Grove Bay Grill, formerly known as Scotty’s Landing, is ideally situated in a marina, facing a tranquil bay replete with beautiful yachts. A cool breeze blows on your face while indulging in standard grill fare.
The ambiance was lovely, with a funky bar, covered seating and picnic benches along the seaside – really chill, as my daughters would say. As we sat at the table, we were approached by a very attentive waiter with a big, bright smile.
Lump Crab Cakes ($13.75)
They were not the traditional crab cakes at all, more like little balls of lump crab that were tasty but not exceptional. The balls were served with a sauce that tasted like ketchup which masked, instead of enhancing the flavor of the crab.
Chicken Finger Dinner ($11.95)
My little one had to order this again, as she simply cannot help it. She is 13 years old and is still obsessed with chicken fingers. Will she ever grow out of them? Only time will tell. These came with fries and a side order of corn. I cannot say how the actual chicken tasted as the fingers were devoured in nanoseconds. They must have been good.
Coconut Shrimp ($14.95)
The shrimp were deeply coated with a rather greasy exterior. I was famished, so I ate them all, but I cannot honestly say that I tasted the shrimp. The Caesar Salad that came with it was okay, the croutons being especially delicious.
Burger with Bacon ($10.75 + $1.00 for the bacon)
My dining companion, Ms. G., ordered this. She specifically asked for the meat to be well done. When it arrived, it was medium rare. The waiter promptly took it back to the kitchen and the burger re-emerged half hour later perfectly cooked. The manager even stopped by the table to offer apologies for the mix-up. Things happen, and the situation was rectified, but I noticed something when I got home – I was charged for two burgers.
Shame on me for not checking the bill properly. Shame on them for even thinking that it was okay to charge for something we did not even eat. Lesson learned.
I have no doubts that this is a pretty place to chill out, to have some drinks and eat some food by the bay, especially when they have live music and you are buzzed with wine, beer or cocktails. I do not think that I will be visiting again anytime soon, especially when I am $11.95 short in my bank account.
GROVE BAY GRILL
3381 Pan American Dr
Miami, FL 33133