Service and food were excellent!
Service and food were excellent! Highly recommend!
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Well, it is at the Ritz so
Well, it is at the Ritz so it is expensive, especially for drinks, but the food is really good and the service is excellent. Very vibrant and modern and a lot of fun, would recommend for special occasion as it is pretty pricey.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food: delicious, the atmosphere
The food: delicious, the atmosphere: excellent, the staff: super-attentive without being intrusive. The only blemish was they had a young woman on display at the bar; she was blowing bubbles dressed as a mermaid. The mermaid idea may have read like Andy Warhol on paper, but it felt like Hugh Hefner in execution. This is the sole criticism I can muster on what was otherwise an amazing meal with incredible service in a beautifully lit and laid-out restaurant.
Get the chocolate cake! Literally the best I've ever had.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
After reading the HT review, I was a bit skeptical, but decided to make my own evaluation. I'm glad that I did. There were three of us and we were all happy with our meals, from lobster roll with lots of lobster and no "fillers", homemade chips to a beautiful green salad and a grouper sandwich - topped off with the doughnut holes and coffee. Our one complaint was that the doughnut holes came well after our coffee so we had to have a second cup to accompany the dessert. Our server said she had no control over the timing, but someone should have. Beautiful renovation - much more open and light. I'm not sure the prices are lower, however. Pricey. All in all, we will all be back.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
liked the restaurant had
liked the restaurant had a two issues one : the drink scotch on the rocks was just "puny" not becoming a real bar ! second the tomato /mozzarella had big serving of mozzarella and the one sliced tomato..had to ask for another slice !!
otherwise dinner was fine 4 entress served all good ..
Thanks for asking
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Breakfast in Srq
I met a friend there for breakfast on sunday morning before church, it was quiet, the coffee was excellent and the food and service was Ritz all the way!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had the pleasure of dining
I had the pleasure of dining at Jack Dusty last weekend. Pat Bucko has done an amazing job with the staff here. Our server was pleasant, well-informed and courteous.
We started with Fried Green Tomatoes which were delicious, the crabmeat topping was a really nice touch. We also sampled fried oysters which I didn't see on the menu but were offered when I asked. The Watermelon Salad was very tasty with well-balanced flavors.
My daughter (who is almost 5) enjoyed the tuna sashimi as her entree. She was delighted by her mocktail of rich berry juices topped with shaved coconut. The cioppino was outstanding, as were both of our desserts. Bravo.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
The restaurant redeemed itself
The restaurant redeemed itself from the last time I was there a month ago. The dinner menu offers a good variety and many more choices than the lunch "bar" menu that I was offered a month ago. This time, I did not have to battle with cars arriving at the hotel valet for a function. There is no self-parking at the Ritz. Portions are ample. Appetizers are large enough to be consumed as entrees.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our dinner but
We enjoyed our dinner but the service was "over the top" The young
waitresses must have asked us 20 times if we liked our food, etc.
They gave us little privacy and too much personal info!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh new look for the Ritz
Great experience and fabulous service...would go back for sure
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menu was very eclectic,
The menu was very eclectic, but still had plenty of standards. The raw bar was exceptional. Everything we ordered was superior in taste and presentation. It's a spectacular space and the scene is lots of fun. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and courteous. We loved everything about it.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
JD lives up to its reputation
Went to JD's after being referred by a friend, and as someone who has tried all the "foodie/upper-class" restaurants in the Sarasota area, this place takes the cake. Phenomenal service was what really did it for me. They were very willing to accommodate any requests we had and were very hospitable as well. The waitstaff provided an excellent energy to the entire evening. The barstaff was equally great, as they offered me great suggestions and allowed me to try (a full glass) two different kinds of sweet vermouth on the house just because we spoke about it for a brief moment. The food was incredible. I had the whole snapper and my date had the chicken. The fried green tomatoes are a required appetizer that everyone needs to try.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and a delightful server. The only dislike is paper place mats, dish towels as napkins and Servers in butcher aprons. Not quite what one expects at The Ritz. It elicits very casual dress.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful time! The
We had a wonderful time! The restaurant is beautiful, the food is delicious, the service is great and the ambiance is very fun!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed the details,
We really enjoyed the details, food, drinks & whole ambiance of Jack Dusty's. The food was amazing!! The crafted cocktails were very detailed and good!! Great area for private dining. Also have a wonderful patio area for outside dining!!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Low Country Food Gorgeous views
Just go...the place is fabulous.The food and service is great and the decor is great.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service and food was amazing!
