Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

4.5
726 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 309-2266
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Caleb Taylor
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
US-41 and Gulfstream
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Parking details
Valet parking is complimentary for guests of Jack Dusty.
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Special events & promotions
Jack Dusty would love to host your special occassion celebration. Birthdays, graduations, engagements and more as only Jack Dusty can. Make your event truly once-in-a-lifetime. Contact us for details.
clay.kearney@ritzcarlton.com
matthew.kiner@ritzcarlton.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 726 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food and the cocktails were amazing! Beautiful setting. Went for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. Will come again.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Kids running around with no parental supervision. The view was a wall. The drinks ere overpriced, but the food was great

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The drinks are so good! Along with the smoked fish dip, the fries and the lobster roll!

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1.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I don't think I can eat here again. Their attitude is so crummy. Never can get a good table. I'm out

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Special place! Inside is nice, but if the weather permits, definitely opt for the terrace.
Menu and specials offer a lot of variety, and the prices are actually quite reasonable
for the area, despite being in a Ritz Carlton Hotel.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Anniversary

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The service was super slow but the food was good.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Wonderful. Favourite restaurant in Florida

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1.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I booked this 2 months ahead of time. It was our 20 anniversary. I call two weeks in advance and asked for the quietest spot and a small cake. We got neither. We were seated next to a kid crawling all over the place and a family with three screaming kids. I ordered snapper and it was so over cooked that it fell apart like sawdust. We ate there two other times this stay, and it was above average and the service was great. I asked the guy sitting next to me with the kid where he was from and he said he was from Sarasota. He said they get a "local rate" at the Ritz????

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Wonderful food and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

My bad for selecting this restaurant based on the Open Table pics since a lot of the food were not on menu. Yummy bread and rum butter! Ribeye and tenderloin were tender, juicy and cooked to perfection (didn't care for the creamed spinach accompanying the tenderloin, though); Sarasota Cioppino and clam chowder were flavorful and chock full of seafood. Spaghetti frutti di mare and calamari were a little disappointing.

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We usually love Jack Dusty but we were disappointed in our food and our service. Our waiter had too many tables and wasn’t attentive. My food wasn’t good and I complained but the waiter never addressed it again.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We are locals and yet always enjoy the view. Have been coming for years, especially for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great place

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Helen was awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Gen is a great professional waitress.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Great spot to celebrate a special occasion. We were there for our anniversary and it was perfect. Great view, incredible food and top notch service. Would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Our annual birthday celebration at jack dusty - service was below Expectations. Reservation was for 5 people when we arrived we had to wait for table to be set up. We got a table for 4 people with an added chair. When our drinks and appetizers came we barely have any space. The restaurant had lots of empty tables ! I asked the server (not our server) for a larger table she said have to check with manager. My friend almost pour his wine on me since we were so tightly squeezed. Had to ask 3 times before our server moved another table to us for additional space !

The tenderloin most of us ordered was tiny and the Spinach was inedible too creamy and no other taste . We had enough so did not order any dessert - but since we had told them it was a birthday celebration I would have thought a candle gesture would have been nice - nope just the check

I ate at rusty for lunch earlier in the day and the service was not any better

Disappointing

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Party of 5 for lunch - not many patrons when we first entered - waiter was bit odd in mannerism and service - salt was all over table we had to ask him to clean. He also seem to have hard of hearing. Food was ok - my lobster roll had limited lobster and the pasta for $12 was less than 4 oz - burger very good as were fries

Not too impressed with lunch service food nor price

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Menu was disappointing

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Was very excited to go to Jack Dusty—at the Ritz! Then I arrived—first to find cars parked in the inner and outer lanes of the drop-off point; second to discover the restaurant was off the lobby and the swimming pool like a conference hotel dining room. While I expected a Ritz experience, I found myself at a pool and country club bar, where people came dressed in shorts and offensive t-shirts and the few table that existed inside were in two very noisy rooms looking out of dirty windows at the tables by the pool. The food was awful—a salad so drenched in dressing, I sent it back! Though the restaurant was not overbooked, the service staff continuously came to the table to remove our plates—even if one or both of us was still eating! Yet, the staff never refilled our water or iced tea glasses. While I was hoping to find a luxurious restaurant for special occasions and to impress visitors, I found a place to which I will not return in my home town!

