Beaches at Vilano

Some places you go for the food, some for the atmosphere, some for the people… take a look at this photo and you’ll know why we go there:

We popped by Beaches after a long morning in town at official functions where my six sweeties {err… 4 sweeties and 2 naughties?!} had to be relatively still & quiet for 4 hours.  They did great.  But we were all d.u.n. done.  On a whim, we headed over the Vilano Bridge and pulled into Beaches.

I hoped for outdoor seating where we wouldn’t disturb any other diners on this late weekday afternoon… I had no idea we would be eating on the beach and would be free to play while we waited for our food!!

Commence operation unwind Mamma…

My drink, I think it was called the funky monkey, was the weakest drink ever poured.  Look at me, bartender!  I’ve sweetly kept 6 children quiet all morning- just because it’s not 5:00 doesn’t mean I want to pay  $7 {ish} for fruit juice!  Strike 1!  Fortunately, God’s relaxation {water} took effect even though the sorry drink didn’t and I breathed out the tension I didn’t know I’d been holding all morning.  Beaches was looking better by the minute.

 I ordered the Ahi App for a quick hunger fix while we waited for lunch.  

I’m not sure why it came with guacamole {weird combo & tasted squeezed out of a bag, strike 2}.  The bigger issue was that our appetizer came with our lunch!  Strike 3!!  But perhaps the kitchen was trying to feed my pirrhanas as quickly as possible, in which case I’ll be grateful.  And there’s the beach.  The beach is so nice… so I decided not to write this place off yet. 

Fish tacos were spicy but good.  The kids adored the tater tots & we passed around plates to share.  Lauren adored her Caesar Salad- it was large enough for her to eat and share!

Clara announced she was full after 2.3 tater tots in favor of playing in the sand.  Since it was mid afternoon & the restaurant was almost empty, I let the kids play to their little hearts’ content!

After lunch, I decided I like Beaches.  I really do!  I’m not going to go expecting gourmet food, but if I can sit with my toes in the sand while my kids laugh & play in the ocean, I say that is an experience worth having!  Our friendly server brought the kids disposable cups to use in their crab-catching-sandcastle-building-shell-collecting diversions.   

Like I said, some places you go for the people, the atmosphere and the view.

Beaches at Vilano
(904) 829-0589
245 Vilano Road
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  1. Here was our experience. Saturday night date night with hubby. Decided to try Beaches – looked like a good place to chill out, have a few drinks, and hope for a decent meal.
    It was 7:00 Saturday so we expected to wait. Fine by me!! I could sit in a chair with my feet in the sand and a drink!!
    All went bad from there. There was a techno DJ outside playing VERY loud and VERY obnoxious club music. We are not old or opposed to fun, but this stuff was so thumping and loud we couldn’t carry on a conversation. Then there was the crowd on the beach. Very obviously under aged kids, all very drunk and smoking, with their fake IDs or 21 year old friends running back and forth to the bar.
    I made it through one drink and we left. We were very disappointed. The place had so much potential!

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