We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great food. Great location”

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
Reserve with OpenTable
Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #1 of 26 Restaurants in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $32
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Geckos Hospitality Group - Dry Dock Waterfront Grill features casual indoor & outdoor dining overlooking Sarasota Bay. Known for having one of the freshest grouper sandwiches on Florida 's West Coast. The Dry Dock is popular with locals and visitors to Longboat. From the dockside patio,and the upstairs overlooking the view of Sarasota Bay the Dry Dock is conveniently located at the south end of Longboat Key at the Boathouse Marina.
New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great food. Great location”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

With a week stay in Sarasota, this is the restaurant to eat at more than once. Location is on the water so you can watch the pelicans and boats as you eat some excellent food. Warm bread and olive oil with pesto are delicious. The steamed mussels were so good that you just had to have more bread to finish off the broth. Shrimp tacos and fried lobster tacos were the best. Just a great place. Our waitress in the bar area was fantastic.

Visited July 2013
Thank Bob M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,168 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Bradenton, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The real thing.”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

There are many pretenders in Sarasota but this restaurant is the real thing. Modest in size but a good location on the water. Upscale settings and professional service complement the dining experience. Menu is short but all the items are quality. I like their short menu items and on occasion a full entree. All are of the same high quality. Over the years this place can be counted on for a relaxed high quality dining experience in a relaxed unpretentious setting.

Visited July 2013
Thank daniel m
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

I can't say enough fabulous things about this restaurant! Lovely waterfront location, sensational meal, friendly service--magnificent! By far the best scallops I have ever had. And that sweet chili sauce--wowza!

Visited June 2013
Thank Lynnetravels
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

I believe my Fiancè would agree with me in saying we LOVED this restaurant. The food is always perfectly cooked & the staff was very attentive. Both times my Fiancè ordered the twin lobster tails. I tried the strip steak on our first visit which was during the dinner hours. On the second, which was during their lunch hours, I tried the philly chicken hoagie. It was ALL amazing! Not to mention, the view is gorgeous! We had a blast pointing out different fish we would spot swimming by the dock & birds around the pier. It's simply the best of both worlds - relaxing & romantic. It comes at no surprise that this little spot came in #1 for LBK dining!

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Fcstayce202
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“cool location”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

The crab cakes and scallops were very good. I have had the crab cakes before a while back and remembered them being good and I remembered correctly. Scallops were great and I don't get them often but will get these again. My mom and wife split some what were supposed to be blackened fish tacos but were jerk where the spice was not right and they did not like them. It seems it was the waiter's fault after a manager came by to check on us, but he took it off the bill and offered them something else.

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank john g
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Dry Dock Waterfront Grill also viewed

Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast

Been to Dry Dock Waterfront Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing