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Delicious
This place is great! Big lots of seating. It was packed at five pm, tons of senior people. But we were seated immediately and served promptly. Shrimp were freshly battered, very thin batter so you taste the shrimp. Excellent prices. My friend got a burger, looked average, but then again it was like five bucks. They have lots of fresh ... read more
Corinne K via tripadvisor.com - Apr 27, 2017
Absolutely fabulous seafood!! Everything was wow. Started with the Scallops Rockefeller. Crystal River is known for their scallops and Charlie's knows how to prepare them perfectly succulent. Ordered the fried mullet which was thinly breaded and fried to a golden crisp. Hush puppies were the best I've ever had. Served warm, very ... read more
B.Alicia Quinones via google.com - Apr 27, 2017
Excellent seafood. I am from the north east and I love seafood, I've lived in Maine and other parts
Excellent seafood. I am from the north east and I love seafood, I've lived in Maine and other parts of the north east, and seafood is a big staple of what I eat. This is one of the best restaurants I have been to. Extremely fresh ingredients, not over seasoned or over portioned. I loved it, as did my wife who rarely enjoys seafood.
Sean Guaraldi via facebook.com - Apr 27, 2017
Came for food and left with great memories and a friend.
Our waitress was one of the best we have ever seen and only her friendliness topped the food which in itself was outstanding. I can't give high enough praise to waitress Carrie. A HUGE thank you to her and Rick (he supplied the entertainment) for making this easily one of best Florida memories. We won't forget you and hope to see you ... read more
robertschanke via tripadvisor.com - Apr 26, 2017
Awesome ... read more
Melvin Dessus via google.com - Apr 26, 2017
Great food, great service, great place to relax on the deck!!
Great food, great service, great place to relax on the deck!!
Bernie Rackley via facebook.com - Apr 21, 2017
We had dinner here tonight. It was excellent! My daughter had the tuna, I had the lobster bisque an
We had dinner here tonight. It was excellent! My daughter had the tuna, I had the lobster bisque and crab cakes and my husband had the seafood platter. The best meal we've had all week and the quality for the price was amazing. Our waitress was fantastic. If ever in the area again, it will be our first stop!
Rachael Frisbie Reynolds via facebook.com - Apr 21, 2017
They fish their own fish here, so that's nice. There's a good shop next door that's associated. I wish the sides were a bit better, but the main dishes are good.
Joanna Laster-Tefend via google.com - Apr 20, 2017
amazing
Best chicken Alfredo I've ever had! Fish was very good as well I also really enjoyed their coleslaw.
Bradly L via tripadvisor.com - Apr 19, 2017
Wonderful service, excellent food ...
Wonderful service, excellent food and beverage! A pleasant surprise, recommended by our desk clerk, w only 3 stars here at yelp.   We were greeted instantly, seated at the table of our choice over looking the water. Our server "Heather" was a true professional. attentive without being overbearing, she knew the menu and how food was p ... read more
Stu C. via yelp.com - Apr 19, 2017
It was ok.
Terry Hogan via google.com - Apr 19, 2017
Shrimp is amazing!!! Awesome staff!! Definitely going back soon!!
Jessica Bryant via google.com - Apr 19, 2017
Fantastic Hope to comeback nice place foods wonderful
Fantastic Hope to comeback nice place foods wonderful ... read more
Evan Moss via facebook.com - Apr 17, 2017
Not bad but had better
A lot of fried food. Had the Stone crabs for a appetizer and they were tuff. Had the blacken grouper for main course and it was good. Beautiful view and friendly staff. Would think they would offer more fresh seafood dishes being right on the water.
Mkonno via tripadvisor.com - Apr 17, 2017
Good food, great views ... read more
John Bartolomei via google.com - Apr 17, 2017
Never disappointed when we eat at Charlie's. ... read more
Pat Huckleberry Leto-Vinson via google.com - Apr 17, 2017
Place is the best seafood restaurant around.
Eric Elson via google.com - Apr 16, 2017
It was fantastic. Atmosphere, service, and especially the food was super.
It was fantastic. Atmosphere, service, and especially the food was super.
Gail W. Acree via facebook.com - Apr 16, 2017
Great Seafood
We have been going to Charlie's for years; never had a bad meal. I used to love the fried Shrimp but now, due to Gluten Intolerance have to eat the peel-n-eat shrimp. Everything is so fresh. Very friendly waitresses.
picker50 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 15, 2017
The perfect restaurant to honor Good Friday
Fish is the staple of my family for Friday's in Lent but most especially on Good Friday. Today I had the baked crab stuffed shrimp with a baked potato and side salad. It was very good. Nothing to complain about. My sister had her usual Scallops Rockfeller and our friend also had baked stuffed shrimp. We've lunched here many times and ... read more
Susan S via tripadvisor.com - Apr 14, 2017
We love this place. If you are ...
