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“Hidden Gem on the Nature Coast”
Review of Island Outpost

Island Outpost
Ranked #32 of 111 Restaurants in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$12
Description: Island Outpost is a restaurant and pub located in beautiful Ozello Florida! We have a full menu, ranging from breakfast to dinner, as well as a wide variety of beer and wine. Patrons can also purchase ethanol free gas, tackle supplies, and bait on premises.
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Description: Island Outpost is a restaurant and pub located in beautiful Ozello Florida! We have a full menu, ranging from breakfast to dinner, as well as a wide variety of beer and wine. Patrons can also purchase ethanol free gas, tackle supplies, and bait on premises.
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Come to Island Outpost and check off everything on your list:
• Delicious food that is second to none in Citrus County.
• Warm, friendly owners who greet you by name.
• Thoughtful staff who anticipate your needs.
• The most beautiful drive through Old Florida.
• Diner, convenience store, gas station, tiki bar, bait and tackle, fresh produce, $1 cold drafts, shelves of free books…huh? Yes, all that and more!

Island Outpost is like nowhere else. My husband discovered the place for lunch one day with a buddy and enjoyed it so much he brought me there that same evening for dinner. By then the amazing owners, John and Diane, knew our names and made us feel at home.

We’ve returned countless times (40 minutes for us round-trip). I’ll start to ask my husband “Do you want to eat at Island…?” He cuts in with an emphatic “Yes!” and is out the door with the truck started before I can even finish the question.

John’s “Hangover Shrimp” has some sort of addictive magic in its sweet and spicy sauce, making me order it every time. My husband can’t decide if he likes the out-of-this-world Cuban sandwich or the spicy wings best, so he orders both. Teresa and Kerry, the amazing hostesses, have the Scorpion hot sauce waiting for him as the perfect (and fiery!) complement to John’s wings.

Locals and patrons treasure this gem in the heart of Ozella. No pretentions. Just great food, friendly service and a warm, family vibe that brings you back again and again.
- Keith and Carol

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Quaint local restaurant with incredible food and service. The owner, John, prepares seafood deliciously in light batters and sauces. Start out with a Conch Fritter Appetizer followed by the Island Shrimp and you won't be disappointed. Island brews are always a dollar in a frosty mug. The owner's daughter, Kerry, was our server and she completed our visit with pleasant small talk and outstanding service. Thursday night is locals night and John has an amazing fish fry the first Sunday of every month. The beauty you experience on the short drive from Crystal River to Ozello makes you appreciate island life.

Thank Eatsouteverynight
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Great little restaurant/bar in tiny out of way village of Ozello, fla. Excellent food and atmosphere in a former convenience store converted into a local establishment!

Thank steve L
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KerryDee34429, Guest Relations Manager at Island Outpost, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Congratulations Steve! You are the WINNER of our $20 Island Outpost gift card! Please come in, or respond within 10 days to receive your winning prize!

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

Though the address on this says "Crystal River" it is really in Ozello which really is "old Flroda" ... something you can't find too much anymore. You are likely to see anything...say armadillo on the road or alligator along side the road on your way to this wonderful place.

You will drive up to a "convenience store". OK you say, nothing unusual about that. Then you go in and everything changes. It is not "fancy" in the sense that you are not entering a highrise building and walking into a restaurant the revolves around in a tower. Nope, you are getting something even better. You will walk in and see an indoor tiki hut bar and souvenirs of Ozello (get a front place that says The Ozello Keys) then go sit and one of the tables for a really great food. John and Diana are just amazing. John, the owner,greets everyone and makes you feel at home.

Then order the $1 ICE COLD beer (the Island $1 beer) and peruse the menu. Lots to choose from and you can't go wrong. We always get the stuffed japalenos (poppers) which are done perfect and come with a nice dipping sauce. The shrimp can be ordered several different ways and they are great. But we really like them fried. Keep in mind they won't be dipped heavy in a batter, in fact, they will only be lightly battered and done to perfection. Though we can recommend several different items we heavily recommend any of the BBQ pork. The platter or the sandwich is soooooo yummy !!
Cole slaw is the thicker kind, which I love. Oh and did I mention the BBQ pork? oh guess I did but it really worthy mentioning twice or even thee times. It is thinly sliced and tender, no fatty bits you find in others elsewhere. Several desserts to select from as well. Island Outpost is off the beaten path, which makes it even nicer for a visit. You won't be sorry !

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KerryDee34429, Guest Relations Manager at Island Outpost, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Hi Bobbie! Thank you for an awesome review! We really value our customers, and are so happy that you enjoyed our unique brand of Old Florida charm! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Once again, another great meal at The Outpost. John has mastered everything on the menu. His Cuban sandwich has a taste like no other. I think his smoked meat makes it a one-of-a-kind. Whether you get a to-go or eat-in, you will not be disappointed.

Thank anndeneau
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KerryDee34429, Guest Relations Manager at Island Outpost, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2017

Thank you for a great review! We think our Cuban sandwich is one of a kind and delicious as well! Hope to see you again soon!

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