Ophelia's on the Bay

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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vipLovetoeat
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ophelia’s never disappoints!

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vipKatieS
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. From the baked oysters to the wonderful chocolate mousse cake everything was terrific. There were manatees playing in the water about 20 feet from the shore and the jumping fish were quite entertaining as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipIreneH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no better restaurant in the Sarasota Area. Fantastic food, beautifully prepared and presented and the outdoor scenery that can't be beat. The outdoor setting is unparalleled at any other restaurant. We saw tons of dolphins and manatees. We also saw the new Tiki bar boat float by. What a setting. This is particularly important during COVID 19 time where it is safer to dine outdoors. We are local and regret how long it has been since we visited (one year). We have now committed to go every few months. Life is too short to deny ourselves dining at Ophelia's..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating an event

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PeteO123
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu had great variety. We decided on the lobster. It was an excellent choice!! 1 1/4 lb lobsbster,already out of the shell with shrimps, scallops ans octopus. It was a great meal.

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JeansM
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Our first experience at Ophelia’s and we were seated outside. It was a beautiful view and although the appetizers were good, when our main entrees of fish came our table was swarmed with flies. Couldn’t finish our meals because with every bite there was a fly in your face. We were told this is a common occurrence. They had no room to move us inside and we ended up just sacrificing our food to the flies and left. Overly expensive meal to give to flies.

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vipPaulK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and outdoor deck overlooking the bay was fantastic. Definitely high end with great service.

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ilaydao
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our peaceful birthday meal at Ophelia's. Both inside and outside seating are wonderfully ambient.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, but as expected, expensive. Food bill was $120 for two sharing an appetizer and desert. Also throw in 2 drinks each of house wine and draft beer at $21 a round. We were $200 out the door. We sat outside which was lovely, but hot at 7:30pm. When the Lazy Lobster entree arrived so did a swarm of black flies that were so bad we had to move instead inside. Our waitress said the flies love the seafood. We were moved inside to the bar area, we asked for a table in the restaurant but were told they were all reserved. We sat in the bar and watched the hostess sanitize menus and other staff clean glasses. Not the most romantic of setting for our anniversary dinner. We had the key lime pie to go! Food was delish

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Myrna
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Given that it is summer in Florida, one would think that Ophelia's would have better fans and misters on the deck and we were seated well within the COVID 6 feet of other diners which the server said was fine because we were outside....WRONG.
The server had the personality of a brick which is surprising for a place that offers fine dining for a high price. I had said that it was an anniversary dinner but no acknowledgement of that was forthcoming. My $20 glass of wine had a film on top and was way warmer than it should have been (75 degrees....not the 63 degrees I had requested)....fine dining? The dinner was very nice with outstanding lobster bisque and caesar salad. But, overall, the experience was ho hum. Totally lacking in elegance and spirit. Too bad for a restaurant that could have so much more going for it.
I could recommend it to a friend but with reservations.

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NanetteG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out by the water enjoyed our cocktails and the escargot was the best I have ever had.

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LeslieB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made very welcome from the valet parking to the attentive wait staff.
The food was outstanding.
A very enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere!

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MarkH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were great. A/C was not working properly so it was a little hot inside restaurant but I'm sure that will be fixed. We have always enjoyed dining at Ophelia's

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TimJ
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great vibe! Wonderful service and V excellent good! Had diver scallops ! Everything was solid just a little pricey ! Thanks for being open

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SteveS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Seating on the outside was safe but very hot. Overhead fan was out of balance and terrible squeaky. Next patrons asked it to be shut down. So we sweated. Restaurant can afford to repair the fan. Salads over priced. Restaurant no longer recognizes birthdays although website asks if you are celebrating. Overall not a great value and building needs to be remodeled.

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vipSusanG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner inside by the window. Tables were set a distance apart, and the service was excellent. You can’t beat the view for a romantic get away.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience great view ... incredible food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JillO
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time there and it was amazing. The food was great and our waiter was very entertaining.

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luarte07
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was very good...well prepared and nicely presented!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was amazing as was the service. Great quality food. Big portions! Nice wines and drinks

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vipJordanC
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ophelia’s was recommended by a local (we were on vacation) and we loved it! Great bay views. The food and service were top-notch. It was quaint and romantic and not crowded. We highly recommend! The lobster entree was phenomenal!

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ChristopheJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great location and servers. Food was good. Not my all time favorite. The Ambiance made up for that.

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MattD
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Salmón was undercooked. You would think a restaurant that charges $32 for salmon could prepare it medium without issue.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! Highly impressed! From Drinks, Service, Food was outstanding! Dessert So good we are going back tonight.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

For the price the food should have been better. The pasta was over cooked and the shrimp were chewy, the key lime pie was not edible. Everything was bland and just alright, would not recommend.

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vipAlberto
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service all the main dishes for dining were high standard and big dishes with excellent taste

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, impeccable service. A perfect meal for our first dinner as husband and wife.

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ChristyS
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and overall ambiance! Enjoyed our dinner. Very romantic.

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vipKimL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Sarasota! Great food,service, and ambience!

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vipAprilnDave
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from the minute we pulled into the lot. Everything on the menu looked delicious and our server pointed out popular items and described a few dishes in more detail. The cocktails were on point and I’d recommend you save room for desert :)

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Quiet. Good service. Filet was OK. Wife loved the shrimp and waygu.

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Lindy
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal, taking advantage of the Savor Sarasota offerings.

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TobyR
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. It was a little noisy inside but that did not take away from an amazing meal. Be prepared to use valet, parking is limited.

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JoeLang
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to place for special occasions. Food is exceptional, the service always attentive and friendly and the ambiance is wonderful.

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Venice
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood, servers knew the product. Suggestions were thoughtful.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and surroundings were over the top!

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Chuck
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere and food quality. Nice, reasonably priced wine list. Zero complaints

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JillA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good, nothing spectacular. Mussels were excellent main course was average.

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Ophelia's on the Bay offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 349-2212.

Ophelia's on the Bay is rated 4.7 stars by 3723 OpenTable diners.

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