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“Excellent choice for serious "foodies".” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ophelia's on the Bay

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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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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.
Louisville, Kentucky
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81 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Excellent choice for serious "foodies".”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Subtle flavors & filling portions with a sweeping bay view that's hard to match. Indoors or on the bayside decks - the bay views are what makes for a delightful setting and the dishes are inventive but also familiar. Buratta salad is striking in subtle flavors & textures. The Chilean salmon or large scallop entrees are great choices Large portions cry out to be shared - so there's room for a stunning dessert - such as the peach cobbler.

Visited July 2013
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Norwood
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great food and view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Enjoyed a delicious meal with a beautiful view of the bay with my daughter tonight. Our waiter Michael was friendly and very pleasant. Will definitely be back on my return visit here!

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Shameful food for such a good restaurant”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

We have been to Ophelias restaurant so many times in 20 years - tonight was the worst it's ever been - they have such an amazing restaurant and outlook over the bay- it's a shame the food does not match - the pudding of piña colada crime brûlée tasted of nothing !, beef was tough as old boots - real shame - This evening it lacked atmosphere as the restaurant was practically empty too.

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Has it all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Not many restaurants have the three features I m looking for but ophelias definetly does! Great service was much appreciated. Beautiful lighting, peaceful view of the water and wonderful outdoor seating made for a romantic atmosphere.Food was amazing we had an excellent steak and a lobster served out of its shell_great idea for people like me who don t want to fight with their seafood.Only question is_when can you move the restaurant up to Pennsylvania?!

  • Visited October 2012
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Gloucester, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great service and fine food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

I have been visiting Sarasota for years and this restaurant presented the most flavor filled meal in the area. The scallops were delicious and the portions were plentiful. My wife raved about the fresh tuna and as a topper, the desert, peach cobbler, was fantastic. If you enjoy fine dining, this is the place to visit.

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