Ophelia's on the Bay

4.8
4281 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipFrankm
Naples
146 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service (Dana) and bay view were great for this birthday celebration, despite the hot weather sitting outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, excellent food, great service. We’ll be back.

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InTheBag
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food service and ambiance! Top notch!

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vipJimL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. We enjoy everything about it. The outdoor seating is wonderful.

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vipRoanokeEats
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was wonderful, but the ambiance inside left something to be desired. It was quite loud with numerous conversations and we would have loved to be able to hear the music instead.

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vipRadmoo
New England
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always Leary about high end dining establishments which come highly recommended as they often disappoint, people just want to say that they have been there. We were pleasantly surprised that this was NOT the case with Ophelia’s. We will return.

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Laker
Naples
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was fantastic! Food quality was excellent, primarily seafood but excellent diverse choices. The service was very good. Bar and wine list were excellent. Parking requires a valet due to limited availability.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The entire staff starting with the hostess Julia, as well as the excellent bartender, and our waiter Chris were well prepared for our arrival. They knew we were celebrating our 36th and our friends 35th wedding anniversary. The food is a bit pricey but well worth it. The four of us has two plates of red snapper, shrimp scampi and grouper. A must have appetizer is tuna nachos. The menu changes daily so be advised to review it on line before arrival. Before our check was delivered they brought each of us a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. We would recommend Ophelia’s at any time and especially for any special occasion

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Texastoast
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked 8:15 reservation outside. It was perfect. Sun was setting. Comfortable with breeze. The setting is quiet and charming. Service was tremendous. Food was superb. We enjoyed everything about it.

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Rick
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Not up to past experiences. Beautiful setting on a beautiful evening

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husbands birthday. It had an amazing ambiance and spectacular views. We sat outside right on the waterfront. The food was amazing and service was excellent. They even brought out a candle for our dessert.

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Chuck
Naples
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timers for our 40th Anniversary, Ophelia's did not disappoint. Had 7:30 reservation, arrived early and was seated within 10 min while they got our table ready. Enjoyed outdoor dining (no rain) overlooking the bay. Service was excellent and attentive. One of the best Old Fashions I've had as was my wife's cosmo. Calamari tasted very good but a bit rubbery for me. Halibut and the scallops w gnocchi were fabulous. Shared key lime for desert. Ambience could not have been better. Love this place for special occasions. Highly recommend.

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vipBrian
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor seating, outstanding service and excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Exceptional service. Oysters and veal was very good. Snapper was over cooked but still good. Food and wine was slightly overpriced. Still would highly recommend the restaurant for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious quality food cooked perfectly and presented well. Waiter Johnny was knowledgable, attentive and courteous. View of the water was lovely. The crab cakes were perfect, best we've ever had. We had grouper and halibut, both superrb.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed next door, and thankfully made reservations as it’s very popular and we found out why. Plenty of regulars food was outstanding and everyone was very accommodating. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to have dinner location is perfect, food is perfect and fresh daily, and staff made you want to return. We will make sure to reserve dinner here everytime we are in area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible

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vipJohn
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view and great food. A must stop when you visit the key.

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vipBusymamaof2
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best yellowtail tuna I’ve ever had! We will be back!

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MikeP
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , excellent service, window table made for relaxing setting,staff were very friendly !

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Angie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waterfront dinner. Grouper was terrific, as were the craft cocktails. Our server took great care of us, and arranged for some champagne for our birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Snapper was outstanding!!! Doug was very prompt & professional. We eat here often and will be back soon!

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AnnetteK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great food and atmosphere allowed us to overlook exceedingly slow service and , inattentive, rude and not particularly knowledgeable server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Dinner took over an hour after ordering, however other tables seemed to get their food much quicker. We also had requested outside table , but were told none were available. However there were open tables outside the entire time we were there.

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Alan
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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ClaireW
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Super romantic and loved sitting outside at the bay. We both got the filet and it was outstanding!

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MicheleW
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my second visit. We went with our daughters and a friend the service was fabulous the food was perfectly cooked and delicious. It was a little warm and it’s definitely not every day dining because it’s pretty high priced.

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vipugoe
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Prices increased substantially!

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SuDC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the view of the water superb! Service was excellent.

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vippatti
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Food is always perfect, no matter what item we order.

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vipBeccaS
New Orleans
38 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Excellent choices on the menu as always. Had the scallops. Cooked perfectly. The shrimp scampi was very good also. DH had tile fish. Was delicious. We really enjoyed the beet salad. Always a wonderful dinner. Honestly one of my favorite places to have dinner. Kudos to the chef!

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ConstanceS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This has been a go-to favorite for years. Always a great selection of extraordinarily well prepared, often inventive dishes beautifully and professionally presented in a lovely setting- especially if the weather permits comfortable seating outside.

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Luigi
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous
Waitress was more than efficient and extra friendly
Valet parking was quick

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Kidsrn
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation in Sarasota. Always go to Ophelia’s. Excellent service, the food is always outstanding, and scenery is breathtaking!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Great ambience great service, food is less than poor. It’s upscale bar food …

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service and a absolutely gorgeous view! I will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ivana was absolutely wonderful and made the entire experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful service, and a lovely view. Perfection!

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vipKenS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great location, super friendly and efficient service, food to die for.

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Trinimap
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was enjoyable and the service was good.

FAQs

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 4.8 stars by 4281 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.