Margaritaville – A Popular Beachside Experience

On Wednesday I, along with my husband and two friends, took some time out to act like tourists and spend a couple of hours at Margaritaville.

This popular beachside restaurant, with its most perfect sunset viewing location (if you sit on one of the decks), is a fun spot to grab a drink, a meal or both!

First, I want to say that the staff at Margaritaville was exceptional.  From the hosts to the server (Dawn rocked!) to the dining room assistants who came by with our food or to pre-bus our table, the service was friendly, knowledgeable and without flaw.  The fact that we were right in the middle of one of the two biggest college spring break weeks gave this even more meaning.

The place was packed but we were seated fairly quickly at a table in the middle of the dining area.  (We will have to go back for that amazing sunset view!)

We started out with some drinks from the bar.  I had the Margarita Flight, a sampling of four different margaritas: The “Who’s to Blame”, “Blueberry Pomegranate”, “Fins to the Left” and my favorite, “Last Mango in Paris”. The drinks were all on the rocks and each one delicious in its own way.

The appetizers came out a few at a time.  We all shared some grilled shrimp skewers with a jerked glaze and coconut.  The island flavors were definitely interesting and everyone enjoyed these quite a bit. Next came some white cheddar cheese curds, a drunken shrimp skillet, asiago crab dip, and some beef and pork tacos.

We each had an entree after sharing all of these appetizers.  Mine was the Black Grouper with a side of island rice and green beans.  I opted for the cilantro-lime butter on my fish which was quite tasty. Others had the Jambalaya, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and my second choice, the Chimichurri Flat Iron Steak with fries.

We were tempted by the desserts and saved just enough room to share a chocolate hurricane, a key lime pie, and a gluten-free brownie sundae.  (Ok, I will be honest, nobody really wanted any of my gluten-free brownie)

While we ate and enjoyed our drinks, we watched as balloon artists on stilts made their creations for the guests in the restaurant. The Jimmy Buffet music played and the atmosphere and Buffet inspired decor was all about fun!

Margaritaville offers something for everyone, with a menu featuring steaks, seafood, chicken as well as burgers and sandwiches. They will even bring out a gluten-free or vegetarian menu for those who prefer or need them.

Kids 12 and under can choose from a menu of items like cheeseburgers, fish and chips, mac and cheese and more.

Margaritaville is located on the Front Beach Road end of Pier Park, just across from the beach.

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