Service and food was amazing! I would eat there more often if the drinks weren't so overly priced.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place to go after selby garden
Just a very delightful place for a nice lunch or dinner. It wasn't quite dinner time but the kitchen made the grouper étouffée for me that I heard they were noted for, anyway. It was excellent.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
As a local, we eat out a lot. This place has a lot going for it but, it's a bit on the pricy side. Bring lots of $$ and all will be fine. Food was good and wonderful serice but worth the price?
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Sunset View
The view/atmosphere is the reason to go to this restaurant.
We are fortunate in Sarasota to have a wide variety of restaurants. Food was Good and not overpriced compared to similar establishments in town,
Service was exceptional - attentive throughout the entire meal
It also appears to be the latest Bar Hot Spot in town.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall this is an uninspiring
Overall this is an uninspiring dinner menu. However, there are a few gems and we happened to pick them. The baked Jack's oysters were excellent as was the grouper etouffe. The gumbo was very nice but it could have been spicier for my taste and a bit more authentic creole. The burata starter is also very good. We loved Vernona so our expectations were low but we were pleasantly surprised. Our server Jackie was outstanding.
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great change for Ritz dining
Jack Dusty was a pleasant surprise as we walked past the Ritz lobby and entered the former lounge area. The restaurant makes the most of the view and the water setting making it seem like we were miles away from our home which is only a mile south. My sister and her husband were visiting from New England and they have taken us to this restaurant for the past several years as a gift. They were pleasantly surprised with the change.
I was a little disappointed that we had to sit up against a wall on the balcony so we had no view. Had we known, we would have asked to be moved, but it was too late by the time we realized the "barrier". My one negative comment is that I think it's a bit overpriced compared to the former restaurant.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great experience. The staff was engaging with the guests. The food was good, and not overly priced, considering the restaurant is inside The Ritz-Catlton. A full Lobster dinner $32. I have seen it upwards of $80 in some places. My husband ordered the Filet, and he said it was excellent. They do have a children's menu, and I must say it was some great Mac and Cheese.
The ambiance was costal, yet modern-contemporary. Very good job with the decor
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to Jack Dusty. We had heard mixed reviews, some great and some not that good. We found the restaurant overall, the food, the decor, the service and our overall experience energizing, and we will be back! We had a fabulous server, Jennifer, who made the expereience even better. Her suggestions and thoughts were right on and made our visit that much more memorable.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old versus New!! What a difference!
I have eaten at Jack Dusty several times now....lunch, just cocktails and dinner. Everytime, the service, food and atmosphere have been excellent! This was a great move on the part of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. I have lived in Sarasota 13 years and only went to the old restaurant 1 time for lunch....Ive been to the new restaurant 8+ times now.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The setting and decor was outstanding.
The staff was cheerful and friendly. Our waitress was exceptionally accommodating.
We were celebrating a wedding anniversary and were treated to a champagne toast.
Food was good,too!
Will definitely return and have already recommended it to friends.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fab Quality at Jack Dusty's
We were pleasantly surprised to be offered a complimentary Mimosa or Beer on Father's Day. Love the new decor which I would describe as seaside chic. The food, while not complicated, was a twist on old favorites like the Lobster Roll and Crab Cake, both of which were divine. Will definitely be back.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We highly enjoyed having dinner at Jack Dusty's! The have great craft cocktails!! We had the Man-o-War which is part of their summer drink menu, it was amazing!! Had the fish & chips special, it was the best!!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A. Local's viewpoints
My husband and I try a new restaurant for our anniversary every year. I read an article me about Jack Dusty and we decided to go. We 're not the "rich and famous but we were treated that way by every person we came in contact with including the front desk the valet . Our waiter Don was super knowledgable. We had a great time!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tables outside allow you to dine while seeing the sunset. The view is special. Service with Donald is excellent. Dean head doorman at entrance is the best. Fried green tomatoes is a great appetizer and chicken with grits was large and an excellent choice. Jack dusty is one of the restarnts in Sarasota that makes a visit to this area a must.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another good update for SRQ
Finally, decided to head over on a slow, rainy, night before the 4th. While the restaurant was not packed for our early reservation, it was almost full capacity, when the rain slowed down.
Complimentary Prosecco served after seating......for Open Table guests. Nice touch. Crab and fried green tomatoes next, which were outstanding if u like that stuff....we did! Entrees were equally tasty. Server was outstanding, without "attitude"........better than host, who passed us off rather abruptly upon arrival.
