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Ophelia's on the Bay

4.8
4.8
4961 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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 22 years, we have an experienced staff that prides itself on exemplary service.

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Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Wild Game

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour in Bar/Lounge Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 349-2212

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Olson

  • Catering

    Ophelia's on the Bay is the perfect location for your next catered event! Whether it be a birthday celebration, business function, wedding/baby shower, or any other memorable event in your life, we would love to create the perfect event catered to your needs. We also offer complete off-site catering services ranging from small to large functions with our fully equipped mobile kitchen. Please contact us to start booking your event today!

  • Neighborhood

    Siesta Key

  • Cross street

    Stickney Point Road

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.

  • Entertainment

    Please join us every Sunday from 11am to 2pm for the Jazz styling's of Shelly Torman as he serenades you with his velvety voice and wide repertoire of old and new favorites alike!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,961 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Ambiance

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Contemporary American

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Food

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Service

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Ambiance

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Scenic View

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Contemporary American

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  1. A

    Asb1969

    Cincinnati

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely spectacular. First time we have ever had the crab cake appetizer. I don’t know if I will ever be able to go there again and NOT get it. It is that good! Our waitress, Iris, was very good as well.

  2. R

    Rocket

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant with great views, great service and delicious food. We were celebrating our anniversary and it couldn't have been better. Ahi tuna. a beautifully prepared filet. and a molten cake dessert to die for. Our server, Ivana, was the best. Our first trip to Ophelia's but it won't be the last.

  3. PC

    PaigeC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food, beautiful view, great service. The escargot Ophelia is a must. Very thoughtful wine list by a wonderful sommelier.

  4. MS

    MorganS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The yellowfin tuna is the best meal I’ve ever had and the eggplant parm is amazing

  5. j

    js2236

    Atlanta

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Although we were disappointed that it was raining so we were not able to sit outside, we still had a great experience. I have some challenging food allergies that our server alerted the chef to and he was able to accommodate and came up with creative workarounds so I could enjoy my menu selections, which was much appreciated. Teric took great care of us and made some great wine and port recommendations to go with our meal. Hope to return and enjoy the outdoor seating on the bay.

  6. TH

    TeresaH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fathers Day 2022 Dana our server was spectacular!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food5service5ambience1

    Food was fabulous - loved our waiter. Wine list was minimal. Ambiance was AWFUL! We had to provide our own music outside on the patio. The 3 tables around us thanked us for the music —— thanks to my iPhone & Apple Music. Open Table app said that there were no additional reservations available because we wanted to bring one more friend. When we got there, the restaurant was mostly empty and we could’ve easily added at least 3 more chairs to our table. That was disappointing.

  8. s

    scsunlimited

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We have been going here for years. It used to be amazing, then changed hands, and went downhill. Our friends said it had come back and was really good. We gave it another shot and we were disappointed. The escargot was tasteless and got lost in the pastry shell. The duck was dry, lacked flavor, and didn't really have a sauce to go with it. The view sitting on the water is awesome but it's hard to pay $$$ for a meal that I can make better at home. We were hoping it was great but unfortunately it didn't meet our expectations.

  9. DC

    DeloresC

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A milestone birthday for two of the four of us. The server brought flutes of Prosecco right off. The meal was superb and enjoyed by all. Service was efficient while friendly.

  10. JR

    JeanR

    Tampa

    49 reviews

    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The three seafood dishes were outstanding. Unfortunately the one duck entree was very dry and over cooked. Service was impeccable. Great water views. Elegant atmosphere without being stuffy. Like every restaurant the prices have risen significantly but Ophelia’s prices seem much higher than most of the upper echelon restaurants we frequent. However, we will be back as we have been doing there for years. We will reserve it for special occasions.

  11. o

    outtoeat

    Tampa

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    Very Expensive. Only valet parking that adds to the expense. The food, service and views were great.

