Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

4.6
986 reviews
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Who is Jack Dusty? Jack Dusty, so named for the 18th century short-hand term for the naval store clerk whose responsibility included doling out the daily lot of rum to sailors and maintaining the ship’s inventory of food supplies, offers guests a bevy of dining and drinking options with indoor/outdoor seating and views of sparkling Sarasota Bay and beyond. Jack Dusty features modern classic seafood, offers a lively bar and presents a prominent cocktail program.
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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word: Incredible

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RD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were originaly seated at a table in the middle of a lounge area. This was not expected. When I made the reservation I assumed we would be seated in the dining room. We were moved thankfully. Next time I will call and speak with someone for the reservation.
Are server was great and so was the food. Thanks for asking.

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TP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktail menu is phenomenal! The food is fantastic from taste to presentation. Service is outstanding as always. The restaurant and bar inside are beautiful but the real treat is to be seated outside!

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CL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dining experience let me tell you. My fiancee and I were celebrating her birthday and were blown away with everything about Jack Dusty’s. From the moment you pull in you are greeted by wonderful valet personnel. It is located inside of the Ritz Carlton which just looks like a work of art inside and out. We walked in to the host and were warmly greeted by a very kind young lady who had us escorted to the table and warmly wished my girlfriend a happy birthday, what a touch! We sit down and were greeted by our table captain Jorge. Jorge delivered impecable, professional, refined and a very friendly experience. Without a doubt one of the best if not the best dining experiences I have ever had thanks to him and pretty much the main reason for writing this review. Jorge made us feel so comfortable and welcomed, we were blown away by him and his conversation and recommendations. He made our night unforgettable and made to feel very special, forever a great memory and we are thankful for him. 10/10 for service and experience. The food is just as breath taking as the service. The drinks all have a special touch to them. I ordered a specialty painkiller which had a smoked marshmallow taste and presented in a glass carafe infused with a “fog” or smoked appeal. Food was delicious and unmatched. Jorge recommended the blackened grouper and it was a 10/10. The whole ambiance and theme is the sea and the nuances and details make for a stellar experience. Well done Jack Dusty’s. Very impressed.

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E
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Hostess had a hard time being friendly, didn’t crack a smile. The only staff member who smiled was our server who was fantastic, but then he transferred our table to a different girl without telling us. She couldn’t have rushed us out the door faster and was even less welcoming than the hostess. We’re a group of restaurant hospitality professionals and expected a lot from the Ritz’s service standards and were obviously disappointed.

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MP
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food.

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JB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good. Expected for a Ritz Carlton property. Service was fantastic. Only disappointment was the view. I recommend for a nice dinner with a date.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Get some some fans outside, it’s the Ritz

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RB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food at a high price point.

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Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in town with a great wait staff headed up by Jen.

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Tampa
82 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lobster tail too small, I like larger lobster tails from Maine , don't order the small ones
I was surprised how small it was
Everything else was very good.

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MW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Jack Dusty every month or so and can't be happier. The service is top notch and the food even better. You can't go wrong with an evening on the veranda overlooking the water.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife has celiac disease, staff was incredibly accommodating and knowledgeable. Food was delicious. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing seafood and great service with our server Jorge. The bread made in the can was so different and yummy. Definitely will go back :)

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Dallas
53 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really great. We were there with a friend and his date. She, like us, has been to Jack Dusty many times in the past. However, she was not aware that you could order off the lunch menu at night. We both ordered off that menu. My husband and our friend ordered off the dinner menu. Everyone enjoyed their meals. After dinner we went inside for a drink. We all had a great evening.

