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Ophelia's on the Bay

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9105 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242-2919 (Stickney Point Road)
+1 941-349-2212
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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: Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 27 years, we have an experienced staff that prides itself on exemplary service.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice waterfront dining spot

Had dinner here on our last night of vacation in Siesta Key. Great menu, plenty of fresh fish to choose from, a great ceviche appetizer. Sat overlooking Sarasota Bay so lovely view. Good, attentive service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Being in the service industry I understand that places can have a bad day. This however was our second visit. Our first was such a bad experience that we were given a gift card to return. Today was even worse. The food was inedible. As well as lacking any options for a $30 brunch. We had to ask several times... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

a disappointing brunch... food of the most modest quality barely reaching the level of, for example, a cracker barrel. like shakespeare's ophelia, the place is one-dimensional with potential to overcome adversities inflicted by a fickle fate. instead, this ophelia remains merely tragic, uninteresting and to be avoided. there are many far better choices nearby.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Had dinner here on our last night of vacation in Siesta Key. Great menu, plenty of fresh fish to choose from, a great ceviche appetizer. Sat overlooking Sarasota Bay so lovely view. Good, attentive service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We fell in love with Ophelia's in 2013, and have been talking about coming back ever since! We made reservations ASAP, for 5:00 when they opened. We wanted to sit outside, on their dock on the water. The restaurant looks pretty, but there's nothing better than sitting by the bay and seeing the mangroves and the jumping fish! They were... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

When we arrived at Ophelia's on the Bay, the hostess greeted us and wished me a Happy birthday and seated us at a coveted window table overlooking the bay. Our personable server, Julia, arrived almost immediately with yet another birthday wish and offered us each complimentary glasses of strawberry-studded champagne. Julia couldn't have been more helpful with describing the various... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Had the summer special: three courses for $ 29. Portions are smaller than the regular menu, but satisfying, indeed. Had the mussels which were luscious, the flank steak which was cooked to perfection and a fancy version of key lime pie. Sat outside and watched the sky light up during the spectacular sunset. Service was efficient and professional. Definitely worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My husband and I ate at Ophelia's for his birthday. We ate outside on the water. It is a beautiful romantic restaurant with wonderful food. It is pricey though, but well worth it. Their menu changes daily depending on what fish were flown in fresh that same day! I had the Sea Bass and it was the best I had... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We went here for my birthday, had reserved a table two weeks prior, but when we got to the restaurant, they could not find our reservation. Luckily they could fit us in. The location of this restaurant is stunning and our server was very good. The food is just about good, with some nice touches, but everything was rushed. We... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

If you want to charge fine dining prices, then you better nail the experience - service, atmosphere and, most importantly, food. The service was outstanding. The atmosphere had great potential until we were seated under a paddle fan that squeaked and chirped continuously while we were seated. We could not opt to have it turned off because the air conditioning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

My fiancée and I finished a 4 day mini vacation with a dinner at Ophelia's on the Bay last weekend. We had a groupon and made reservations. To be honest I didn't realize it was a bit more on the expensive side when it comes to the menu but the view cannot be beat and I'll be honest I didn't... More 

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Additional Information about Ophelia's on the Bay

Address: 9105 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242-2919
Phone Number: +1 941-349-2212
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Siesta Key
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
Average Prices: USD 27 - 39
Cuisine: American, International, Contemporary

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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: +1 941-349-2212

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 27 - 39
  • Cuisine: American, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions

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 27 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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