The Castaways Restaurant
7720 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa, FL 33607
Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill
Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill-Tampa
Whiskey Joes Bar & Grill
Parking: Lot, Free
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range : Average
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Drive Through: No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
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We went to the "new" Whiskey Joe's reserected in the old Castaway building on the Courtney Cambell Causeway in Tampa for the first time on Sunday, January 25, 2009 and was EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!!! SERVICE AT THE BAR WAS NON-EXISTANT, DRINKS WATERED DOWN, FOOD DISAPPOINTING & PRICES OUTRAGEOUS!!! I ordered 1 dozen fresh oysters for $12.95 were served the smallest oysters I have EVER seen ANYWHERE. My wife ordered the oysters "Rockerfeller" for $10.95 and was served 6 very small oysters (again) that were not fully cooked, topped with way too much spinach, barely any cheese AND COLD TO BOOT!
For drinks I ordered a Jack Daniels on the "rocks" with a splash of Coke priced at $6.50 + $1.20 ("rocks" - up charge) for a total cost of $7.70 PER SINGLE DRINK (WOW) and my wife ordered a Bacardi and Coke priced at $6.50 PER SINGLE DRINK! NOTE - $6.50 for a single drink is airport bar prices not what you expect at a local casual dining restaurant. Anyother place (including mine) charges an average of around $4.75 to $5.25 for a single drink of this type (and some places it's 2 for 1 too). When the drinks came they looked and tasted light but I didn't say anything. When I ordered a second drink I noticed the bartender (male) did a 3 count for the drink which only puts 1.5 ounces of alcohol in the drink (I know my counts because I own a restaurant with a full liquor bar in Tampa). A "rocks" drink with an up-charge should get a 4+ count which puts between 2 and 2.25 ounces of alcohol in the drink.
MY ADVICE IS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE "NEW" WHISKEY JOES!!! The old place on Rocky Point was a lot more fun and a heck of a lot better. If this new version is what the owners are now offering they should have let it stay dead!
07/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to the Castaway last Saturday night because Bahama Breeze was so crowded, and Im tired of getting bad service there. I was surprised to read so many bad reviews on the Cataway, after everything being so perfect. My husband and I had a few drinks at the bar which were the best margaritas either of us have ever had. They used freshly squeezed lime juice, which were just like the ones we had on our hunnymoon in Mexico. The bartenders were very friendly and made us feel very at home. The sevice was on point from beginning to end. My husband had 2 huge lobster tails which was a great price at 55 dollars. I had a seafood collage wich was a quite tasty dish. The server, London, enticed us into splitting a homemade tiramisu, it was as great as the evening. We have decided to make it our new Satuday date night getaway. The only thing that was bad about the evening was the large black woman outside on the beach right infront of our window rolling around in the sand while some guy was taking pictures of her. Luckily they left before dinner arrived. Next time we will request one of the private booths in London's section
07/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My fiance and I don't get out very often, so when we do we try to treat ourselves. For a change, we tried The Castaway after driving by and seeing the view. What can I say other than this was probably the best meal we have ever had! Beginning with the most delicious margarita made by ""martha"", right down to the fabulous sunset I've heard about but never seen. Greeted promptly upon entering, given a romantic booth after cocktails at the bar, service with a smile. But the food was what impressed me the most. I am a bit of a woos when it comes to fish, cant stand fishy fish. The grouper tasted like it came straight from heaven, fresh and prepared to perfection with a heaping mound of steaming potatoes. My fiance's filet was fat and grilled to an exact medium rare. The fishtanks were awesome! My server ""Naja"" never missed a beat, and made us feel at home with a great smile. This has become our new place to visit when we find an escape out of the house!
07/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was a loyal guest of the Castaways for many years. As of 2004, the place has gone into a downward spiral and I'm not surprised the restaurant is now on dirty dining. Check it out on ABC Action News...Tampa, Fl. My last experience my server, Adele, was clueless. She took up to 10 minutes to come to my table and then ignored me the rest of evening, until the bill arrived. The food, the service, the price, the atmosphere, and the smell of the bathrooms just baffle me. Just stay away, from this restaurant.
05/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love to go out almost every Sunday for brunch all around Tampa Bay, this is by far my favorite! The views are the best, the variety of food amazing and it has the highest quality! With one of the best priced Brunch in all of Tampa Bay. They have made to order Pasta, Omelets, Banana's Foster, Cherries Jubilee, a huge chocolate fountain, Sushi, Seafood bar with all sorts of crab legs, mussels, shrimp, oysters and crawfish, and that's just the beginning. What ever your craving is I am sure they have it, if not just ask, most times I have gotten it. Oh yea, did I mention the Champagne and Mimosa's? So if you are looking to save a buck but still whant all the bells and whistles then check out Castaways.
05/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This had to be the worse restaurant I have ever been to. First it took thirty minutes to be greeted and than the server fogot are drinks until we recieved our very over cooked food. Everything was burnt and the mash potatoes were crusty and cold. If I want to eat reheats I would have stayed home and ate leftovers because that was exactly what this food tasted like. Two were good enough for me! My wife could not even cut her steak with ease it was so dry and overcooked. Thanks to the management I almost got in to a fight because he wanted to argue with me.
05/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Made reservations a month in advance, talked to the event manager and made arrangements for fifty people before prom. Got to the restaurant at scheduled time and they said they had no record of our reservation. We had to eat fast food for our senior prom!! Would never recommend or go there again! Completely unacceptable for such a special night. :(
The only reason I will ever go back to Castaways is because of Super Dan. He was the most informative waiter I have ever had in any restaurant. I am a 54 year old woman, and I eat out a lot. The food at Castaways is ok, but Super Dan completely made my entire experience there. If you should ever go to Castaways ask to sit in Super Dan's section, you will not receive any kind of better service ever. I went to Castaways a few other times, and had mediocre service.
I strongly suggest this restaurant, but make sure to ask for Super Dan! He sure is super!
The food was equsite. I ordered the Mahi with Chili Tie pepper and it was the best fish Ive ever had. Our server, appropriately named ""super dan"" was very knowledgable, friendly and efficient. customers in tables nearby were complaining so I guess they should sit at one of super dan's tables next time! my wife and I deffinitely reccomend this place over and over!