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  • Walt’z Fish Shak

    Come have dinner with the dolphins! Here at Walt’s Fish Shack you will enjoy the freshest local flavors served up in a tropical key west style setting.

    Walt’z Fish Shak is nestled in the East End of John’s Pass Village across from the old Don’s Dock and Boca Ciega bay. The location is one of the few buildings left from the original fishing village. Walt’s Florida Keys upbringing is reflected in the decor and vibe.

    As you walk in the front door a strong following of locals and winter residents creates a very comfortable initial feeling. Whether you belly up to the bar or sit outside watching the dolphins and boaters cruise by, you’ll be ready to try some of Walt’s amazing fare. Fresh fish caught locally is prepared simply and never overdone.

    Our menu is written daily on chalkboards. As items run out, they are crossed off the list. So the earlier you arrive the better your selection!

    Remember, Walt’s decision to only use local fresh fish sometimes reflects his hours. Please call for more info on “The Fresh Catch”, our special events, private parties, catering and operating hours.

    About Walt

    Walt Gerbase was born in the Key West Naval Base Hospital, and grew up in Marathon, Florida where he worked in numerous classic old school seafood restaurants. He attributes his frying skills to his mother Betty and his grilling skills to his dad, Paul. While attending USF in Tampa, Walt worked in the University Cafeteria, where he worked under a CIA graduate who recognized Walt’s interest in the culinary arts in the late 1970’s.

    Travel throughout the Caribbean added to his recipe list, and he often found himself hanging out in the local kitchens.

    After 7 years working as a cook at the old Dockside Dave’s, Walt brought his love and passion of his trade to John’s Pass Village where he and his life partner, Sue Zirneskie opened “Walt’z Fish Shak”. Walt and Sue reside in Madeira Beach, Florida.

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    2 Reviews on “Walt’z Fish Shak”

    1. AvatarRon Hayward Walt'z Fish Shak
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      Been to John’s pass several times Tried to eat at Walt’z each time with no luck. Going to try again this Feb. I wonder what would be the best time of day to be there? Love the location & outside the place – would love to see the inside.
      For now, I’ll give you four stars – mabe 5 if we ever get inside. LOL

    2. AvatarWilliam Charles Finch Walt'z Fish Shak
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      We have been to Walt’z probably a half dozens times. For us, this is the place to eat on Jon’s Pass.
      The owners are friendly, the sea food is cooked with herbs and the taste is outstanding. I would highly recommend this establishment if your looking for a great fish dinner.


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