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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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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, Dessert, 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 22 years, we have an experienced staff that prides itself on exemplary service.
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  • 73
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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
Great but a little over rated

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Docmatt
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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425 reviews 425 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
451 helpful votes 451 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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6 restaurant reviews
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Montreal, Canada
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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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Sarasota, Florida
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105 reviews 105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Ophelia's is an upscale restaurant in a lovely setting with really good service. The menu is fairly extensive, and everything we ordered was delicious. Our party sampled Caesar Salad, Artisnal Salad, and Bruschetta first, followed by Hog Snapper, Lamb, Coconut Macadamia Encrusted Mahi Mahi, and Eggplant Crepes. We all cleaned our plates! For dessert, we enjoyed the Chocolate Tower and... More 

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River Forest, Illinois
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

A very elegant and lovely place to have a quiet dinner overlooking a scenic bay. Very romantic spot. The eggplant rolls were great. We had to order them since they were on the menu for over 17 years. The special fish dinners were excellent and the wine was paired well by the waiter. The mango key lime dessert was scrumptious.

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Venice, Florida
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17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We always come here for our anniversary and love the brunch, the excellent service and the live jazz. When we were about to leave we discovered problems with our vehicle and long story short, were there for over 5 hrs. waiting for AAA to pick up the vehicle. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating and kept asking if we... 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: 941 349 2212

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?