Ophelia's on the Bay

4.8
4316 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for my birthday. Had the swordfish which was beyond delicious. Ahi Nachos were so good. And the chocolate triumph was so yummy! Only downside was My husband’s surf and turf filet was mooing, so rare for medium. Sat outside and view and ambiance was so nice. Great meal! Our server was personable and on point.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ophelia’s for dinner after our wedding ceremony on Siesta Beach. It was perfect. The setting is great, service was amazing, and the food was amazing.

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MichaelS
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night's dinner at Ophelia's was our first. And the first of what will be many, we are sure. My wife and I had a lovely night as we celebrated a big wedding anniversary. Thanks for making the day so special for us.1

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Jimbo
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here , we wanted to sit outside but it was too hot. We moved inside and sat at the bar . Derrick was awesome and very knowledgeable about wines and food. I ordered the Veal she ordered the Fruit di mare they were both very good !! Followed up by a great dessert

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tbyrde
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our Father’s Day dinner at Ophelia’s was really good. The food was fantastic and the views spectacular. The service was a bit slow at times, but we really enjoyed our time. Quite memorable.

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vipKevinG
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food. atmosphere and view of the Bay and Dolphins swimming by.

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Satisfied
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cake appetizer was very, very good. Server was helpful and friendly.

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vipdocsmartie
Pittsburgh
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite restaurants in Siesta Key/Sarasota. I've been going there almost 20 years. It's been almost 2 years since we got there because of COVID-19. They haven't missed a beat. The cuisine is second to none. The atmosphere is romantic. What are you dine in or out it's pretty amazing but I would encourage water side dining. Do you have a wonderful wireless. Appetizers or off the chain. I can make a meal just eating the various appetizers and then comes the main course and dessert. The service is impeccable. They have craft cocktails And a nice bar to have a cocktail prior to being seated. If you're in Siesta Key you have to book reservation at this restaurant with someone special. A special shout out to our waiter Chubba Who got me out of my comfort zone and had me try some amazing dishes that I ordinarily would not have picked. Thank you again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Put us in a bad table and try to sell it that it might rain then out others outside in tables. Was hot and humid needs better fans. High prices but food was very good

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vipJHEATH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We love Ophelia’s but last night was definitely an off night. Service was slow, unapologetic and really not what you’d expect from a restaurant of this caliber/price point.

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vipTrailerking
Tampa
61 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I must say that last night celebrating my birthday at Ophelia's was one of the best meals we have in Sarasota. The service with Michael was outstanding and the menu variety was superb. We will be back very soon.

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MikeC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely perfect and our server was the best ever, I would highly recommend going here for a great evening out 👍

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CathyP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are new to the area and thought we would try it out. We will be back for sure! Everything was simply amazing!

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AciaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was even better

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AlecB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, views, and service. Highly recommend

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vipdavids
Tampa
69 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We reserved an outside table for a party of four, it was a 54th anniversary dinner with a close friend. We were shocked when the hostess put us next to a table of 14 people. We could not even talk to each other due to the noise. You would have thought that in making the reservation and calling the Resturant to tell them about the special night they would never have put us next to this party.

We asked the hostess up front and this was a big mistake. She is not very nice and told us this was all you could have. There are no other table. Mistake, it was a big one on her part. I was very upset for my friends who we were taking out to dinner on this special night. My wife finally went up and asked if we could take one of the reserved table at the bar. If you have eaten at Ophelia's in the past you know that their bar area is very small and so are the tables.

Going forward, Friday night and we cannot get a reservation any other place, so we took two seats at the Bar to have a cocktail and toast. Nothing opened up and the hostess could care less. We finally agreed to take the small table in the Bar area. The bar tender who serviced us was very nice and did a great job of handling the situation. Maybe he should be the hostess also.

Dinner was great. I never have had any problem with the food and drinks, just seems to be the front desk. I was surprised for a Friday night that people were in shorts and flip flops for dinner. Guest something never change in Florida and sloppy dress is the best some can do. You would think if you are spending well over $150.00 for dinner you could dress.

So, ruff start, bad front desk, great bar tender and service at the bar was fantastic. And yes the food was fantastic.

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vipjonathang
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Visiting from Denver. Wonderful

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vipSuziQ
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated another wedding anniversary at Ophelia’s on 6/16. This was our 49th. It was a wonderful evening!

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vipBigSmile
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing buratta salad, plentiful and delicious tuna bowl. The place could use a make over but the he staff, chief and food are on par with any high end restaurant around.

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Renee
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first visit since COVID. Food was excellent and waitress very pleasant. Always a lovely vire

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Samantha
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We went to ophe

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and service ! The chef is amazing . Loved my meal. Worth the money. My meal was as delicious as any in a NYC restaurant!

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CrystalM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent every time that we go to Ophelia’s and this visit was no different. I recommend trying the London Fog cocktail and the Halibut. Both were wonderful. Can’t wait to come back.

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Buckeye
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Aldo was fantastic! My boyfriend and I agreed probably the best service we’ve had together at a restaurant. Both of the meals we got he recommended and were amazing.

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SusanT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we had not been to Ophelias for over 1 1/2, years, we were so delighted to return. The inside dining was thoughtfully arranged with current COVID expectations.and our server was especially thoughtful

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vipJanetW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We loved the view and highly recommend this restaurant for a special dinner.

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vipTerry
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience in upscale dining all around. The snapper was exceptional!

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Persephone
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The outdoor patio on the bay is one of the best locations imaginable. Service was very attentive and cocktails potent.
The food was marred by a couple things I would not expect: my main dish, which I had discussed the listed accompaniments of heirloom tomato salad prior came with squash and asparagus. When she returned(a helper dropped off our plates) and I told her, she apologized and brought me back 2 sliced cherry tomatoes over a tablespoon of artichoke hearts...ice cold and very underripe. My fish was overdone.
My husbands seared tuna was excellent, came with everything it was supposed to, and the Siracha seafood salad served with it was off the hook delicious. So his meal was a 5 and mine was a 3.
Portions were generous.
Would return but a little disappointed.

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vipJdmass
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ophelia’s to celebrate our anniversary. It met or exceeded our expectations in every way. Our server, Kathy, was outstanding. She was very personable and saw to our needs in every way. She guided us through the extensive menu, and we were extremely pleased with our food choices. For starters, we had amazing Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cakes on fried green tomatoes,as well as the Eggplant Crepes - a true culinary delight. For entrees, we chose the Tataki Loin of Trinidad and Tobago Yellow Fin Tuna and the Frenched Rib Eye Chop of Milk Fed Dutch Veal. Both dishes were wonderful - perfectly prepared and very flavorful. They were also huge (we both took half home and enjoyed them again the next evening). We finished our meal sharing the Chocolate Napoleon. A wonderful experience from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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vipFrankm
Naples
148 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service (Dana) and bay view were great for this birthday celebration, despite the hot weather sitting outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, excellent food, great service. We’ll be back.

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InTheBag
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food service and ambiance! Top notch!

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JimL
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. We enjoy everything about it. The outdoor seating is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Professional service.

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BartW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening. Great food, service and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipRoanokeEats
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was wonderful, but the ambiance inside left something to be desired. It was quite loud with numerous conversations and we would have loved to be able to hear the music instead.

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vipRadmoo
New England
52 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always Leary about high end dining establishments which come highly recommended as they often disappoint, people just want to say that they have been there. We were pleasantly surprised that this was NOT the case with Ophelia’s. We will return.

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Laker
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was fantastic! Food quality was excellent, primarily seafood but excellent diverse choices. The service was very good. Bar and wine list were excellent. Parking requires a valet due to limited availability.

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 4316 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.