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Reviewed 1 week ago

We adored the Vernona restaurant that preceded Jack Dusty. It was very elegant, beautifully managed with exquisite food and presentation. You felt as though you were somebody special whenever you visited. All of the staff were very professional but also friendly We dined there many...times and went to their very special brunches for Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, and Thanksgiving over several years. Every occasion was truly memorable. Today, we wonder if we really did experience that or was it a dream? Who on the Ritz Carlton Marketing team could possibly think that Jack Dusty was an acceptable replacement for the Vernona? Why not just leave that exceptional restaurant alone?More

Date of visit: November 2021
Laura L, General Manager at Jack Dusty, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Bosworth, Thank you for sharing your warm sentiments regarding our former Vernona dining facility that was reimagined to our current Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails signature restaurant in January of 2013. While much has changed over the years, we are very proud...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are locals and this is one of the very few restaurants in a hotel we will dine at. I love that the tables are spaced apart which is very unusual at a downtown restaurant - you don’t get to hear everyone else’s conversations. Plus...there is a lovely view. Check in was a bit slow this time, but our server April was outstanding. Cocktails are unique and we enjoyed perfectly cooked seafood and port shank. The beet salad is the best in town. The menu variety may be a bit more limited than most Sarasota restaurants, but the service, food quality and ambiance more than make up for that.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed September 6, 2021 via mobile

Not Ritz level. Sad tiny menu and just ok service. Looks like a shopping center - very sad not worth $ or time. Will not returnMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Laura L, General Manager at Jack Dusty, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2021

Dear Kate H, We appreciate your selecting our resort for your recent stay and are very sorry to learn of your disappointment. We strive to provide the finest facilities and legendary service for our guests and regret we failed to meet your expectations. While our...More

Reviewed May 12, 2021

Dined here for Mother's Day 2021. The experience was worth the hour-long drive from Tampa...each way! We had to try their signatures; the Siren cocktail and the baked bread in a can with the RUM infused butter. The Siren has officially become one of the...best drinks I've had in my lifetime. I had the seared grouper with the black beans & yellow rice, she had the whole fried Snapper with veggies. The food was very enjoyable, but then they brought out the dessert...OMG! It was the banana bread with the ice cream and banana piece creme brûlée style. It was a wrap!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 28, 2021

We have stayed at this Ritz location a couple of times now and have often had drinks and food at Jack Dusty. There is a server, Jacqueline, who works there and is just an amazing person! The first time we visited (11/2020) she gave us...great recommendations on where to go and what to see, all of which was spot-on and incredible places. But when we went back this time, (4/2021) she remembered us, and we picked up the conversation from the last time as if no time had passed. She is a wonderful person who has incredible things that lie ahead for her. Jack Dusty, you have no idea how lucky you are. Great service and good people are hard to find and Jacqueline is a diamond! I hope she sees this review to know how much we appreciate her and her kindness.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 27, 2021

Great stop but not life changing. Enjoyed sitting outside. The canned bread they serve as an appetizer was fantastic. Highly recommend Jack's ceviche and smoked fish dip for appetizers. It was really good but if I found myself in the area again I probably wouldn't...revisit if I only had a few short days.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 18, 2021 via mobile

The atmosphere is top notch and the food is great. I had the seafood cioppino, and tuna app. Dessert was okay- we had ice cream. The service was wonderful and I really enjoyed the dinner.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 12, 2021

We recently stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and had a chance to experience this restaurant as we celebrated one of our family member's birthday. All preparations were taken into consideration, and every single staff was accommodating for this event. Highly recommend two of their signature...drinks: the siren and pain killer. Also, their cioppino was top notch. Indoor and outdoor dining is available, but please make sure to make reservations in advance, since it is extremely crowded during this season. If you are visiting the restaurant only, you can get your parking pass validated in the hotel. I hope to come back in the near future!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 10, 2021 via mobile

My daughters were visiting from NYC and I called for Christmas Dinner reservations. I was told the main dining room was totally booked but they most likely would open a room adjacent to the dining room on a first come basis. We were advised to...come around 4 pm to insure seating. Upon arrival the entrance was beautifully decorated as well as the main dining area... the bar was packed which I found outrageous due to covid restrictions. We were directed to the side room which was a large banquet room. Due to inclement weather there was no outdoor seating and the restaurant pulled in outdoor furniture to seat guests. The room had no Christmas decorations... not even a wreath... nothing festive at all. The tables had no tablecloths or flowers... just a small candle which I asked twice to be lit. We might as well have been dining in another country.. The service was painfully slow especially starting with cocktails. We ordered from a price fixe menu which was subpar Certainly not up to the Ritz standards. We have spent several amazing Christmas dinners at various Ritz locations and I thought we were sitting in a Marriott. To my knowledge we were paying the same price as the main dining room but were treated to steerage service. The whole evening was downright depressing and considering the quality of the food the bill was astronomical! We will NEVER return...More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed April 1, 2021 via mobile

Our first night in the hotel and we lucked out to be seated without reservations. Everything from start to finish was perfect! Our waiter was attentive and had great suggestions. The appetizers (scallop special), dinners (filets and grouper) and cocktails (the Siren and the Prisoner)...were delicious. Such a relaxing meal in a very pretty setting. Hope to dine here again before we leave.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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September 11, 2016|
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Response from tiamia2016 | Reviewed this property |
Thank you for the info. I am a bit hesitant. I will check out the new menu. It can't be any worse then what it was. Such a shame to have served such mediocre food and menu in such a beautiful setting.
March 27, 2016|
Response from Patsytav | Reviewed this property |
You will see casual to semi-formal depending on what's going on there that day. I went on a day they had a dance contest and there were gowns everywhere. So cool. When I go I see lots of casual pants, cute tops, some sexy... More
Mary Beth M
March 3, 2016|
Response from Bosworth | Reviewed this property |
I actually saw a small dog right inside the restaurant. It was yapping and nipping at diners. ankles. Nobody from the Ritz Carlton staff asked the owner to take the dog out. So I guess the answer is yes.
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Jack Dusty is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5