The Everglades Restaurants



Rod and Gun Club

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Rod and Gun Club Review

Striking, polished pecky-cypress woodwork in this historic building dates from the 1920s, when wealthy hunters, anglers, and yachting parties arrived for the winter season. Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Nixon stopped by here, as did Ernest Hemingway, Burt Reynolds, and Mick Jagger. The main dining room holds overflow from the expansive screened porch overlooking the river. Like life in general here, friendly servers move slowly and upkeep is minimal. Fresh seafood dominates, from stone crab in season (October 15–May 15) to a surf-and-turf combo of steak and grouper or a swamp-and-turf duet of frogs' legs and steak (each $26.95), or pasta pairings, from $19.95. For $14.95 you can have your own catch fried, broiled, or blackened, served with salad, veggies, and potato. Pie choices are key lime and chocolate–peanut butter. Separate checks are discouraged at this cash-only venue, and there's a $5 plate-sharing charge. Yesteryear's main lobby is well worth a look—even if you're eating elsewhere. Arrive by boat or land.

    Restaurant Details

  • No credit cards.
  • Sometimes shuts down in summer. Call ahead.
Updated: 05-17-2013

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    Rod and Gun Club Review

    The Main Building is very interesting and reflects a more gracious time period. The people that run the place are not very service-oriented, but they are charming in a down-home kind of way. We stayed in one of the rooms on the grounds. It was basic, but comfortable, with gleaming wood floors, and a screened porch. The bathroom needed upgrading.... it was rather tired and mouldy.

    by Sandism, 4/6/10

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