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BAYOU TAVERN

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Italian, Pizza & 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
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 48
    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
Just yummy

I think this is our 5th visit. Every time we come to Longboat Key to see relatives, we visit and have a yummy satisfying dinner. Fish special - shared anchovy salad and then espresso and vanilla ice cream - perfect. Comfort food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Debra S
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Located in a nondescript strip shopping plaza, this Italian restaurant really delivers good quality food and a wonderful ambiance. A keyboard player performed during dinner and the owner was visible and involved. Food was great - Hubby and I we each selected from the

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I think this is our 5th visit. Every time we come to Longboat Key to see relatives, we visit and have a yummy satisfying dinner. Fish special - shared anchovy salad and then espresso and vanilla ice cream - perfect. Comfort food.

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Sarasota, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Had a fabulous early bird dinner outside overlooking the serene waterway. $12.95 for 2 courses and another $25.00 for a bottle of wine. What a deal. Had the cioppino with plenty of fish for a change. Great value

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Longboat Key
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This restaurant offers some of the best and most delicious Italian food in the area! It is family run, friendly and welcoming. Like having a meal in Mamma's kitchen! The menu is extensive, fresh meats and vegetables, homemade pastas and sauces and incredible desserts. All of this at reasonable prices too! We are locals and this is one of our... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had dinner with a party of 7, staff greeted us and sat us quickly. Took out order in a timely manner and our food was ready quickly. The food was delicious. I had pizza. My son ate and entire order of ravioli! Would defiantly go back !

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Iowa City, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

We probably would have skipped over this jewel of a restaurant were it not recommended by friends for its great Italian food. It has more of a Tuscany on the Bayou feel than its name implies. Food was very good, Pamela provided excellent service. You must try the Lemon sherbert for the presentation and the treat!! Definitely will go back... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Last evening, three of us had veal, three had a red snapper nightly special. The veal was passable, the highly-recommended (by the waiter) snapper uncut-able and inedible. The place was busy and we didn't want to make a scene. But we did mention our displeasure to the waiter; he took no further interest in us, and nothing came of it.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Upon arriving late afternoon on Longboat Key for our vacation we needed to have dinner as no groceries had yet been purchased. Going on local recommendations the Bayou Tavern was selected. We were pleasantly welcomed and shown to our seats. The waitress explained the daily specials and some of the more popular menu items. The lobster bisque starter followed by... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Bayou is one of the options for Longboat Key dining. Unfortunately, the service and food is average. Hard to understand why any restaurant would attempt to offer so many menu items and end up with such average to below average food quality. Stick to the basics including pizza, salad and drinks and you will be satisfied. If you are looking... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We didn't have a wonderful experience when we were there before , but as it is close to home we thought we'd give it another try . Never again ! I had the WORST eggplant ever... can't describe the small , slippery piece of---???--- eggplant , smothered in a salty red sauce ... Enough is enough.

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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 & Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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