With new design and same 'ol view, add this one to the list for all our NY "foodie" friends visiting this area.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice but...
Very Expensive for the quality of the food. It's a beautiful spot; airy open, chic and sophisticated. It's a treat to be there because the ambience is so upscale and light. But it is way more expensive than Open Table indicates and the food does not earn the amount of money one pays for it. I would certainly go again for a drink (also very costly) but probably not for food.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delish & Consistent!
We've been to Jack Dusty three times and every one of our meals has been delicious. The service is outstanding and we are always impressed with the staff. The atmosphere is perfect for a Sarasota evening. The seafood tower is awesome :)
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great replacement for Vernona
This was the first time we'd been to Jack Dusty's since it was converted from Vernona (which we liked). Wow, Ritz Carlton did a great job! The atmosphere is vibrant, food is excellent, and the views are superb. The brown bread cooked in a can was really good, and getting a copy of the recipe when asked was a nice touch.
We particularly enjoyed the Open Table amenity of complimentary glasses of Proseco.
Overall, great experience!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Treated like royalty
This restaurant goes above and beyond for a special occasion. From signs saying happy anniversary to special deserts! I would go again over and over.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am still not use to the
I am still not use to the renovation yet. The Jack Dusty's menu is a tad limited; I was use to Vernona's menu which was more creative and expansive. The "Crafted Cocktails" were great. I guess I need to switch from something other than the seafood. The seafood now is what I can get at Owen's Fish Camp in Burns Court. I will return and try some of your Beef selections.
Really missing the Short Ribs, the Lobster Mac and Cheese...those were the items I came to the Ritz for. Casual seafood entrees I can get at many places in this town.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had read about Jack Dusty and since we were staying at the Ritz decided to try it. It was excellent. First they bring you bread that has been baked in a can (just a vegetable can with the label removed). They refer to it as "Navel Brown Bread" which has flavors of butermilk and molasses and served with wonderful butter.
For entrees I had a scallop special which was served or Asian rice and this fabulous shredded cabbage and topped with a spicy asian sauce. Best scallops I have ever eaten.
My husband had their shrimp and grits and loved them.
Would highly recommend this restaurant.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner and service were excellent. We definitely will go back again.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun place, Great Service
I look forward to having a meal here every time I get down to Sarasota. It's a very lively place. The food is good & the service is Always Excellent!!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very accommodating to a food allergy, exquisite service, excellent food.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
As an open table diner they
As an open table diner they start your experience with a glass of Champagne. Really nice touch. We always have a great dining experience here. We enjoy it much more than the Vernona which was a bit stuffy. They always accommodate any special dining needs.
Great place, great views
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We brought our 89 year old mother to Jack Dusty to celebrate her birthday. She said in all her many years of going to restaurants, this was by far the most extraordinary experience she ever had! We had mentioned in the reservation notes that she Loved a particular food that was not on the menu. When we arrived, the waiter acknowledged her birthday and said that he heard she loved a particular meal. What he said next blew us away; the chef had prepared the exact meal she loves, even though it was not offered on the menu. I could go on about the delicious food, the attention to detail and the lovely decor, but just know my family and I are looking forward to many more visits to Jack Dusty!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the baked oyster
We loved the baked oyster starter and all of the fish was excellent.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must try this restaurant
A great new restaurant choice for us in Sarasota - convenient, beautiful, low-key & delicious. The service was great!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's Got It All
It may seem peculiar that a restaurant can be kid-friendly AND romantic, but Jack Dusty is just that. It's also good for groups, has an unbelievable view, with great outdoor dining. The food is wonderful, wine selections are superb, and the staff could not be nicer. It's a win-win situation for almost any occasion. We sat outside, with our 7 year old grandson who was immediately given a coloring book and crayons. They didn't rush us, as some restaurants do when they see a youngster. The tables are spread out wonderfully, so a large group is barry even noticed or heard. There are plenty of table positioned alone to allow for intimate dining. The bar scene inside was lively. It's just a great spot.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relaxed Dining Experience
Jack Dusty is an excellent setting for a casual or romantic dinner. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the early evening calm and the cool weather. The drink and wine selection was nice and they fashioned a specialty drink for my wife that she really enjoyed. The food was excellent including a vegetarian dish they whipped up for my wife. Our server was pleasant and charming and made us feel at home. Plus there was no rush to move us out and we ate at our pace.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM