Ophelia's on the Bay

4.7
4106 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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Smitty
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent ! Johnny was exceptional wait staff and made for avery nice time. Food was best in the area that we have tried and ambiance was great

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MistyS
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I were looking for a nice date night out and Ophelia’s was recommended. Outside dining was full (although I would definitely recommend outdoors if you can get it) so we were seated inside next to a window. The calamari was delicious and my husband loved the Tiger Shrimp entree. I had the salmon and it was great as well. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We’d requested an outside table two weeks earlier... ours was tucked in a covered corner, a little disappointing given the early request.
The food had been better a few weeks earlier... For the price you expect the best. We were using a gift card for part of the bill. We inadvertently figured the tip on the balance. After leaving, we received a call asking about our service since the tip was under 10% . Before realizing what had happened we were called a second time and told the restaurant kept a file and future reservations under our name may not be honored.
Pretty sure we won’t be going back !! We feel badly about the low tip as it wasn’t the servers fault, but also feel this threatening and aggressive follow up was in very poor taste.

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BruceB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ophelia's on the Bay is always a lovely experience. The location right on the bay can't be beat and the free valet parking is very convenient. The staff is always friendly, welcoming and attentive and the food is excellent. This is a high performing restaurant and to feel welcome and appreciated every time is an outstanding achievement. I highly recommend the experience.

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WesleyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten there twice this past week... loved the grouper and loved the lamb

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MariaT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting, delicious and varied menu offerings.
Gorgeous setting with lovely service from our waiter, Johnny!

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vipRavenous
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in all ways

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vipsarasotaguy
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Restaurant emailed an offer to me " we miss you - $20 off 2 entrees" There was no coupon or mention of a coupon - just a link to make a reservation, which I did. I mentioned the discount offer to the server. She heard me. However, when the bill arrived, there was no discount. I asked about that, & she said we need a coupon. I explained there was no coupon. It was like talking to the wall. She brought over a manager or hostess or whatever the position of the nasty person who approached us scowling. She was adamant that we needed the coupon. I explained - THREE TIMES _ there was NO COUPON. She ignored me & said no discount. Totally obnoxious & does not know how to treat customers.

The food was good, but very overpriced.

I see no reason for anyone to dine here. Much better choices abound in Sarasota. There is NO WAY we will ever return .

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vipDenise
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent in every way!

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vipDavidW
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Easter dinner, made reservation a month early, seated in middle of restaurant not close to a window view.
Had the stuffed lobster which was OK not great tasting and not worth the charge.
Service was good.

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charlesr
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

the prime rib was fatty but the lobster was great overall the place is great and the food is usually the best

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vipvillefoodie
Tampa
109 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ophelia’s is our favorite special occasion restaurant in Sarasota. The food is always outstanding, but the service also stands above the rest....even the parking valets offered a “happy anniversary” greeting.

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Foodfan
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food... hands down the best dining experience we have had in the Sarasota area! Each item we ordered, and even those we didn't order, (we were served a couple of items that we didn't order...one in addition to, one in place of what we ordered) was excellent! Even the wines, cocktails and coffee drinks were great!
Our server was very friendly and professional, and offered some terrific food recommendations. Crab cakes and sea bass were stellar!
The restaurant building, itself, is very basic...definitely not a drive by, but there is a river view and it is a pleasant setting. Valet parking is available and very professional.
Overall, a 5 star experience!

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CatherineK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Extremely attentive waitstaff ..beautiful setting and outstanding food ..will return 👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red snapper dish and crab cakes were delicious

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vipdkefaia
New England
68 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and menu marks the excellence of Ophelia’s.

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LynneW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great

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JulieG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal was one of the best I had when I was down there for spring break. It was my husband and I anniversary and we were on the deck. Amazing views and meals.....Get the tuna tart tar. Hands down one of the best appetizers I every had. We will be back next year.

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KathieW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner by the bay for our anniversary. Great service and the food was excellent. Complimented the chef on the wonderful color, textures and flavors combined in our entrees.
Amazing German Chocolate Cake too!! Definitely one serves two!! Extra fun was watching the ospreys in the nest and trees during our evening!!

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vipBandF
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside at Ophelia's on the Bay on a balmy night - what more could one wish for?
The menu selections are many and varied. The service was attentive and professional.
Every dish we had was wonderful.

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DarrelG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view, great menu, fantastic service.

