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“Upscale Fine Dining in Sarasota/Siesta Key”

Ophelia's on the Bay
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Ranked #10 of 41 Restaurants in Siesta Key
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $39
Cuisines: American, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Stickney Point Road
Description: Ophelia's on the Bay is one of Sarasota's premier fine dining waterfront restaurants. Enjoy beautiful vistas of Little Sarasota Bay, from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the dining room. Or join us for al fresco dining on our open-air patio, as the dolphins and manatee swim by. Winner of many awards both locally and nationally, including an Excellence rating from Zagat as well as being listed as the number one restaurant in America in Power and Motoryacht Magazine for dock and dine. Ophelia's on the Bay has also been voted most romantic, best waterfront and best restaurant with a view by its loyal customers. The menu changes nightly using fresh and seasonal ingredients, fresh fish flown in from all over the world and specialty meats. There is certainly something for every palate! We feature an extensive wine list, specialty martinis, as well as a full bar. Family owned and operated for over 27 years, we have an experienced staff that prides itself on exemplary service.
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Upscale Fine Dining in Sarasota/Siesta Key”
Reviewed November 24, 2011

Great dinner on a Saturday night, inside at Ophelia's. Had a choice to sit on the deck but chose inside due to the humidity and my wife's hair (a long story!!). Had a great dinner, appetizers, mains and wine. Service was flawless and very attentive yet unobtrusive. Would definitely recommend for a special night out.

  • Visited November 2011
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Flat Rock, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Special dining with waterfront view of full moon!”
Reviewed November 12, 2011

We revisited Ophelia's after a perfect evening there a year ago. We were not disappointed. The waiters were attentive, food excellent, and that moon reflecting on the water. What could be more perfect! Don't believe the negative reviews.

  • Visited November 2011
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Albany, New York
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“Wonderful food and service”
Reviewed November 6, 2011

We ate at Ophelia's while visiting Florida. The food was delicious. We had crab cakes and eggplant for our appetizers and Salmon and Grouper as our entrees. Outstanding! Service was seemless. We ate outside and it was a lovely setting. It was by far our best meal on vacation. Have the Key Lime pie foe dessert!

  • Visited October 2011
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Informal Elegance on Sarasota Bay”
Reviewed November 1, 2011

Ophelia's has always been one of my favorite restaurants in the Sarasota area, and our last visit was no exception. This is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the area, with indoor or outdoor seating that provides a serene view of Little Sarasota Bay. The restaurant is family-run and every detail is attended to, including the delicious food coming from their kitchen. Menus change depending on the season, with an emphasis on seafood of course. On my last visit I had the San Francisco Cioppino. Plump clams and scallops and other seafood all cooked perfectly in the tomato-based sauce. My friends had beef and pork dishes, so there is something on the menu for every taste. The place is quiet and civilized, unlike so many raucous restaurants around these days, and the staff is friendly and efficient. Prices are on the upscale side, so this would be the restaurant for a special occasion. Next, I plan to try their Sunday Brunch which I hear is terrific.

  • Visited September 2011
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Outstanding Food, Service, and Ambiance”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Ophelia's on the Bay is a must- do for anyone visiting Siesta Key or the Sarasota area! This is an excellent restaurant! The food is prepared with consistent freshness, presented with an interestingly delicious mingling of flavors, and cooked to perfection! My favorite dish is the sea scallops... so tender and perfectly seasoned. In addition to the great food, the service is superb. Our favorite waiter, Michael, could have his own show on Food Network, but all servers, host, and bus staff are friendly and helpful. (A bus boy noticed I was chilly and offered to move the outside heater closer!!) The atmosphere is beautiful without being pretentious. If you're lucky you might even see a rainbow over the bay, as you're dining at this wonderful place.

  • Visited October 2011
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