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Ophelia's on the Bay

4.7
4.7
5085 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Wild Game

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour in Bar/Lounge Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 349-2212

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Olson

  • 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 us to start booking your event today!

  • Neighborhood

    Siesta Key

  • Cross street

    Stickney Point Road

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.

  • 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!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Contemporary American

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Ambiance

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Scenic View

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Can't wait to go back. Very quiet and romantic. Delicious food and drinks. 10 out of 10
  2. EN

    EmptyNester

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The duck was amazing, best meal I have had in Sarasota!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yvonne, our waitress, was great.
  4. MH

    MarkH

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was wonderful, food was excellent, but Ophelia’s hike in prices is OUTRAGEOUS!!! All items were at least 25% higher than the last time we dined there AND portions were 25% smaller! I will think twice before dining there again due to their price gouging!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looking across at the mangroves and watching the bay ripple while eating a fabulous meal. What more can we say…
  6. CP

    ChrisP

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great location with phenomenal food and our server Johnny rocked! We will be back for sure.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner but our waiter was clearly disinterested in us as guests. Everything he did seemed to be an afterthought. There were only 3 of us and of the three two of us ordered appetizers. He served them to the wrong two. Aside from that he just appeared pretty unhappy to be working. The atmosphere was lovely as we dined outside and since we have had much better experiences here in the past. We will be back.
  8. PJ

    PatJ

    Naples

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. Dinner was pricey. Great place for a special occasion!
  9. BB

    BackBayStuart

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Never have I ever… Had an experience this bad at Ophelia‘s. We’ve been coming to Ophelia‘s for more than 10 years and consider it to be a very special place on siesta key. Last night, we arrived at 8pm and the place was not very busy at all, but something was definitely wrong. When we opened our menus, we noticed that the average price of an entrée went from $35 (which is the approximate cost the last time we visited three months ago) to over $50 dollars. I was shocked and appalled at the price increase. I know labor has gone up and I know the cost of food has gone up, but that was ridiculous. We ordered a salad to split which came out perfectly. We also ordered the duck and a fillet. 40 minutes after we walked in the door, the duck was served and not the fillet. The hostess (not the server) then came to our table and said that the kitchen had run out of 8 ounce fillets when the server put the order in and the restaurant would replace the 8 ounce fillet with a 6 ounce fillet at no cost to us. That was very nice, but the duck had already been brought to the table and was going to be cold by the time the fillet was served. 15 minutes later, the fillet was served and it was quite good. HOWEVER, The fact that they let the warm entrée sit at the table while the other was still being cooked was not a good thing. Also, the fact that the steak was out of stock should’ve been told to us, long before the death of serve. That way, we could’ve changed your mind on the other entrée. Truly disappointing experience. With the increases in the menu pricing and the service in need of some additional training, I think will be looking for someplace else to make our special place on siesta key.
  10. TT

    TracyT

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter Chris was excellent in every way. We dined on patio with slight breeze from the bay.
  11. DB

    DoriB

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! Our waiter, Joshua, was the absolute best! We had a delicious, beautifully presented meal in a lovely setting with superb service. Can’t say enough good things. Thank you, Ophelia’s, for a memorable evening!
  12. JL

    JoanL

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view
  13. SB

    SteveB

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely dining experience! The food, ambiance and service is well worth the cost. We will definitely come back 😄
  14. j

    johnl

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! The best crab cake I’ve ever had. Beautiful setting and wonderful food and service.
  15. L

    Loriglass

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have been to Ophelia's on the Bay many times and usually go about twice a year. Last night we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary there. We are happy we did. The outside area has been greatly expanded and it is beautiful, however it would perhaps be better if more of it were covered. They have also freshened up the inside. Our server, Annette, was excellent. We started with a cocktail for me and the Frito Misto appetizer to share. The cocktail ($17) was good w/ a generous amount of alcohol, but the Frito Misto ($21) was disappointing. The calamari was overcooked, the sauce was not good, and the coating was too thick and too hard. The second piece of calamari did not taste fresh. We told our server it was not good and the cost was l removed from our bill. Fortunately, the rest of the meal was excellent. My husband had the barramundi ($52), and I had the duck breast ($46). We shared an apple crisp ($13) for dessert and we were surprised when 2 celebratory flutes of champagne came with dessert. All together we had one cocktail, two entrées, one dessert, and a cappuccino for $138 before tax and tip. The prices have increased a lot in the last year and although we will continue to consider Ophelia's for a special occasion dining location, it has unfortunately priced itself out of the regular Saturday night dinner category for us.
  16. JL

    JaniceL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is amazing.. just keeps getting better and better
  17. MZ

    MisterZee

    Tampa

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a most excellent server, Iris, who provided the best evening for my birthday. From helping us select a bottle of sparkling wine (she found a bottle that wasn't on the menu and was perfect -- Lisei unfiltered sparkling), to recommendations on each course, to making the evening super special, she provided exactly the ambience and relaxation we needed. Food was soooo good. Was our second time here, and this experience was even better than our first. Everything was delicious, hot, and beautifully prepared.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Excellent view. The place needs an interior facelift.
  19. MG

