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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

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412 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
+1 941-383-0102
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill features casual indoor & outdoor dining...
The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill features casual indoor & outdoor dining overlooking Sarasota Bay. Known for having one of the freshest grouper sandwiches on Florida 's West Coast the Dry Dock is popular with locals and visitors to Longboat. From the dockside patio, the view of Sarasota Bay is obstructed only by shady coconut palm fronds. The Dry Dock is conveniently located at the south end of Longboat Key at the Boathouse Marina.
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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  • 20
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Favorite

One our must go restaurants on Longboat Key, the ambiance, especially at lunchtime is worth waiting for as are the grouper sandwiched, the seafood chowder, and the lobster rolls. Great service, quality food and a lovely bayside view make a gray combination.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Bill K
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

One our must go restaurants on Longboat Key, the ambiance, especially at lunchtime is worth waiting for as are the grouper sandwiched, the seafood chowder, and the lobster rolls. Great service, quality food and a lovely bayside view make a gray combination.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We dined here while vacationing in Sarasota. We missed the call ahead (they had already taken as many requests as possible) so took a chance and went here anyway. We were told 1 hour to 1.5 hour wait. I think it was an hour. It goes by quickly as you can be outside on the waterfront with a drink while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The lobster bisque and seafood chowder are very good. The grouper sandwich so fresh and my husband likes a lot his salmon sandwich. The sauce comes grouper excellent!

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Eagan, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill last evening! Stunning location, beautiful view, great food, attentive service and good value. Everyone in our party loved their meal -- we'll be back!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I often dine at Dry Dock and really enjoy the food and ambiance. We do have a major concern with the call-ahead policy, however. It feels like a scam to encourage people to spend more time at the bar; then there is the 'in the know' seating policy. Why don't they just either accept reservations or not?... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Everything on their menu is excellent! I've been eating lunch there for the last 15 years and continue to enjoy it!

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

The menu features fresh seafood specials - the service is prompt & courteous - a big selection of beers & full bar will satisfy your thirst. We love many of the standard seafood items - we dine there multiple times every trip we make to LBK. You'll be happy you dined there- go early as they're very busy at supper!

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Sarasota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

My favorite restaurant on the water. The food is always fresh and for a water view, reasonable. The service is very good. Only problem is that they don't take reservations, so show up early or be willing to wait.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Good Food Good service nice dinning room nicer outdoor Great experience but very long wait for a table (to long)

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

You'll always get a great meal at the Dry Dock. It's clean and the food is good. We especially enjoyed the fish tacos and the fresh catch. We enjoyed the bay view while enjoying our lunch. The staff was very attentive and friendly. We especially appreciated that they offered a gluten free menu option. They were also very accommodating in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 412 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Longboat Key
  • Phone Number: +1 941-383-0102

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill features casual indoor & outdoor dining overlooking Sarasota Bay. Known for having one of the freshest grouper sandwiches on Florida 's West Coast the Dry Dock is popular with locals and visitors to Longboat. From the dockside patio, the view of Sarasota Bay is obstructed only by shady coconut palm fronds. The Dry Dock is conveniently located at the south end of Longboat Key at the Boathouse Marina.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?