Not really as bad as I expected from the other reviews. Ate there reluctantly after reading reviews on this site. I would probably return. Others are largely correct about the food: it was good, but certainly not amazing. We cleaned our plates, but the meal wasn't memorable. Others have said that the place is a tourist trap and customers are herded in like cattle... we didn't find that at all. Our waitress, in fact, was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable about the food, and efficient. In a world of bad service, they did NOT fall into that category. Prices for food and drinks were what you would expect for this type of restaurant. We ate on a Thursday evening, and watched the sun set after we finished eating. We felt no pressure to leave so they could turn the table. I'd return- not for the food, but for the nice experience.
Great Place for Sunset, That's It..
The Hurricane use to be the place to go for a grouper sandwich, but not anymore. My family has been coming here since the early 90's, back then the service and food were great, but once the head chef Harold got fired on Christmas Eve, (yes fired on X-mas eve) the food has taken a slide. The management is family run, and horrible, all they care about is the bottom line, and I swear more than once they thought I was trying to rip them off when I complained how bad my meal was.
The last time I was there, (last weekend) will be my last, food was cold, service was non-existant, and the place had a bad smell, not sure what it was, but it wasn't good.
The only upside to the whole day was watching the sunset on the rooftop bar called the "watch", the drinks up there seem better but no food.
If you want a real good grouper sandwich go to Dave's Dockside on Maderia Beach.
Good food, but....
Moving to the area in 2004, this is the one place we were told to go for dinner with an outstanding view of the sunsets on the gulf. The sunsets lived up to the hype.
Unfortunately the service and the management was more about making $$$ than about the customer.
The food on the lower level and/ or deck is good, and priced about the same as other are restaurants. The Calamari is to die for and the grouper is REAL, and well done. Beware of the cocktails tho. They can be more expensive than the meals.
The 2nd level, however (the best views, of course!) are more pricey than quality. The rooftop bar is the best place for the view, but there is no food service.
TOURIST TRAP--EXPENSIVE--$16 FOR DRINK. My father took me here (we are locals and I have never eaten here before) for dinner last night. I drink apple martinis occasionally so I asked the waiter if they made this particular drink and he said yes. Not asking the price I ordered one and then another (I usually only order one but the martini glass was very small). Once the bill came my father asked me to look and make sure the prices were right. After reviewing the receipt I discovered my drink cost $15.94!!!!!!! I have NEVER had a drink that was so expensive. The most expensive part of a martini is the Vodka but my dad ordered a Vodka and Tonic and it cost him $3 (by the way I didn't upgrade my vodka either, imagine if I did)! Our meal was only $15, how can a drink cost more than a meal!!!!!
AVOID THIS TOURIST TRAP.
I have been here a number of times over the last 30+ years. It has gone downhill so badly as to be nothing more than a pathetic tourist trap. The ONLY appealing thing about this place is the view of the beach especially at sunset, BUT it in no way makes up for the mediocre poor-quality food and the dismally horrible wait staff. The attitude of the servers and management is "Well, we got your money, so if you had a crappy meal we don't really care. We have more than enough tourists eager to squander their money here."
READ THIS::::: THE LOCALS DO NOT GO HERE! This is not a family friendly restaurant.
The service is a ZERO.
The food - is overpriced and of poor quality. I suggest you just get a fast food meal and bring it to the beach - that way you won't have blown a lot of money for the Hurricane's mediocre food which is below even fast food quality.
The ambiance is a total negative. Wait to get seated, then get ignored by the waiters. This is a cattle call and the only thing missing is the "mooing" of the tourists as they get milked.
This place used to be good a long time ago, it isn't now.
As a diner, it should be a treat to go out, not an ordeal. Avoid at all costs!
Every year is worse than the last. Have dined here several times a year since it opened. Have had some great experiences, both lunch and dinner during the 80's and sometimes in the 90's. Since 2000 things have gone progressively downhill and tonight is our last visit until/unless complete overhaul. Past reputation now lost. Greeting, service, food, drinks, atmosphere ALL dreadful. Three generations of our family will hold on to the past happy memories and pray for new direction on all fronts. Also PLEASE lose the pungent smell of disinfectant.
Gorgeous sunsets, specialty drinks and fresh seafood..
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this sprawling restaurant features stunning sunset views, best experienced from the rooftop deck. The menu is crammed with a variety of seafood, but the Hurricane is known for its grouper--breaded, fried, grilled, blackened or broiled. Snow crab, Maryland-style crab cakes, shrimp, scallops, fish and steaks are also available. An extensive selection of specialty drinks include the Bakua Freeze, a riff on the pina colada with banana and Kahlua.
The food was generic at best and we were charged for ice cubes. My better half ordered the special which was luke warm. I ordered the alfredo with "six tiger shrimp"... I received decent pasta with a couple dozen canned shrimp thrown in.
I ordered a "Stoli's on the rocks" and had to pay $.90 for "the rocks" Overall... a total waste of time and money!!
Listen to a local. The other reviews are right on the money. Why this place is even on this site is questionable. Sunsets are great but don't eat the food and bring lots of money for average drinks. The place is definately living off its once great reputation.
User review by dpresser. The food was very good, whether in one of the dining rooms or at the rooftop area.
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