We love this place. If you are looking for delicious food at a reasonable price this is your restaurant. The service is efficient and exceptional. P J is our favorite, and she is a rock star ! We have tried just about everything on the menu and it's all wonderful.My only complaint are the restrooms. They need a much needed  renovatio ... read more
Paige M. via yelp.com - Apr 12, 2017
I love the food at Charlie's Fishhouse it is awesome and it's probably one of the best seafood plac
I love the food at Charlie's Fishhouse it is awesome and it's probably one of the best seafood places in Crystal River… But the waitresses need to get their shit together ... read more
Amber Vedder via facebook.com - Apr 12, 2017
Charlie's For Lunch is a Bargain
After visiting the Crystal River State Park, we stopped at Charlie's Fish House for lunch. For $7.99 we had a choice of at least a half-dozen tempting lunch entrees including two side orders. My wife and I both ordered the clam strips, a salad and one of the vegetable sides. All were fresh, well-prepared and tasty. Staff was friendly ... read more
Lewis E via tripadvisor.com - Apr 11, 2017
Great local place to eat
We hadn't eaten all day and were very hungry! Good customer service and good food in a nice location. Next time we will eat on the patio.
Margaret B via tripadvisor.com - Apr 11, 2017
Great Dinner
We wanted a place on the water for dinner and this worked. It has a very casual, laid back feel to it. We were seated right away but it did seem to take along time to get our food. We had a couple of the seafood sample plates and they were great.
gina k via tripadvisor.com - Apr 11, 2017
Excellent seafood
We had the most delicious tuna ever here at Charlie's. Salads are also fresh and tasty. Friendly waitress.
Timo S via tripadvisor.com - Apr 10, 2017
Good food, average service.
My wife and I have been here several times. It always seems busy. We usually get seated right away and then have to wait a while to see a server for drinks and then again to order. Food has been good.
WiJeff via tripadvisor.com - Apr 10, 2017
lunch on the road
visiting crystal river we stopped for lunch. Waitress was attentive food was good and plenty of room. Nice view of the river.
thor0313 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 10, 2017
Excellent local seafood restaurant. This is the restaurant where the locals eat.
Tommy L Word via google.com - Apr 9, 2017
Seafood was above average at best. Gave this place 5 stars because the service and atmosphere makes
Seafood was above average at best. Gave this place 5 stars because the service and atmosphere makes this place outstanding!!!
Dawn Mock-Mattogno via facebook.com - Apr 8, 2017
Great food for a great price. ... read more
Kyle Klitch via google.com - Apr 8, 2017
Good view, good food just small ... read more
Dan Driggers via google.com - Apr 8, 2017
Was expecting better
Went to Charlies with large group. Beautiful surroundings and a clean restaurant but I thought for the prices charged it would be a little better. I would eat there again ... read more
netime-allthetime via tripadvisor.com - Apr 6, 2017
Variety of seafood choices
Went to Charlie's upon recommendation from our hotel. Nice setting on the river with a nice deck. We sat inside due to cool weather but the area is spacious. The menu offers a real variety of seafood entrees to please young and old alike. The food was very good and plentiful, but not fancy dining. So don't go in thinking your broiled ... read more
Deborah B via tripadvisor.com - Apr 6, 2017
Has the best grouper in town and made to order the way you want it cooked and has the best steak in town also ... read more
Michelle Ervin via google.com - Apr 5, 2017
First visit, great service, great food, great atmosphere! Will be back!
First visit, great service, great food, great atmosphere! Will be back!
Sandy Lobdell via facebook.com - Apr 5, 2017
Great selection of fresh seafood
Nice restaurant on the river.. great menu with plenty of fresh options to choose from! seafood of course, is to die for!
Kita R via tripadvisor.com - Apr 4, 2017
Fair
'Local' grouper was not very good, service was good. Outside seating would have been nice but bugs were bad ... read more
309marjp via tripadvisor.com - Apr 4, 2017
Always fresh and friendly.
Frank Connor via google.com - Apr 4, 2017
Great meal! Service was great! View at a widow table is great!
Great meal! Service was great! View at a widow table is great!
Wista Webb via facebook.com - Apr 4, 2017
Our favorite Seafood restaurant, every time we are in town we have to go! The lobster bisque is our
Our favorite Seafood restaurant, every time we are in town we have to go! The lobster bisque is our favorite! The staff are all friendly but Michelle is our favorite waitress.
