July 30 commission meeting for negotiations. Some visitors July 2 at the new Annamaria City Pier cast a line for a catch and others sightseer from the deck overlooking Tampa Bay.
A proposed floor plan submitted by the Ugly Grouper for the restaurant and bait shop at the new Annamaria City Pier, 101 Bay Blvd., shows 162 seats marked by yellow dots. At a July 30 meeting, commissioners voted 3-2 to 86 the negotiations with the Ugly Grouper of Holmes Beach for the vacant restaurant and bait shop on the new city pier, 101 Bay Blvd.
Ugly Grouper owner Mike Ross attended the meeting by phone and repeated his offer to negotiate his suggested lease terms. The commissioners voted in May to approve the Ugly Grouper ’s bid, entered negotiations and hoped to have the restaurant and bait shop operating in late 2020 or early 2021.
Construction began in 2018 and the city opened the pier with limited hours to sightseers and anglers June 19. A build out costing $1.02 million, with the city to pay for permanent items, including air conditioning, electrical and plumbing, drywall and flooring; The city pay or provide rent credit to the Ugly Grouper for $440,650, about 2.5 years rent, for the build out; The city provide the restaurant with 64 parking spaces, including 10 for employees, based on 162 seats; The Ugly Grouper be responsible for 25% of pier maintenance; The city carry hazard, property and flood insurance for the building, as well as loss of income, risk, general and excess liability insurance, while the restaurant provides $3 million in liability coverage; The city provide an initial 10-year lease, with four 10-year renewal options; The restaurant pay $14,000 per month in rent.
The Ugly Grouper ’s initial bid set the 10-year lease at $2,376,000, including the bait shop. The restaurant attached a $1.01 million estimates from local builder Mason Martin for the build out.
Crane said more seats allow for a less costly liquor license, yet, the Ugly Grouper proposal is calling for $440,650 paid by the city and lower monthly rent. With less than 150 seats, the Ugly Grouper must pay $350,000 for a full service liquor license, or settle for beer and wine sales.
Ross said his request was reasonable, as items included in that cost are permanent to the structure. Ross said anglers create the most mess, compared with restaurant patrons, who would eat and leave.
“For me, it seems like there is an amazing increase in cost for the city, which has already invested millions of dollars to build the pier,” he said, encouraging commissioners not to accept the proposal. Ross said Sean Murphy’s proposal included $300,000 for the build out, assuming HVAC was provided by the city.
But Crane said the Ugly Grouper offer was “a day late and a dollar short” and he motioned to terminate the lease discussion. It has a ton of seats and a good choice if you have a large party of folks that want to have an informal lunch or dinner.
There is an open area which is not undercover and has bunches of picnic tables, the iconic Ugly grouper sculpture, and various games for the children or adults to enjoy. The frozen drinks range from American which we call it superman because of the multi colors to Dreamlike.
Its also nice spot for the adults with small children because we don’t get the age-old question of “where’s the food” every two minutes. The child menu ranges from fried shrimp, spaghetti, or a peanut butter jelly sandwich.
Of course the Ugly Grouper has traditional entrées along with a ton of sandwich choices to be included with sides of french fries, vegetables, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf and more. The Ugly Grouper is a great Holmes Beach restaurant to grab a bite to eat in a laid back casual atmosphere.
Be sure on your next visit to try the Ugly Grouper and grab a t-shirt or baseball hat in their on-site store to remember the experience when you return to home. The Ugly GrouperRestaurant is located off Marina Drive and 58th Street in the city of Holmes Beach.
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In our ongoing quest to spotlight the best restaurants for outdoor, waterfront dining in Southwest Florida, we move this week to Annamaria Island and the Manatee County side of neighboring Longboat Key. Offering lunch and dinner along with a full bar, Mob favorites include the Grandma Georgie’s Chipotle Oysters baked with chipotle sauce, Parmesan cheese and garlic butter; coconut shrimp (dusted with coconut flakes and fried to a golden brown and served with an apricot horseradish dipping sauce); and the fish and chips made with four pieces of deep-fried Pollock.
After being in business now for 35 years, the iconic surf side dining spot has many favorite dishes with the most famous probably being the Bistro Bouillabaisse filled with lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, shellfish, octopus and more fresh seafood. Other popular entrées include the Grouper Caribbean, the U.S.A. Prime beef tenderloin, the Maple Leaf Farms duckling breast, and the American Ranch lands domestic lamb.
Popular menu items include the crab cake sandwich (crab meat gently blended with a touch of lemon and Old Bay seasoning; fried until golden brown and served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a side of cocktail sauce), the Island Grouper (grilled or blackened grouper fillet topped with mango papaya salsa; served with rice and a vegetable medley) and the Shrimp Diablo pasta (blackened jumbo shrimp, penne pasta, spicy lobster butter, goat cheese, green onions, house-made tomato cream sauce). Tucked away on Longboat Key overlooking Sarasota Bay, Mar Vista offers guests arriving by land or sea a tropical setting that includes seating on the covered deck or under a canopy of buttonwood trees.
Serving lunch and dinner, visitors by land or sea enjoy favorites like the Shore burger (house ground daily beef, Billhook cheddar, bacon jam with lettuce, tomato, onion, and side of truffle fries), King PAO calamari (Napa cabbage, red pepper, toasted peanuts, basil, mint and cilantro), Florida black grouper sandwich (Creole grilled with slaw, pic ode Gallo, lemon mayo, and side of truffle fries), and the miso-marinated black grouper (crystallized ginger basil sticky ride cake, sake-braised shiitake mushrooms, miss coconut VIN Blanc). Overlooking Tampa Bay and the newly reconstructed Annamaria City Pier, The Waterfront occupies an adorable former home with open-air patio dining providing spectacular views, especially at sunset.
A few of their delicious dishes include; steamed clams, peel & eat shrimp, buffalo grouper sandwich, etc. Mar Vista resides in Longboat Key and is casual place to get great seafood.
Still in the original building, Mar Vista is an fascinating place to visit that has tasty food! Located off Cortez, they sell locally caught seafood such as fish, scallops, and shrimp.
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