Red Robin – Ft. Myers, Florida

The summer of 2008, my family was staying at Marco Island but I had an ulterior motive for being there. I knew that Red Robin was only 45 minutes from where we were staying. There was no way I was going back to Miami without having gone to Red Robin. I’ve seen enough Red Robin commercials to know that I had to check it out. I didn’t realize that it’s a family type restaurant, not at all what I envisioned or expected (not that there’s anything wrong with that). After reviewing the menu, we settle on a few “shareable starters” which were the Towering Onion Rings, Buzzard Wings & the Cheeseburger Con Queso.

My Dad hamming it up

Alright, so the wings were OK. They weren’t anything I haven’t tasted before, not horrible just not memorable. The Towering Onion Rings were pretty good and the tangy sauce served with the order made them better. Now, the Cheeseburger Con Queso was definitely the highlight of all the starters we tasted. It’s a cheese dipping sauce with ground beef, salsa, cilantro and comes with a variety of flour and corn tortilla chips. This is the first time I am tempted to say “Yum” like the commercials, and I will restrain myself. Of course, you must be wondering what I ordered from a place that fancies itself as the restaurant to get Gourmet burgers.

I ordered the Royal Red Robin Burger (fresh fried Egg, topped with three strips of hickory maple-smoked Bacon, American cheese, Crisp Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Mayo). Just for the record, I do not eat lettuce and tomato and they were discarded.

Don’t look at me like that

It’s just not my thing. So, oh yeah, the burger. Wow, what can I say? It was good but then again I was expecting a little more. This could have been one of those cases like when I went to another chain and was left disappointed, but I’ll leave that story for another post.

Since this was written Red Robin opened its 1st location in South Florida in April 2012.

Red Robin
10021 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers, FL

Comments (6):

  1. Jesse

    December 17, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Red Robins is awesome! They're all over the Northwest (they started in Oregon). We moved down from Seattle earlier this year in miss them. I didn't even know until recently there were 3 locations in Florida. We live just south of West Palm Beach but will be making a trip over to Ft. Myers Dec. 22 to visit Red Robins (among whatever else we can find to do!).

  2. H.E. Pennypacker

    December 15, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Red Robin is coming to Miami,they’re opening up at the old HOPS location in front of the Falls shopping center.

  3. Frak

    January 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    do u know when its opening?

  4. Terron

    March 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    According to a recent Sun-Sentinel article, they’re planning on opening the Falls location in early April. A Pembroke Pines location is being planned for an opening later this year.

  5. Kris

    May 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Couldn’t agree more Sef. Nothing gourmet to me about a pre made frozen burger. No matter what toppings are on it! I give it a firm “meh”!

  6. Jady Lynn

    March 14, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I believe my Yelp Review goes something like this:

    “I will never understand how Red Robin is a chain of BURGER restaurants that consistently makes a mediocre (at best) burger.”