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“Good lunch and good service!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

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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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, 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.
Palm Bay, Florida
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293 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“Good lunch and good service!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

My husband and I had a late lunch at Mar Vista on our recent visit to Longboat Key. I had the grouper sandwich and my husband had the lunch special which was a blackened grouper wrap. Both of us were very satisfied with our selections. We started with the Mar Vista tater tots which were delicious. They are made with potato, onion, jalapenos and jack cheese with a chipotle honey mustard sauce. The only problem with them was there were not enough of them. We could have eaten more. Very good choice! We had a very nice server who was very attentive. They have a very nice location also. All in all we had a good meal and good service at a very nice location.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MommamurphyFlorida
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Anthony C, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear MommamurphyFlorida,
Thank you for your recent visit and wonderful review of the Mar Vista. Our gourmet tater tots are definitely a crowd favorite. Please feel free to ask for me on your next visit if there is anything I can do to make your dining experience a better one.

Thank You
Anthony Cucci
General Manager
Mar Vista Restaurant
941-383-2391
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Panama City, Florida, United States
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Summer on the back bay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

What a great summertime dining experience on the back bay! Short wait in the bar where our guys had Rum Runners - Curtis, the bartender, was a master! We started lunch with sushi tuna (grade b) and you peel 'em shrimp - should have gotten two orders of these! They had run out of the kogi tacos, so our table ordered 1 crab cake sandwich and 3 grouper sandwiches, two fried and one blackened. They were great! Slaw was tasty; fries were crispy! Too full for dessert. An overall pleasant experience to catch up with relatives we don't get to see often enough!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Panhandlemama
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Anthony C, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Thank you for your recent visit and Great review. Our LBK rum runners are legendary and when it comes to Curtis; let me just say they broke the mold when he was made! He is a great personality behind the bar and has a great following. I will make sure to commend him for your kind words. Sorry about the Kogi tacos but it sound like your other choices were great substitutes. Please feel free to ask for me on your next visit if there is anything I can do to make your dining experience a better one. Once again thank You

Anthony Cucci
General Manager
Mar Vista Restaurant
941-383-2391
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food & service - great atmosphere!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Location, location, location... then add good food & good service, and you have a winner!
Definately a place you want to try out!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Diane D
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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“good food, nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

My husband and I had to stay inside because of the rain, but if you could eat outside, the atmosphere would probably be amazing. Our server was very friendly. The drinks (I had a Vista Blue) were good and not weak. My steak was only average but my husband loved his tropical grouper. The homemade key lime pie was also excellent. Since we only had one night out without the kids, I'm glad we ventured here. Although there were many families there as well.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank FloridaGatortravels
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Georgia
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Cool place to eat while on the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

I had baked seafood medley. Had 3 huge scallops, 3 huge shrimp, a huge crab cake, and a small lobster tail. Could have used a little more butter and garlic, but wasn't bad at all. Service was great. Price was as expected for a tourist town. Loved the feel of the old building and property. Old Florida. You can keep the high rises and new fangled crap. Give me old florida!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank dennymonk
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