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“Tasty choices at shady tables near the water”

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub
Ranked #3 of 24 Restaurants in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Enjoy a delicious fresh Florida seafood meal inside the quaint dining room, on the outdoor covered deck or under the ancient Buttonwood Trees overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay. Farm to fork, gulf to table and pasture to plate. It's waterfront dining with a unique atmosphere. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit. Voted #1 place to Dock and Dine with our own private 14 slip dock. There is no place quite like the Mar Vista for real Florida dining.
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Tasty choices at shady tables near the water”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Early dinner under perfect blue skies afforded choices from the luncheon menu (served until 5). The grouper sandwich was nicely done and accompanied by fries. I tried the fusion tuna appetizer, and while the ginger based sauce was very good, the bits of tuna were small and had some membrane that is not expected of 'sashimi quality.' The tomato, basil, mozzarela cheese was excellent.

  • Visited April 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Maryland Crabcakes!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We moved from Maryland to Longboat Key last year and so far this is our go to place for Maryland style crabcakes. I like a little extra Old Bay, which they were happy to provide.
We absolutely love the outdoor area with the abstract tree and strings of lights. It makes everything feel magical and quaint.
They make excellent mixed drinks as well.

  • Visited March 2013
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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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“Good dining experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

One of the most unique dining settings on Longboat. Romantic setting with vintage lighting strung from the trees. One of the best blackened grouper sandwiches in the area. Excellent appetizers and drinks. Desserts were ok, nothing special or fancy. Overall, very very good. Only complaint is the tables outside could use a good scrubbing or a table cloth.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Justin G
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Wisconsin
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“Tropical breezes, handmade margarita...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We pulled up dockside on a beautiful afternoon and within minutes were seated with a great view and cocktails in hand. Piña coladas were excellent as was the tuna fusion appetizer. You can stroll over to the small beach while you await your meal and feel like you are farther away than than Longboat Key. There are light strung in the trees that I expect are lovely at night. A reason to return...

  • Visited April 2013
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“Pricey, but a great location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

The food was good, the drinks were delicious, and well made (we had frozen cocktails). It was pricey, though. The service was good and the outside dining was wonderful. We sat under a huge tree, and there were fans to keep us cool in the hot summer heat.

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