Barnacle Bills has been a local tradition since 1981 when Chris Way, 24 years of age was encouraged by the local mayor to expand on his talents and ... More
Barnacle Bills Seafood Restaurant
Barnacle Bills has been a local tradition since 1981 when Chris Way, 24 years of age was encouraged by the local mayor to expand on his talents and put what he learned in the restaurant industry to use on a grander scale. In May of 1981, Barnacle Bills was born at 14 Castillo Drive, in the historic downtown district of St. Augustine followed by Barnacle Bills Beach side location in 1997. In the "Best of St. Augustine Awards" and the winner of the " Taste of the Beach" , Barnacle Bills offers a family oriented atmosphere and serves only fresh seafood complemented with a variety of signature entrees, fresh vegetables and homemade desserts.
We went here in may of 2012, I got there and thought it would be just ok, My fiance had seafood and I had steak, I was Very impressed that the steak was so good, after the waitress telling me the chef wasnt very good at land food..lol she told me to order the steak one step from what i like (instead of med-well i ordered med) it was GREAT, and the price was also very good. we will be returning.
We went today as a large group pre-arranged.
The food was okay however when the server told us as she was serving us that we needed to hurry because there was another party coming in.
They literally put us out in the rain after 1 hour.
Terrific!! My family ate there last Monday night and the service, food and prices were RIGHT ON!! Even my brother was shocked of how huge and delicious his soft crab sandwich was. My fried shrimp was perfect and all those french fries! Our hostess was friendly and very attentative. I have eaten at BB more than five times and have NEVER had a problem with the food or the service. The waitresses are very efficient and friendly. Honestly, I don't know who or what those other patrons expect. If you want to pay an arm and a leg in a hoighty-toighty restaurant for the same high quality food, go for it. Most of the restaurants here in St. Auggie are a relaxed atmosphere for the tourists and the beach goers. When I go out to eat, I EAT, not to rub elbows with the rich. At Barnacle Bill's the food is great and the restaurant is clean and spacious. I highly recommend it and I'll probably see you there on my next visit!!
A few people have posted that Barnacle Bill's is not as good as it once was. Unfortunately I did not read those reviews until I was browsing the internet while waiting almost an hour for Sunday lunch.
If was the first time in about a year we had been to Barnacle Bill's. It has been a good casual seafood restaurant with a family appeal. The food was good and the service was friendly.
We visited today and service was appallingly bad. The waitress did not take our drink orders for over 5 minutes. When she did finally come, she wanted to take our drinks, appetizer, and entrée orders at once.
We waited for our entrées for almost an hour; it was a busy time and the restaurant was packed when we arrived so at first we thought that the kitchen was behind. Eventually it became clear that the kitchen was the problem. We saw people waiting to pay for so long that they gave up on the waitress and went looking for someone else to take their money. When she did come around and cleaned off tables, she piled dirty dishes on a nearby chair.
Our order was not complicated. My wife ordered grilled Mahi Mahi with Broccoli and baked sweet potato. I ordered fried shrimp with green been casserole and sweet potato. The food was ice cold when it arrived. Her sweet potato consisted of two shriveled small potatoes that were cold. The broccoli had congealed butter at the bottom of the dish where butter had melted and then cooled before being served. My green bean casserole was not a casserole, just beans in mushroom soup and it was cold as well.
We did not stay.
We ate here for our honeymoon in late October 2009. I'm not a lover of fish (I mostly eat nothing but chicken), but the Matanza Mahi Mahi was the best I ever ate. The service was excellent, the restrooms were clean, and I've never been happier with seafood. Ever!
Saturday night dinner at 6 PM was fine. I do not understand the April 20, 2009 review. The dinner fare, coconut shrimp and the trio seafood platter were very good. The waiter was prompt. attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is nothing to write home about but it certainly was clean and fresh, but who is eating atmosphere? Compare it to a Denny's, Shoneys, Bob Evans. I certainly would come back again. Oh, and we were some of those elderly people although I saw quite a few of those mom, dad and two little kids people there. I wonder if we have that old people aroma - we're 67 and 62.
This place was nasty. The service was terrible & I ordered something very simple (salmon) and received fish that was nowhere near fresh. I was served rice that had obviously been sitting under a heat lamp for hours. The onion rings that came with the dish could have been rung out, they were so greasy. I sent it back. Since my appetite was instantly gone I declined any replacement food. Gordon Ramsey needs to visit this place. They need managerial help in a big way.
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