Located on Vero Beach’s 21st Street, The Patio Seafood Tavern recently reopened for the third time since my moving here less than two years ago. Its historic property is one designed by Vero’s famous eclectic artist, Waldo Sexton. The Patio Seafood Tavern is funky, fun, and one of the most picturesque in the area. With the newest owner, the restaurant has become more beach-friendly with a heavy seafood studded menu. I have heard mixed reviews thus far, but the parking lot is staying busy, which is a good sign.
The Patio Seafood Tavern: Lunch
My book club met for our monthly meeting at The Patio Seafood Tavern, which offered convenient parking. We had a reservation for noon, but it was not until several of us arrived that they got around to setting up the table and seating us. The private room we were given was great for conducting business within our group. Our table was perfectly situated between beautiful stained glass windows that were decorated with knights and medieval historic figures. The waitress was friendly and had an organized system for ensuring our separate checks.
I chose an Arnold Palmer to drink, which was refreshing. The lunch menu featured many choices at discounted lunch prices, something most restaurants in Vero do not offer. I chose the soup de jour which was Roasted Corn Chowder. My cup of soup arrived and though the taste was good, it was not spectacular. For a $6 price tag and only this tiny amount of soup, I was expecting something greater.
The Patio Entrées
For our entrées, we ordered items ranging from Tenderloin & Bleu Flatbread to Greek Salad topped with Roasted Salmon, and Grouper Fingers to Grilled Mahi Sandwich. Prices ranged from $12-16 for most items. The flatbread looked most appealing and the salads had vibrant colored vegetables and looked perfect. The grouper fingers were just average and the tartar sauce was basic. Nobody raved about their meal, something that almost always occurs with a big group of ladies.
All in all, the ambiance of the Patio Seafood Tavern was a great one. If they feature live outdoor entertainment, like the past occupants have offered, they should maintain a nice seasonal business. The service was good, maybe better than most restaurants in Vero Beach, but the food was lacking and extremely overpriced, especially not being on the beach. I wish them all the luck because it is a good location and a beautiful venue, but in a city with much competition, food taste is of utmost importance.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest): 7
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