Located on Vero Beach’s 21st Street, The Patio Seafood Tavern has reopened for the third time since my moving here less than two years ago. The property is historic one designed by Vero’s famous Waldo Sexton. The building 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 so that is one good sign.
My book club met for our monthly meeting at The Patio Seafood Tavern which offers convenient parking. We had a reservation for noon, but it was not until several of us were there 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. Our 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.
For our entrees, 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 okay, nothing special, and the tartar sauce was basic. Nobody was raving about their meal, something that almost always occurs with a big group of ladies.
All in all, the ambiance of the Patio Seafood Tavern is a great one, and if they feature live outdoor entertainment, like the past occupants have offered, they should maintain a nice summertime business. The service was good, maybe better than most restaurants in Vero Beach, but the food was lacking and extremely overpriced. 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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