Ophelia's on the Bay

4.7
3243 reviews
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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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WF
Miami
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 6 for brunch and everything was great. The lobster bisque was wonderful and the Parisian Benedict was perfect. All of this at a great location right on the water. Beautiful view. We will definitely be back!

D
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a unique dining experience. Fantastic food paired with outdoor seating with views of a tranquil bay with manatee and other species entertaining you with their presence.

JA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at your restaurant, and had a very enjoyable and romantic evening! The food and service were outstanding. You made our special day so memorable!

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and so was the food! Will definitely return!

RW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. We went for a Sunday brunch. The inside table had a great view of the water. BUT the restaurant was very HOT. And it had been open for 2 hrs before we arrived. Sweat poured down all over my body so it was hard to enjoy a great meal

SB
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The meal we have had in a very long time. Superb and view spectacular. Thank you Ophelia for a memorable birthday dinner celebration!!

PF
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious as usual and service very attentive. Took advantage of the Savor Sarasota menu which turned out to be a great value. We will be back!

LP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Cassie, made our time at Ophelia’s on the Bay amazing! We loved the food, the service, the scenery, etc. Everyone was very nice and my girlfriend loved how special she felt during her birthday dinner. They had a great selections of wines to choose from. We were also impressed with how they change their menu daily and make everything fresh.

JM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent menu with friendly and attentive serving staff. The location is great - but the interior could do with an upgrade to improve the ambience.

WM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Perfect for a delightful meal!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant great food

AB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Beautiful view the staff was extremely nice! Best restaurant I've ate at, just a phenomenal filet there.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. When we were taken to our table, the flowers that I had ordered were there and we were even given some champaign. The waitress was very pleasant without being overbearing. Sorry that I don't recall her name. When we left she even carried flowers to the car. We'll be back. Thanks you for making our anniversary so special.
Jon McMillan

h
Hawaii
60 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Birthday and they gave no greetings or recognition

B
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Ophelia's used to be my favorite restaurant in the Sarasota area. We always went for all special (and not so special) occasions. When we went on Tuesday evening, it was not a special occasion, and I am glad about that.

The food was mediocre at best. My husband's steak was extremely tough and difficult to cut. My duck breast was just okay, saved by the blueberry sauce.

We expect Ophelia's to be expensive, but there used to be value. This time it was just over-priced.

C
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

I wish they would of had a sign outside that said AIR IS NOT WORKING. We were so excited to be there and once I walked in, the heat hit my face with a vengeance. I had to pick up many hair, my face had two cherry red tomatoes on the cheeks, my back was dripping sweat. We rushed to eat and ask the waiter for our bill. My husband mentioned to the girl in the entrance.....”it’s pretty hot”.... and she looked at him like.....”yeah..... all the time....” not happy with my experience at all

RB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I come to Siesta Key every summer. We celebrate our wedding anniversary at Ophelia’s every year. It’s always a treat!

AJ
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, service and view as always, alas a table with noisy teenagers and uninterested adults nearby - not the restaurant's fault!!

AQ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rainbow enhanced ambiance from the covered porch made for a delightful August dining experience.
I enjoyed the such and Oyster's Rockefeller enter'.

D
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. We shall return. Very enjoyable evening.

Z
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though the area where we ate was a bit on the warm side for a brunch, it still did not detract from the exceptional quality of the food and our waiter’s professionalism and personality. The view was worth it for a lazy, hazy, relaxing respite allowing us to totally enjoy a few getaway hours. We will return...

AK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was hands down the best service I have ever had! The server overheard us talking about the mosquitos and brought us bug spray. The food was amazing. The service was amazing and the view was ever better!

ST
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food and ambiance. We thoroughly enjoyed our Birthday dinner and will most certainly return : )

L
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received a gift card for Christmas. We requested outside. We sat by the water however there wasn’t any shade so we requested to be moved to under the porch roof. Still had a great view of water and fountain.
We both ordered from prix fix menu for $32 for 3 courses. I had duck and husband had Mahi Mahi. Both were very good. Drinks were also good. Pear martini and Long Island tea.
They only have valet parking because it’s a small lot.
We recommend Ophelia’s especially for a special occasion.

PS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant fine dining experience. We ordered from the Savor Sarasota summer special menu, a $32 special which included appetizer, entree and dessert. Food, service and ambiance were all outstanding. Highly recommend.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You know those once-in-a-lifetime meals that you'll never forget?!? Well, that was my experience at Ophelia's On The Bay. I have travelled throughout the world and eaten in some of the most distinguished restaurants in foreign locales, but Ophelia's has unseated my #1 most memorable meal. The food was unparalleled, the craft cocktails were as beautiful as they were delicious, the ambience and waterfront view perfectly lovely, and the service truly outstanding. This restaurant should definitely be on your bucket list!!!

OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Disappointed we couldn’t sit by a window or outside but will be back when we visit Florida.

IM
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Food, Great Location all be it lighting was a bit subdued and so hard to see food as we were outside by the water.

DC
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu, food, and service were very good. The ambience was serene and a great place for an intimate dinner. I had expected a better view inclusive of the ocean and sunset vs the inland waters and mangroves. All in all, a nice experience.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed Ophelia’s for a special occasion. Beautiful setting. Wonderful food!

JZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it all. Been at Ophelia’s many times....always a great experience.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing place. We went for Sunday brunch and it was perfect. The food was delicious, service excellent and the location beautiful. Great value for money, not the cheapest but it felt like a really special experience. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

RF
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

B
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was spectacular and with the Savour Sarasota menu price, a real steal. Our first table, down by the water's edge, was in direct sun, so we asked to be moved. We were. The only negative was the pesky flies who appeared with our entrees. When our plates were removed, they left. No problems during the desert service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner and the service was awesome

LM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our entire dining experience, from drinks and appetizers to our entrees (we each chose different ones) to dessert and coffee. The service was excellent. We’ll go back the next time we’re In the area.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifull, delicious and great service!

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. Our server Mike was a pleasure to speak with and the view was beautiful!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! My husband and I went for our honeymoon and loved everything about this place. Amazing food!

S
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We wanted a table outside but were talked out of it by the staff. The table we got was in the back next to the bar and two large parties. It was very noisy and not a great view of the water. As it turned out the evening was beautiful. Next time I will take the outside table! The food was excellent and so was the waiter.

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