Ophelia's on the Bay

4.7
3887 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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SeanE
Key West
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very romantic. Lots of nice outdoor seating on the water

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vipangelab
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been coming here for years and unfortunately it wasn't as amazing as usual. First we were one of the last tables sat at 8:30pm. So that could've been the problem? But our server was either very busy with other tables or preoccupied to the end of evening duties. We had appetizers but they were out of our first choice. When our entrees were brought out the sat on a tray waiting for our server to bring it to us for long enough to make it luke warm. We had 3 orders of the crispy duck but they all had a thick layer of fat, normally the fat is rendered out and the asparagus was over cooked. Our four dinner had the fillet and it was prepared perfect. Just isn't worth spending $350 for an ok dinner. Didn't try the dessert as we were ready to leave since the whole wait staff was tearing down the tables around us. This isn't fine dining in our opinion.

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PatS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our chosen restaurant for celebrating a birthday! Ophelia’s never disappoints. The ambiance, the staff, the view, the appetizer, the Sommelier and, of course, the entrees are always spectacular!

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TeressaW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without question, the most delicious meal on the island of Siesta Key. Had a wonderful meal with fantastic service. The view is stunning on the bay side.

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JamesR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Ophelias was extraordinary. We arrived a few minutes early and was seated at the bar. When it was our appointed time we were escorted to our waterfront table and greeted by our server. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. Even though the menu changes daily there was a variety of selections for everyone. Portions were plentiful and delicious. Dessert choices were also plentiful and tasty. The atmosphere was relaxed and beautiful. We would definitely recommend our friends to go there.

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mylesb
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner on the patio, server Jason was awesome.

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Rideman
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food5service5ambience1

As usual, you have to be a regular to be appreciated.

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vipTraveler
Philadelphia
159 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner...my husband ordered the traditional turkey dinner & enjoyed it very much. We shared the escargot appetizer..WONDERFUL.
I had the mussels for dinner, very good.
We shared the pecan pie...too many whole pecans for me.

Service was very good.

Our only complaint..tables are too close considering the rising numbers of COVID-19...it’s not responsible to ignore that. The restaurant is 100% open.

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JudyD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! Chef was able to accommodate my special dietary needs. The meal was amazing!!

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LindaE
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The soup was awesome. Turkey was just ok. No gravy on the mashed potatoes.

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JoyceK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This restaurant has a wonderful view of the bay, however the food was very expensive and was not all that good. The escargot as an appetizer were delicious, but the crab cakes were not very good - in fact, they tasted a little “strong/old”. In terms of entrees, the tuna was very good, but the filet mignon steaks were overdone and not that tender and tasty. The steaks came with a sauce that was more like a luke-warm lumpy gravy. Overall, the food was nothing special and it was extremely expense. We don’t mind paying the price for a wonderful, special meal, but this was not it! We will not be going back.

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DaleJ
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to make our experience any better. Be back soon

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CardiB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice ambiance and good food

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ANGELOI
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is probably one on our best meals ever. Service was mediocre but the food quality made up for a lot of the service downfalls

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vipLindaC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first visit here and went upon a recommendation of a friend. Will most definitely return. The food was wonderful. Our waiter Chris, was extremely friendly, helpful and attentive. We were celebrating a special birthday of our son. Could not have asked for a better experience. Three of us had fish/scallops and our son had a steak; which we all loved. I am not really a fish lover, but it was the best fish I have eaten since moving to Florida. Have to get dessert as well. They have their own pastry chef, so a must try.

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vipCedric
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visited from Miami and was brought in my online reviews. The ambiance is casually elegant with water views, which me and my partner enjoyed. The service was great minus some unexpected delays which were offset by apologies and a complementary dessert. The food was exquisite and fresh. The highlight were the scallops with mushroom ravioli, and they seemed to be wildly popular all around us. Opera cake was very good as well. Definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal with even better service and ambiance!

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vipgdzm
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly becoming our favorite restaurant in the Sarasota area. Inventive dishes boasting creative flavor profiles. Fantastic outdoor dining area in the bay. Wonderful service. Thank you!!

