Ophelia's on the Bay

4.7
2680 reviews
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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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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fact that they have to use creative parking is the only negative to this restaurant.
Meal and service was excellent. Fine dining!

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

Lovely. Great window seat

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MD
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parking is a problem even if valet service is provided

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PC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

I reserved By internet we didn't have possibility to selection inside or outside.
But your personnel said we don't have place near the water but during the lunch 3 Tables were availaibale.
We are a resident during winter we going Orphelia very often for brunch and souper.I lové your place.
Sorry I didn't go
Christianne Pradet

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Acapulco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had to wait at the table for 30 minutes before we flagged a server He immediately apologized and at the end of the meal he gave us a dessert on the house and since it was our anniversary gave us half glass of champagne. They made it right and will definitely recommend and return.

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant within 60 miles. I been there a few times and it is always superb. Reservations a must.

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ML
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual!

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f
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Seated promptly. Food and drinks were fabulous. Service was attentive. View outstanding.

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G
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration cocktails were great, dinner was delicious . We went at 5 o’clock & were not rushed with dinner.

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DP
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have had in a couple of years. Outstanding in every respect: ambiance, cuisine, friendly and well informed service

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JC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to impress your date, take her here. Don't miss the eggplant appetizer.

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MA
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food in a beautiful setting on the bay with excellent service.

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BV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Waiter, Chris informative & friendly. View was lovely. Overall a very nice experience. Plan to return in the future especially on a warmer day.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was so good we came back the next night. Our waiter was friendly and professional. It was too cold to eat out on the deck unfortunately. We were there for 2 Birthdays and were served a free glass of champagne. The only minus is the dated monotone decor. The place could use a freshening up. Also maybe a wine concierge. Our wines were served a little young and sharp.

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r
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sat inside and only 1 other table was filled in our dining area. Next time will sit outside- even if a little chilly. They have heaters outside. Food was delicious- a little pricey. Enjoyed our meal!

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MB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great view, wonderful service and fabulous food. Will come back

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ophelia’s Is always a wonderful experience. The ambience is amazing. Great happy hour in the bar area at five. Food is always delicious. I had the escargot this time and was not a big fan of the cream sauce. My friend had the heat tun is always a wonderful experience. The ambience is amazing. Great happy hour in the bar area at five. Food is always delicious. I had the escargot this time and was not a big fan of the cream sauce. My friend had the ahi tuna Which was absolutely delicious and a very large portion. Overall it was a great experience as always, a beautiful place.

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SS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely table outside right on the water for Sunday Brunch. Food and service were both very good. Quiet jazz during Brunch. The only negative was the complimentary dessert table which seemed a little skimpier than usual; by 1 PM there was no fresh fruit left, for example. (The Brunch is advertised as 11 to 2 PM. If I had come with a 1 PM reservation, I would have been disappointed in the dessert table.)

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L
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We took my mom for a "BIG" birthday, which I told them in advance a few times.
Usually, if a restaurant knows this in advance, they would automatically bring a dessert with a candle in it, and it would be complimentary. I had to state that it was her birthday a few times, and she finally brought out her cappuccino, (which we paid for), with a strawberry with a candle.
Other than that, the food and service was excellent, but it is quite pricey.

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Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding with great choices. Service was also very good. Definitely not a cheap night out but worth every penny

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DH
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great entree selections with interesting sides. Service is friendly, professional and unhurried.

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KF
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place and environment had great service Marla

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Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an outstanding meal on our last night of our visit to Siesta Key. The tuna and the grouper were each outstanding in their own way and was a beautiful evening by the water

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BH
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambiance

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RT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food, best service, great setting by the bay

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OT
Tampa
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We moved to Sarasota about a year and a half ago. Since then we've been to numerous restaurants. We absolutely fell in love with Ophelia's on our very first visit, and have been back numerous times... most recently New Year's Eve!! Our visit was PERFECT. Everyone was so pleasant... the food was fantastic... our table was GREAT!! I guess you can tell by now... we'll be back!! Thanks Ophelia's for one of our best New Years Eves EVER!!

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BS
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Ophelia’s for our New Years Eve dinner, and as usual, had a wonderful time. Our table was right by the windows so we were able to view the beautiful bay with boats and kayaks on the water. Our waiter, Jeffrey, was very personable and attentive. All of our courses were delicious and beautifully presented. The only minor complaint was the noise level inside the dining room. It wasn’t unexpected because it was, after all, NEW YEARS EVE! Totally great way to end one year and ring in the new!

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JJ
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the patio/dock for New Years Eve dinner at sunset:twilight. Great views. Lovely service - attentive and not pushy, we were not rushed. Excellent dinner menu with all our favorites plus some new dishes. Crab cakes, artisan salads, branzino and grouper plus cheesecake and absolutely the BEST tiramisu we have ever had anywhere including in Italy! Thank you for a memorable evening; we visit often and love it EVERY TIME

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DG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner, our waiter was personable and efficient.
Our waiter also suggested items and a wine that were perfect.

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PM
New England
56 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every year on the 30th of December we have a special dinner with our cousins. We chose Ophelia's this year and what a great decision that was. As local residents of Siesta Key, we avoid dining out during "season" due to the traffic and crowds. We had an amazing meal at Ophelia's and one of the most delightful, knowledgeable servers - Cassy - made our evening perfect. She knew everything about the menu and food prep, and when she simply heard us discussing what we might like to have, she asked the kitchen to hold the option we were considering (Sashimi grade Tuna Loin - so good!) for us so we wouldn't be disappointed if they were out when we finally placed our order (we got the last 2). The escargot in puff pastry was worth the calories in every bite - so flavorful and creamy and served piping hot. The flan was one of the best I have ever eaten, so rich and creamy - beautiful texture and flavor. Cassy and the food, makes braving the crowds and traffic worth it for such a memorable experience and fantastic food at great prices for the quality! We will be back soon!!

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LC
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely ambiance, great staff. Delicious, creative food, great drinks, fine wine. Would like to return to watch the sunset!

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RL
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely and delicious!

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PA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Ophelia's was wonderful! Definitely a place for a special meal.

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RB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Can’t wait to go back

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal and beautiful scenery.

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b
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good. Service was good but my table was next to where they dropped off the dirty dishes . That just ruined the evening. The chairs were very uncomfortable. I will not be returning and non should anyone else.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere- very nice service - we enjoy boating to Ophelia's - plenty of dock space.

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views outside were so enchanting, we loved seeing paddleboarders and boaters go by -- you can even dock your boat outside.

Delicious bread before the meal, accommodating service for our different dietary needs. We shared a few dishes, an eggplant appetizer, lobster bisque and the trout dish. Save room for the delicious key lime pie for dessert!

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H
Cleveland
77 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first night on Siesta Key for several years. Decided to return to Ophelia’s an old standard. Very nice seating by the water with Christmas lights all around. The escargot was very good, as was the crab and grouper. Service was excellent. The serving portions were average not generous, which they should have been for the price. Bottom line this is a very good restaurant and excellent wait staff with prices a bit high for the average portions. The restaurant needs something more to be excellent.

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a
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good as expected and we received excellent service from our waitress

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