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Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings
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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
PRICE RANGE
$27 - $39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
American, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Waterfront, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What a great dinner place! The food was fantastic and the views of the bay at the outdoor seating is second to none. The staff were great too. This was our first time at Ophelia’s, and we will definitely return.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic service, view and food quality! Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and delightful. She helped navigate the menu with great suggestions. The lobster bisque, crab cakes, black grouper, halibut and lobster were all spot on and enjoyed by our group. Top quality all the...way around. Pricier than some others but worth every bit. We will be back on our next visit!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extremely disappointed that I went there to celebrate my daughter’s birthday who has a dairy and gluten allergy, only to found out that there would absolutely be no substitutions on the menu. That made for a very limited menu. Spending over $400 and being told...that is reason to be disapponted .More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has been a staple for us over 30 years . At least once a vacation . Excellent cocktails and wines by the glass . Our server Heather was superb . Her recommendations were spot on ! My wife had the snapper dish I had...the cioppino. Both tasty and excellent . We shared appetizers which were all delicious . Eggplant crepes , oysters Rockefeller and escargot. Hard to choose a favorite there . We saved room to share the chocolate hazelnut torte . This was a beautiful evening . Very slow paced dinner by design . We hope we can find another night to come back before we head home !More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 12, 2024

This upscale restaurant is right on the bay. It has both indoor and Al Fresca seating. We actually sat at a table right next to the pier. My wife ordered the Artisanal Baby Greens salad. I had the Vermont Chevre and Beet salad. It was...excellent! The tang of the yellow beets and the salty creaminess of the cheese complemented each other along with the greens. For dinner, my wife ordered the Cedar Plank Roasted Faroe Island Salmon. I ordered the house specialty Florida Keys Yellowtail Snapper. It was a fantastic dish! The coating on the fish gave it a nice crunch. The tropical fruit jam added a lovely sweetness and a little moisture to the fish. The potatoes were just the right amount of creamy and did not bring a lot of heat to the palate.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 9, 2024

The food is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The service is attentive but unobtrusive, our waitress was not only knowledgeable about the food, but also about the wines. The setting on Sarasota Bay is lovely. The only negative is that it is expensive, but the...quality of the food merits the price. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in the Sarasota area. A glass of sparkling wine came with the dessert we ordered in celebration of my birthday.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 3, 2024 via mobile

Highly anticipated Valentines dinner was ruined by very salty entrees, and a very salty waiter, Started the evening off listening to the waiter complain how he has to work that evening. We were never offered any bread service. Had to flag him down for questions....When the food came both entrees Lobster Risotto and Scallops were very salty. Waiter walked away when I attempted to ask about the meal. We spent just over an hour there, never looked at a dessert menu asked for our check and left.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 25, 2024 via mobile

Food was delicious! Our group had: Filet Mignonette, Yellowfin tuna, Butterfish, Beet salad!! Sylvia was our server. She was an excellent server! Delightful!! Loved the ambiance!!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 25, 2024 via mobile

I really wish I could leave an amazing review and tried the food, but I can't. I only can say that it looked nice. We arrived early for our 8pm reservation, waited patiently and was seated. But unfortunately was completely ignored and never greeted for...over 20 minutes. I've worked in the service industry and am very understanding, but I've never walked out until last night. This was my 40th birthday dinner, and I specifically choose this restaurant for the amazing food and service. Beyond disappointed and husband was angry for ruining what was supposed to be a special dinnerMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 24, 2024

Good food and location right on the water. We have gone here many times, but they have pushed the limit on prices. $20 for a piece of cake as well as their entrees, appetizers, drinks are a bit much. There are many restaurants in the...area with much better costs and just as good or better selections. I feel they are getting too greedy so we will avoid this restaurant for the future!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 12, 2024 via mobile

The best dining experience we’ve had in years! The minute you walk in door you feel the welcoming staff and attentive service. The menu is interesting and the food was perfectly prepared and presented. The ambiance and atmosphere was amazing. Blake made our evening perfect....Thank you for making my my husband’s birthday so special! The entire staff is fantastic. We can’t wait to return.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 5, 2024 via mobile

Dinner was delicious. We both had yellowtail snapper as the main entree. Perfectly cooked with a light coconut-macadamia crust. Service was excellent, timely but not rushed. We are very familiar with wines but our server made a good recommendation of a white Loire wine we...were not familiar with but which turned out to be very good. Noise level low which made it easy to hold a conversation. We would return. The menu choices are broad and all sound good.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 5, 2024

We celebrated my birthday at Ophelias on the Bay last night and it was a wonderful experience. Our waiter, Michael, was so pleasant, low key but very knowledge about the menu. The atmosphere was quiet, even with a roomful of diners and of course, the...view of the bay was an extra treat. The food was excellent and worth every penny. My husband had the scallops, very interestingly prepared and delicious. I had the cioppino, probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. We will definitely return!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 3, 2024

Lovely upscale atmosphere. We found the restaurant a bit pricey but nonetheless the food and service were quite good. Would return.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 29, 2024

Have dined here several times and happy to say it remains a great experience. Service and food cannot be beat. Prices are high but you get what you pay for and sometimes it is worth it. Appetizer shared was the delicious Eggplant Crepes. For entrees...we enjoyed the Scallops with Toasted Ravioli, and the Costa Rican Silk Snapper. Ended the evening with delicious Espresso Martinis. So happy with our meal, and I know we will be back.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Response from La_D0lce_Vita | Reviewed this property |
Head to Shore on Longboat Key, Chateau Sarasota or Meliora for great dining experience. Food at all three, while completely different, is excellent.
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March 26, 2022|
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Try ordering from the extensive appetizers menu . Salads are delicious . Try two /three appetizers and a salad for a tasty dinner .
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Hello, Our dress code is casual attire. We just ask no bathing suit attire, no hats on men or tank tops. Please call us to make a reservation if you'd like! Have a great day!
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Ophelia's on the Bay is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5