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FrankM
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our son in law was in charge of building our new house so to show our appreciation we wanted to take him to a fine dining spot. Ophelia’s is the perfect place for a special dinner with an expansive menu which offers choices for any palate. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals and the steady but unobtrusive service. This is not an inexpensive place to eat but I believe we got what we paid for. This was our third time eating at this restaurant.

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MarilynnS
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Sat outside.

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vipDino
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dinning here with my wife for her Birthday Day.
Food, service and the setting was fantastic! We will return for sure and highly recommended

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SusanR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonny the waiter couldn’t have been more solicitous and we had a beautiful table outside as we had requested. Very special night indeed. Oh the calamari appetizer was the best we’ve ever tasted

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RobertW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Reservations were made on line 10 days in advance. We requested outside seating. We were seated at a very small table indoors in a corner. We were told that you cannot request outside seating on line via OpenTable. Other area restaurants honor on line requests established via OpenTable. Restaurant staff was in general less than accommodating.

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vipRick
Naples
42 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

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vipmpgdagstam
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Third time there for dinner this year and each time has been better than the last. Chris has been our server all three times and is terrific-very personable and very professional. I have had the lobster bisque and red snapper each time and my wife has had a variety of dishes and everything is amazing.

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vipGeorgeT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We requested outside seating and were surprised at how irregular/ slanted the patio / ground is. Aside from a tipped table and chairs everything was great.
Happy hour would be nice!!!

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ReneeM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at Ophelia's and it won't be the last. We were seated immediately in the center of the dining room, and while the restaurant was full it did not seem loud or distractingly busy. Our server, Alena was fantastic! She was attentive, personable, and made great recommendations, starting with the Terroir Silex Sancerre wine. We enjoyed the escargot for an appetizer, which have plenty of finely diced garlic, melted butter all atop a puffed pastry. The scallops and gnocchi entree was excellent and the portion was very generous. The seared tuna was cooked perfectly and thinly sliced over soba noddles. We finished the meal with the key lime pie, which was a perfect balance of both sweet and tart, as well as the graham crust and whipped cream. A wonderful meal! We look forward to coming back.

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vipjoanne
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the setting and the overall experience was as usual fantastic.

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vipJoe1
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and the view, food, service was great. Highly recommend Ophelia's on the Bay to anyone visiting Siesta Key and for any locals who have not yet tried this restaurant you need to.

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AnnM
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I ordered my fish cooked through. I sent it back and I believe they nuked it and returned it. It was not satisfactory and I was disappointed. We have eaten there before and always had excellent meals. The other 3 in my party enjoyed their meals. Just a bit of a disappointment as it was my first time out to dinner in a year due to Covid

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TimS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing dining experience! The service provided by Maggie was superb!

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vipMarge
Orlando
45 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Perfectly cooked fish

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MariaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Because it was a little bit cool we were able to move our indoor seating to outdoors, as others were asking to move inside. What a treat! The heaters on the deck did the job and we were able to take in the lovely water views and the wildlife. (Ospreys were there!) Our waitress was excellent - she was very sweet and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. This is a bit higher-end than your typical "lets run out for a bite" place, but well worth the cost. One of the guests with me had shrimp scampi and it was to die for. The shrimp were gigantic! Another guest had surf and turf and the filet was melt-in-your-mouth tender. I enjoyed sea scallops with gnocchi that was absolutely delicious. I'd definitely go back - wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to visit Ophelias during our annual trip to Siesta Key. Wonderful evening - sat outside - delicious food and supreme service. I think Ryan was our server. He is awesome.

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vipBarbK
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A return visit this week - it was fantastic again - had the scallops - large and cooked to perfection - the tuna was incredible as well - we truly love this restaurant - tucked away on the bay - the atmosphere and the service are top notch - well worth the wait for reservations - this time we arrived too early - and the staff was so sweet - we sat at the bar and a table popped up earlier than expected - a restaurant not to be missed on Siesta Key!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike was outstanding. Service, food and ambiance was fantastic! Thanks for a great dining experience for our special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just moving into the area from the North and were in search of something that could compare. Food was very good. I had the seared tuna and my husband had the lamb chops. Both were excellent. The waiter recommended the eggplant, which I was disappointed in. Too heavily breaded (should be light) and the mascarpone inside should have been whipped (in my opinion) sauce was just ok. My husband had the escargot. It was good. Drinks and wine list fantastic. One note; I would clean up the outside dining area.. planters needed some major work. Would make for better ambiance for sure. Also, should have candles lit on the tables.
Wait staff was great.

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 4.7 stars by 4106 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.