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Ophelia's on the Bay

9105 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242-2919
941 349 2212
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Ranked #19 of 36 restaurants in Siesta Key
Cuisines: Continental, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Stickney Point Road
Description: Ophelia's on the Bay is one of Sarasota’s premier fine dining waterfront restaurants. Enjoy beautiful vistas of Little Sarasota Bay, from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the dining room. Or join us for al fresco dining on our open-air patio, as the dolphins and manatee swim by. Winner of many awards both locally and nationally, including an Excellence rating from Zagat as well as being listed as the number one restaurant in America in Power and Motoryacht Magazine for dock and dine. Ophelia's on the Bay has also been voted most romantic, best waterfront and best restaurant with a view by its loyal customers. The menu changes nightly using fresh and seasonal ingredients, fresh fish flown in from all over the world and specialty meats. There is certainly something for every palate! We feature an extensive wine list, specialty martinis, as well as a full bar. Family owned and operated for over 22 years, we have an experienced staff that prides itself on exemplary service.
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76% Recommend
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We booked a table on Friday evening on the recommendation of a local. To be honest, was not sure when I read some of the reviews on this site but went along regardless. I was extremely glad I did because we had a really pleasant evening and a great meal. We were seated out on the deck and sure the... More

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Sarasota, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We've been to Ophelia's on many occasions and have always loved the food and ambiance. We asked for a table by the window and were rewarded with an intimate corner table looking out at the water. After cocktails, we shared the Rangoon shrimp and the calamari. Both delicious. We ordered the red snapper and that too was great. However, it's... More

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Its one of the few restaurants in SRQ area where you sit on the water - its a really nice Intercoastal spot. In off season it can be windy, but the window seating inside is just as nice then. The food is very well done and the staff more upscale than the beach bars on the Key, but that's expected.... More

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I ate at Ophelia's with a party of 7 after a wedding. The menu is creative and varied - I definitely had a hard time deciding what to order. When the food arrived it was beautifully presented and delicious. I especially enjoyed the attention given to the sides - the arugula and the habanero potatoes were both unusual and very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We went here for a birthday dinner celebration since it was right next door to our resort! While pricey, $160 for dinner for two including apps, drinks and dessert, it was worth every penny!! The food was phenomenal. I had the pink shrimp linguine and my boyfriend had the black drum. The escargot app was delicious and the desserts were... More

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Augusta, Georgia
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The food was delicious and nicely presented. The menu had a number of creative options. We ate outside next to the water which was beautiful and peaceful. In addition to great food and service, it is likely the best atmosphere for dining on Siesta Key. We may return a second time before our vacation is completed.

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Chicago, Illinois
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381 reviews 381 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Ophelia's on the Bay has been one of our favorite restaurants ever since we began coming to Sarasota in the 1980s. It always is listed among the best dining spots in the area and it deserves its rating. We always request table No. 50, in the corner overlooking the water and the deck. Very romantic, very cozy, very comfortable. I... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Ophelia's. Found it on Trip advisor, otherwise would have missed it driving by! Best to reserve,(as we did) especially if it's for a special dinner, as it was for us. Ask for a waterside table, not just an outside table, as there's quite a lot of outside tables that aren't directly by the water.... More

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Venice, Florida
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

This is a should-be 5 star restaurant. The food is really well prepared and cooked from real ingredients. Well done to the Kitchen Staff The restaurant is expensive and on the whole the food is good enough to justify a 5 star rating We wanted to eat from the SavourSarasota special menu at $30 pp for a set 3 course... More

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Dallas, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Our family enjoyed our last night in Siesta Key at Ophelia's -- six adults, a 7 and a 4 year old. Knowing this was a "grown up" place, I called ahead to ensure that our grandchildren could be accommodated. The chef made a small beef filet and shrimp and pasta for the kids while we enjoyed a truly memorable feast... More

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