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Square Grouper Bar Cudjoe

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Paul Gonzalez
• Wednesday, 23 June, 2021
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The SquareGrouperBar and Grill is located at MM 22.5 Oceanside on Cuddle Key, Florida. One of the Florida Keys most popular destinations for unforgettable fresh & local seafood, with an emphasis on consistency and quality.

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Updated 07/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by TripAdvisor for accuracy. Updated 07/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by TripAdvisor for accuracy.

Reviewed 4 days ago This restaurant has energy, they are open and doing super job during pandemic. Don’t pass by Cuddle Key without stopping in for a bite.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago Wonderful fried grouper for take-out dinner! I prefer mine with onion chunks or a bit of sweet cornbread.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile Best restaurant we’ve been to in years! We went back to eat again on Wednesday, but they were closed because it was the day before Thanksgiving.

Maybe by then I’ll have learned how to make Key Lime Butter sauce even a fraction as good as yours! More Lynn and her team provide a great dining experience.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile Ate there twice November 18 and 19th and as usual the food was perfect. Reviewed November 19, 2020, via mobile Far and away the best restaurant from Islamabad to Key West.

From the hosts, to the servers, to the buskers; it always seems like everyone is genuinely happy to be at work. Excluding the amazing service, cleanliness, and ambiance, the main attraction here will always be the delicious cuisine.

Appetizers are always fun and innovative, I really like the New Mexican Street Corn dip! And there is a dish for everyone, from the delicious salads, to the jasmine rice bowls, to their never ending list of fresh & local seafood specials.

), Salads and lots of small plates to share... Flash Fried Conch with Ponzi and wasabi, AHI Tuna and Avocado Egg rolls, Island Shrimp Cakes with Banana Pepper Aioli, BBQ Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp and Warm Mexican Street Corn Dip to name a few! We eat here an average of 3 nights a week and have NEVER had a bad meal or experience.

Starters were the edamame and smoked fish dip; followed by, cheeseburger, shrimp PO' boy, catch of the day fish sandwich, and conch sandwich. Everything came as ordered, nothing really special, our waitress, Shield B, was just OK. With three beers, a soda & ice tea, billet CMA e to $125.00 with tip.

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There are a lot of wiki shacks and local hangouts in the Keys where the food is mediocre at best. For lunch, I had their grouper sandwich with a yummy lime tartar sauce.

We were tired after a day of diving love key and the staff were friendly and efficient- they treat customers very well! Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

), Salads and lots of small plates to share... Flash Fried Conch with Ponzi and wasabi, AHI Tuna and Avocado Egg rolls, Island Shrimp Cakes with Banana Pepper Aioli, BBQ Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp and Warm Mexican Street Corn Dip to name a few! This place is one of the best restaurants in the FL keys.

Everyone else at our table raved about the appetizers, beverages and meal. Quite a busy place for early lunch, so arrive after 1:15 when the crowds thin.

The Grouper ’s flavor didn’t come through and it was extremely dry. After examination, I noticed they barely smeared any tartar sauce on only one piece of bread.

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After asking and applying more tartar, the flavor improved but was still off mark. For dessert, I tried their homemade Key Lime Pie.

I give it a 4 star and took half home for dinner but couldn’t finish it as it was too sweet. I’m pretty finicky when it comes to the fish I eat.

I had no idea that I liked grouper until I ate at the square grouper. Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

House Smoked Fish Dip is phenomenal, a definite “must try”!! Our Conch Chowder and our Key Lime Pie are also something you should not miss.

There are a lot of wiki shacks and local hangouts in the Keys where the food is mediocre at best. Lovely modern restaurant with a great menu.

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For lunch, I had their grouper sandwich with a yummy lime tartar sauce. Not over the top pricey if you don't mind paying for quality food.

At busy times, unless you have a larger group, you will likely be sharing a table with strangers, but again, not necessarily a bad thing. As last year, all meals were delicious, flavorful and beautifully presented.

We had the tuna egg rolls and buffalo shrimp apps. My son had the duck main a few days back with friends and reordered it again with us as he found it really delicious.

The yellow tail snapper and the seafood stew were yummy. Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

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), Salads and lots of small plates to share... Flash Fried Conch with Ponzi and wasabi, AHI Tuna and Avocado Egg rolls, Island Shrimp Cakes with Banana Pepper Aioli, BBQ Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp and Warm Mexican Street Corn Dip to name a few! Last night we took a ride 22 miles up route 1 to the SquareGrouper.

The restaurant was nicely furnished, and we were seated within 10 minutes. The menu is extensive, and we read the offerings for about 15 minutes.

A stuffed acorn squash and a roasted portabello tower. Others in our group ordered the grouper dinner and were very satisfied.

Kinda small but still a high quality place. I had the special they had that day which was Fried Hog Fish with Sweet Asian Chili sauce and Jasmin Rice.

(See Pictured) We also had an appetizer of what they termed Tater Tots. These were four ice cream scoops of mashed potatoes with bacon and seasonings deep-fried to perfection.

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(Also see picture) Finished off with signature Florida Key Lime Pie they do it up right in the presentation and the pie was good also (yeah you guessed it see picture, No really it's cute go see it) We celebrated with family and had delicious food in a casual comfortable setting.

We were in a smaller room that was quieter than the main dining area. The service was good, but could have been a little quicker toward the end of the meal.

Service not as good but not bad, was very busy. Had the lobster seafood poor, like a crab cake sandwich. Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

**Corrected On-Site** No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees. At bar Handwash sink And back wait station hand wash sink Wiping cloth sanitizing solution stored on the floor.

**Corrected On-Site** Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. At Upstairs bar Unprotected ice machine in a customer/nonsecure area.

