Lunch on the Rainbow River

After taking a ride around the area, Mom and I decided to stop at the restaurant our AirBnB’s host, Jim, recommended to us when we arrived.  Swampy’s Bar and Grille is situated right on the bank of the Rainbow River in downtown Dunnellon, Florida.


We opted for the outside seating next to the river.  And what a view we had.


The water is so clear, you could see the bottom.  What looks like silt in this picture is actually the clear bottom of the river.  The way Swampy’s is situated, pontoon boats, kayaks and paddleboards can pull up to the dock, tie up, and get out to have some tasty food.


Since we’re on the river, we had to have something water related, so Mom had the fish and chips while I went with their surf and turf.  Mom’s fish was lightly battered and flaky.  She said it was delicious.  My steak was seasoned with blackening seasoning and my shrimp were grilled and both had wonderful flavor and the steak was nice and moist.

As we were eating, we watched several boats go by, though with the first one we were nervous, since there is a bridge over the water next to the restaurant.


We’re happy to report it is high enough for the boaters to get through easily.  And even though we were right next to the road, it was peaceful enough to have a conversation.  The waitstaff was quick and efficient.  I never had to wait around for my iced tea to be refilled because as soon as I was close to the bottom of my glass, a new tea appeared.  This is a great little restaurant, with good food, good atmosphere and great views.  I would recommend this place to anyone.


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