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Ophelia's on the Bay

4.6
2311 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Wild Game
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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
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Phone number
(941) 349-2212
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Olson
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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!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stickney Point Road
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.
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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!
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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!
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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Mom at Ophelia's on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13! Space is filling up quickly, so make your reservation today and delight Mom on her special day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2311 People Are Saying
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4.6
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Each of us really enjoyed our dinner. The fish was excellent, the service attentive and the view wonderful. Can’t wait to go back

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with friends on April 14, 2018. The lobster bisque was hands down the best we have ever had. My husband had the scallops and I had the sea bass. Both meals were AMAZING! We will be going back. Can't wait to try brunch.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was a birthday and the server had everyone around us singing Happy Birthday to him. He loved it!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic end to a lovely vacation in Siesta Key. Our waiter, Don, was fabulous. Super friendly and professional.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was sublime: each of the four in our party raved about their dish the Mediterranean Dorado, the tuna , two people had the grouper and they will delighted the service by CSABA was really great-he answered all our questions, made recommendations which were taken and gave us excellent service for our birthday celebration.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Our dining experience was absolutely wonderful. Everything was perfect! From the moment we were greeted by the Hostess until our leaving the restaurant, one could not ask for any thing better. The views were peaceful and enchanting. The menu delightful and the cuisine was beyond fabulous. I have been to many restaurants and this one is one of the best. Thank you for a most enjoyable evening!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Ophelias never disappoints
We’ve come for several years
The chef is creative and the quality consistent
They waitstaff always above and beyond
Try the escargot or the scallops

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our favorite Siesta Key restaurant, we book multiple nights whenever we are in town....never had a bad meal/experience at Ophelia’s!!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everything was good, but nothing special. The main thing we noticed was that there were no fresh, simple items on the menu - everything seemed to be heavy and have cream. That said the meal was certainly satisfying, but did not meet our expectations.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Friends birthday

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We went to Ophelia 's not having been there in a number of years. Our experience was exactly as i remember it. A totally pleasurable night with an exceptional meal and great service. The ambience was the best the we have experienced in the Sarasota area and would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a truly enjoyable evening. enjoy....
Paul

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Not what it used to be they treat all guests even regulars like myself as tourists during the busy season.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Excellent on all counts. Food Service and view exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was great. We’ll be back on on next trip to Florida!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This restaurant was very good! I made my reservation online but if you have a special request you have to call and let them know. I would definitely recommend this place for hose looking for a nice evening out to dinner!

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food was great. Service was extremely slow. The whole restaurant seemed very disorganized. Never refilled the water. Took 2 1/2 hours for dinner. We used some gift certificates we had and it took 1/2 hour to figure out the check. All in all, for a very expensive dining establishment it was a poor experience. A poor value.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent food, great service, inside or outside dining right on the water. Expensive, but worth it. Good for special occasions. Calamari is excellent. Shrimp scampi and veal scallopini also excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Wonderful. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Everything was wonderful; especially our server
Julia!
Would highly recommend this place!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We always visit this restaurant when we come to Siesta Key! It is our favorite! The service is amazing and the food is always outstanding!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We had a wonderful meal, and the outside patio was just perfect. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived, but we went to the bar, which was a bit crowded. Other than that our server was perfection. We will be going back!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Not to be too mushy but our dining experience was a 10 out of 10. It didn’t hurt that it was a spectacular evening and we were seated outside on the terrace. No sooner did we sit down but a pod of dolphins swam, frolicking, by. There were at least eight when it was all over and my husband and I were blown away. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared and service was outstanding. Thank you Ophelia’s. We can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

AAA mazing place/food/
I give it a 10 We made a reservation to dine again as we were leaving....

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Birthday. We happen to be there during a small wedding reception. It would have been even better without that going on. The reception was loud and a bit obnoxious. We do not fault the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our server Anne was very attentive. The food was fabulous and the ambiance by the water was the best setting. A night to remember!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The parking (if you can call it that) is terrible. i have been there several times and it was never as bad as last Saturday. Maybe I'll try HAPPY HOUR as that is earlier

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food and service. Outside dining is very romantic weather permitting.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Ophelia's never disappoints! Always our go to place for special occasions!!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Beautiful surroundings, wonderful food, & excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Jordan did a great job. The sommelier did a great job also

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I’m very sad leaving this review. I had high expectations after reading all of the reviews. The location on the bay is beautiful. I brushed off the less than warm welcome when we arrived. We arrived at 7:30 for our 7:45 Reservation. We were seated shortly after arrival which was nice. Our waiter was extremely short with us. He told us there were no specials and walked away. It seemed as though we were an inconvenience to him. We ordered and didn’t see him again for 35-45 min. Our appetizer (beef tartare) was served shortly after we ordered. It was delicious. We noticed a tray of food that was brought out by a food runner. It sat covered on the tray for 15 min. Our waiter finally arrived and started serving us the cold entrees. When my husbands plate was placed in front of him he touched the food to see if it was cold. The waiter realized he grabbed the wrong food and proceeded to take the plates and put them back on the tray. Another server grabbed the food (that my husband had already touched) and served it to another table. Completely unacceptable. When our server found our food it was placed on our table among the appetizer plates. We were stacking them and placing them in the flower boxes next to our table. Not the service you expect with the price of this place.. As you can imagine, our food was cold. However, our server was no where to be found. I ate cold scallops (which would have been delicious served hot). The server appeared after we were over half way through our meal. He asked if everything was ok. At this point I was beyond frustrated with our experience. This was my birthday celebration and he ruined the night with his attitude and lack of attention. All of the other servers were attentive to their tables. At no point did a manger come by to check on us even after we had complaints. I’m sad to leave this review. I believe it had a lot to do with the server. Management should be More visable.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our first time at this place. Wonderful experience. Crab cakes especially good. I had the Mahi Mahi and my wife had salmon. Both were great Joel took very good care of us.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful waterside setting. Consistently good food and service. Have been coming for eight years. Slight tendency to bring the final check too quickly - but that's maybe typical in the USA

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Ophelia's is one of our favorite restaurants. The Chef changes the menu everyday and all the dishes are superb. I especially love any of the seafood dishes and I am really picky. The atmosphere on the bay is beautiful. Every table has a view. I believe our last meal there on March 12th was the best one we've ever had which included delightful service.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Enjoyable evening. They ignore all requests in open table so if you want waterfront dining you have to call them. The hostess is not particularly friendly but everyone else was great.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Fantastic dinner with visitors from the north. Wonderful service and a beautiful evening on the bay. Found a new favorite fish......Tile Fish. Absolutely delicious also the MahiMahi was superb. Great appetizer selection as well as wine list. Definitely a place to take visitors to our area.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The staff was very friendly and our dinner was amazing! We highly recommend the shrimp cocktail and diver scallops! We will definitely come back!!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Restaurant and food well very good. However the hostess was snarly and had "attitude". Dropped our menus on the table when seated and not so much as a comment from her. Just dropped the menus and walked away. Food was fine but wouldn't go back because of the "attitude"

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great meal. Service was very adequate but with a few mistakes, drink not prepared as requested. And we waited a bit too long to be greeted even though the same server was serving the tables around us. This is very minor but precludes me from giving highest rating.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We’ve been coming here for 13 years. The atmosphere was different this year, it had a different “feel”, as if there’s different management? The food quality was well below what we have come to expect and that applied to service as well. Very disappointing and we won’t be going back next year.

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