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“Excellent every time !!”

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, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups
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.
Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent every time !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

Been going since we purchased our vacation home in the village since dec 2013 ...love it every time probably have had seven meals at least so far and great experience beginning to end . Tator tots app are a must have and Caribbean grouper is my personal favorite so far ...everyone we send loves it also . So far best we have found and tried about 6 other restaurants that didn't compare mar vista is our favorite !

  • Visited March 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Best Steampots on the Gulf Coast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

We go to Mar Vista for the steampots which are second to none. The view of the bay while eating under the trees is great and tonights view included lots of dolphins to watch. The seafood is fresh and seasoned very well rather you try the cajun or old bay. The drinks are always great and the coconut bread is reason enough to come back.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Matt M
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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220 reviews
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“Good!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

We came to eat here on a whim with another couple.

Good food good service great view! Pretty standard beach food fare. No need to dress up!

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Sarasota, Florida
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105 reviews
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“Stick with standard 'beach bar food'. Not fine dining.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

Great setting with a fabulous water view. However the food is average at best. Better to stick with a salad or a burger and not waste your money on seafood. There are many better seafood options in Sarasota.

Visited May 2014
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Longboat Key, Florida
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84 reviews
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“Wonderful bayside dining spot...so relaxing!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

Beautiful setting so go with enough time to soak up the view. Come by boat, if you wish, as there is ample dock space. There is inside dining in a historic and "old Florida bait-shack" type of interior but the best seating is on the outside deck or area under the trees. We've been coming here 14 years and find they have some new menu offerings, some of which work and some we feel need more refining: ie, farro and red quinoa-both of which we normally like. I would rate their food, unfortunately, as Average, but the view is Excellent so it equals a Very Good overall rating!

  • Visited June 2014
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