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“Another one of those "Old Florida" places...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub
760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1067
941-383-0881
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Ranked #7 of 23 Restaurants in Longboat Key
Price range: $7 - $27
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Mar Vista is located on North Longboat Key on picturesque Sarasota Bay. Enjoy a delicious meal inside the quaint dining room or on the outdoor covered deck overlooking Sarasota Bay. We accommodate all types of watercraft from kayaks to yachts. Been fishing? Bring in your filleted fish and we will cook it up for you. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit.
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“Another one of those "Old Florida" places...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Delicious grouper in a quirky old "cabin" by the water. It's worth it just for the kitschy atmosphere and extremely fresh grouper!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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München
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“Great Restaurant, Shrinking Portions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I visit Mar Vista since more than 5 years. It's great, scenic, the food is (for American food, sorry, guys) excellent.
Sitting outside in summer under the trees directly at the beach is in these 45 minutes like 1 week of vacation.
In these 5 years I observed a fantastic physical effect. By slightly increasing price there is a significant decrease of portion size now up to the hald for the Tuna portions.
I will investigate this further and keep you updated. Maybe a black hole of optimization of profits.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stuart Fl
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“Very Dirty ! Inside smelled of a dirty bar .”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The place is over rated . Smelled spoiled beer inside . Our food came out undercooked ? Not good
They need to fix up the place docks are roped off because missing boards .
Great location and view but fell short on eve thing Ells ..

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Setting Great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Loved their location on Long Boat Key. We sat under very cool tree and had great view of Sarasota across bay. The food was not quite up to the view though. Caesar salad with grouper was ok, not large enough for the price. Wife was not thrilled with her chicken selection. Service was very good and all staff friendly.

Visited January 2014
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“Don't be fooled by the exterior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

The atmosphere and food here are excellent. Had a grouper reuben and grouper quesadilla. Both were loaded with grouper and really tasty. Also had calamari which was super with very little breading and so tender. Tables right on the water. Great place. Don't miss it.

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