  12. DK

    DonnaK

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Visiting the gulf and have eaten at several restaurants over the course of 2 weeks. This level set is important because having back to back comparisons on 4.5+ rated restaurants brings a little legitimacy to this review. The presentation of each course was excellent starting with the crab cakes followed by the scallops entree. The food was delicious as well however I had to rate this restaurant lower than 5 stars purely based on price. By far one of the most expensive restaurants with each entree averaging about $50. Food was delicious but not sure it warranted the price tag.

  13. E

    Edlovesfood

    Cincinnati

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We experienced a wonderful meal and excellent service. Watching the water just made it an exceptional evening!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Aldo made our evening special and the cuisine was the best we have had in Florida .. The scenery was spectacular. Can’t wait to return .

  15. JJ

    JJay

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Johnny, Derek, Michael, Dan, Billy and the entire staff at Ophelia's are top notch and go above and beyond to ensure a pleasurable and memorable experience. Thank you!!!

  16. DJ

    DennisJ

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Everything was outstanding. Only issue is Open Table shows Cocktail hour drinks at wrong price. Restuarant claims they have told open Table and Google to change prices. They did comp us the difference.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    We were celebrating my birthday dinner and as someone who has severe food allergies it’s often I have to get modifications made to dishes…I’ve come to understand it is asking a lot so I usually keep my expectations low. While at Ophelia’s I inquired about what dishes I might be able to get with modifications needed for my gluten and dairy allergies. The server was somewhat rude and bluntly stated it wasn’t easy to make modifications and that it would be easier if I chose a protein and the chef would “make something up” based on what he felt was good—which could be fine, but there was a complete disregard for my preferences, as in I don’t care for certain flavors, and wanted to have a little more choice in what I was served for dinner. I asked her to check on one dish that looked fairly easy to modify—leaving off a sauce and subbing veggies instead of potatoes. She reluctantly went to ask the chef and returned saying it was not possible. After a few more questions, we decided to leave without ordering due to the fact that it was my birthday and I just wanted some sort of option or input into what food I was served. Very disappointed with how unhelpful the server was and how unwilling the chef was to accommodate or even just converse about the options for someone with food allergies. Also noteworthy, the server started getting attitude about my “high maintenance requests” and I politely said, “yeah I didn’t choose to have the food allergies, I know they are an inconvenience, trust me.” Which seemed to make her realize she was being very rude, she tried to rectify the situation by bringing us champagne, after we kindly let her know we’d be leaving after finishing our drinks since they were unable (unwilling) to make modifications. Bottom line, I don’t recommend them for these reasons. The ambiance was lovely and the views great, I’m sure the food is very delicious as well, but due to the server and chef’s unwillingness to accommodate, I can’t say for sure.

  18. C

    Cleopatra

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Lovely location with the added pleasure of watching dolphins play in the bay as you eat. Our server, Iris was very charming and attentive. We selected an appetizer of crab cakes which were delicious. Unfortunately the rest of our meal was a disappointment. My meal of grouper arrived lukewarm, the jasmine rice was cold with dry clumps. My daughter ordered shrimp scampi with spaghettini. The shrimp was generous and large but the pasta was over cooked and had the consistency and taste of a microwave dinner.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional dining experience, best on the West Coast!

  20. KR

    KirbyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really pricey, really good. Staff all know their jobs, tremendous food. The eggplant crepes alone are worth the trip.

  21. E

    Evans4travels

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Our 4th to me here over the last few years. Staff is excellent and professional. Food quality is top notch. Wine list and menu very broad. Nice atmosphere inside or outside. Valet parking is nice and is the only option here . Pricy but worth it. My duck was terrific as was wife’s red snapper was also. Generous portions. Pricey but worth it.

  22. KV

    KateVH

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely gem near Siesta Key! My fiance and I have been coming here for a few years and we always have such a special experience. This time they brought us free champagne toasts for our celebration! Always great service and the most beautiful golden hour view on the Bay. Highly recommend!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there. Food was great. However, portions are small for the hefty price tag. Ambiance is great too. Overall sentiment is that there are lots of other restaurants that offer great cuisine with better prices and service.

  24. GM

    GaryM

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service.

  25. W

    Wonderful

    Tampa

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a favorite! We are never disappointed in Ophelia’s!