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SL
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect experience at the bar
Bartenders were amazing attentive and even gave us our favorite brown bread to go
We can’t wait to go back
Jack dusty is perfect for the special occasion

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S
Orlando
95 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful seafood dinner. We made a meal of the seafood appetizers. After having the seafood tower we had the mussels. Every dish had a unique twist to it. Love the creativity of the chef. Highly recommend the restaurant. Service was little slow when it came to drinks, but not the servers fault. They seated several large parties in his section within few minutes

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P
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Anthony was our waiter and he was fantastic!! We will be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Bday Moms 99th

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TW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The excellent venue, excellent food, plus accommodating staff added up to a happy dining experience for everyone in our large group!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and phenomenal food a great evening

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a view of the harbor. Fun and delicious drinks and food. They accommodated our large party with ease and made it a special night. The Siren drink was stunning and very strong!

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NA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Savor Sarasota menu has French fries as appetizer ☹️

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

all just ok, nothing terrible, but we had high hopes, dinner was average

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P
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose was our wonderful waiter. Great food and atmosphere

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SJ
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bread baled in a can is unique and very good. I ordered Geroiper done piñata style and Chef accommodated even though on menu was blackened.

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P
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service (John ) was excellent!!!

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KM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and ambiance. The cocktail list is impressive. Highly recommended.

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M
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a total shock. We went just to enjoy the Ritz Carlton but wound up with one of the two best meals we have had in Florida. It is always the rarest experience when every single dish is amazing. Yet that describes our dinner. The canned bread was not just a fun novelty but was warm, semi-caramelized, delicious in taste and texture. The blackened Wahoo was indescribably scrumptious- fresh and succulent in a complex perfectly complementing sauce. The beet salad was tangy, sweet and offered the detail of a cold, cold salad plate and cold utensils. The lobster roll was stuffed with lobster and you would have to go to Maine to improve it. We loved the Key Lime Brulee.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todo muy bueno

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DR
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I brought an out of state guest so we could enjoy the view and a yummy dinner. While the view was beautiful the food was pretty disappointing. It was so bland and lacking flavor. I had the beets to start, which need some serious help. My friend enjoyed the steak fries. Those were delish. Both of our entrees were so disappointing. She had shrimp and grits, which consisted of 3 shrimp and bland flavorless grits. I had blackened wahoo which was very dry. We did not complain because our server was so great and we didn’t want to make a big deal. The key lime creme brûlée was delicious. So the fries and the dessert was all we really enjoyed. And the service. Danielle was her name and she was phenomenal. She made it enjoyable. However I would Only return for a drink and the view.

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TC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I am not a fan of eating with dog's (we did eat outside) where I have to deal with barking and hair flying when LARGE do shook. If you are going to allow dog's why not require them to sit a lower deck of patio, not where dinners are. This really impacted our dinner in what I considered fine dinning option.

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KB
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I have been confronting some very stressful and difficult family events. We just needed to escape and have a fun afternoon.

We loved our waiter! He was awesome and so very nice and upbeat.

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J
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

40th Wedding Anniversary and 65 th birthday

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PA
Orlando
32 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice view
Excellent service and great food

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M
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the waitstaff, the outdoor view was wonderful. We usually love to go from breakfast/lunch but this was dinner and did not disappoint.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience. We showed up dressed way too casual for the ritz(as we did not know that’s where the restaurant was located) and they welcomed us warmly and gave us amazing service. The view is incredible and our server (can’t remember his name but he is from Hawaii) was wonderful. We will definitely be back soon.

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OT
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Our fourth visit to Jack Dusty was the first that was disappointing. The "crispy calamari
appetizer was soggy - not at all crispy. The once great cioppino consisted of only a couple
of shrimp and small scallops. The rest was clams and mussels in a fairly bland broth.

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AM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jack Dusty is amazing, as always! I’ve been a total of 5-6 times. The ambiance is great, food is amazing, the service is impeccable, etc. You must go, and it’s even better outside! Love, love, love it! Thank you!

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PZ
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was a bit too salty. Ask to put less salt when you are ordering. Almost all that we tried (there was 6 of us) was too salty and we all agreed on this. Shrimp and grits was not good. The service was excellent and the location is superb. I’d go there again but would ask less salt on everything and I would not get the shrimp and grits which didn’t even resemble the real thing.

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