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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)
+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, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 73
    Average
  • 38
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  • 32
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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
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Very pricey for the amount of food that you get. We had the Scallops and Tripletail. The presentation of the food was outstanding, and the food was good. We enjoyed sitting outside by the water, and watching the wild life. Nice crisp white tablecloths, add to the experience. Chad33 was our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Bogie-7043
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Only restaurant on the key that is right on the water. Wonderful food. Service was great. Lovely evening by the water. We saw manatees several times while enjoying our meal

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Very pricey for the amount of food that you get. We had the Scallops and Tripletail. The presentation of the food was outstanding, and the food was good. We enjoyed sitting outside by the water, and watching the wild life. Nice crisp white tablecloths, add to the experience. Chad33 was our server, and was excellent. The Creme Brulee was to... More 

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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We celebrated our anniversary here, and had the most wonderful experience. We were so pleased to get a table close to the water without a reservation on a Thursday eve. It was so quiet and romantic. The menu was not large by any means, but so inventive that we had a hard time deciding. The chef is amazing, and highly... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We came for brunch. Great setting friendly staff but even though the brunch was lovely the food was pretty standard like something on a cruise ship and not a fine dining restaurant. Still very good though.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I thought that the food was reasonable, but definitely not inexpensive. The menu could use updating and less salt would be much better.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Beautiful atmosphere and right on the water with white tablecloth tables. we enjoyed happy hour and only had appetizers. wait staff was wonderful and they grandfathered us in on the drinks since we got there 5 min before happy hour over. coconut shrimp appetizer and eggplant crepe out of this world. tomatillo appetizer good except didn't like sauce to hot... More 

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Brigantine, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Arrived on a shaky weather night and gambled on outside......a win! Had a perfect table and same waiter as last cost 6 months ago...Chris. He steered us in right direction and was a pleasure....nice job! hostess and bartender were also great! May be back in next few days.

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Dining at Ophelia's overall was a very good experience. The staff were exceptional, and treated us as if there were no other people there (it was quite busy). Despite being an "upscale" restaurant, the atmosphere was relaxed and fun (we sat on the patio). Drinks were made well, the food was terrific, and it made for a great evening out... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We continue to go to Ophelia's and..... each time it exceeds our expectations. What could be better than a lovely table overlooking a quiet bay and the nature views it offers, a well prepared cocktail, a well trained server and delicious food?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Nice restaurant where you can dress up slightly and sit on the patio overlooking the bay. The view can be enjoyed from anywhere in the restaurant. Food was exceptional and nicely presented, especially the Caesar salad. Wait staff were pleasant and accommodating as well. One downside was that they had valet service which we didn't really like but it seems... More 

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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, Contemporary, Continental

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?