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Ice in Handwash sink in kitchen Paper towel used as liner for food container. Over Chives Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food.

Flour, No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees. **Repeat Violation** Encrusted material on can opener blade.

**Repeat Violation** Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food. Also, plastic bowl with no handle in rice and pinko upstairs Food stored on floor.

Plastic water bottles in walking cooler on the floor. No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink.

Upstairs Walk in cooler, paper towel under chives. Upstairs ice machine No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees.

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Critical Violations Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Rice, potatoes in walk in cooler overnight at … Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours.

Dish machine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. **Co… Dish machine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength.

Removed by chef, **Corrective Action Taken** Clean equipment/dishware/utensils stored next to handwash/food preparation sink exposed to splash. Upstairs kitchen cook line hand was sink has tongs hanging under paper towel holder and shelf holding… Clean equipment/dishware/utensils stored next to handwash/food preparation sink exposed to splash.

Upstairs kitchen cook line hand was sink has tongs hanging under paper towel holder and shelf holding single service items and bread Read more Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food covered while cooling.

Soiled drop plate in the interior of the ice machine that is downstairs outside. Pans of cooling potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods stacked on top of one another.

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Critical Violations Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cole slaw 50 °F, ice added to pan holding product **Corrective Action Taken** Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in upstairs walk-in cooler.

Raw oysters over cooked RTE stone crab claws. **Repeat Violation** Fan cover in walk-in cooler/freezer has accumulation of dust or debris.

Clean equipment/dishware/utensils stored next to handwash/food preparation sink exposed to splash. **Repeat Violation** Unprotected ice machine in a customer/nonsecure area.

Ice machines outside **Repeat Violation** Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food covered while cooling. Sweet potatoes in walking cooler covered while cooling overnight at 50-53 °F, Single-service articles improperly stored.

Hinged styrofoam containers on floor in dry storage area. **Corrected On-Site** Pans of cooling potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods stacked on top of one another.

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**Repeat Violation** Wiping cloth sanitizing solution stored on the floor. In kitchen In-use tongs stored on equipment door handle between uses.

**Corrected On-Site** In-use utensil stored in standing water less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees.

Clam/mussel/oyster tags not maintained in chronological order according to the last date they were served in the establishment. Critical Violations Dish machine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength.

Raw fish cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Moved to inside unit **Corrective Action Taken** Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use.

Non-critical Violations In-use tongs stored on equipment door handle between uses. **Repeat Violation** Clam/mussel/oyster tags not marked with last date served.

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**Corrected On-Site** Paper towel used as liner for food container. No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees. Upstairs restaurant and downstairs kitchen area.

**Corrected On-Site** Employee beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils. **Corrected On-Site** Menu does not identify which items contain raw or undercooked animal foods covered by the consumer advisory. Seared sea scallops, tuna.

Employee beverage container in a food preparation/clean dishware area does not have a lid and a straw or equivalent dispensing mechanism to prevent hand contact with lip contact area of drink In-use tongs stored on equipment door handle between uses. Critical Violations Vacuum breaker missing at hose BBB.

**Corrected On-Site** No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees. Employee beverage container in a food preparation/clean dishware area does not have a lid and a straw or equivalent dispensing mechanism to prevent hand contact with lip contact area of drink Menu does not identify which items contain raw or undercooked animal foods covered by the consumer advisory.

Downstairs kitchen Ice making machine located outside. A list of accredited food manager certification examination providers can be found Employee drinking from an open beverage container in a food preparation or other restricted area.

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Critical Violations Vacuum breaker missing at hose BBB. No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink.

Bar Establishment is conducting non-continuous cooking of raw animal foods and the written procedures are not available upon request. **Corrected On-Site** No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees.

Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. Non-critical Violations Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food covered while cooling.

**Corrected On-Site** Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. BAR In-use tongs stored on oven door handle.

Critical Violations Chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual ware washing. **Corrected On-Site** Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler.

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No conspicuously located ambient air temperature thermometer in reach-in cooler. Critical Violations Dish machine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength.

To order approved program food safety material, call BPR's contracted provider: Florida Restaurant and Lodging As… Proof of required state approved employee training not available for some employees. To order approved program food safety material, call BPR's contracted provider: Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (Safest) 866-372-7233.

Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and sing… Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items.

Critical Violations Vacuum breaker missing at hose BBB. To order approved program food safety material, call BPR's contracted provider: Florida Restaurant and Lodging Assoc… No proof of required state approved employee training provided for any employees.

To order approved program food safety material, call BPR's contracted provider: Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (Safest) 866-372-7233. **Corrected On-Site** Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food.

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Non-critical Violations Commercially processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food opened and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening. Milk in Walking cooler Employee rinsed utensil in handwash sink.

Knife **Corrected On-Site** Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food. Corn meal **Corrected On-Site** Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked.

Kitchen **Corrected On-Site** In-use knife/knives stored in crack between equipment and wall. **Corrected On-Site** Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.

Critical Violations Observed employee drinking from an open beverage container in a food preparation or other restricted area. Non-critical Violations Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.

In-use utensil not stored on a clean portion of food preparation or cooking equipment. Ice scoops. Critical Violations Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Kitchen By Walk-in cooler No Certified Food Manager for establishment.

No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees. Non-critical Violations Clean glasses, cups, utensils, pots and pans not stored inverted or in a protected manner.

Critical Violations Observed bare hand contact of ready-to-eat food by employees and establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure in effect. Waitstaff and Chef in kitchen. Observed employee drinking from an open beverage container in a food preparation or other restricted area.

Non-critical Violations Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Kitchen and front counter Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. Observed single-service articles handled, displayed, or dispensed in a manner that allows for contamination. Unwrapped straws Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. Drygoods area Repeat Violation.

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