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Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1067
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Ranked #6 of 21 restaurants in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $27
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Mar Vista is located on North Longboat Key on picturesque Sarasota Bay. Enjoy a delicious meal inside the quaint dining room or on the outdoor covered deck overlooking Sarasota Bay. We accommodate all types of watercraft from kayaks to yachts. Been fishing? Bring in your filleted fish and we will cook it up for you. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit.
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76% Recommend
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English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We visited this restaurant twice on a recent visit to the area. The food is always freshly prepared and delicious. The tater tots and fish dip were very popular with our group. The fish selections were enjoyed by all and the burgers were yummy as well. Try to sit under the trees, it's a very nice spot.. It's fun to... More

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Venice, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We live nearby so we decided to bike over with friends for the first time. It lived up to all the good reviews. We sat out near the water and the view was very charming. Its rustic old Florida, nothing fancy but very comfy. Its tucked away in longbeach neighborhood which also makes it appealing. The grouper quesadelia was delish,... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The Tampa Bay Grady-White Boating Club (Quality Boat Sales, CLW) and the Cannons Grady White Club (LBK) had a nice lunch on Saturday. You have nice docks (first come, first serve basis) and a cool breeze under the spreading oak trees. Service and food were great, and the managers were very helpful in adjusting our reservation number up and down... More

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Went here passing threw long boat key. We were not impressed. Beautiful view, average food, high prices, okay service. If we were threw again we would not stop.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I vacation in Longboat Key and have done for 27 years. We love this place & always visit at least once during our stay. Great staff, great atmosphere & the views of the bay are incredible. Mar Vista burgers are hard to beat!

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Taft, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place looks like a broken down shack from the front. The bar is on the inside & the restaurant is outside - behind the building, along the bay. The food was pretty good & the seating was interesting - tables set around an unusual shaped tree & under a awing type area. We almost didn't go - after seeing... More

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Hurley, Wisconsin
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222 reviews 222 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We recently stayed on the Longboat Key and my family took us to the Mar Vista. From the outside, you will not be impressed but do not drive on by. Mar Vista is a wonderful place with great food. All of us had different meals and they were all great. I have the clam chowder soup and it was wonderful.... More

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Tampa, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you are on Longboat Key or Anna Maria and are interested in seafood lunch/dinner or a late night snack or drink, you should definitely check out Mar Vista. I certainly wouldn't come up from Sarasota or over from LWR to specifically come here, but this is also because of the traffic factor of trying to get onto the island(s).... More

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Brewerton, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

By boat dining at Mar Vista always a treat. Great atmosphere-on Sarasota Bay. Great summertime mixed drinks. Apps-Scallops Ruminade are a must. When a cup of New England clam chowder came less than filled appropriately, another gratis cup came a few minutes later. All four of us opted for broiled seafood medley-very good, two ladies couldn't eat it all. Good... More

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Mar vista had always been one of our favourite places to eat on Longboat but last year we had two disappointing meals so we stayed away until yesterday. So why do we like dining there? 1. The atmosphere outside is wonderful, so Old Florida (inside very dark and dreary). 2. Service is efficient and cheerful. 3. Food is plentiful, and... More

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