The Square Grouper Bar and Grill

The Square Grouper Bar and Grill

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Hours
Tue
11:00 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed
11:00 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu
11:00 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri
11:00 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat
11:00 am - 2:30 pm5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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About
Innovatively prepared fresh local seafood. 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. We also have a great Square Grouper Fish Sandwich, 16 oz Grilled Ribeye (Certified Angus Beef!), Salads and lots of small plates to share...Flash Fried Conch with ponzu and wasabi, Ahi Tuna and Avocado Eggrolls, Island Shrimp Cakes with Banana Pepper Aioli, BBQ Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp and Warm Mexican Street Corn Dip to name a few! We are open Tuesday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner. We close for the month of September and re-open Thursday before Columbus Day weekend. Our Facebook and Instagram page is current so please like and visit our page! Hope to see you all soon!
PRICE RANGE
$13.00 – $97.00
CUISINES
American, Seafood
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,011 reviews
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1,634
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267
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69
Poor
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Terrible
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Mardz57
Key West4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Freshest seafood cooked in delectable ways served beautifully. Excellent food served in a great atmosphere by excellent servers. Only one draw back... its so good that if you arrive later than 6:30 there is always a considerable wait, BUT they have taken care of that by opening up "My Second Joint', a nice lounge upstairs where one can sit, have a cocktail, and listen to music by local musicians, until they call you for your table...
Written 27 January 2020
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Kathy1968Florida
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 none
After dining at Square Grouper Bar N Grill we now understand why there was a 40-minute wait. It's AWESOME!!! Our server Amanda immediately got to us and was able to suggest the perfect drinks. She then navigated us through the menu and we settled on the shrimp cakes and rare tuna to start. She didn't steer us wrong. Apps were fantastic. On Amanda's recommendation, we choose the skirt steak and duck breast for our entrees. Amanda suggested that I get my duck breast medium rare and I'm so happy I did. It was the best I've ever had. Even though the restaurant was super busy Amanda always seemed to find the time to make us feel special and even upsold us on a dessert to cap off our night. This was our first but because of Amanda certainly not our last trip back to this eatery. Our favorite experience of the entire vacation. Thanks, Amanda!!!!! 10 STARS
Written 26 February 2021
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Dianne G
Princeton186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
30 minutes north of Key West is a gem of a restaurant. Expect a wait because they don't take reservations and the word is out that this is a great place to eat. The building is neat but nothing special on the outside. The atmosphere inside is very nice and so is the service.The menu is very creative with exciting tastes. The menu changes with daily specials.
Written 9 February 2020
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DaddyOBest
Lexington1103 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Every year we come here but was highly disappointed with today’s meal. The first problem (minor) was our server, Megan, was very irritated when we asked what were their salad dressings. Things went downhill when we got our appetizer, avocado, tuna eggroll. The flavor was not there nor the consistency. Outside was nice crispy brown while inside so mushy that it fell apart in the dipping sauce. When our salads arrived, there were no salad dressings for either of us (that our waitress was outdone to tell us about). Another problem is the bread (I asked for) on my grouper sandwich was not toasted as requested. To add insult to injury this was the thinnest slice of grouper I have ever had plus they didn’t put lettuce and tomato on the sandwich nor tartar sauce. We asked for tartar sauce but gave up on asking anything else. I don’t if I was singled out (probably not) or just got the luck of the draw with the cook/waitress because the place had plenty of customers.
Written 23 February 2020
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iamfood
sorry to hear about your experience. The eggrolls have Ahi Tuna and avocado, my guess is that that eggroll had a larger piece of avocado which made it seem soft. My apologies. The Square Grouper Sandwich comes on a toasted brioche roll, but was requested to come on toasted bread. The Square Grouper Sandwich is sautéed grouper, key lime tartar and fried onion rings. Our regular fish sandwich comes with lettuce, tomato and onion...and not the onion rings. If you would like to email me your address I would like to send you a gift certificate because we would like for you to come back and have a better visit! Squaregrouper5@aol.com. Our apologies!
Written 26 February 2020
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susanchat1
Chattanooga187 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Disappointing lunch. Special of chicken Philly sandwich tasteless and bland. Cole slaw from a 5# bucket of pre-made salad from their foodservice distributor. Fries were good. Fish tacos were good. Baileys Irish Cream cheesecake was very good but it was topped with an artificially flavored Cool Whip type of product. Seemed a shame to top a delicious cheesecake with that type of product. Service was sparse, waitress did not come by until we finished. She was nice, friendly and smiling but the quality of service affected our meal, because both of us needed some things shortly after our food arrived, but we did without. The Square Grouper is an icon with a great reputation. Bought, not good tasting cole slaw and whipped topping rather than whipped cream are unworthy of the Grouper.
