The atmosphere is very casual, with a chickee bar that features live music that will have you swaying. If the music moves you to dance, join the crowd. Several couples were cutting a rug the day we visited.
If you're a boater, you can dock right up to the restaurant. Judging from the number of occupied slips, this seemed to be a popular way to visit this eatery.
It's a happy place where you can order one of the popular frozen drinks or just a beer and hang out with friends and watch the dolphins play in the water.
The main attraction of the Snook Inn, however, is the food. The specialty is, of course, seafood, but there are ample choices for those who don't like fish and crustaceans.
We arrived for lunch and were seated promptly, as it was past the lunch "rush" crowd. We did not have reservations, and I can't state with certainty that they are necessary or even accepted. A call is advised if you intend to come for dinner, as this place is wildly popular, with both the tourist and local crowds.
We started with the excellent, impeccably fresh peel 'n eat shrimp. It was the just-right accompaniment for our drinks and for perusing the imaginative menu.
The jerk chicken quesadilla is perfect for those non-seafood-consuming folks. The tender slices of grilled chicken offered just the right amount of kick from judiciously-applied spices, and came tucked between light tortillas and swathed in melted cheese. The dish was served with shreds of iceberg, with sour cream, which complimented those spices to perfection. I have had hotter jerk chicken in the past in Jamaica, but this one seemed to be spiced just right. Hotter does not necessarily equal better, and this is a case in point.
The seafood chowder was one of the best renditions we've ever had. It was creamy with an abundance of fish and various seafood morsels to satisfy any craving.
Although we did not sample them, we were told that the conch fritters were about the best outside of the Caribbean. These, too, are somewhat spicy, from what we've been told. All the better for washing down with a cold Red Stripe beer.
Our server was cordial and efficient. She said she had been working there for many years. We never had to wait for refills, and she brought the check promptly when asked.
The Snook Inn has the whole package. Its charm is infectious, its food superb, its service top shelf. When we return to Marco Island, we'll definitely be back, for dinner the next time.
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May 16, 2005
From journal Marco Island, Florida
February 20, 2004
It is located next door to the Marco Resort and Club. The restaurant is on the river with great views of boats going by or pulling into the dock on site. They also have a nice Chickee bar located outdoors if you just feel like having a drink and snack. Live entertainment starts at 11am and ends at 10pm. Entertainment is continuous with a change of entertainers rather than a break.
Happy hour starts at 10:00 PM when the entertainment stops, all drinks are half price.
From journal First Time to Marco
Boynton Beach, Florida
October 20, 2003
From journal The Magic of Marco
September 1, 2003
There are other restaurants that we like to visit also. The Sand Bar offers plenty of food at reasonable prices from $6 to $15. It has a friendly small bar atmosphere where you can watch TV or play pool. There are plenty of fast food places like McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, and pizzerias. Put all this together and you can eat on a budget and still have money left over for those quaint dinners for two. We like to take a boat rental to Goodland and eat at their places too.
From journal Marco Island's best kept secrets
June 15, 2003
From journal Marco Island
March 18, 2003
From journal Sunrise Bay on Marco Island
January 2, 2003
They have a large variety on their menu for dinner and lunch. I had a delicious teriyaki Hawaiian chicken sandwich on their lunch menu. Another time I had their salad bar which was a ample meal either for lunch or dinner with a reasonable price of $6.00. If you are a shrimp lover either the Shrimp de Jonghe or Florida Gulf Shrimp are excellent! One time we enjoyed the seafood buffet with a variety of good choices. My husband said they had excellent Alaskan Snow Crab legs.
Being the restaurant is on the river, we enjoyed our dining in a relaxed atmosphere while we watched the boats go by (the restuarant also has boat docks) and pelicans play. If you are lucky you might also see dolphins playing in the water near the restaurant. They now have a garden courtyard in which you may sit among the palm trees and beds of flowers! They also offer live entertainment but I haven't had first hand experience with hearing any of it.
You may take home a memory from The Snook Inn at their gift shop. They have a selection of shirts, hats, mugs and souvenirs.
From journal Magical, Mystical and Alluring Marco Island
August 2, 2002
From journal Marco Island, FL
Overland Park, Kansas
September 11, 2000
From journal Sand and Sun in Marco Island