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Local, Family owned and Operated Seafood/Meat market and Restaurant. We serve the freshest local seafood, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Daily Specials; Beer & Wine. Mon.-Fri. 10-7; Saturday Market Only 11-7; Closed Sunday.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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American, Seafood
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Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Dog Friendly, Family style, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Are you looking for a place with a serious beach/lake vibe? This is the place your looking for....and when you go, be sure to ask for Brandi! She's amazing and will make sure your experience is top notch. She was so attentive (without being annoying)...and took care of everything we needed before we even knew what we needed! She made an already celebratory evening even more so. I'm already looking forward to our next visit!!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went because of all the great reviews on Tripadvisor. The restaurant claims to have gluten free options. They had NONE! We were told by the waitress that there were no options for my husband with celiacs disease. We asked if the kitchen could at...least grill the fish. We were told it was a small kitchen, with no guarantees. Wow. Beware.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In the Keys for week of fishing w friends. Found this little gem and wished we had time to go again. The fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, and fish tacos were all winners with our crew. To top it off, the service was prompt and friendly....Check it out. You won't be disappointed!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Ty! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed April 12, 2024 via mobile

What an amazing find! The food is outstanding, and the family that runs it, along with their staff, are wonderful. While you're there, get some fresh fish from their fish market. P.S. Johnny's Key Lime Pie is to die for. 😋

Date of visit: April 2024
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2024

TY! It was nice to meet you and your family as well. Thanks for visiting and also for the review.

Reviewed March 22, 2024

First encounter was talking to a gentleman at the duck key open air market about fresh fish, and decided to stop to their market to check and see if they had triple tale to try. Kid behind the counter at the market did not steer...me wrong on any fresh fish I purchased. Decided to go back and try their ribeye after he told me they were also known for their fresh cut meats. Bar none the best ribeye I have ever had and cooked to perfection, including me grilling my own. Will definitely be returning to try some of their fresh fish.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2024

Ty! So glad you enjoyed your Steaks! We will see you next time for more goodies.

Reviewed March 6, 2024 via mobile

We’ve been coming here for 25+ years even when this place was retail seafood market. When it became the restaurant and deli market we found the food was always fresh ..any fresher and it would flopping on your table. We really enjoyed the fresh Cuban...loaf breads baked daily which are now smaller and oiled drizzled but tasty. Both indoor and outdoor patio tables are available . Whole assortment of Frozen pies Key Lime My favorite are available on deli side made locally and reasonably priced. Large Variety of fresh retail seafood also. Never been dissatisfied with food Worth a visit . Won’t be disappointed 😎🌴More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2024

Ty! We are proud to be the oldest Market/Restaurant in Marathon. So glad you have enjoyed it for so long! See you soon.

Reviewed February 21, 2024

This is a simple traditional restaurant with a wet fish and butchery counter attached. The fish is very fresh as one would expect and well prepared. It was full of locals and very good value. There were lots of staff who were very friendly and...the food came quickly. A great place for an unpretentious inexpensive meal.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2024

Ty! We take pride in having the oldest Fish Market and Eatery in Marathon! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed February 1, 2024 via mobile

Always wanting to try new places to eat. Their food was excellent! I had Johnny’s Salad with grilled cobia. It was so good we went back the next day and had it again!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2024

Ty!

Reviewed January 12, 2024 via mobile

This restaurant is one of our staples when we come to Marathon. We always have good meals here at reasonable prices. My son and I both look forward to getting the Johhny's Rambler, usually multiple times during our vacation. My daughter and I get a...chocolate chip ice cream pie to bring home for desserts in the evening. The fish market offerings also look very good.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2024

Ty!

Reviewed December 28, 2023 via mobile

Our family of 13 came in to eat after visiting the aquarium across the street. We had great service really good food. We had no room for dessert so we took a key lime pie back to our villa, and it also was very delicious.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2024

Ty!

Reviewed December 7, 2023

Unlike the last review I saw, the service was outstanding, the food lightening quick, and absolutely delicious. The price is reasonable, even for "The Keys". Quaint, not fancy, down to earth people. If you are grouchy, used to being pampered, and generally a PITA to...deal with...by, all means do not come to this gem of a Ma, and Pa restaurant. Side note...The key lime pie claims to be "the best in the state of Florida". The wife, and I are Floridians, have sampled many places that claim to have the best key lime pie, but his place has The Best, by far, hands down.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2023

Thank you! Your review is spot on!

Reviewed December 1, 2023

Fish Tales Market and Eatery is a “must stop at restaurant” when in Marathon, Florida! I just had the best lunch!!! I ordered my meal, and in the blink of an eye, my food was ready! Even during the busy lunch rush, the service was...extremely fast and right on point! I ordered a cup of New England Clam Chowder which was the best I’ve ever had! I also ordered the Hogfish sandwich and the Hogfish was so fresh, also the best I have ever had! Everything from even the sandwich bun, tomato, lettuce, all so fresh and delicious! Loved the side of coleslaw, collard greens, both sides so delicious! This is all accompanied by a very clean restaurant, very clean restroom and a family owned business. Josh, the owner, was right there to talking to all his customers. Shawn, too! It is rare to find this kind of restaurant now days, family owned and great service! They all treat you so nice there, and wow, what great customer service!!! Fish Tales is definitely at the top of my list!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2023

Ty!

Reviewed November 18, 2023

We ordered to go… conch fritters came with cocktail sauce, which should have been remoulade sauce, they were soggy and the conch was tough and chewy. As for the lady at the bar that took our order, she wasn’t very enthusiastic about our visit to...say the least. We also ordered the key lime pie because I saw good reviews about it. It was pretty good but of course we didn’t receive any napkins or any cutlery to eat our food or pie with. I definitely would NOT go back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2023

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. We hope you will stop in again. Please ask to speak to management when you visit next time.

Reviewed October 28, 2023

OMG! Best fish sandwich ever! The buffalo shrimp are amazing! And the key lime pie was really yummy! Great prices!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2023

Thank you!

Reviewed October 14, 2023

We stopped for lunch and it was just okay!!! I had a fish sandwich, very small portion of fish for the price, soup was good, but cold. My husband had one of their German offerings; he said it was tough and bland. No one asked...how we liked lunch and the service was just passive. The prices were too high for what we had......FRANKS GRILL is much much better!!!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Shawn RUSSELL, General Manager at Fish Tales Market & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2023

We are so sorry to hear this. Please try us again in the future.

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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
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