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Walt's Fish Market
Restaurant Review

Rating System: - 1=Excellent - 2=Very Good - 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor

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Anonymous party of 2 rated the food at Walt's Fish Market on March 2, 2010 as good because it was "good, hot and tasty" and writes: "We waited 45 minutes for our sandwiches. Our fries didn't arrive at the table until 15 minutes after the meal was finished. Although they we deducted from the bill, the manager didn't seem to care whatsoever. No apology or explanation. I'm a fulltime resident of Sarasota and work here also. I definitely will have second thoughts about ever visiting this establishment again."
Service Rating: 5
Ambience Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 3
Value Rating: 3
Overall Experience: 5

Anonymous party of 2 rated their dinner of Florida Lobster, Grouper, Flounder poor because, "Florida Lobster was over cooked, so it was rubbery, dry and tasteless." and writes on August 18, 2009, "I was told the Florida Lobster was really good by the waitress so I ordered it. It was not good at all. The worst Lobster I have ever had. It was over cooked, rubbery, dry and tasteless. I thought that was maybe how Florida Lobsters were but after the meal the waitress said it should have been tender and sweet. For $20.00 they should never have brought it to the table that over cooked. We had gone here for our anniversary to try a new place and came away very disappointed and will most likely never go back."
Service Rating: 2
Ambience Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 3
Kid Friendly Rating: 2
Value Rating: 5
Overall Experience: 5

Anonymous party of 7 rated the oysters, grouper, alligator, crab excellent because, "Very tasty, plentiful, great variety of fish, hot" and writes on April 29, 2009, "This was my first time in Florida, and I wanted an authentic fish experience that I can't get at home. We picked Walt's from the phone book and I think I picked a winner! There were so many kinds of fish to pick from we finally just ordered plates and decided to share bites. The alligator was very good, oysters were huge, grouper pieces were very large, although a bit dry. I assume grouper is that way. The sides were also very tasty, even the applesauce! The waitress was very accommodating to whatever we wanted. The smoked mullet spread could be a meal in itself.
As far as ambience, we ate at the large table by the freezer case. Very interesting! There are many photos and stuffed fish on the wall to keep you occupied while you wait on your food, as well as checking out all the different items in the display case. I would suggest that table if it is free.
If I had any complaint, it would be that there was a bit of a wait on the food, maybe 20 minutes or so, but we did have 7 people. But it was worth it. If I lived in Sarasota, I would work my way through their entire menu over time!
When we left, the waitress even asked if we wanted her to take our picture next to a large sailfish on the wall. I had taken my camera inside and took a lot of pictures. We were there at about 2 PM on a Sunday, and the place was nearly empty, but did fill up a bit later.
I will be recommending Walt's to all my friends."
Service Rating: 1
Ambience Rating: 1
Wine List Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 2
Kid Friendly Rating: 1
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1

Sunny Talcott party of 2 rated the Fresh halibut, conch fritters, lobster bisque, fried okra, new potatoes excellent because, "fresh, delicious and served hot. " and writes on April 10, 2009, "Having been raised by a sea-faring dad, I've enjoyed fresh, home-cooked, delicious seafood all of my life. So when my husband and I decided to go out to eat the other night, we looked for a restaurant with good seafood. That was not as easy as one would think. After an embarrassing experience, we left a seafood restaurant due to poor quality of food and service. The fish was imported frozen, and therefore was tasteless and mushy. The clam chowder had no clams in it. The prices were ridiculous and the management was embarrassing. After trying multiple times to get something with flavor, we left. Hungry and upset, we stopped at Walt's on a whim. I have to say, I was most impressed by both the food and the service. Marcy, our waitress was knowledgeable and pleasant. She knew the menu and had excellent recommendations. We had fresh grilled halibut, which was deliciously moist and flaky. The lobster bisque was filled with lobster pieces and spiced perfectly in a rich, creamy sauce. The hush puppies burst with flavor of onion and corn with just the right amount of sweetness. The conch fritters were delightfully spicy with a touch of red pepper, just as they should be. The new potatoes tasted just like home, soft with garlic and butter. Even the okra was cooked to perfection, with no greasy aftertaste. The key lime pie was tart and tasty. We had no complaints. All of the servers were friendly and the atmosphere made you want to come back...which we will, tomorrow as a matter of fact, and this time we will share this wonderful discovery with our family. "
Service Rating: 1
Ambience Rating: 1
Cleanliness Rating: 1
Kid Friendly Rating: 1
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1

Anonymous had lunch at Walt's Fish Market and rated the Fried Grouper and Scallops poor because, "seafood was not fresh, tough and over cooked" and writes on March 18, 2009, "at 1:00pm I entered the establishment. I was not acknowledged until 8 minutes later. I received a ice tea 12 minutes later....followed by food 5 minutes later. I was alone, and the business crowd was narrowing. Wait staff were not happy people, and appeared somewhat chaotic. I received my food which was the least favorite part of the experience. The fried grouper was tough and the fried scallops were tiny bay scallops, overcooked and like rubber. This was my third visit, and three times disappointed.... nothing here to write home about - and never will return ! The establishment needs cleaning, staff needs training, and the manager did not have enough change in the cash register, just shy on pennies to make change, so he offered "extra fries next time" - what is that all about? Really unprofessional and amateur players working here"
Service Rating: 5
Ambience Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 4
Value Rating: 5
Overall Experience: 5
Times At Restaurant: 3

Anonymous party of 2 rated the soup, hush puppies, fish sandwich excellent because, "great! The hush puppies were huge, piping hot and absolutely excellent. Service was fast." and writes on February 4, 2009, "A friend and I went to Walt's on a whim and it was the best decision! The fish sandwiches were so tasty. The hush puppies were the size of golf balls and the best I've ever had. It is a very casual place (disposable utensils) but definitely worth planning a trip to. The service was fast and the portions were plentiful."
Service Rating: 2
Ambience Rating: 3
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1


Dr. Bob party of 2 rated the food at Walt's Fish Market as fair because, "That is what we thought about it." and writes on January 5, 2007, "The restaurant was not clean; messy tables and 'sticky' floor'. The overall atmosphere was one of an old, poorly maintained facility. Our waitress quickly came over to take our order. Unfortunately to that was the last we saw of her for about 15 minutes. When she did finally arrive with our dinners, she had forgotten the smoked fish dip and cracker appetizers and also the chowder soup. She did bring them out after I asked about them.
After we ate on black plastic portio plates with plastic utensils, she again disappeared for another 10 - 15 minutes. Finally we asked the other waitress about the bill and she brought it to us.
Went here for the first and last time"
Service Rating: 5
Ambience Rating: 5
Wine List Rating: 5
Cleanliness Rating: 5
Kid Friendly Rating: 4
Value Rating: 4
Overall Experience: 5



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