Written 28 January 2020
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iamfood
I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with your Blue Plate Lunch Special that we offer for $10 on a daily basis which changes daily. Tuesday is our Chicken Philly which has been the same for the past17 years. Honestly I have never had a complaint on it. The cole slaw is house made...and also been the same for 17 years. I think I would have some very disappointed people if I changed it. Whipped cream is real. So I am sorry that it wasn’t a good experience. Perhaps try some of our other menu items next time. We really do put a lot of effort into our menu item and the total dining experience. I will follow up with the lunch wait staff and be sure they follow up after meals are delivered. I am sorry. Please try us again!
Written 29 January 2020
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Enjoy!
Summerland Key3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 friends
I have eaten and have lots of restaurants in my time and have enjoyed spectacular meals but this meal was possibly hands-down the best from start to finish and not just the food. Having to wait 40 minutes for my table isnot a big deal because I’m on vacation but to be able to have somewhere to go up relax have a drink and call you when your table is ready definitely benefitsThis restaurant. From the attentive service to the tuna avocado eggrolls, flash fried conch, and an Asian marinated skirt steak for dinner kudos to that. As for the rest of the table it seemed as if we ate the entire menu and there was not one single thing that was not up to par including dessert and when it comes to desert I am a snob! I am not a fan of bread pudding but my friend ordered it and I had to try some and I pretty much ate most of his and ordered another one the food is off the chain straight up. Thank you Lynn Bell and staff for an absolutely wonderful meal and there will be no doubt I will not eat anywhere’s else when I am in town. I can’t wait to try the Islamorada restaurant as well I can only imagine it being the same!
Written 23 February 2021
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JJP0315
25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 couples
Went for dinner on the 22nd. We have been wanting to eat here for the last 2 years on each of our trips and have always ran out of time before making it there, so we were really excited because of the good things we have heard about it. We are used to paying between 100 and 200 dollars for dinners while on vacation, so the prices weren't all that shocking when we read the menu. What was shocking was the size of the appetizer and over all quality of the food. We ordered the BBQ bacon wrapped shrimp as an appetizer. There were 2 of us and we got 3 shrimp for $20. They weren't barbecued, they weren't jumbo and only had a tiny piece of bacon around each of them. They were cooked then dunked in BBQ sauce. For $20 that seemed a bit inadequate. My boyfriend had the almond crusted grouper dinner for market price, which ended up being around 35 dollars. Typical price, but it was over cooked and dry which was a let-down. I had the seared sesame tuna for $27 dollars, again, typical price, unfortunately mine was also overcooked and dry even though the waitress made sure to ask if I wanted it rare which I agreed that I did. All together with drinks it was less than 100 dollars, which isn't bad, just kind of hoped for a more remarkable dinner than what we got. The pretzel bread was good. Unfortunately, the waitress only came back once, so a drink refill was also out of the question. I plan to try it again on our next trip in a month and hopefully will be able to give it more stars.
Written 26 July 2020
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Molly S
Fort Lauderdale4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 family
I have been going to The Square Grouper for years and it gets better every time. I ordered the fish tacos and they were so good and the perfect amount of heat and always great flavor. You can tell that everything that goes onto your plate is fresh and made thoughtfully. I recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and they all love it!
Written 13 January 2020
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AirstreamR
Bandera335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 couples
A prior review cited the Asian Jasmine Rice bowl as very good, so we went and tried it. First, they open at 5pm for dinner, and there is already a line....you’ll likely have to wait no matter what time you arrive. We opted to sit at the bar because it was quicker, and there were few sitting there....within 10 minutes, the concept of social distancing didn’t exist. The food, however was very good, the rice with sweet Thai chili sauce tasty, cashews and spinach; and we added the seafood option. Now, while the added seafood was good, it added $36 to the price of the bowl (already $18), for maybe a 3” piece of fish, 4 shrimp, and at best 4 scallops. Would we go back? Yes, as we had enough left for an additional meal back at the RV, and service at the bar was excellent .
Written 19 January 2021
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Samantha
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
Between the delicious food, amazing customer service, and a fun atmosphere, the Square Grouper has it all. I usually sit at the bar and the bartender by the name of Kenny takes care of me and he's just a pleasure to talk to. I typically get the Key Lime martini... if you like key lime pie you will love this drink. It literally tastes like a dessert, but not creamy or anything so its light and you can drink quite a few! The rim of the glass has graham cracker... its so yummy. Sometimes they have it in the machine as a frozen drink and it tastes really good like that as well. Anyways, if you can find a spot at the bar it's quick and great service every time. Usually around dinner time this place gets busy and waiting for a table may take a bit. I have eaten here PLENTY of times and I can honestly say I have never had something I do not enjoy. Everything tastes fresh and has such unique flavors and sauces you really can't get anywhere else. My typical choices however are the tuna eggrolls appetizer and the chicken pasta bowl. They aren't stingy on the tuna in the eggrolls and sometimes just having these will fill me up! The key lime butter sauce for the pasta dish is my favorite, if I had that recipe I would literally put it on everything I eat. So, so yummy. Once in a while they have a buffalo chicken soup on special and let me tell you -- it's addicting. I'm always checking their specials on their Instagram to see if the soup is being served because if I see it there, I know at that moment what I'm having for lunch + dinner! All in all, this restaurant is just the epitome of the keys. The staff members are friendly, chill and yet professional and willing to go above and beyond to make you happy and make sure you have a great experience. Make sure to stop here next time you're in town, you won't regret it!
