Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

4.6
971 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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SL
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
93 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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OT
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
151 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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PM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a table outside, overlooking bay and boats as well as spectacular sunset
Our server was wonderful!

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D
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Cocktails are fantastic. Food was salty. We had 3 appetizers and decided to dine elsewhere for our main course.

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PW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary this evening and It was a wonderful dinner!! We sat on the deck and the ambiance was perfect. Our waiter, Jeremy gave us an excellent suggestion for champagne-appetizer- and dinner. The food was delicious and our entire evening was made perfect by the hospitality!! Highly recommend this Restaurant.

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JG
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid food, great patio, service is outstanding! I would like to see a larger raw bar.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely!

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TO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Drinks/wine were awesome as was the food presentation and ambiance, but good comments end there. Food was mediocre at best. Two of four meals were shrimp and grits with latter very pastey and tasteless. Other two meals were salmon and cobia cooked very well but no wow factor. Not worth the $300 spent!

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Limited menu because it was Mother’s Day. Way to disappoint the two Moms at our table! Service was extremely slow. Food was not very good. They comped a couple things because of this. No reflection of limited selections on the menu/ website when I booked on open table so was very disappointing for Mother’s Day as I booked 3 weeks in advance. Will not recommend or return.

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S
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service is not excellent and the Food is limited in selection and very overpriced and for what you are served. All in all it was a disappointing experience!

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SB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere but was disappointed with the Mother’s Day buffet. Great service!

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AW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely Mother's Day Brunch. We didn't want the bustle of the dining room and opted for Jack Dusty (since that is more our family celebration spot anyway). Everything was just what I wanted on Mother's Day! Delicious!

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OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and cocktails

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! The chef was amazing, she came out and asked if she could plate the cake we brought... She presented it beautifully when she really didn’t have to... Very happy with the service.

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JJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is delightfully relaxed, sited on a beautiful lagoon—the food and service were outstanding. As it was Kentucky Derby Day, it was very active—-we (two seriously senior ladies) sat on the terrace and received excellent attention and food. I’ll be back often.

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JR
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my birthday and I expressed that on the open table app when making the reservation but there was no acknowledgement at all so we were disappointed by that. Great food, pricey but I nice special occasion place to eat.

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M
Cincinnati
57 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience could not have been better! The service was beyond perfect. The food was outstanding! The chef was amazing! This has just become our favorite place to eat in Sarasota!!! I do not believe we have ever has such a perfect dining experience!!

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