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About Ophelia's on the Bay

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.

9105 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Happy Hour in Bar/Lounge Nightly: 5:00pm - 6:00pm; Sunday Jazz Brunch Every Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Stickney Point Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 349-2212

Website:
http://www.opheliasonthebay.com/

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!

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 Kristina to start booking your event today!

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.

Executive Chef:
Daniel Olson

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We specialize in beautiful bay-side weddings, including ceremonies and receptions, for up to 100 people. We also offer a beautiful location for rehearsal dinners and the "Sunday after the wedding" brunch. We also offer off site catering options if so desired, so you can bring Ophelia's spectacular food to any venue. Please contact Kristina as soon as you are ready to start planning your dream wedding!

Ophelia's on the Bay Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (104)
Special Occasion (87)
Scenic View (84)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (75)
Romantic (72)
Good for Anniversaries (71)
Creative Cuisine (61)
Good for a Date (61)
Worth the Drive (50)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Quiet Conversation (46)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Notable Wine List (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Cozy (20)
Local Ingredients (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Casual (11)
Fun (11)
Authentic (10)
Business Meals (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Healthy (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Seasonal (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Live Music (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

It was absolutely fabulous. Cassey was agreT great server!!!!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent meal, great service and friendly environment. Would come back for sure.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

One of the people in our party is allergic to cheese and eats no meat. The waitress and chef were very accomodating and served him a vegetarian dish which was excellent. We were offered options which were more suitable to our taste. Everything was super delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a great Brunch on Sunday!! A little cool to be outside we thought (although some people seemed to be enjoying it). We sat inside and had a great view out to the water. Nice jazz flute playing softly so that it didn't interrupt table conversation. Our server, Amber, was great--attentive and made some good recommendations. We had signature cocktails and Benedicts (classic and Parisenne). The complimentary pastry/dessert table was delightful, too. Definitely will go back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Just perfect. The ambience, the view, the excellent food,the service -all wonderful. Thank you!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I were celebrating my birthday so I selected Ophelia's out of all the restaurants in Siesta Key. We were very pleased with the prompt and attentive service, and of course the fabulous food from salad, entree and dessert. I would highly recommend to any couple or group celebrating a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

great Location & Reasturant...older blond 'waitress' maybe should retire...overall good meal!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Superb food. Excellent service. Pricey. Great for a special occasion. We will definitely be back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

I never write reviews, but this was so disappointing that I had to tell you. I've been to Ophelia's numerous times and have always used Open Table to make my reservations. On this occasion, I made the reservation 2 weeks in advance and specifically requested in door seating. When we arrived 10 minutes early, we were informed that we were going to be seated outside. I told the hostess that we had specifically requested in door seating via our Open Table appointment that was made 2 weeks prior. Her response was that they don't pay attention to those requests and that I should call the restaurant directly to ensure a special request as opposed to trusting this to Open Table. We waited over 45 minutes and finally we seated ourselves at a bar table. The food was excellent and the service was great. I'm not sure if I should use Open Table in the future if simple requests such as this one are being ignored .

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Booking on Open Table means nothing to this restaurant. We found that we didn't have a table once we arrived. The manager was rude and did nothing to help us. We ended up leaving before we ate. We will never go back.

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·Dined 5 days ago

This is expensive but worth the visit for the atmosphere and great food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Ophelia's is outstanding, certainly the best restaurant in Florida. The ambiance, the food and the service are beyond compare. We had some incredible cocktails, a Manhattan and an Old-fashioned, imaginatively made and beautifully served. Our waiter, Jordan, even brought some extra vermouth on the side to ensure that my cocktail, which I had ordered super dry, had the right amount. He, of course was right! We had the baked oysters and the steak tartare as appetizers and both were amazing, as were our main courses, the bronzini and the swordfish, accompanied by the most perfect sides. Everything was delicious, served in a lovely garden at the water's edge. Perfection is an understatement for Ophelia's.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We sat near the water so it was really quiet. The service was great, Jordan really knows how to treat people. The food was excellent. An absolutely wonderful birthday for my lady.will return

