Ophelia's on the Bay

4.7
3945 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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vipJAYB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food is always delicious and flavorful, especially the bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. One of my favorite restaurants ever.

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vipdandmg
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food ok, service was terrible. Waiter (Douglas)disappeared when the rain started so we had to find seats inside lost a couple glasses of wine.
When you charge prices like this, the service should be exceptional.
Not close to that.

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vipRemiL
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot beat the ambiance here! We went at sunset and had the most gorgeous pink skies right on the water. The food was also amazing - we loved the eggplant crepes, the scallops and the salmon. Also my grandfather said the filet was “outstanding” and he is a tough critic. Would highly recommend!

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vipSeasons
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ophelia’s I ALWAYS a perfect romantic dinner date night spot. From the front of the house to the back ~ perfect every time! Thanks for helping to make my wife’s birthday special!

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MiriamB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall4food1service3ambience5

I ordered the lobster dish and my lobster was well over cooked. Most of it was extremely chewy. It took me quite a bit of time after the dinner with a lot of floss to get it out of my teeth. That did not leave the best feeling for me.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and the view was great. The food was awesome. We had the crab cakes best on the island. My wife had the lobster tortellini and I had the scallops in a crab and lobster sauce topped with caviar. Our favorite restaurant on Siesta Key.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful food and atmosphere.

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JacquelineJ
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We heard about the spectacular food from other reviews and were not disappointed!!! This was by far the best meal of our vacation, made better by the outstanding service from Dana— she knew the menu very well and made excellent recommendations! Thanks and we will be back!

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vipRuth
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome eggplant crepe appetizer and various seasonal fish entrees! Everything was excellent!

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RobertR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another enjoyable dinner. One difference this time was a weeding reception was also being held at the same time and non of the wedding party were wearing masks or social distancing. That was a surprise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was out of this world! The hospitality was top notch ❤️

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jamesw
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely recommend Ophelias on The Bay! Everything was superb. From the signature drinks to the Mussels appetizer, the yellowfin tuna and the surf and turf. Very well prepared and quite delicious. Our server, Alena was fantastic, amiable and chatty. We loved it. A tad expensive but worth every penny.

JA
vipJAYB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. The seafood selections were delicious as well as the Venison chops on christmas day. Yum!!!. Ty.

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vipdkefaia
New England
65 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Entre quality, wine selection and setting continue to be outstanding.

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vipL8EDi
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect New Years - from the valet greeting us in the road, a warm greeting at the desk and a friendly and personable and efficient waitress- everyone made us feel welcomed and special. The food was perfect and the prices were not increased because it was New Years.
Highly recommend to any and all

BG
vipBuckeyeGal
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration on the water with family. Delicious filet and scallops as our entrees. Also loved the foie gras! Paired our meals with Flowers rose and Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles.

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JB1014
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was are 4th time at Ophelias and each time the service and food was excellent. Highly recommend

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vipDebbie
Dallas
67 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Ophelia’s did not disappoint us. My husband and I have been eating there for 10+ years and on this visit our son and his girlfriend joined us. Everyone loved their choice of entree. Our waitress was wonderful as well. We will continue to dine there and bring visitors with us.

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NicoleG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Four adults ordered 5 meals ( we shared the lazy lobster) and every meal was amazing. My filet had the most amazing taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All employees masked and tables placed safely away from others. Service was excellent. Food was delicious and cooked to order. Valet parking was efficient as well.

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Irish
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re going out for an extraordinary meal and are willing to pay for it, this is the place to go. Amazing food, beautiful view, great service (thanks Sylvia!). My only complaint is that the tables were too close. It’s a pandemic folks!

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SusanR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Excellent from beginning to end. Great food, service and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Down to Florida over Christmas vacation. This was our second time eating there and it was as good as the first time. The ambience is superb as well!

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vipLauraS
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner celebrating Christmas 🎄🎁

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Venicefl
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here on Christmas Day... we had an amazing server, great atmosphere... everyone wearing masks and felt they really went the extra step with keeping things clean per-covid times. Our food was amazing, i had the tuna and my husband had the sea bass... both wonderful. I just love this place and we will be back soon!

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viplynnef
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Lovely ambiance but for all days to be so cold only 1 heat lamp to take the.chill off 4 tables outside. Fully booked so no chance to sit under cover. Our server was fantastic. The lamb I ordered medium rare was medium but tasty. Not sure I would go back as many other restaurants in Sarasota were much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Christmas Eve dinner. The restaurant did a great job spacing the tables out. The food was tremendous as always. Service was great. The asian pear mojito is the best drink. Always get a great meal here.

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MarshaC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner-always come to Ophelia’s,for this night,a several other times,during the year-never disappointing

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mikeG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed the evening. However, they need to know how to prep oysters rockefeller. They did not detach the oyster from the shell making it hard to dig into it. Also, the main meal was delicious (Snapper), nice presentation, but when my wife ended up with a 5 inch long hair in the sweet potatoe, she could not finish her meal. They were nice enough to take the meal off our bill. We have eaten here before, and will return for that special occasion.

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Hezzie
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We highly recommend Ophelia's. It is a beautiful place right on the water with excellent food, pricey but worth it! The waitstaff was topnotch, polite and efficient. We were allowed to share a Caesar salad, and by the way, if you are a bread fan, it is to die for!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing meal as always. request chaba and sit outside!

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vipLagosgirl
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal on patio - food and service were exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We have had many excellent experiences at Ophelias but this was not one of them. While the food was very good when we arrived we were seated at a table for 8 and when we objected we were told there were no outdoor tables available unless we would agree to surrender our table in an hour. This despite requesting outside seating when we made the reservation weeks before. We wound up accepting a table inside and received no apology for the mix up.

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vipHonest1
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I will certainly be back! We just moved to Sarasota and Ophelia’s was recommended to us. We loved the restaurant! Incredible food, fabulous service and gorgeous ambiance on the water.

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vipannie
Tampa
80 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Beautiful location. Needs to refresh menu and restaurant

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vipSteve
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared four dishes and 3 appetizers. What a wonderful experience. The taste and preparation of our food was beyond delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter took care of us and treated us like royalty, this was some of the most amazing food I’ve tried in the area and while it seems expensive it is sooo worth it.

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vipSally
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, we enjoyed another excellent meal Ophelia's.....the 8 oz filet melted in your mouth, the duck was perfectly prepared, and the snapper awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service

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 3945 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.