Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House - Celeb history, fine food at Jensen Beach landmark

Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House
1401 NE Indian River Drive (west side of Intracoastal)
Jensen Beach, Florida 34958
Lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Open at 11:30 a.m.

By Jane Feehan

Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House maintains the same standards of excellence as its predecessor, Frances Langford’s Outrigger.  The d├ęcor, food, and panoramic view of the Intracoastal and causeways justify a drive or a day’s outing here.

Fresh, local seafood dominates the menu but they also feature prime rib and other specialties for meat lovers. One of their desserts, Florida Orange cake made with orange custard and white chocolate chips earns high marks for a signature Florida dessert – better than Key Lime pie.

Entertainer Frances Langford opened her Outrigger restaurant and resort in the early 1960s. Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope and other celebs visited the Polynesian-themed locale, often staying at one of the bungalows on the property (still there but not used for guests). The property fell into disrepair over the years until Fred Ayres bought and restored the restaurant to its former stature. Frances Langford, who died in 2005, was on hand when the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House opened in 2001.
Jensen Beach lies just north of Stuart. A sleepy, time-worn community, it’s located on an extremely wide expanse of the Intracoastal; one can barely see the east side of the waterway from the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House. There’s a nice breeze on the deck in the summer but I’m looking forward to a return visit when the weather turns cool (indoor and outdoor seating available). Touted as “casually elegant,” Dolphin posts a dress code: no tank tops or sleeveless shirts for men, no flip flops or bathing attire. Moderately priced

© 2010 Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.

Tags: Frances Langford’s Outrigger, scenic outdoor dining, Fred Ayres, Florida, Jensen Beach, Stuart dining, seafood restaurants, South Florida restaurant reviews


Dennis Mundy said...

Lucky enough to have visited with our friends on Hutchison Island and got the chance to visit The Dolphin Bar once again! Awesome Stone Crab and the setting is what every Happy Hour in paradise is made of

Chad Henson said...

My wife and I are huge Frances Langford fans so a pilgrimage to her former restaurant was way overdue. There is a lovely tribute to Frances, full of photo's, movie posters etc. The decor is what I would term 'Island Elegance' Our serverr was great. She seemed to know just when to appear, being neither invisible or omnipresent. The wine was bold but not brash. The crab cakes were a joy, according to my wife, and the landlubbers special fit me to a T. This was not just a meal but an event. Highly recommended for it's food, charm and grace and it's wonderful history.