Ophelia's on the Bay

4.6
2585 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Happy Hour in Bar/Lounge Nightly: 5:00pm - 6:00pm; Sunday Jazz Brunch Every Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 349-2212
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Olson
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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 Kristina to start booking your event today!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stickney Point Road
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.
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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!
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Special events & promotions
We specialize in beautiful bay-side weddings, including ceremonies and receptions, for up to 100 people. We also offer a beautiful location for rehearsal dinners and the "Sunday after the wedding" brunch. We also offer off site catering options if so desired, so you can bring Ophelia's spectacular food to any venue. Please contact Kristina as soon as you are ready to start planning your dream wedding!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2585 People Are Saying
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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Did not live up to its hype
Overrated and overpriced

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CH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

5 stars on the food we had the rockafeller oysters and they were probably the 2nd best I’ve ever had. The calamari was so fresh, and the lamb rack was to die for, the best lamb I’ve ever had very flavorful. The creme brûlée was the perfect way to end the evening. The atmosphere was very romantic right on the water. Our server knew exactly what to get us and which portions would be just right. I highly recommend this spot for anyone visiting from out of town or anyone celebrating a special occasion or just a romantic night out.

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FA
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was S-L-O-W! Hostess left the table saying she'd bring me back a pair of glasses ("cheaters") to the table, but the next time we saw here was on our way out! Menu was VERY limited and there were NO daily specials. Been there a dozen times and usually enjoyed it very much. Likely won't ne back! (Too many GREAT restaurants in Sarasota!)

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BS
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for high-end food with great views on the water at sunset, this place is for you! Be prepared for valet only parking if you're going to peak hours. Worth every penny though. I go there every time I come into town on vacation.

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RK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an absolutely delicious dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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M
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Julia, the manager, has horrible customer relations and interpersonal skills! We’ve been to this restaurant too many times to count over the last 12 years and this was our worst experience!

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KP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The fact that the air-conditioning was blowing right on us and it was absolutely freezing made the experience at Ophelia's unpleasant.

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent.

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OT
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just disappointed we couldn’t have an outside table

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LS
Miami
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to pick a special place for my father-in-law's 90th birthday celebration. Just the fact that he has lived in Sarasota for more than 40 years, and never has been there was reason enough. The staff made sure to wish him a Happy Birthday upon our arrival and they gave us a beautiful table next to the window overlooking the bay during sunset. Even though sunset is on the west coast the restaurant is right on the water looking eastward. As soon as we sat down, we knew this place was special. Not only did it live up to its reputation, the ambience, decor and waitstaff were so accommodating. We loved the experience. For foodies, of which we aren't every dish was wonderful. My father-in-law enjoyed the Siesta Key Rum Punch as well as a deliciously prepared filet mignon. The Sablefish and salmon were also scrumptious. We would go back in a heartbeat.

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant when we stay on Siesta Key every Nov

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Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food I have had in quite a while! Amazing!!

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New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and glad they stepped it up a bit. The last couple times we went, we were not impressed. Food was much better this time however the oysters rock were not very hot. Obviously they were not made to order but just reheated which is a dead give away for pre-made. Everything else we had was great. We will be back.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and elegant dining experience whether seated on the waterfront outdoor patio or inside with well appointed table settings and fantastic views inside and out....the ambience at Ophelia’s was magnificent. I hosted a dinner party for eight people and almost without exception each of my guests said their meal was the best they had ever had......that is truly exceptional considering that all of us have travelled extensively for many years and we’ve had beaucou experience eating at some of the best known restaurants. Fortunately the weather was absolutely perfect so we dined on the waterfront patio right before dusk and colors were amazing. Great dining experience from start to finish

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Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Exceptional and Great for Date Night!
We Love Ophelia’s for its scenic waterfront view of Sarasota Bay, and the food and service is dependably excellent.
The two crab cakes starter was scrupulous and easy to share and the Shrimp Scampi on a bed of pasta was so tender & flavorful and the Rack of Lamb in a rich sauce was cooked to perfection with unique side dish touches. We always look forward to next time!

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first return visit since our wedding at Ophelia’s last year. We started out with relaxing cocktails at the bar. We were seated at a table by the water and enjoyed a cool breeze. Ophelia’s is absolutely one of the best, if not the best, waterfront dining spots in the area.
The crab cake appetizer was delicious. I ordered the lamb chops which at $40 were pricey for what they turned out to be. There were conflicting flavors served with the chops that did not compliment the meat. The potato gratin and creamed spinach were pasty. I remembered the old adage that it’s best to stick with fish dishes in a restaurant that specializes in seafood. The tuna dish we ordered was very good. The service and hospitality was average. In spite of mentioning we were there for a birthday celebration, there was no mention of it or a complimentary drink or dessert as others have noted in their reviews. When you go to Ophelia’s expect to pay top dollar. Most of our meals there have been exceptional, and the location is great, so we will likely be back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

4 guys on a golf trip. Third time back to Ophelias

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VV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and outside waterfront dining. Inside with a view is also available.