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vipLauraS
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only excellent things to say about our evening at Ophelia’s. Food was amazing, and the service was phenomenal. The manager Julia and Danielle our server, were awesome and attentive, they both made our night feel special. We love Ophelia’s!

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pdhowell
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had the yellowtail tuna sashimi style; excellent, guests had very good grouper; & one had excellent lamb! Both loved the salad they chose. Sat outside,beautiful, quiet.. will return, a very nice restaurant!

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Chiz1
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit this restaurant every time we are in Siesta Key. Happy Delicious and unusual dishes. Lamp chops, filet, the pumpkin spice lobster bisque and the triple tail were fabulous. Great wine list!! We sat inside for the first time, because of hurricane ETA and it was noisy. We prefer the outside much better.

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MikeN
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very responsive, the food was terrific, and the overall experience was wonderful.

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j1010
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at a number of restaurants in Siesta Key and this was by far the best food AND service we received our entire stay. Our server, Johnny, was excellent. He explained a number of entrees. He was very attentive without being intrusive. And the food was superb. I had the shrimp and grits and it was unbelievable. Everything was perfect. I would highly recommend Ophelia’s!

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AmandaJ
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and view were AMAZING! However they "lost our food ticket" and it took forever. They were very sorry and paid for our meals. We will definitely go back and give them another try but sadly I can't give this a 5 star at this time.

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Lindy
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening dining outside and food was delicious. Especially love the tuna nachos appetizer.

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vipCoachChris
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great spot. From the ambiance to the food to the wonderful service. One of the best in the area for sure.

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vipJJN7821
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our "go-to" place for special occasion dining. Pricey, but you get what you pay for, as they say. Great food and plentiful portions. Excellent service too! Go there to celebrate whatever it is you have to celebrate. You won't be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and the service was excellent. Our waiter made sure to go over and beyond, ensuring my wife and I the upmost service and hospitality. I have forgotten his name, but he was one of the best waiters I’ve ever had.

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vipMikeM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ophelia's never disappoints.

Outdoor dining was a treat to enjoy. Johnny was a personable and attentive waiter. He was a delight.

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vipsrq2
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Peiping duck was bad news.
Steak excellent but spinach (no certain) ) was mush.

Totally disgregarded note about my wife's 92nd birthday
Usual 5 star atmosphere. Fine for visitors.
As perminent residents, most likely will NOT return.

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vipBobO
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a romantic birthday dinner. The full moon was rising over the bay. Spectacular!

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vipHadrian
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow. Seemed like the servers had go to a long way to get to kitchen and back which meant they were not around much. Main courses were very good, so would go back. Salads far below average. My beet and chèvre salad was four slices of beets with chèvre sitting on three of them, on a plate with some lettuce.

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viplarryp
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily in the top 5 restaurants we have ever visited and we have been to a few ;-)

The service was impeccable, Danielle our server and Billy the sommelier were superb. The food was amazing and the ambiance on the patio was simply incredible. It is not an inexpensive evening, but well worth every bit. Without question Ophelia’s is on my recommend list to all my friends!

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vipfoodie
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The service, wine selection, food and presentation, atmosphere all great!

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vipSadiep01
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating a new home purchase in Florida. My only criticism is that I booked an outdoor table on Open table but when the restaurant confirmed - they said it was indoors. I called to let them know I really wanted outdoors and the lady was sort of rude and gave me a hard time but eventually said I could have outdoors.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated 2 significant birthdays with a wonderful meal in a fantastic outdoor setting. All of the appropriate COVID precautions were taken and allowed us to relax and enjoy our time together. The service was excellent. The food was absolutely delicious.

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vipDrtrt
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!

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GigiF
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ophelia's is a fine dining restaurant with a water view. The food is excellent and the service superb. Prices are a bit high but worth it.

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mark
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting...our waiter Johnny was very attentive and informative. Great special occasion restaurant.

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LadyDi
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat inside because of weather. Social distancing was minimal and all patrons seated by windows in close proximity.

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 3887 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.