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 10, 2018

It’s a very nice place to go for upscale food with a water front view. It’s a great place for special occasions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Tonight was as good as ever. Quality food good service the ambience outside cannot be beat.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our first visit to Ophelia’s and it was our anniversary. The atmosphere was beautiful, the food was great, and the service was outstanding. We will be returning while we are staying on Siesta Key. I would highly recommend Ophelia’s!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Poor front desk, in disconnected service and very average food-lost opportunity as lovely location

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 8, 2018

My husband have been dining here for about 7-8 years and absolutely love it. Always our go to for special occasions such as birthday's and anniversaries. This year was the day after Christmas with our son and his girlfriend, who has dined here with her family before. And last weekend when my best friend from Texas came for a visit.

My husband and I will return. Always a pleasant experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very fine brunch food, service (including valet), & ambiance! Wish this had dog-friendly area. We'd come more often!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Wonderful experience. Great food and location. Jordan went above and beyond making our anniversary very very special. Thanks to all

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I highly recommend the seafood dishes. We ordered the grouper, salmon, scallops & Mahi - Mahi.

Service was very friendly & professional.
The view of the water was awesome .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere overlooking the water. Our second visit. We'll be back!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The ambience is pleasant, the menu imaginitive but the service was poor. We stuck in a corner and felt forgotten between a 4 top and party of 10-12. The filet was rather average, the lobster bisque delicious and the Faroe salmon very good.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a great time at Ophelia"s! The food was great as well as the drinks. Ophelia's is a must when you are in Sarasota!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food exceptional, the service top-notch, the views stunning. Romantic and comfortable atmosphere. A lovely meal in a lovely place. Super thoughtful and friendly staff.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Have been to Ophelia's approximately 10 times. Three times for New Year's Eve. Always outstanding. Service, food, atmosphere. It might be the best in Sarasota although there are so many other great restaurants. It is clearly the best on the key. I would recommend it for special events.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went on New Years Eve! Fantastic! Plenty of wait staff, bar tenders, etc. Great food and excellent service. Food and drinks outstanding as always. Going here on New Year's Eve has become a tradition for us for the past 5 years. 😍😎

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Ophelia's is our favorite place for a special night out when we come to Siesta each year. Everything was perfect ...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything was excellent. All the food was well seasoned and fresh.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were visiting from the U.K. and cekebrating our wedding anniversary. I can’t think of a lovelier place to be on such a special evening! Thank you

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Amazing food and view. One of our favorite places in Sarasota.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We ate outside next to the water. It was beautiful. We plan to go back again before we leave.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We loved our dinner and overall ambiance of Ophelia's. We wanted a table on the water which was made available with a short wait so we went to the bar and he was a lot of fun. great first impression! He actually came out to deliver our drinks-felt like we made a friend. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Ophelia's is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. Four of us had different mixed drinks, entrees, and desserts and after exchanging sips and bites of all, we determined each and every offering to be superb. Our waiter, Joel, was attentive, knowledgable, and pleasant.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food and service was excellent. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We spent Christmas Dinner at Ophelia ‘s It was wonderful. In fact, so good that we went back the next night. The lamb is to die for. The beet salad was delicious as were the escargot. All the fish dishes were so fresh. My husband and daughter loved the salmon Best key lime pie ever. Eating outside is a must !! Our waitress Amber was great and a lot of fun! We can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was excellent and the ambiance was fantastic. The downside was the service, at one point I thought our server went on an extended break. He did apologize and stated they were having an issue with a check on another table, very disappointing for us because I believe we were shorted on service. The waiter working the 2 tables next to us looked like he was on top of his game. Large party of 10 and party of 5. They were well taken care of during their dinners. I would go back again if we were in that area but not taking the 1 hr drive we took that evening.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wonderful food! My favorite restaurant for 20 years!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Beautiful setting and always with attentive serivice. Food is of a high standard and only criticism is the wine list is very pricey

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The chef always does a great job with preparation and presentation. Our server, Megan, was very attentive and did a super job.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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