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King Neptune

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

King Neptune Restaurant Outside ViewKing Neptune is a restaurant that lives up to its name, whether the reference is to the mythological Roman or the Disney mermaid’s dad. It’s a fine seafood eatery located a short walk from the docks in the fishing village of Port Salerno on the Manatee Pocket, a bay with access to both the Intracoastal and the Okeechobee Waterways.

The restaurant has been serving classic South Florida seafood fare with a Caribbean twist since 1968.  Conch is a specialty here, as evidenced by the quantity of these sea snails on fellow diners’ plates (there’s also the sporadic sound of hammering coming from the kitchen to tenderize the tough mollusk). The Conch is served cracked, sautéed with onions and peppers, and in chowder, salad, fritters and burgers; with a family secret recipe remoulade.

An array of fish and other shellfish are also featured. Starters include oyster shooters, seared yellowfin tuna, and crab cakes.  Entrées include Mahi Mahi, shrimp, or scallops prepared jerked, fried, blackened or grilled. Oysters and Clams are served fried. You can also have your own catch cooked to specification and served with two sides.

Alternatives to seafood include sautéed frog legs, chicken wings (Buffalo, bbq or teriyaki) and filet mignon, served as tips with crab cakes or filets in two sizes.  If your boating day has created a big appetite, entrées can be ordered with half or one pound serving sizes of fried grouper or Mahi, shrimp, clams, oysters and scallops prepared as above. Other main courses include shrimp served with a choice of linguine or grits.

Sandwiches, soups, and salads are fresh and the portions are generous. My King Neptune Special salad consisted of spring mix greens with ripe tomatoes, hearts of palm, artichokes, carrots, and Gorgonzola cheese, topped with six juicy butterflied shrimp dressed with house made balsamic vinaigrette. My dining partner had a pistachio-crusted Mahi sandwich with French fries and coleslaw. The creamy slaw with a touch of tarragon was tasty. Wine and beer are available, but no specially prepared vegan or gluten free items are served.

Service is cheerful and prompt at this cozy restaurant accommodating about 30 patrons. There are tables on the sidewalk available for dining alfresco.

King Neptune
4795 SE Dixie Hwy
Stuart, Florida

Review by Amelia Grant

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