Katie Dodson Snowberger via facebook.com - Apr 3, 2017
Good seafood
Great place to eat. The view is outstanding and so is the food. Service was good also. We did not have to wait even though there were a lot of people Earing ... read more
Mark A via tripadvisor.com - Apr 3, 2017
Went here after a manatee tour ...
Went here after a manatee tour. I only eat seafood when I'm on the coast -- somewhere it's fresh.  I could have done without this one.  I got the fried shrimp sandwich, husband got the tilapia tacos and daughter got popcorn shrimp.  It was all quite bland and not impressive.  Wasn't bad but wasn't what I expect from a coastal seafood ... read more
Kendra L. via yelp.com - Apr 3, 2017
Just as wonderful as I remember! I wish the cole slaw was still the same, though. Why the change? I
Just as wonderful as I remember! I wish the cole slaw was still the same, though. Why the change? It used to be so good.
Laura Janicki via facebook.com - Apr 3, 2017
Service having a rough night, but food excellent. Will be back. :)
Service having a rough night, but food excellent. Will be back. :) ... read more
Ray Whited Jr. via facebook.com - Apr 2, 2017
Nice atmosphere in an over-priced restaurant with lack-luster service.
This is in a beautiful location and has an extensive menu, but is pricey and the service was unenthusiastic as well as slow on an early weeknight. The food was not at all exceptional, though it is local and fresh.
Ethel L via tripadvisor.com - Apr 2, 2017
Great atmosphere, food and service well worth the drive from Ocala !!! Definitely will be back , a
Great atmosphere, food and service well worth the drive from Ocala !!! Definitely will be back , also the Bloody Mary's were awesome! � ... read more
Ed Martin via facebook.com - Mar 31, 2017
Great food and great prices
We had excellent service and great food right on the water . The outside deck was great . You might want to bring bug spray because this time of year there are little gnats that are out.
aufootballfan via tripadvisor.com - Mar 30, 2017
Restaurant gets a 3 while the market gets a 5
So this is a combination market and restaurant. The market is excellent with fresh local catch daily including blue claw crabs and stone crabs. The staff is friendly and helpful. The also have a big freezer offering other fish, but why bother. Eat the local stuff. The restaurant is one of a few in town offering sea views and fresh fi ... read more
Mikeatsea03242 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 30, 2017
I really like the food there. In fact I drove 50 miles just to have lunch there. There are other
I really like the food there. In fact I drove 50 miles just to have lunch there. There are other seafood restaurants nearer to where I live but this is my favorite one.
Terry Brinker via facebook.com - Mar 28, 2017
One of the three restaurants on ...
One of the three restaurants on the water in crystal river, FL.  It's definitely the nicest of the three, they have 2-4-1 drinks which is always a great deal!  Food took a long time to come out but thankfully I was with friends so it wasn't bad.Lobster bisque and Conch fritters were delicious and my shrimp scampi was yummy as well!   ... read more
Catharine P. via yelp.com - Mar 27, 2017
Broiled Grouper was delicious but some items failed to wow. Overall no complaints, the waitress was kind and personable and servings reflected the price. Love that they serve fish and scallops they catch themselves.
Hannah Bloxsom via google.com - Mar 27, 2017
Fish market is excellent ... read more
Daniel Morgan via google.com - Mar 27, 2017
Best lobster bisque ever. And love the lobster wrap.
Best lobster bisque ever. And love the lobster wrap.
Dawn Flansburg via facebook.com - Mar 26, 2017
Sunday lunch
Excellent locally owned, family restaurant. Local seafood, not imported. This is where the locals go for lunch after church. No fancy dishes here, just good, simple seafood. You can sit outside with a great water view with a cold beer and oysters. Doesn't get any better!
twordww via tripadvisor.com - Mar 26, 2017
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS RESTAURANT. FOOD IS FANTASTIC AND THE SERVICE IS ALWAYS GREAT... SPENT MY BIRT
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS RESTAURANT. FOOD IS FANTASTIC AND THE SERVICE IS ALWAYS GREAT... SPENT MY BIRTHDAY DINNER THERE, ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT... THANKS AGAIN CHARLIES FISH HOUSE....
Jan Curcio via facebook.com - Mar 25, 2017
Fish and Service wonderful
Our group of 20 was seated right away and service was excellent. Everyone of us received exactly what we ordered and the way we wanted it. The service was excellent and the food very good. The price was right as well.
Patricia H via tripadvisor.com - Mar 25, 2017
Smoke mullet fish dip appetizer was nice. Blackened local mullet and tilapia were excellent and not too overseasoned. Corn fritters served with the entrees tasted of old oil. The applesauce side dish was marvelous - chunky and not too sweet. We would return if we come back to this area.
