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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

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (77)
Special Occasion (71)
Scenic View (64)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (64)
Romantic (56)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Good for a Date (42)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Worth the Drive (35)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Cozy (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (13)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Authentic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fun (6)
Casual (5)
Live Music (5)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Peru)·Dined 5 hours ago

Exquisitely prepared snapper with an exceptional presentation. Consistently excellent, fresh and attractively presented meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

After having had a wonderful meal here last year, we were excited to celebrate my birthday the other night. Waterfront setting and interior spaces are lovely. That said, it was truly disappointing. First, nothing special or cutting edge on the menu. Appetizers were so-so shrimp spring rolls and good crab cakes. Tasty sour dough bread helped. Mains were very disappointing duck breast: meager in size, it also was devoid of flavor; came with veggies and a fois gras sausage ( bizarre at best); and a fruit sauce. My black grouper sounded better on the menu than on the plate- heavily sauced, not very flavorful. In all, heavy and “tired”. Dessert was an overly sweet key lime pie with ?? Cool whip ( could have been a Sysco Special)! We did get 2 free glasses of champagne that helped finish the night. Despite that and good service, there are many other better alternatives for waterfront dining that have cutting edge, fresher and better priced food. Sadly, we will not return —- and we were looking forward to going with many of our guests who will be visiting while we are here!

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Ophelias seafood is always excellent. Inside is noce, but ouside on the deck is special (if the weather is good). Service is always top-notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 7, 2017

It was a pleasant evening for outdoor dining although it was humid. The food and service was excellent. Our fish entrees were cooked perfectly.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The only thing I can say is "Delicious food and a perfect spot".

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great spot.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We reserved a table for two by the water for a romantic dinner... complete with a bottle of champagne....the food and the service was outstanding but our night was ruined by an obnoxious college wedding rehearsal dinner, in which the participants had a mic and speaker and we couldn’t hear anything but their voices rambling all night. It was extremely tacky that the entire patio was filled with this party, except for a few tables for the public. This ruined our experience and we were upset that we spent $250 on dinner and couldn’t even enjoy our night out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed our last vacation dinner here tonight. WOW!!!
The crab cakes and lobster were two of the best dishes that I have ever eaten! We will surely return to this special place. The service was also lovely.... just the right pace.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Entered with high expectation very good. s. Ambience was pleasant inside and out. Service was very good. Our appetizers were great (escargot and beef tartar). My wife's fish was good though slightly overcooked (despite her request for slight undercooked). My duck was the major disappointment. A thin breast which was supposed to be medium rare and came out on the well side of medium (ie pretty fully cooked and s/w dry). Dessert "Quattro" was great and sufficient for two. Overall, a good experience with one unacceptable setback (at these prices).

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Ophelias on the Bay was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. We will definately return.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 27, 2017

wonderful atmosphere delicious food escargot with truffles was amazing

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Absolutely one of our most favorite. We have been there many times and never disappoints. Added bonus is a very nice and quiet live music.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our Thanksgiving dinner at Ophelia's on the Bay was wonderful. Their special Turkey dinner was absolutely delicious, our outdoor table just perfect, and the service we received was excellent. Highly recommend Ophelia's for a relaxed fine dining experience at any time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We visited for dinner. Ophelia’s is in a totally relaxing, beautiful setting. It does not disappoint. The service was superb!! A good number of dinner items however, contain mushrooms in the ingredients so being allergic, my choices were limited. However, my dinner was delicious. We were never rushed. Our waiter checked on us but nothing to the point of being a nuisance.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had a lovely dinner overlooking the water. The temperature was perfect. As it was the day before Thanksgiving, the crowd was quite light, which made for an even more impressive dining experience. Our waitress was attentive and pleasant, all while she was training another equally attentive and pleasant young woman. The meals were out of this world and the dessert was delightful (it was the four sampler).couldnt recommend highly enough!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We dined here for our 11th anniversary. The staff was fantastic! We arrived early but were seated immediately. Our waitress was knowledgeable, bubbly and when we started unwrapping gifts she readily took the wadded up wrapping paper so our experience was better! Ophelia’s is NOT cheap, for 1 appetizer (crab cakes) 2 entrees (lobster and grouper) 2 mixed drinks and 1 dessert it came to $200 with a 20% tip... but WELL worth it!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Four of us went for Sunday brunch and it was awesome.... picturesque surroundings, great menu and excellent service. Loved the pastry buffet, nice touch. Will go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our first visit. We recently moved to Sarasota. There were six of us at dinner and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We were seated promptly, with our 7:00pm reservation. The service was excellent, but not intrusive. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was our sixth visit in the last year and continue to enjoy the quality and service this location and food offerings at this restaurant. Presentation is top shelf.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were q party of 9 and asked for outside dining if weather was good, inside if not. The weather was great and we still ate inside. No one was happy. The food was so so although the service was very good. Half of us enjoyed the experience, the other half did not.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wonderful food in a beautiful setting with great service. Sommelier was outstanding, take advantage of his skills. Highly recommend.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Ophelia's on the Bay is not the least expensive restaurant in Sarasota, but it's certainly my favorite and my go-to place for special occasions. Wonderful selection of interesting dishes. Stellar service. Beautiful views.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, great food! eggplant crepes are to die for!!!Celebrated our 25 wedding anniversary