  26. GR

    GREGGWC

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We haven’t been back to Sarasota for 3 years due to COVID. This was our first dinner when we arrived in 2022. A real pleasure being back. A peaceful gem of a restaurant.

  27. CS

    ChrisS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal, excellent service and ambience. Staff very accommodating. Food is excellent, halibut cooked perfectly. Thai shrimp cocktail was delicious. Chocolate pecan tart perfect balance of a bit of sweet with dark chocolate. Will return again.

  28. WY

    WalterY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Lovely ambience, food very good, Service good! Request for vegetables not Spinach Or Asparagus! Server insisted they were not available Yet when our guest Duck appeared He had Asparagus🤔🤪 Please inform your servers that vegetables are available even if extra cost! Thank You

  29. f

    foodie

    Detroit

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Expensive...nothing extraordinary for $200 dinner for 2...on the bay not the gulf

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great menu with fresh fish and also great land choices. Food was impeccably prepared and delicious. Key lime pie was superb. Great place for special occasions.

  31. g

    georgek

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food in a great setting.

  32. j

    joelt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful picturesque scenery of Little Sarasota Bay.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was absolutely delicious , service was exceptional and the view was beautiful. Overall a wonderful night out.

  34. PK

    PageK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Orphelia's is a beautiful place with terrific food and a gracious waitstaff. We were celebrating my birthday and our waiter started things off with complimentary champagne and it just got better from there. I'm a vegetarian - which limited my options a bit but those offered were great. My husband had the pork tenderloin which he loved. I'm a local and really should go to Orphelia's more often - it's a treasure.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful great to be back there again

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    “You get what you pay for” as the old saying goes. Food quality was top notch and prepared to perfection. The patio setting is right on the tranquil bay and it’s shaded. Our server was Johnny and he had all the info and suggested we needed for our first visit to Ophelia’s. A very pleasant experience.

  37. CZ

    CherylZ

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Server very lacking in attentiveness during every step of the dining process. Eggplant crepes were fabulous.

  38. J

    Jackieg303

    Tampa

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting with great service. I had a great duck and my friend had delicious salmon.

  39. SF

    SarasotaFLT

    Naples

    144 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great dining experience…great location, excellent service, outstanding menu selections and truly memorable food preparation. If it not too hot and rain is not predicted, request an outside table next to Little Sarasota Bay. Since the remodeling, outside is our seating area of preference.

  40. JW

    JWLnGLL

    Tampa

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We have been to Ophelia's many times but not for the past couple of years. Occasion was a birthday celebration. We started with an outdoor table but the staff kindly moved us inside after appetizers when the weather became threatening, which turned out to be a good decision. Started with crab cakes, which were quite good as expected. For entrees, Mrs. JWLnGLL had macadamia-encrusted snapper, while I had the tuna tataki. Both well-prepared and tasty. Dessert was a very unique presentation of key lime pie, very enjoyable. Service was excellent. Overall, a very agreeable experience in line with our other visits to Ophelia's. I will say that the prices have been increased pretty dramatically since the last time we were there. Since we generally visit Ophelia's for special occasions, that's something we can live with.

FAQs

Ophelia's on the Bay offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 349-2212.

Ophelia's on the Bay is rated 4.8 stars by 4961 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Ophelia's on the Bay

9105 Midnight Pass Road Sarasota, FL 34242

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stickney Point Road

  • Neighborhood

    Siesta Key

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour in Bar/Lounge Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Wild Game

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Olson

  • Entertainment

    Please join us every Sunday from 11am to 2pm for the Jazz styling's of Shelly Torman as he serenades you with his velvety voice and wide repertoire of old and new favorites alike!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 349-2212

  • Catering

    Ophelia's on the Bay is the perfect location for your next catered event! Whether it be a birthday celebration, business function, wedding/baby shower, or any other memorable event in your life, we would love to create the perfect event catered to your needs. We also offer complete off-site catering services ranging from small to large functions with our fully equipped mobile kitchen. Please contact us to start booking your event today!

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