Coconut Jack’s Waterfront Grille has indoor and outdoor seating in Bonita Springs, Florida. It has a chickee hut and a full bar and is close to Barefoot Beach. It’s a large, fun restaurant, and is always crowded, even in the afternoon. This place has everyting: seafood, sandwiches, steaks, and saltwater.
Coconut Jack’s posts two addresses for beach bar-goers: its street address,
5370 Bonita Beach Road; and its sea address, N 26* 19.835’ by W 081*
50.495’. Either way, this Neptune-sized beach chair is great to sit in for
souvenir photos. It’s about two-thirty on the Wednesday afternoon before
Easter 2016; the only time this Mermaid Queen didn’t see a line.
This is Coconut Jack's wall of t-shirts, plus their famous Mango Bango sauce
front-and-center. There is also a display case for kids’ t-shirts and
stuffed animals. Both are right inside the front door. Most of the shirts
proudly proclaim “Bonita Beach, Florida."
This is the full bar and the typical indoor seating arrangement at the most
active establishment located on Fish Trap Bay. This beer-battered tiki joint
has live music sometimes; but never takes reservations. Parking is tight
even in the afternoon, so there is free valet service.
This is the chickee hut just before Happy Hour commences. A chickee hut,
according to Wikipedia, is a Seminole shelter built with posts, with a
raised floor, a thatched roof and open sides. It’s a great place to be both
indoors and outdoors at the same time; sheltered from the occasional Florida
This is one of the two open tables in the chickee hut at Coconut Jack’s this
afternoon. Just to the right out-of-view is a place where ocean-going diners
can arrive and depart. There is a kids menu here, and the occasional dolphin
or other sea-faring creature will appear and delight kids of all ages.
This is the mango lemonade, one of many flavored types at $3.90 with free
refills. Our waitperson was great, even when the guests writing this blog
couldn’t quickly make up their minds about what to order for their late
lunch. The raspberry lemonade was also good.
This is the Fish n Chips Basket with fresh battered grouper with fries and a
small side of coleslaw. This was $16.95 and completely amazing. The grouper
tenders were hot, tender and crunchy at the same time.
This is the chili-lime breaded clam strips basket with fries and slaw at
$14.95; the soda was $2.75 with free refills. Every bite was wonderful.
This is the Angus burger, medium well, with cheese, at $11.95.
This is perhaps the most interesting plate on our table in the chickee hut:
Grouper tacos with beans and rice at $18.95.
This is the chocolate cake with whipped topping and candied pecans. This
dessert was $6.95 on the day of our visit and had great flavor and
mouthfeel. Many who passed by our table offered their help in finishing off
This is the coconut cream pie at $6.95. Everything that coco-cream should
Last but not least, this is the key lime pie with whipped topping and
candied pecans at $6.95. Great key lime flavor from start to finish.
This guy was hanging above our table at Coconut Jack’s; the only reason he’s
still there is because he’s not on the menu. Nevertheless, we’re hoping to
see him again soon.