Ophelia's on the Bay

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$31 to $50
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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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New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to return. The food was awesome, especially my yellow beet and chèvre salad. The fish selections that we both had were delectable. Nothing but praise for the staff!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding venue, service and food. Spectacular!

SC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. The restaurant felt a little crowded and the noise level was high, due to the close proximity of several larger groups - 4 to 8 people. In summary, we have a lovely meal but wished it would have been a little quieter - maybe some buffering - cloth panels or drapes or a different grouping of tables, leaving an end or a corner for couples or seating larger groups in another area.

R
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valet parking a real plus. Sat inside. Very nice room. Both of us had the salmon. It was cooked to perfection. Recommend for a special evening. Couldn’t resist the key lime pie but a little overpriced.

CB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Siesta Key. Good food, great service, great view.

G
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

S
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Ophelia's on the Bay and it will not be our last. Our server, Annette, was terrific. She knew the menu, offered good suggestions, including our wine, and made our visit very memorable. The food was fabulous; fresh greens, unique flavors, perfectly prepared fish, and excellent duck. We will definitely go back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elena was our waitress and was very helpful with the menu as we had never been there before. I had the Grouper which was excellent and my husband had duck. The sides were soo tasty. Beautiful location and view

P
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This being our first time , we relied on our waiter Joel for a description of items and recommendations. The grouper and Yellow Fin tuna couldn’t have been better .
We plan on dining there again soon and will be requesting Joel as our waiter .
This is a very good restaurant!

CM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Dana, was very pleasant and attentive. She was very knowledgable and described menu items in detail. The ambiance was wonderful and the food was great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleased. Food was delicious. Highly recommended.

SH
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice location and view. Good service. Food was creative but pricey

RL
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food excellent as always!
Music was a little too loud and more “casual, pub” type for this restaurant...especially when not many people there.
Service great at first but server hard to find toward end of meal as she was clearing dishes outside. Had to ask for our check 15 mins after finishing dessert. Usually server comes shortly after dessert finished to clear dishes and asks if anything else. Otherwise, she was friendly and welcoming.

CM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I have eaten many times at Ophelias and I have always had a wonderful meal.I dined there Sunday nite and chose the ducking with blueberry compote as it was new on the menu and I am very fond of duck. It was the worst duck I have ever eaten. The meat was tasteless and tough and the blueberry compote was nothing more than loose shriveled up blueberries on the plate. I'm not sure why this was so substandard to all the other meals that I have had but I would think twice with your prices of trying the new menu again. Our waitress was very good and attentive but I didn't have the time to send my dinner back and get something else.

d
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food at Ophelia's is always outstanding. On Saturday we were celebrating my birthday and our service was just awful. We were sat at a great table and waited for the server to come over for 20 or so minutes. She had been in the area and said nothing too us such as "will be over in a bit" etc. When she finally arrived, no apology, just Hi. She didn't have great knowledge of the wine list. It took another 10 minutes to get our wine. I don't mind a long dinner but this was just bad service. She never came to see how our meals were until the end. Such a disappointment. In addition, she never acknowledge my birthday. Food was great as always but she was not the top notch server we are use to at your restaurant.

PM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite go-to places for special occasions or for a great meal, on the water with great service and ambiance

JS
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Staff and atmosphere

DM
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The valet attendants ruined the whole night from the beginning. They were loud, inconsiderate and cursing. Time to clean house. Server was really terrific. Food was good but not a value at all; especially the wine. I’d suggest it for lunch when you can get a better water view than evening when it’s dark and noisy.

OM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but worth it. Wonderful, innovative food. Cheerful, attentive service. Splendid atmosphere. Can’t wait to go again.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening.

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R
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic vacation dinner. Exceeded expectations. Food, service, and ambiance all excellent.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome service from Natalie!! Food was outstanding from appetizer/salad to dessert!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Essen und Service war hervorragend.
Einmaliges Ambiente am Wasser.
Gerne wieder.

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b
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hadn't been to Ophelia's in a few years. The service was very good and the evening was enjoyable.
The Lobster Bisque was excellent and so was the Eggplant Crepes. My husband had the Burgundy Escargots Ophelia as his main dish. He said that the escargot was good but did not care for the puff pastry. I had their vegetarian lasagna entree which was good but had to many mushrooms in it. We will go back one more time and try other appetizers and other entrees.

D
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must dine restaurant you’ll enjoy!

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BS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and sitting outside. Service was very good!

S
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious dinner sitting outside at Ophelias tonight. We shared a Caesar salad that was perfect. I had delicious Diver Scallops over a corn mache.. cooked to perfection .. moist and not dry. My husband had the Lobster trio and it also was yummy. Finished with a perfect Creme brûlée. Will for sure return.

M
Cincinnati
49 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food..service was very very disappointing. It was 10+ minutes before our waiter even acknowledged us and it went further downhill from there. We have enjoyed Ophelia’s many many times and this was our first bad experience .

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!!! The food, service and the outdoor seating are all 5 star!

B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The last time we dined at Ophelia's it was a very good experience. This time it was New Year's Eve and we were very disappointed. The food pricing is rather expensive - but if the quality is excellent then it's no problem. Unfortunately, the quality left a lot to be desired. The crab cake appetizer was expensive ($21) but solid. The lobster trio ($45) was rather tough and very difficult to remove from the shell. The sea bass ($38) was good, but a small portion. The vegetables were identical on each entree. I get the fact that the volume of meals served on New Year's is high, but that showed a real lack of creativity. I was expecting that the chef would use this evening to "showcase" his/her skills, but that didn't happen.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated NYE tonight at Ophelia’s. Our experience was great. Our waiter, Joel, was wonderful!

BS
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New Years Eve tradition for us is dinner at Ophelia’s. This year didn’t disappoint. Our server, Ashley, was very helpful in selecting wine as well as commenting on other courses. Our food was delicious and, as usual, had wonderful accompaniments with them. The atmosphere was very festive with many tables of families and revelers. Every course from appetizer to dessert was perfect. What a wonderful place to celebrate the past year while toasting the new one to come.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Not excepting coupons and manager was not professional. Food was average.

KM
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner.

p
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second year spending New Year’s Eve at Ophelia’s on the Bay. It never disappoints. The food is delicious and our server was wonderful. We have never been disappointed. It is a great place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal. You won’t regret the experience.

LL
Atlantic City
53 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service.. highly recommend

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Living now in its reputation. Some entrees good, others were poor like the duck. Bartender did not know dry vermouth from sweet vermouth. Service was good generally.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeffrey was an outstanding waiter! Food was fabulous and the ambiance was fantastic. We are outside in a beautiful starry night. Could ask for a better experience.

PB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience with friends and family. Our server was outstanding...very proficient with food and wine pairings plus courteous and gracious attention to every detail. We enjoyed an evening of fine dining with delicious entrees and plan on returning soon.

TJ
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On the pricey side but great location, food and service. Will return.