photo of Sarasota Bay and the pier at Star Fish Co

Tarheel Eater on the Road – Star Fish Company Dockside Restaurant in Cortez, FL

Star Fish Co. sign
The front is a fish market. The restaurant is in the back.

My husband and I traveled to Florida recently to see our family and, of course, had to indulge in some seafood. We decided to check out a little shack called the Star Fish Company in Cortez, a small town near Bradenton, on the west coast of Florida.

rows of picnic tables filled with people on the deck
Eating area at the Star Fish Co. Dockside Restaurant.
Ordering food at Star Fish Company cash only sign
Ordering my food.

The place is off of a mainly untraveled residential neighborhood. The building in the front is non assuming and could easily be overlooked to be an industrial fishing operation, which, indeed, it is. But, if you walk around to the back of the building, viola there is the outdoor restaurant!  The pier is dotted with various picnic tables and depending on the time you come, you may have to wait to get a seat! Be prepared to share your picnic table with others! This place is relaxing and is certainly no frills, also thought of affectionately as a “dive.” You stand in line to order from a small window. Cash only in this place, folks!

grouper sandwich plate
Grouper sandwich (small) at Star Fish Co.

I had to get my fill of grouper, so I had the grouper sandwich. The batter was light and crunchy and the fish was very tender and flaky. I loved it! The fries were pretty decent as well.

Calamari at Star Fish Company

We also had some calamari, which was also lightly battered and fried to a crunchy delight. The squid was also tender and not too chewy. Yum! As you can see, the calamari also came with fries.

onion rings at Star Fish Company
The onion rings were crispy and crunchy.

We tried the onion rings as well. If you are going to get fried food, well, you might as well go all the way. The onion rings were also very crispy and seasoned well.

photo of Sarasota Bay and the pier at Star Fish Co
Enjoy an amazing view of the bay while you eat!

You can also buy fish from this place. It had actually been a wholesale fish market for many years, but is now open to the general public. Next time we may have to buy some fish to make at home, but then you won’t have the beautiful view to see while you are eating!

pier and boat parked at dockside
Come by car or by boat!

I am always grateful to get fresh, locally caught seafood. You cannot get much fresher than this. And, the prices were amazingly low! The calamari was just $5.50 and the grouper was $12.95, which is very reasonable. They also have Mahi Mahi  and mullet as regular items.

I will certainly go back to this place next time I’m down south and suggest you try it as well!

The Star Fish Company Dockside Restaurant is located at 12306 46th Avenue West, just a few blocks off of Cortez Road. It is open Sunday and Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can like them on Facebook to hear about specials.
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