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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.
Sarasota, FL 34242
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
Stickney Point Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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!
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!
Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
We have been to Ophelia's numerous times and are never disappointed. This was no exception. Weather was spectacular with a full moon Rising. Temperature was perfect. The Snapper and the grouper was superb. The prices r pretty healthy and I would therefore strongly suggest that Ophelia's could make available either still water or sparkling water included in the dinner price. I just purchased several gallons of seltzer water from Publix for approximately $1 per gallon on a special price but even on regular price is approximately $2 per gallon. Certainly this could be included when a typical meal with a shared salad and entree will still cost over $100 with one glass of wine/ Diner. I also think that happy hour could be extended bye 30 minutes to an hour and end at 6:30 or 7 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. That said, the dining experience is wonderful . We will return but with just a couple of extras as suggested above, we would go there more often.
My husband took me there for my Birthday, the whole evening was perfect from the beautiful atmosphere to the amazing food and dessert! The staff was so friendly and so accommodating. Our waiter went above and beyond to make sure our dining experience was perfect! Have already recommended to people we met while vacationing... Top notch restaurant...will most definitely revisit on our next trip to Siesta Key!
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