Finding a high-quality “seafood restaurant near me,” as the kids are searching on their smartphones these days, can be a difficult enterprise. Whether you are a local who is trying to find a new place for your weekly seafood meal (a bare minimum for us seafood lovers) or you are a weary traveler passing through southeastern Florida and you are in need of some authentic Florida seafood, this blog post should treat you well.
In posts of the recent past, we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight what sets us apart as a local seafood restaurant. We encourage you to go back and read a few of these posts when you get the chance, but the long and short of it is that Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill combines excellent local flair and cuisine with picturesque waterfront atmospheres. Sprinkle in some Florida-famous hospitality (and a wonderful cocktail menu) and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a fantastic night. Whether that’s in Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, Lake Worth, or another one of our Mulligan’s locations, is up to you!
Keep reading if you are interested in gleaning a few tips from us at Mulligan’s about determining if a seafood restaurant you have in mind is indeed worth their salt. Given that we are an authority on the topic (since we are, indeed, worth our salt), you might as well take it from us!
Let’s start with a decidedly 21st-century approach: finding a restaurant through online reviews. Whether you are looking on Urbanspoon, Google Reviews, or Yelp, it’s never a bad idea to take a look at a restaurant’s ratings. While these reviews are not the end-all-be-all in terms of parsing a restaurant’s value, it can quickly show you if there is a glaring “red flag” worth knowing about.
To be clear, it’s impossible to please every customer each night, so we wouldn’t recommend assuming the handful of subpar reviews is worth trusting over a body of evidence that suggests otherwise. Sometimes, folks are just looking for something to complain about. On the other hand, if a restaurant’s profile has a healthy number of positive reviews, it is a good sign you might be inclined to be the next provider of a glowing testimonial!
Attention To Detail
This point might be a bit difficult to utilize until you have been to the restaurant in question itself, but a decided attention to detail is a tell-tale sign the restaurant in mind is of a high order. From the way you are greeted at the front-of-house to the manner in which your server interacts with you, good restaurants separate themselves from the pack by having a staff that truly cares about how they represent the owners of the establishment. Here are a few more things to look for regarding attention to detail:
- Your water glass never gets empty all night
- Your food arrives hot and in unison (so that no one has to wait and let their food get cold)
- The restroom and lobby are well-maintained and sanitary
- The staff is friendly and professional
- Your server is knowledgeable about the menu and is able to recommend pairings
- All silverware and plates are spotless
- Your plates are cleared as soon as you have finished eating
- It’s not so loud (due to the proximity of other guests, music, or both) that you can’t converse comfortably
The Music Selection
We touched on it just above, but we can’t help but dissect this point a bit more. Not only does the music need to be audible enough that it’s able to be heard if a guest puts their mind to it, but it also needs to match the mood of the entire establishment’s ambiance. To the first point, a restaurant’s music can’t be so quiet that you only hear certain frequencies or notes; that will drive half of us half-crazy. To the second point, it’s important that your music matches the tone of your food and environment. Indeed, you could even argue that a restaurant’s music is the glue between the setting and the food.
At Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, we do our best to make sure the atmosphere fits in perfectly with the fun, family-friendly vibe here at our many southeastern Florida seafood restaurant locations. The music isn’t too loud, the tables aren’t too close together, and the staff is friendly, professional, and always on guard to take your plate and fill up a half-empty water glass!
Come See Us Soon!
At the end of the day, the little things add up to determine whether you simply had a good-tasting meal or you’ve had one of the best dining experiences in recent memory. When you offer up your hard-earned tender to an establishment, you should be treated well. When you come to Mulligan’s, you are sure to have a good time. Our Jensen Beach, Vero Beach, and Lake Worth seafood restaurant locations are staffed with happy, seasoned servers who are happy to help you select one of our delicious landfood or seafood dishes.
Whether you are passing through Florida or you are a local, we’d love to have you come on in through our doors so we can show you what a great seafood dining experience can be like. We are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of the year! We have a great family night just like we have a fantastic happy hour. Come and see us at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill soon!