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Ophelia's is the go-to spot if you have out of town company. The food is good and the ambience is nice. the valet parking is a plus too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday, but nobody acknowledged it. I expected to feel a little special, but didn't. I ordered the veal chop and it was very fatty and disappointing. My husband ordered the lazy lobster which was quite good. We've been going to Ophelia's for almost 20 years and this was the most disappointing visit yet.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service, beautiful scenery, tough to beat

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was our first visit though I have lived in Sarasota for many years! We fully enjoyed our dining experience. Our server Cassy was friendly and most helpful and very attentive to our every need. We did it all from appetizers to salads, entrees and desserts and coffees.
Was the perfect evening.
We ate inside as it was sprinkling when we arrived but walked out the the decks after dinner. This is truly a gem of Sarasota on Siesta Key. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Cozy, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful anniversary celebration! Food was cooked to perfection and the service was unbeatable.

Tags: Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Perfect, as always. Food amazing, atmosphere and view cannot be beat, and service impeccable. The best restaurant in Sarasota (or, arguably, the entire West Coast of Florida), hands down.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely fantastic in every respect. Appetizer of escargot was spot on. Dinner of perfectly seared u10 scallops was truly amazing as well as the tuna. I’ve eaten a lot of tuna in my life and this was the best quality yellowfin ever. Not one piece of membrane. The yellowfin rivaled bluefin tuna. Dessert was pumpkin cream brûlée that was perfect... service thru out dinner was amazing. Most perfect dining experience I’ve had in quite awhile!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Waterfront
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Annette provided outstanding service and was very considerate in answering our questions about not only the menu items but about Sarasota in general. We also appreciated having a window table for my birthday celebration. Kudos to the chef for the Tataki tuna entree! We have enjoyed it during prior visits too and have found it, in its variations, a delicious dish.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food delicious, as always! Wine list seemed to be more expensive than we remembered. May suggest including wine on the list that is not so high end or as expensive as the wines are priced. We come here 2 times a year when in town on our last night for special meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Exceptional dining experience. We enjoy Ophelia's for those special occasions when only the very best will do.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Beautiful setting on the water, Moon was spectacular!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent seafood selection !!!
Expensive but worth it for a special occasion!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I ate dinner here and everything would be 5 stars, except the 1 1/2 lb "Lazy Lobster" was unimpressive and was more like 5 ounces? If I were to eat there again, I would not get the lobster for sure!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server, Jordan was outstanding! The food and cocktail menus are fantastic. This is a must try destination.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and presentation outstanding as usual. Relaxed but attentive Service very accommodating to teenage granddaughters and daughter’s birthday.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

As always a perfect evening!!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I know one is not guaranteed a seating preference, but we did ask when we arrived if we could eat outside. We were told no as a wedding party was to be out there. Yet during the entire time we were there, a table for four sat empty just on the other side of the window from our table. Very disappointing. We had friends from England with us and we had talked up the ambience of Ophelia's. Another note: I thought it was proper to NOT remove the dinner plates from a table when all were not finished. Three of us had our plates removed which left the fourth person at our table dining alone. It was quite awkward.

Tags: Special Occasion
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