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“Great setting, Great Food”

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Lewisburg, West Virginia
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“Great setting, Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

Arrived around 6pm on a Thursday and waited about 20 minutes for a 5-top (they crammed my family of five around a table better suited for 2-3 but we made do.) The outdoor setting was fantastic, especially with a large rainbow that crept out of the cloud line above the bay. Started with some steamed shrimp and they were huge, if not a little underspiced for my taste. Had the grouper sandwich and it came with a side of a sweet chili sauce. A little hesitant at first, but it was delicious with the blackened grouper. A couple nice craft beers on tap and a full bar upstairs while you wait for your table. Service was attentive and all smiles. Will definitely go back.

Visited August 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

We visited with a large group in late June 2014. They really went out of their way to accomodate us. We ended up outside at a couple of tables that they put together for us. The views are fantastic. The service is always good here. We get down to the area a couple of times a year and never miss the Dry Dock on our visits.

Visited June 2014
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Victor, New York
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“Must try”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

You must try this place! A little hard to find, but there are some beautiful views. We had lobster tacos, grouper sandwich, fried shrimp, crab cakes and key lime pie. All of which were excellent. One of those menus where it's hard to find something that isn't good. Prices are very reasonable too and a great place for the family.

Visited August 2014
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Sarasota
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“Fresh Fish and Seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The fish I order is always good and there are enough other items on the menu so people who don't eat fish have a choice. We usually go for lunch. Whether you go for lunch or dinner try to call ahead for "preferred seating". If you don't get it, I prefer to show up early there can be a wait during season.

This is one of the few restaurants in Sarasota with a great bay view with very good food at a fairly reasonable price given the location.

Visited August 2014
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Florida
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“Food & service both Excellent !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have been to Longboat key many times but only came scross Dry dock just this past visit. Being at th ebeach all day then getting 5 ready to go to eat made us late getting there about 7pl and where told 45 min wait, We where seated on the bay side outside and it was just wonderful, Our waitress spent time with us and all the food was excellent , I would have to say it was one of the best places we have gone to eat in a very long time , this place is worth looking into but get there early , parking is on both sides of the building , and you will understand why after you get there . Guy & Frances Lipsky

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