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Ophelia's on the Bay

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Tue, 3/26
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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scotch & maple infused butternut squash bisque
with Sage Crème Fraiche & Lobster
bon secour oysters
applewood bacon, caramelized onions, baby spinach, reggiano, maine lobster mousseline
maine lobster gratinée
baked artichoke bottom, garlic aioli, chiffonade spinach, reggiano, beurre blanc, roasted garlic crunch
wild caught cape cod bay colossal black mussels
Copious amounts of garlic, shallots, tomato concasse, Italian white wine, provençal herb butter emulsion
jumbo lump blue crab cakes
fried green tomatoes, cucumber tzatziki, smoked jalapeno-saffron remoulade
spring rolls
togorashi pink shrimp, chinese cabbage, yuzu honey, apricot mustard, five spice tropical fruit puree
fresh point judith calamari
Crunchy fennel-oregano crumb, pico di gallo, avocado-cilantro buttermilk dressing, Diavolo sauce
ahi tuna mini cones
smashed avocado, spicy japanese mayo, wakame seaweed salad, tobiko caviar
eggplant crepes
mascarpone, ricotta, fontina, spinach, stewed san marzano tomato basil sauce
escargot en croute
garlic, shallots, sweet basil, dill, white truffle mascarpone, black raspberry-thyme beurre blanc
artisanal baby greens
Candied​ walnuts, angel hair carrots, cucumber, double cream Brie, raspberry-orange & honey vinaigrette
heart of romaine caesar
Parmesan reggiano, buttermilk Boquerones garlic dressing, pancetta, gremolata crouton crumb
italian cream burrata mozzarella
roma tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette, assorted greens, white truffle pesto
vermont creamery chevre & beets
yuzu honey, pistachio oil, balsamic syrup, golden raisins, fresh sweet basil
frutti di mare
lobster, tiger shrimp, diver scallops, colossal mussels, calamari, jumbo lump blue crab, saffron tomato broth, reggiano cream, butternut squash raviolis
alaskan “butterfish”
smoked yuzu & sake-miso yaki roasted sable fish, bell pepper & scallion glaze, habanero potatoes
black grouper
maine lobster, beech mushrooms, tomato concasse, lemon, capers, chive-truffle butter, jasmine rice
Gulf Hog Snapper
Oregano-Citrus Gremolata, Saffron-Sherry Reduction, Blistered Tomato & Artichoke Tapenade, Jasmine Rice
tataki loin of yellowfin tuna
togorashi blackened, mustard beurre blanc, spicy wakame, truffle sweet soy, tempura fricks, shrimp fried rice
faroe island salmon
rockefeller inspired spinach crust, citrus butter hollandaise, tarragon crumb, horseradish gold potatoes
mahi mahi
coconut & macadamia crumb crust, tropical fruit jam, habanero golden potatoes
u-12 black tiger shrimp
beech mushrooms, chiffonade spinach, tomato concasse, spring onions, basil butter, fettuccini
u-10 new england sea scallops
andouille sausage, black truffle-champagne sauce, chive oil, bacon jam, grafton cheddar grits
8oz. center cut filet mignon of angus beef
Garlic & herb olive oil rub, caramelized sweet onion jam, truffle demi glace, potato gratin Dauphinoise
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
$27 - $39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch
American, International, Contemporary
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

Recently visited Ophelia's for dinner. Reservation was made online and requested outdoor seating but when we arrived were told there was no outdoor seating available and were given a table on the inside wall ( a little disappointing ). Service was prompt and food was...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank maggieme1970
Reviewed yesterday

Visited 03/24/2019 Feeling like seafood, we decided to visit Ophelia's on the Bay. Great choice as it turns out. Definitely up$cale and very very good. Probably my favorite restaurant on this 'trip to the South." Started with the chef's 'signature appetizer...' my wife and I...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank conradb2
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ophelia's has held a distinctive place in Sarasota's fine restaurants for many years, and as my husband's sister was visiting we wanted to take her there. Decent seating with a water view, a friendly and capable waiter named Jeff. Delicious lobster bisque and salad, the...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank anniemax
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything was phenomenal here. The standouts for myself were the mussel appetizer and the tuna entree with the lobster with crispy rice. Probably the best tuna entree I have had anywhere in my life. 10/10. Service was great and the setting is beautiful right on...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank LADude44
Reviewed 4 days ago

A really lovely upscale seafood restaurant on South Siesta Key. The place was mobbed but we were seated on time without a problem. The bar had a variety of very good bourbons to select from, quite unusual in a sleepy town. Our waitress, Annette was...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank FJ F
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a great fish restaurant. no parking, but there is a valet. nice view of the intercoastal waterway.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank e1949
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best restaurant on Siesta Key. Went for a special occasion. Great table with waterfront view. Salmon and filet mignon meals were primo. Crab cake appetizer was really great, no fillers. Didn't have room for dessert!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Climber5875
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had reservations with friends on a Wednesday night . Arrived on time and valet parking . Just waited a few minutes to get seated . Had a table inside overlooking the bay . Our server was very attentive and very knowledgeable of the menu...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank tinawB1598QZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were unhappy here. The first blow was the the parking. Yes there is valet I suggest using it. Next, we reserved an outdoor table. I think we got the most undesirable one there. Our server was great. We ordered a before dinner drink, and...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Miamispike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time to Ophelia’s for Birthdays. This was fantastic service and phenomenal food. Can’t wait to go back

Date of visit: March 2019
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Response from Martin C | Reviewed this property |
sorry but I couldn't tell you.
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I don’t think so. Polo shirt and dressier shorts
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No we are unrelated. Originally that was a family member of the previous owner here. Unfortunately that restaurant changed hands and went out of business.
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