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Fri, 2/23
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Ophelia's on the Bay

4.6
2260 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront (129)
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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!
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
What 2260 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Doreen (New England)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The most amazing spot Liz was amazing. The food was outstanding

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vipJim82 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful location!

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous! Food excellent & waiter very attentive

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PattiJ 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We love this place and have come here several times. Definitely need to book early if you want the seats out on the dock.

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tomm 
1.0  Dined 6 days ago

We were very disappointed with our entire experience.

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BPfoodies (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Ophelia's is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota! Delicious food, fabulous service, and an outstanding view. Their Happy Hour is a great preview of what is to come.

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vipBigD (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Ophelia's restaurant was quite a treat.
Great food, service and ambiance

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Brodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Perfect as always ... Chris was a great waiter

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Always good food. Just disappointed this time I had a special request to sit outside for our friends first visit to Sarasota. I believe because we were a party of three we were not given a table outside as most of them were set for parties of four. I made the reservations for 6:15 weeks in advance thinking that would be early enough for a table outside. The hostess was definitely not willing to work with me at all, disappointing.

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KarenR (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This is our go-to special occasion restaurant. The food never disappoints, is creative and tasty, the staff friendly and helpful. Well worth the 40 minute drive.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful Valentines dinner at Ophelia's on the Bay. We also had a the best waitress her name is Cassie. We our returning on Feb. 24 for dinner with our son and his wife to celebrate his birthday. We are hoping to get the same waitress Cassie, she is so great at her job! The food was excellent the drinks were supurb, and your special dessert was out of this world.

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frankd357 (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was exceptional except for one item.
I had the lazy lobster and it was very good but the lobster tail was overdone and a bit chewy.

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Making007 (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere with excellent cuisine and service. Waterfront seating is a plus, but even the indoor dining area has a beautiful view. An out-of-the-way spot that is worth the drive.

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AmandaL (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The atmosphere is amazing. We loved sitting down by the water and watching the fish. Service was fantastic- our server was knowledgeable and I trusted his opinion. and I absolutely loved my steak, potatoes, wine and key lime pie! Best steak I've had!

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Scott (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great dining experience! Excellent service, and even better food. Can’t wait to go back!

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Debrapal (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

It was wonderful end yo end. From how we were welcome to how we received special treatment for a birthday we were celebrating. God was excellent and service was top shelf! 5 star location.

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vipfussi (New Orleans)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We have dined at this restaurant several times and have always enjoyed the food and the overall experience. This time was a major disappointment It began with us being told our reservation was for 6:45 PM and not 6:30 PM as shown on Open Table. We were told to wait in the bar and that we would be seated as soon as possible. The bar as very busy with one barman and whilst waiting one was directly in the way of the servers. Total chaos. On being seated we were surprised to see that the restaurant was half empty and that there were very few servers. Our service was sporadic and inefficient. The restaurant lacked any sense of ambiance ! What is more is the food was a let down especially the lamb.Everything on the plate looked brown and beige and that was how it tasted. This was not a positive experience for a pricey meal . We will not return

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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The Best. We had a perfect dining experience. The outdoor dining was scenic and relaxing, looking out onto the waterway and wat Hong the ospreys. Noise level low. Our waitress Cassy was a gem...pleasant, attentive but not bothersome, earnest in wanting to make our experience right. We all selected different menu items and everyone was happy with the food, delicious. Cooperative with making some slight menu changes due to diet reasons. Wine selection good. Best dining experience we had an all accounts in a long time.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I chose Ophelia's for the dessert menu and the outside dining. The evening was gorgeous and our server was wonderful. The food was perfect and it was well worth the drive from Punta Gorda!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I ordered salmon and it was raw in the center, barely warm and very mushy. They took the food back to the kitchen and my guess they microwaved the fish. When it was returned to me the second time the outer edges were warm, but the center was still very red and mushy. I ate a few bites and could not eat the under cooked part and they agreed to take the salmon off our bill. No visit from any management.

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