I admittedly do not dine here very often. Maybe once every 3 or 4 years just to try items that catch my eye on the seasonal menu. It's sadly not the place that I go to for fresh fish. There are better places in Brandon/Valrico for seafood. With that said, I was very happy with some of the menu items. The Bang Bang Shrimp is always a good choice. I've had that item as an appetizer in the past. The one I had this time around was the PEI Mussels, and they were delicious. We devoured them. I was also very happy with the complimentary bread and the herb olive oil dip. I used some of that bread to soak up the garlic and sambuca sauce from the mussel dish. The appetizer and the service was really the best part of this meal. Tony was very attentive and described all the dishes with great detail.
So, for the main dish I had the special Wild Alaska Salmon and Shrimp. The Salmon had a good wood grilled flavor, but the filet was a thin cut which made the fish drier than I normally like it. I'm used to a fattier and thicker piece of Salmon (with the skin) that is cooked to medium. Maybe it's because this fish is wild and not farmed. I don't really know. Anyway, I did like the creamy parmesan and artichoke sauce along with the veggies. The shrimp were overcooked and were way too oily. This dish could have been better. I felt like I could have sent it back and asked for something else, but I just don't do that. Besides, it all tasted good. It just didn't have that "wow" factor for me. Mom, on the other hand, liked her lobster tail. It was served with one of those lobster butter warmers. It was very classy, and she really liked that. She had potatoes au gratin and cole slaw as side dishes. She was happy with the cole slaw, but not so happy with the potatoes. It was plated like a mofongo, but not as tasty.
For dessert, we had the "Fresh Strawberry Shortcake" off of their seasonal menu. It was good, but it would have been fantastic if the shortcake part of the dessert was fresh. It was cold and hard. I feel like it would have been exceptional had it been fresh and warm.
I'm rating this at 4 stars because of the service, and for the items that were a hit. The other items had good flavor, but the execution was a little off. It won't keep us from coming back again in the next 3 or 4 years. We may just stick to our regular mom & pop type restaurants.