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Maria's Backwater Bar & Grill

18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2369
+1 239-437-4777
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible12%
Travellers talk about
“fried fish” (7 reviews)
“etouffee” (4 reviews)
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American, Seafood
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2369
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Also known as Maria's Smokehouse or Maria's restaurant. Intimate, cozy, and eclectic with its decor. This is a locals' hidden gem. We began with the smoked fish of the day, mackerel, for an appetizer, which was fresh and nicely seasoned. We shared the crawfish étouffée...More

Thank DRose517
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...More

2  Thank mary k
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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

1  Thank James E
Reviewed 22 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...More

Thank William G
Reviewed 10 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...More

1  Thank Dori Kris P
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

Thank cabotravelor
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.

Thank rctindall
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.

2  Thank j A
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...More

Thank JHAllen
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...More

2  Thank Jctandco
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23 April 2017|
Response from James E | Reviewed this property |
I don't know but the salmon duval and craw-fish etouffee were great!
Terry H
30 March 2017|
Response from James E | Reviewed this property |
i always get salmon duval but I thnk they have an all you can eat fried fish. the atmosphere of the restauramt is wonderful
25 January 2015|
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
I think every day but they do close at 9PM... As long as you like casual and good food, you cannot go wrong with Maria's. Superb fried fish, not at all greasy.... what the heck, Nothing is bad... I take all my northern... More
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
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Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
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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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