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I would not recommend Jack Dusty. It was NOT the quality experience that I would expect from Ritz-Carlton. The food was pathetic. The ambience was horrific with loud, obnoxious music! I love kids, but there was a play area next to romantic dining and several screaming children ruined the ambience. We were seated against a wall, when other tables were open with views of what little water view is available. The prices are outrageous for the quality of food. I don’t mind a $25 cocktail - IF it is good!!!

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This dining experience was very poor. The food was not up to scratch. The entire family was sick after it. The kitchen was obviously extremely dirty and not up to the typical standards of the Ritz Carlton. A complete disappointment

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was very good as well as service. Our seat was a little awkwardly positioned.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Staying at the Ritz and had breakfast twice which was great, however, booked dinner for four and not impressed. Arrived early so we could have a drink in the bar, service poor-too busy standing talking to each other to notice we had finished our drinks and my husband had to go over in the end to get the server to take our order. Seemed reluctant to seat us on the patio which I had specifically requested and said there was only the end table-fine by us-yet at least two other empty tables which were never used and when we left most were vacant. Service chaotic and our waitress seemed more keen on getting us out if there, presented the bill before we had chance to look at deserts or order coffee. Food ok-steak was good but the accompaniments were poor as though they had been sitting on the passe for a while. Expected more, and found much better service and value in many if the other local restaurants.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

2nd time there - food is terrific and customer service is over the top! Nice ambience; can be a little on the noisy side if there are large parties

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We came for their Savor Sarasota menu to try out a new restaurant. The food was very good and the service excellent. The hotel does keep the temperature cool so a sweater might be a good idea to bring along. It was a little chilly for us. Overall we had a positive experience. If you're looking for a restaurant with good food and a staff that treats you like royalty this is the place. Parking is valet only but the restaurant validates your parking.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Went with my wife on our anniversary. Good over all experience. Excellent food, worthy service. I would enjoy diniing here even if not using the hotel.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The view is beautiful and the service top notch. They have gluten free bread and are super accommodating to allergies!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Three couples had dinner here on a Saturday evening. The place was full. We sat on the outdoor patio and even though there was a light rain falling, it did not disturb us. I have a favorite dish: the butternut squash risotto. I order it every time. Everyone enjoyed their meals. It's a fun place to get together with friends. Although the crafted cocktails are expensive, my husband and I always order one to try and have not been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Ritz Carlton Quality for a Real Value.
Don't let the Ritz brand scare you off, this upscale casual waterfront spot delivers a great overall experience. It' not cheap, its appropriately priced for top quality seafood and cocktails at a luxury hotel. Comfortable and welcoming. Try the smoked fish dip and the fried whole snapper.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Awesome experience

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Wonderful place for view, service, prompt attention and good oysters!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great lunch; great service; very relaxing!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service and cocktails were excellent, but we all agreed that we’d had better meals elsewhere. The food was good but not great. I’d recommend the bar/lounge to others, but for a nice meal I’d go elsewhere. A self-park option for the hotel would be nice. You can end up waiting for some time for your car if it’s a busy night.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Steak was full of fat. Fish was nothing more then average. The crab on the fried tomato was really good. The service and staff were very friendly. I hope it was just a bad day!

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I Expected 5 star service for 5 star prices and that did not happen. Food selection and pairings did not fit the protein. The elements of the dish were prepared well, but they did not complement each other. Wine list did not have vintage (year) except for the “special” list, and prices were excessive. Furniture and seating configuration puts casual happy hour patrons with dinner diners that generate “celebratory” volume that is not conducive to respectable conversation. I will not consider this place for quality dining, but it is a place to mingle and find that one night stand for the yuppie crowd.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

elegant atmosphere coupled with excellent cuisine. a real gem.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Service was wonderful and food delicious

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