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“Nice Eatery on Water” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chart House

Chart House
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Ranked #8 of 24 Restaurants in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Longboat Club
Transit: In front of restaurant on Gulf of Mexico Drive
Description: Located just west of Sarasota on beautiful Longboat Key, Chart House boasts a dramatic interior décor that almost outshines its stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico. Combine the extraordinary setting with outstanding cuisine, & it’s not hard to see why this tropical retreat is a longtime favorite. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to providing the ideal dining experience. With 29 historic, waterfront & showcase locations across the U.S., Chart House offers spectacular views & exceptional service that you’re sure to enjoy. From signature fish specialties and seafood to succulent steaks, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Choose from our famous entrées such as Macadamia Crusted Mahi, Miso Glazed Salmon & our slow-roasted Prime Rib. We also offer a daily selection of fresh fish, an extensive collection of fine wines and our famous Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Fabulous happy hour and patio!
Sarasota, Florida
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice Eatery on Water”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

My wife and I went to the Chart House to celebrate. We found the food very good and the salad fresh. The water view is beautiful, especially if you catch a sunset. If you order appetizers, wine, entrees, dessert, be ready for a fairly steep tab. I've heard that lately the quality has dropped a notch or two.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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89 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
“Terrible food with OK service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Food and service was not up to par with other Chart House we have dined at. The restaurant and atmosphere was very nice, but the food quality was terrible, only one dish was great, three were OK and everything else had no taste.

How the food was

Clam Chowder was terrible and bland sent it back for the lobster bisque
lobster bisque was OK
Calamari was under cooked and very bland. They were not crispy as it should and have been at other Chart House location. It was probably the worst calamari we have ever had.
short ribs was excellent and delicious
shrimp scampi was OK
Soufflé was OK

We probably won't try this Chart House again.

I would recommend Ophelia's instead for a nice meal.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not Worth the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Beautiful setting on the water' but pricey, a really great salad bar. It don't order the prime rib on the early menu. We've had send it back on two occasions and the portions had gotten so small it was even worth the lower price.

Visited January 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Always competent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

No matter where you go, The Chart House leaves no loose ends: very good food, dependable ambiance (especially enhanced in this restaurant that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and its dolphins), and on-point service. For the Longboat Key location, try to sit outside--as pleasant as the restaurant is inside, it can't beat the views and charms of eating outside.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank imac4444
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Englewood, Florida
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Never fails to please”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great environment, water views, food, service and bar. What more can you ask for? it's consistently elegant, has a wonderful setting, and plenty of parking. It's pricey, but worth it. It's just off St. Armand's Circle, heading toward Longboat Key. Don't miss it!

Visited August 2012
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