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Corky Bell's Seafood at Gator Landing

185 S US Highway 17, Gator Landing, East Palatka, FL 32131-4042
+1 386-325-1094
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“hush puppies” (89 reviews)
“cheese grits” (48 reviews)
“seafood” (152 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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185 S US Highway 17, Gator Landing, East Palatka, FL 32131-4042
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went for lunch here with a party of 22 and for us being such a large party the wait staff had seating for all of us outside and were very accommodating. The food was priced relatively reasonable and was very good. The wait staff were...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank stevelC9717SB
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Blackened shrimp Alfredo was delicious. My husband had the Big Mate platter, grilled. He said it was also very good. We ate on the patio and watched the sunset. Our first time here. Will definitely go back.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank KareeneB
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The fried flounder and hush puppies are phenomenal! The sides are outstanding and the service is top notch! Oh, and I can’t forget the view- it’s amazing!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank poodlemom7
Reviewed 5 days ago

Met my Mom, sister and her husband here for a late lunch/early dinner on Sunday. While it was a bit crowed, we were able to get a table outside by the river. The setting is breath-taking, live oaks with hanging moss, the river,and boats traveling...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome service and great fish and chips .very nice atmospher and great veiw a must go back price was very reasonable

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Mike B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our son and his family took my husband and I there for my husband's birthday...It was SUPER...SO TASTY...

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Debbo55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been eating at Corky Bell's for over 30 years and in my opinion they have the best seafood in this part of the state. They stay super busy, especially on weekends, so the service is sometimes a little slow, but the wait is worth...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Extraordinary828773
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time visit, went for lunch, Mahi, flavorful, Fried fish,scallops, shrimp, All Good! We sat outside, really inviting area, tables w umbrellas, outside bar. Nice view, ramp goes down to the water. Inside we’re a lot of Gators & I couldn’t resist a selfie! Staff...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank R8301NOkellyr
Reviewed 15 December 2018

Last week thirteen of us assisted-living seniors, made the fifty-one mile each way bus trip to enjoy our weekly lunch out. This time revisiting an old favorite, Corky Bells. The exceptional service of wait-staff, the server at my table was Trina, and the food continue...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Barbara C
Reviewed 14 December 2018

I live in a small touristy town and we have plenty of places to get "fresh" seafood close to the house. However, whenever we have folks in from out of town we take them to Corky Bell's. The food is always fresh, the service is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 3528BobE
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16 January 2019|
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Response from EvelynWright | Reviewed this property |
It is worth a call. You can access this restaurant from land or water. The food is as great as the view.
Johanna B
22 September 2018|
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Response from Mistie B | Property representative |
Our old location in Palatka sat about 200, we now can seat 300+ :)
18 June 2017|
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Response from Mistie B | Property representative |
Hi :) Lunch times run from 11am-4pm every day!! We hope to see you soon!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 185 S US Highway 17, Gator Landing, East Palatka, FL 32131-4042
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  East Palatka
  • Phone Number: +1 386-325-1094
Charles “Corky” Bell has been serving generations of hungry North Floridians perfectly delectable crispy fried, broiled, blackened, or grilled fish and shellfish since he opened his first restaurant at Pacetti’s on the Trout Creek in 1979. Since opening Corky Bell’s in Palatka with his wife Betty, he has created an array of specialty dishes from Garlic Shrimp Scampi, Creamy Seafood Alfredo’s, Corky’s Stuffed Fish and Swamp Treats like Gator Tail and Frog legs. Now Corky Bell’s is located at beautiful Gator Landing located on the St. John’s River where Corky’s high standards of quality food and excellent service will continue to impress each guest that walks through the door. The history of this well known Palatka landmark will continue to be shared. Gator Landing is located on a part of the St. John’s River known as “The Devil’s Elbow” and from 1938 until 1995 a marine repair and supply yard owned and operated by Frank Oliver occupied this site. Recognizing the beauty and uniqueness
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