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Ophelia's on the Bay

2261 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront (129)
  • Special Occasion (111)
  • Scenic View (103)
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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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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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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Cross street
Stickney Point Road
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.
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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!
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 2261 People Are Saying
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5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Best restaurant on Sun Coast food was outstanding .drinks were wonderful service was pleasant and did not rush th dining experience

Doreen (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

vipJim82 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful location!

OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous! Food excellent & waiter very attentive

5.0  Dined 7 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.

1.0  Dined 7 days ago

We were very disappointed with our entire experience.

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.

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

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

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

Perfect as always ... Chris was a great waiter

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!