    McGill

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ophelia’s is our favorite spot on Siesta Key!!! It’s such a treat and the food never disappoints! We love it there!
  20. CP

    CynthiaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The crab cakes/fried green tomatoes appetizer was very good. The beet salad was very good. The scallops were a little undercooked. The filet tasted like it had been seared in overcooked butter. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary & the restaurant did not offer us a complementary champagne or dessert…although there were other tables celebrating birthday’s & anniversary’s who received complimentary champagne or dessert!?! With the entrees being mediocre & the prices high…we won’t be going back anytime soon!
  21. BC

    BartC

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Setting was great. It overlooks the water and it was quiet and perfect on the patio. We ordered 2 apps, steak tartare and escargot. The tartare was good, but, we didn't care for the style of preparation for escargot. The menu says "copius amounts of garlic", but I thought it was overkill. There was too much going on there. You couldn't taste the escargot at all. The rack of lamb was a generous portion and was very good and the salmon also was a nice portion and prepared tastefully. Our server Chris was excellent. Bill was almost $200 with one glass of wine.
  22. EB

    EmilioB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything amazing like always! I get engaged right there past Saturday!
  23. MS

    MikeS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best service and food. Best for birthdays or anniversaries.
  24. BV

    BonVivant

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside with a relaxing view of the bay. Doug’s service was fast and efficient, and he was knowledgeable of the menu. The sea scallops were very large and perfectly seared. Tataki yellowtail was a large serving accompanied by lobster fried rice; well presented and very flavorful.
  25. KR

    KirbyR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great scenery. Be prepared to pay.
  26. J

    Jackthesipper

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From front door to back of the house(you know kitchen-chef-pastry chef)to signature cocktails this should become one of your "up scale"food destinations. The view of the bay is stunning the food "even better"...get some!!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I had a great dinner here. The server was very very pleasant and informative. Food was all amazing. We we definitely be back again.
  28. NG

    NancyG

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Annette was such an excellent server and helped to make our anniversary dinner even more special. The food was outstanding, views were nice inside even on a rainy evening! 5 stars for sure!
  29. S

    Selva

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We appreciate Les leading the Ophelia team. Thanks for the warm welcome back & a great date night!
  30. RF

    RandF

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, great staff and great food. Will definitely go back.
  31. LD

    LelandD

    Pittsburgh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Wife’s birthday!
  32. AA

    AmyA

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous and the outside ambiance amazing!
  33. SK

    SiestaKeyers

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ophelia’s is a local institution and a treasure in Sarasota area (Siesta Key). Had a great time and the food was amazing. I had the duck and my wife had the salmon and both were delicious! Chocolate lava cake and chocolate indulgence for dessert were both totally awesome. I’m going to have dreams about it. Yum!! Service was top notch as well.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always perfect!
  35. DG

    DennisG

    Orlando

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are on a weekend vacation in Siesta Key celebrating a birthday and made a reservation at Ophelia’s because of menu options and convenient location to our rental. Tarek, our server was amazing, attentive, and made our time there enjoyable. The cocktail and wine selections were extensive, and we made the most of both, enjoying before dinner bourbon drinks and a bottle of wine with our meal.For our appetizer, we snacked on the tuna nachos, which had the perfect kick with a jalapeño topper. My wife enjoyed the chevre beet salad as her meal, and I had the lamb chops. The preparation and presentation were fantastic, and we could not have been more pleased with our choices. A small glass of port and champagne, along with a chocolate birthday slice of heaven topped off our meal. We will most certainly be back and would highly recommend.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience! Best in this area.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chris waited table and was excellent. Food superb. For an anniversary, didn’t mind spending the money.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Server was great. Had the filet and it was amazing. Yellowtail Snapper was just average. Very expensive. Very picturesque. Special occasion place
  39. SG

    SarasotaGirl

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall it was a very nice meal. I had filet mignon and it was delicious! Perfectly cooked medium rare with creamed spinach, roasted carrot and asparagus, and crème fraiche potatoes. My husband had lobster bisque soup, which was a small portion but good, and steak tartare, also very good. My only disappointment was that this restaurant is very tired looking. It definitely needs a remodel to reflect the high priced meals. It could be so lovely and charming with a simple update from an interior designer. Also, it was quite warm inside considering a hot and humid August evening. Turn up the AC! We will come back again, but I hope my critique is taken as an objective observer and not meant to be mean in any way.
  40. BK

    BillK

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Overall we had a nice experience. The service was the highlight of the evening. The staff was accommodating and very attentive. The food was very good, just not quite excellent. The cocktails were excellent. We would return again.

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 5085 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for Ophelia's on the Bay

9105 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stickney Point Road

  • Neighborhood

    Siesta Key

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour in Bar/Lounge Daily 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Wild Game

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Olson

  • 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!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 349-2212

  • 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 us to start booking your event today!

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