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BAYOU TAVERN

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Italian, Pizza, Pub, Pasta
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6814 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
+1 941-312-4975
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hidden Gem on Longboat

Restaurant is more upscale than it looks on the outside. Lovely views of the bayou, we enjoyed watching the fish jump. One negative - They had to improvise to give us children's cups. More of a date night place. Food was great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
MommyRockz
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Carrollton, Texas
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Joisey - the Corruption State
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58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Been here twice while visiting family and both times - food, atmosphere, service, value were all top-rated. Lovely neighborhood feel, with a nice choice of seating locations (bar, dining room, terrace with view of the "bayou") that are all nice in their own way. Check them all out and decide for yourself based on how you feel. . This is... More 

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Carrollton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Restaurant is more upscale than it looks on the outside. Lovely views of the bayou, we enjoyed watching the fish jump. One negative - They had to improvise to give us children's cups. More of a date night place. Food was great.

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Burlington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Don't let the name fool you. This is an Italian restaurant. We went there for chicken parm. and happened to hit the early bird menu. That was a bonus because chicken parm happened to be on the early bird menu. The focaccia bread is home made and very good. The chicken parm and pasta was quite good. I can't eat... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We chose Bayou Tavern because it had good reviews, promised a casual, homey meal, and was close to our condo. And we were delighted with our choice! On a weeknight, we got a table right away, with a lovely view of an offshoot of the bay. The owner greeted us warmly, as did our server, who expertly explained all of... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Bayou Tavern is a great Italian restaurant. My husband always starts his meal with the 4 cheese pizza --with goat cheese--as an appetizer. We always take a few slices home. The fish is done very well; their fresh mozzarella, tomato and arugula salad is wonderful. I don't think we've ever had any dish that we haven't like. A few years... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Stayed and dined for 10 nights in Longboat Key and this place was by far the best food in the area. Everything is fresh and the service is excellent. We kept going back because none of the other placed we ate at even came close. Everything is reasonably priced, even the bottles of fine wine. Will def be back.

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Lady Lake, Florida
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and are so happy we dined there. Upon your arrival you are welcomed by a very friendly staff and the owner personally greets each guest. The staff did a wonderful job explaining the menu and recommending specific dishes. I had chicken parmigain and the serving was more than one individual could eat. My... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We ate here in November. We had a large group. They accommodated us well and the service and the food was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

I ate there last night. I had the chicken parmigiana. It was awesome. The serving was huge. My kids had a pepperoni pizza. They also enjoyed their meal.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great food, drinks and menu choices. Friendly wait staff and owner host. Can be intimate setting viewing the bayou.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6814 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Longboat Key
  • Phone Number: +1 941-312-4975

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 24
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pub, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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