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Bottom of the Sea
Posted by Trifena and Robert W on 03/21/2011
A friend recommended this restaurant to us in 2003 when it was the shack near Fairmont. We took the bus to Philly just to check out the restaurant since then every year not just my husband and I but my two sons, their friends and just about anyone who come to Penn Relay with us goes to Bottom of the Sea. The food is excellent all steam, the seafood is fresh and plentiful. I find the owners and helpers very courteous and cordial. I recommend placing your order by phone before you get there. For us it is an annual seafood treat after Penn Relay and now we can even sit and eat inside. On our first visit we had to eat outside. Keep up the good seafood Bottom of the Sea!! I feel this way as I am strickly a seafood eater, no meat for me!
Posted by pop on 01/17/2011
Me and my wife have been goin there for a while now and i have to say out of all the bottom of the sea's i went to they have the best fried shrimp and crab cake i love this place :]
Posted by themanager on 05/19/2010
I represent bottom ofthe sea...Please knowthat most of these reviews are in reference to south street, which is no longer a bottom of the sea restaurant...only in name, with legal status pending...we truely apoligize for any lack of service. Bottom of the sea has always and will continue to put our customers first....please don't hesitate to contact us at 2153860550, we will continue to serve all our customers and any service issues as we always have...thank you Eady
Posted by Never again ! on 03/12/2010
I placed a order on 3/12/2010 for my lunch with my co-workers and the total bill came to 90.00 of which my sandwich was not in the order, when I noticed, I contacted the business and was told that they will come right back with my order. I continued to wait for over 1 1/2 for my food but did call twice in between and was told again the the driver will be here in a minute. Of course my lunch hour was over. I called back and spoke with Manager who was rude and explained to him that I wanted my money back he said that he had to call the driver to come back to get the money and bring it back. he said "you have to be patience cause we have other orders we have to deliver"... this is the poorest customer service I have ever experienced and I whould never recommend this place to anyone !
Posted by govgirl on 01/23/2010
OKAY! I have never experienced an eat-in situation, but as for take-out it is the best. The portion size is great, I can usually eat twice on the one meal. Calling ahead is definitely a plus and the way I go. The seafood has been fresh, quite tasty, and plentiful.
Posted by Stephanie N. on 10/10/2009
This was our poorest dining experience in years. We didn't complain while there (too fearful of being rude), but feel we should share. But first, some positives: 1) Our server Amber was lovely - courteous, smiling, and mostly attentive even though she was swamped. If not for her, we would have settled-up and gone elsewhere without finishing the meal. 2) The glass brought with my bottled beer was perfectly chilled and frosty. 3) The portions were large, which could appeal if that's what you're into. We’re not, but to each their own. Now the negatives: 1) The decor was depressing, like it came from a "bad seafood restaurant" decoration kit. 2) The food was greasy, salty, and overcooked. My crabcakes were so soggy that at first I didn't realize there were two of them, since they were mushed together into a greasy, salty pile. 3) The women's restroom made me uncomfortable: paper products gone or nearly gone, and mold around the sink hardware raising questions about cleaning frequency. Since the men's restroom was closed, there was only one toilet and hand-washing sink available for the entire restaurant. 4) Shortly after our food arrived, construction or repair work began in the men's restroom - hammering and loud drilling like a jackhammer, four feet from my head. Seriously. I hope this was an emergency, because otherwise there is no excuse for doing it at 9pm on a Friday. By this time, the crowd was winding down, so they could have continued operating with just the one restroom available as it had been, putting off the noise until the morning. 5) The busboy had his pants hanging below his bottom, with his underpants exposed. I understand that this is cultural nuance, a style, but since we were already grossed-out, this didn’t help. 6) We observed another server raise his voice while arguing with a customer. If this had been an altercation in public, he would have been in the right to raise his voice, but in the restaurant, it made us uncomfortable. 7) To top it all off, when we presented a certificate to pay for part of our meal, they would not accept it at first. It took a lot of discussion for them to accept it, and each excuse we were given was a violation of the certificate company’s policies (I have since checked). I think we would have continued to argue as long as it took to get it accepted, because the experience had been so bad that not getting the expected $25 credit at that point would have added just too much insult to injury.
Posted by The Mrs on 01/31/2009
When I first went to the one down the bottom it was just a shack. I was a lil worried bout eating from outta there but I did. When I tasted the food I had to have more. The food is delicious and the best I've ever tasted. Since the shack this business has expanded so much and no matter which Bottom Of The Sea I go to their food is the truth. Keep up the good work.