June Gutterson via google.com - Mar 25, 2017
They fried our fish!
Not sure this happens for everybody, but we went on a fishing tour with Captain Randy and he let us know if we mentioned we caught our fish with him that Charlie's would fix them up for us and give us a side and a drink. They did this and it was fantastic. Highly recommend the New England style clam chowder, it's a winner.
wsboston via tripadvisor.com - Mar 24, 2017
I've been eating at Charlies Fish ...
I've been eating at Charlies Fish House for over 20 years. I used to go once a month to visit my parents, and I always took them to Charlies. The owners of Charlies are really great people and they treat their customers well, whether you're by yourself or in a group. For years, they had closed up the outside dining, but a few years a ... read more
Lee H. via yelp.com - Mar 24, 2017
Just So-So
This was our last dinner in town before heading home. I ordered snow crab legs (my personal favorite) They weren't horrid, but they weren't the best either. Seemed old. Hubby got stuffed flounder. He says it was tasty and enjoyed it. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating. I don't mind paying a little more for my meal when I kno ... read more
palmettoduo via tripadvisor.com - Mar 22, 2017
Food was good, but not as good as a few years ago.
Douglas Blackman via google.com - Mar 20, 2017
Order Fish Here!!
Came here for the first time. I ordered broiled scallops and they were some of the best that I have ever had! The green bean side was from a can so please skip that. My husband had steak oscar and it was not good. It was way over cooked and the cut of beef was not very good. My daughter had the fish tacos and she enjoyed them. We spl ... read more
gatorcindy via tripadvisor.com - Mar 19, 2017
Good food great service. Would definitely go again
Good food great service. Would definitely go again ... read more
Dina Fenn via facebook.com - Mar 19, 2017
Yummy
Ordered take out since the kids were tired. The lobster bisque was awesome! We also had some conch fritters and fried shrimp appetizers.
Brooke L via tripadvisor.com - Mar 18, 2017
Ambiance and staff make a positive difference
I was looking for a local restaurant in which to eat dinner since I was tired of chains. Charlie's seemed to have what I was looking for with reasonable prices and an unpretentious yet clean waterfront location. To be honest, I thought I had made a big mistake when the obviously tired hostess seated me, but my server Stephanie made m ... read more
Traveler M via tripadvisor.com - Mar 18, 2017
Very nice atmosphere right on the water.Clean and very freindly staff. Zoey was amazing. The prices are great am definitely making this my new place . Also a MUST try the Tilapia Tacos the best ever!!!
Rukiyah Marty via google.com - Mar 18, 2017
Fabulous food and service - from Canada and I rate this 5 stars for sure ... read more
Oceanna Hall via google.com - Mar 17, 2017
Always good. Consistent quality. ... read more
Judith Potter via google.com - Mar 17, 2017
Waterfront
One of my favorite places to eat. Their clam chowder is amazing. Shrimp is great. Grouper is so tasty. They offer 2-1 drinks too.
Spicandspa via tripadvisor.com - Mar 16, 2017
Nice downhole feel
We liked the decor in this restaurant but it echoed a little much. We wished there were more tables outside to enjoy the meal but the large windows helped make it feel like we were outside. The food was good. The coleslaw was very creamy and tasty. The grits were plain but some people like to flavor them themselves I guess. We would ... read more
shumeske via tripadvisor.com - Mar 16, 2017
Dinner on the water
We just had the most delightful evening with dinner at Charlie's fish house. Fantastic view. Fantastic meal. Fantastic service. We both had seafood platters, hers fried, mine broiled. Each was perfectly prepared. The mango lime pie was the perfect topper to a perfect meal.
J Douglas M via tripadvisor.com - Mar 16, 2017
Excellent all around
Good food - I had the tuna and it was incredible. Good service - Michele did a wonderful job. Good atmosphere. Great prices.
Rosmaire via tripadvisor.com - Mar 16, 2017
I stumbled upon Charlie's on my ...
I stumbled upon Charlie's on my way to a hotel after a long days work in the Crystal River area.  The parking lot was full at 7PM on a Monday, which I considered a good sign.  This was my first solo dining experience.  The hostesses were friendly and I was seated right away.  The wait staff was polite but not overly attentive.  I lov ... read more
Emily M. via yelp.com - Mar 16, 2017
Really glad we came here. Everything ...
Really glad we came here. Everything was perfect, great service,great food, great atmosphere. My wife had the fried platter and I had broiled. It was perfect. We received our food much quicker than expected. The mango lime pie made the meal complete. There was a great selection to choose from. To top it off the view of the water at s ... read more
James M. via yelp.com - Mar 16, 2017
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