Ophelia's on the Bay

4.7
2780 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening under the stars. Food delicious and perfect ambiance.

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ZK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We are locals and had a birthday as a special occasion. We dined previously at the restaurant; knew and appreciated the location and outside ambiance; choose the menu as a special treat. Everything was as expected except for our unattentive server and an overcooked grouper fillet.

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L
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food environment....Roth the drive! We will be back.

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

Would have preferred sitting outside but not available

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JO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Dana, was outstanding! She took the time to fully explain everything that we were interested in.

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GD
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Arrived and our car was driven away by a valet parking attendant that was unfriendly. Then met by unsmiling receptionists. Pleasant young lady took our order, but the wine arrived as I finished my main course. The location is faboulous, sadly the food is average.

It was a very warm evening, but they decided to light a heater without asking us. When we asked for it to be turned off the staff member made an unfunny remark that was upsetting. When we left the same valet parking guy was very friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot, healthy fresh and amazing food, efficient and nice friendly wait staff.

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RW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service and meal was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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

Noisier than usual but didn’t really disturb our belated Valentine Day dinner!

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JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Lousy slow service, very disappointing, particularly since last year‘s visits were very enjoyable.
The food was bad as well and not worth the prices charged. Too bad, since this is an outstanding location.

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J
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A full moon on a cool and gentle evening at a table right on the water. Friendly attentive service. Great Ambience. Doesn't get better than this in Sarasota.

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RL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Won’t be going back due to the nightmare of a parking lot, we were left waiting for 30mins to get our car from valet service and god only knows where they took my car to be parked which looked like way down the dark road somewhere never again

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BM
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a birthday celebration
We loved the view and the staff put us at a great table

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FL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner on our last night on Siesta Key at Ophelia's on the Bay. The crab cakes were as good as those we have had in Maryland, the entrees were delicious and the Key Lime Pie was AMAZING. We would give Nick our waiter 10/10.

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s
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a jacket to be sitting outdoors. Never needed it. Very co fortable sitting by heater.
Food was excellent— very happy— we’ll be back !

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was a great waiter and helped celebrate our anniversary

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PM
New England
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so thankful to have this lovely Restaurant on our little island. We enjoyed another wonderful dinner with impeccable service by Cassie. We started with delightful cocktails (love the hand stuffed blue cheese olives) followed by the escargot, wedge salad and the crab cakes. Being from Maryland which is known for crab - I was pleasantly surprised to have delicious crab cakes here - they were perfectly prepared with no filler and full of sweet crab and a nice crunchy exterior. The flounder was broiled to perfection served with lobster mashed potatoes that had tender chunks of lobster. We also enjoyed the American Waygu beef filet Oscar and a lovely bottle of Sancere. The dessert trio was a perfect bite when shared by 3. Looking forward to our next culinary experience at this lovely restaurant and the wonderful care provided by Cassie! Thank you to all the wonderful staff (shout out to the Valet team - they get a work out parking all those cars) we will see you again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food excellent !

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SH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, location and service was excellent. The parking is valet only and not very well organized.
Overall, it was a nice Valentine's Day dinner with my fiance.

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

This was our fourth visit to Ophelia’s. We started with the lobster bisque and it was phenomenal and we shared the eggplant crepes which were very good. My wife had the lamb chops and they were also very good. I had the poached lobster dinner. I was a little disappointed with the lobster, it wasn’t what I was expecting. The wine selection was excellent and our server Jeffrey as in the past was great with his suggestions and took very good care of us.

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DR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Sit on the dock and view the snook while dining!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The oysters Rockefeller were cold and had too much spinach. Shrimp scampi was good.

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AS
Naples
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and the service was just as good. We sat inside and while inside was very nice I anticipate that outside would be even better. Parking is a nightmare, even with valet. Plan to arrive at least a half hour early to figure out parking. We ended up parking down the street and walking up.

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JT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The whole event was nice. The valet service was quick.

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TP
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MY HUSBAND AND I WENT TO OPHELIA'S FOR VALENTINE'S DINNER. I BOOKED OUR SEATS ON THE DOCK BY THE BAY 1-1/2 MOS. EARLY TO OBTAIN THESE SEATS. WE HAVE BEEN HERE MANY TIMES AND IT IS ALWAYS SO SPECIAL. THE FOOD IS SCRUMPTIOUS AND THE SERVICE IS TIP NOTCH! IT IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS!

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LP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we arrived at Ophelia’s we were asked our name on the reservation, hostess said she couldn’t find it. We had several correspondence with the restaurant telling us in email’s and phone call’s looking forward to seeing us on February 14th. The hostess told another girl just go ahead and seat them, that she had something else to do. Made my wife and I feel like we didn’t have a reservation and where just trying to barge in. As for the waiter and the food everything else was superb.

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c
Naples
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had to wait for a table although we had made
A reservation-otherwise quite fine experience

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HG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The potatoes were the best we have ever eaten! Grouper and Filet were awesome!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all the way around. A bit pricey, but well worth it. Quite possibly the best filet mignon I have ever had...and I am picky when it comes to steak. Service and timing were excellent.

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A
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants but we were disappointed by the food. We ordered calamari to share as our appetizer and it was awful- rubbery. I told our waiter this and we were not charged for it. I ordered elk rib eye for an entree, an adventurous choice. There is a reason that elk steaks are not frequently offered and I will try to remember how chewy it was when I next order.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and hostess was very nice.

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M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner at Ophelia's on the Bay. Our waiter, Chris, was knowledgeable, friendly & helpful. His recommendations were spot on when we needed help making choices. The staff was courteous and helpful when we needed to change our table request from outside to inside, since it was a cool evening by Siesta Key standards. We had a marvelous night out and plan to return to Ophelia's whenever we are in town.

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AP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far exceeded expectations. Food was delicious. Restaurant was beautiful

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day celebration! Our only bad experience was with the valet:( they got dirt and sand all in our new truck :( so we spent the end of our night cleaning the car. Experience at the restaurant was great though.

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LC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had scallop totteloni which was excellent. My husband had Elk, it was overcooked, waitress took back & they recooked it, it was rare, but ok. My friends had Dorado & Grouper, said it was good. Waitress we have had before, she is nice.

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SH
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cassie our waitperson was excellent, enthusiastic and added to our evening

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VK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner & atmosphere on the water made for a perfect evening!

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Been there many times and this was our first horrible experience and of course we brought new friends! We arrived 30 min early for our 7:30 reservation and had drinks in the lounge and then were seated on time, got our menus , bread and our order was taken by 7:45. We did not order appetizers and it was 9:15 and we still had no food! At 8:45 our server cane back 1 hr after we ordered to tell our guest he couldnt do her beet salad as they ran out. The outside heaters were turned off at 9 so we got chilly and had to ask 3 people before finally another heater was lit. Many came and went outside before our food arrived at about 9:30... 2 hours after our reservation time! My soup was cold! My husbands elk was dry! We were offered 1 small glass of Brut champagne for our long wait which 3 out of 4 of us were drinking beer. Very disappointing.... then had to wait another 10 min to find the valer for our car keys

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F
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous. Do not understand why I do not receive points for this reservation.

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