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Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1067
941-383-0881
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Ranked #7 of 22 restaurants in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Deerfield, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had an early dinner and decided on Mar Vista based on the reviews. We sat outside in the garden area under the tree with lights strung through it - it was lovely and at 6pm there was no wait. I didn't see anywhere inside the restaurant that I would have wanted to sit; it was dark... More

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The restaurants has a great ambiance. It's quiet and located right on the beach (facing Sarasota). There is indoor seating, some covered outdoor seating and them some really nice seating around a garden that's right on the water, complete with christmas lights in the trees. The menu is a very class "florida" menu - tons of great fish/seafood options. The... More

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Valdosta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This place was out of the way from the hotel, but well worth the 15 mile drive. The parking lot may scare some away, but park in the dirt lot in front and wait to be amazed. The servers are amazing, their knowledge of the menu items was incredible, the speed of getting the food once ordered was very fast... More

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Valrico, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We absolutely love Mar Vista, but our last trip was mediocre. Our server was excellent (Jason) and very prompt, but the food was just ok. My husband and I always start with the Bud and Old Bay shrimp and split the Red Crab pot. The shrimp tasted good, but they were over cooked - the shells were stuck to the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

I would recommend this restaurant for any seafood lover! Great atmosphere, awesome service (ask for Jayme). Best grouper I've ever had! Five stars all around.

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The vibe is great at Mar Vista. Outdoor dining right on the water under the funky lighted trees. The servers are not only attentive but smart. We enjoyed half price wine in July so make sure to mention the sale to get it. Our food was wonderful. Even after my steamed crab pot came out with Ol Bay by mistake,... More

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Merritt Island, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

The place is nice we sat outside which I loved but the bugs were awful flew around us while we ate!! A little high I had shrimp and grits about 8 shrimp my husband had scalloped shrimp. Water to drink and one side came with dinner 60.00 bucks.

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Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It's very tough to find something relatively inexpensive and casual on Longboat Key but Mar Vista Dockside delivers. Dining under the trees outside was a nice alternative and the waterfront view of Sarasota Bay was very nice. We tried several of the appetizers and were quite pleased; the smoked fish dip was our favorite. We tried a variety of the... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We chose this restaurant because we were traveling with our westie and did not want to leave him in a heated car. It was advertised as dog friendly. When we arrived we were told he could not come in because thunderstorms were forecast. Fair enough. We went to put him in the car with the a/c running, but had to... More

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Brooksville, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

outside bayview bar and restaurant. basic fried food, primitive but fun rustic location. Cold beer, nice place after beach or boating.

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