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Ophelia's on the Bay

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American, Contemporary, Continental
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9105 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242-2919 (Stickney Point Road)
941 349 2212
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Ophelia's on the Bay is one of Sarasota’s premier fine dining waterfront...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance

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  • 72
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  • 38
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice for Special Occasions

Ophelia's located on the intra coastal provides one of the few truly nice dining experiences on water in Sarasota. The food is very good, though a bit pricey. If you're a couple and sitting outside there is a good chance you'll sit in one of the tables just off the water. We were there recently on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
ThomasP682
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Sarasota, Florida
Good for:
  • Romance
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Sarasota, Florida
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218 reviews 218 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Ophelia's located on the intra coastal provides one of the few truly nice dining experiences on water in Sarasota. The food is very good, though a bit pricey. If you're a couple and sitting outside there is a good chance you'll sit in one of the tables just off the water. We were there recently on a beautiful Sunday night... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have tried Ophelia's many times for dinner and while the concept is great (especially since we can arrive by boat), it is in dire need of a renovation. It actually has started to smell gross (several other local friends have commented on this as well) in the tired looking dining room. Someone must be making a huge profit since... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Came here a few weeks ago for the brunch. It was good but really wanted to try dinner. Had a special occasion coming up so we did. Call early and get an outside seat, preferably close to the water. The view is georgeous. You will have to use valet parking unless you are in walking distance. The menu changes daily... More 

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Kent
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

What a waste of a Sunday! For many years, Ophelia's was a fine dining restaurant with professional, attentive staff and excellent food. Not having been here for 3 years we decided to have Sunday Brunch.. With Jazz. The food was uninspiring and the service was even worse. We had to clear our own plates onto a vacant table, hunt around... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
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133 reviews 133 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

You need to go here for the view and the food. Both were amazing. The veal chop was seasoned with a sauce "worthy of liking the plate." My scallops (3) were also served with a fantastic sauce. The wine list is perfectly proportioned and reasonable. HOWEVER... customer service...hmmm. How shallI describe it? Lacking? Worse than that. I got a call... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I went here for her Birthday. We were fortunate to have Csaba wait on us. He is very knowledgable and took excellent care of us. We shared the Alaskan king crab rolls which were very good and loaded with crab. For the main course, my wife had the duck and I had the triple tail. Both were... More 

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Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Opehlia's has been a Siesta Key staple for many many years now with a great reputation for good fresh seafood and great service with an OUTSTANDING view!!!! When we first arrived we had a problem with our table and we were moved immediately without question or bother from the host. Our server was excellent and knowledgeable of the menu and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I've visited Ophelia's a number of times over the past several years and always look forward to it. I was there Easter Sunday for dinner on a perfect day - warm, sunny, seated waterside and serenaded by an Osprey just off the edge of the restaurant. Sadly the dining experience did not match the exquisite atmosphere. I'm sorry to write... More 

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Franklin, Wisconsin
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59 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Had reservations for 8 on Easter Sunday. Initially was going to go to the Capital Grille, but found out that they only offered a limited fixed menu brunch. Called Ophelia's during the week to ask about the buffet and was told it was served during Brunch, but menu only for dinner. Made the reservation through Open Table, got to the... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Terrible service by the server and the manager. Special occasion ruined and will never return. After sending an email to the restaurant to let them know, I have not heard back in 5 days. Maybe an off night but should have been rectified accordingly.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9105 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242-2919
    (Stickney Point Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Siesta Key
  • Phone Number: 941 349 2212

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?