Written 12 January 2021
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Gary H
Siesta Key14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
4 years of the same story. We go to Cudjoe in March and know the Square Grouper is going to be one of the stops. Order a meal off the menu only to have the wait staff come back 10 min later informing me they are out of that selection. I had this happen all 4 times so I asked to speak to the owner/mgr. I asked why the wait staff are not apprised of a upcoming 86, (our expediter had a chalk board that the wait staff could check off the menu items getting low) Both the owner and manager responded with "hey look, we're really busy and can't catch everything". I left the conversation with a feeling of them telling me "too bad". The waitress asked if I wanted something else and I said no. Then they serve me a meal I didn't order. Nice gesture but I already lost my appetite. After the dinner I asked the waitress to talk to me away from the table as I wanted to describe the method our restaurant handled 86 items. Literally within 15 seconds I was surrounded by 10 employees including the owner that aggressively got in my face of which I looked at the staff and said the owner is responsible for not having a coordinated plan for this type of uncomfortable customer issue. That's when the "big guy" in the group told me to "get the f*^k out right now". Tourists are your primary business. Although your food is very good your crossed arm position about handling customer complaints is really poor. I was only offering a solution to the 86 issue which you regularly have. Square Grouper ownership needs to learn how to handle customer complaints and get off their high horse. I did 35 years in customer service and the customer was ALWAYS right.
Written 10 March 2021
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iamfood
Running out of fresh local grouper at 9 pm on a Saturday night is no reason for you to literally scream at me and your server. We can gladly cook the same dish with our other two fresh fish options. But that wasn’t good enough for you. You were totally out of line, Self entitlement is a very unattractive quality. Your rant was ridiculous.
Written 10 March 2021
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Marina G
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 family
45 minute wait outside to get seated at the table. Our server seemed irritated, never have I ever heard a server answer on the question how long for our food “you are not the only one waiting” mind you we ate all of the appetizers and it’s been more than 45 min for 4 to plates. The food was amazing, delicious, big portions but for the staff that is all not interested at all I don’t think I will be recommending this place. And it’s a shame since we are key west locals.
Written 14 February 2021
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iamfood
Thank you for joining us for dinner...I am sorry to hear about your servers response. Can you please email me about your experience so I can resolve this situation? Squaregrouperbarandgrill@gmail.com. My apologies.
Written 15 February 2021
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Marty T
Okeechobee3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 friends
My friend and I had lunch today at The Square Grouper on Cudjoe Key in The Florida Keys. I have been there several times and I’m never disappointed. Today was no exception! I had the seafood special which was Panko encrusted yellow tail snapper with a key lime butter sauce served over wild rice. It was extraordinary!! I’ll probably spend a small fortune going forward attempting to replicate that key lime butter sauce. I highly recommend this favorite of mine. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Our waitress was attentive, friendly and efficient. And the margarita was pretty darn good, too!
Written 16 July 2020
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Marie G
Summerland Key10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
We just bought a house in Summerland and were down getting some work done before we move in. We were first of all impressed by the care the manager took with seating us as we were not in state long enough to quarantine or get tested. They only serve Monroe County residents and were kind enough to sit us outside and distanced from other diners. We were so happy that they seated us but more than that..with the safe practice and meticulous attention to cleanliness. We couldn't have been happier and more delighted!! The food was so great! I ordered the seafood canneloni & it was amazing. The pasta was fresh, light & silky. The filling of ricotta and seafood was outstanding! the ricotta was so fresh! The tomato sauce was perfect as it was fresh & didn't overpower the delicate flavors. We went back again and had the fresh grouper which was outstanding!! Also tried the risotto with pesto. It's not easy to prepare a great risotto and this was also outstanding! Can't wait to come back when we move in and enjoy more often! Staff was also courteous and food was served hot without a bug wait. GREAT FIND!
Written 19 October 2020
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Ashley C
Northport7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 friends
It was a 50 min wait, but hardly took that long to be called to our table. What was cool to me, all the way in the back was an area with couches and stools where we could wait to be called. The bar stools up front were full. The server in this waiting area promptly offered us drinks and apps. I chose a patron jalapeno watermelon margarita, my friend chose a pinot noir. We also decided on the avocado yellowtail tuna spring rolls. Drinks and app came out fast and we were called to the table quickly. She had the special. Tuna (i think) in a creamy butter caper sauce with double broccolini. I chose a Caeser salad with grilled shrimp. The bread and butter was amazing also. We'll always go back. The square grouper T-shirts are all hilariously the best!
Written 10 February 2020
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