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J
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, as well as the service! We have never been disappointed when we come to Ophelia’s. They made us feel special!

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RB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience, I have never been disappointed at this restaurant.

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b
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Disappointed that my entree was brought to the table while I was just beginning to taste my appetizer.
My lobster bisque was barely room temperature.
Although I mentioned to the server when I ordered that I was going to try the key lime pie for dessert, she brought my check without asking if I still wanted the pie or any dessert. So, I paid and left disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place and the food is delicious! Would love to see them replace the out-of-date ceiling on the inside of the restaurant with something like wood paneling to give it even more ambience.

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KB
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What's not to love? Beautiful view, gorgeous weather, excellent food, attentive service.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday oct 7th my birthday Great food and service thanks

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K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Ophelia's several times and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent, such as the Crab Cakes appetizer and the Ahi Tuna and the Snapper entrees. The outside seating along the water is beautiful and peaceful. The service has always been attentive.

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g
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

With dozens of eateries within a very close proximity it takes a great establishment to "stay in the mix" with locals, snowbirds, and visitors. Ophelia's has what it takes. Other than a "cluster" to park, the ambience, service and fare all stood up well with any competitive eatery. Very nice inside window seating overlooking the bay and maybe the best outdoor seating anywhere, Ophelia's will meet the needs of most clients.

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ST
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location on the Bay. Great selection of seating choices, over water, next to water or inside Open Air or A/C. Food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was top notch.

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MM
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at Ophelia's, and it was spectacular! We sat at a table right on the bay and watched the fish swimming nearby. The service was excellent, the menu was creative and varied, and the food was wonderful. We shared a Caesar salad and escargot for apps--both delicious! We had scallops and red trout for our entrees. The scallops were fabulous, though the trout was just a little dry. Both portions were plentiful and nicely presented. Overall, it was a lovely experience at a beautiful venue.

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LH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went here for the first time while visiting my family in Sarasota. Had a lovely brunch with fabulous view of the Bay. The food was wonderful and so was the music. My friend had one of the best bloody Mary’s she’s ever had too! Called “the ultimate “

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is fantastic! We were there on very hot and humid evening, so we ate inside. Lovely, but outside on the water is beautiful!! We have been here multiple times and the food, view, etc. are exceptional!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is spectacular!!!

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Tampa
63 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with our friends from New Jersey. Everyone had a delicious meal. It was my birthday and they brought all of us a glass of champagne. My glass had s strawberry with a candle on it. The wine list was great. Do not miss this delicious restaurant on the Bay.

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b
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Ambience is wonderful, if you get a table near the water. Otherwise, it's just an ok restaurant like others. The food is spotty. We had the "fried oyster salad" for appetizer, which was close to inedible. Oysters dry and caked in fry, "salad" ingredients were bitter and awful. The Pork tenderloins were delicious as an entree. The creme brûlée was excellent. So, on balance, the food is good, just watch out what you order! The service was not good. The waiter was inattentive, didn't give the impression that he cared a hoot about us, disappeared, and overall was poor. This is surprising in a supposedly first rate restaurant. Overall, if you don't get a waterfront table and relish the view, skip it. There are far far better restaurants in Sarasota.

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RB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience

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GG
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! Amazing food and inventive drinks. Wine list was very interesting with great finds. Our server Janelle was kind and the sommelier Billy made our night with some great suggestions! We cannot wait to go back!

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SP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Great location, mediocre food, terrible service, and a high price tag. That equation doesn't make for a return trip for us. Not sure what's going on at this restaurant, but it's not a comfortable atmosphere for guests ---- our server was downright crabby and basically ruined the evening for me. Portions are large, but the quality is not great, especially compared to the descriptions. If you're going to charge top dollar, you'd better deliver on food and service; our experience feel far short of the mark.

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TN
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All three visits to Ophelia’s have been remarkable. I took my friend here for his birthday, and we had a memorable experience from our first greeting through the wine service, and exceptional three-course meal. Sunday brunch with live music is both delightful and delicious. Dinner or brunch, the portions are generous, and the medley of flavors in every dish make each bite one to savor. Speaking of savoring, the view, ambience, and top-shelf service are equally spectacular. High marks all around!

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RC
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out during eat like a local promotion. Food was outstanding. Lobster bisque in a butternut squash base was one of my all time favorites. Service was also noteworthy. Our waitress was attentive but not intrusive, and very pleasant. A wonderful place that we plan to visit again soon.

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