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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.

9105 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Stickney Point Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 349-2212

Website:
http://www.opheliasonthebay.com/

Entertainment:
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!

Catering:
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!

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.

Executive Chef:
Daniel Olson

Additional:
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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (129)
Special Occasion (110)
Scenic View (102)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (97)
Good for Anniversaries (93)
Romantic (92)
Good for a Date (72)
Creative Cuisine (70)
Good for Birthdays (64)
Worth the Drive (64)
Quiet Conversation (60)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Notable Wine List (39)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Cozy (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Local Ingredients (23)
Good for Groups (18)
Great for Brunch (16)
Casual (16)
Fun (15)
Authentic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Healthy (11)
Seasonal (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Live Music (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 13 hours ago

Beautiful location!

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·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Perfect as always ... Chris was a great waiter

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fun, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Casual, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Great dining experience! Excellent service, and even better food. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

It was wonderful end yo end. From how we were welcome to how we received special treatment for a birthday we were celebrating. God was excellent and service was top shelf! 5 star location.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We have dined at this restaurant several times and have always enjoyed the food and the overall experience. This time was a major disappointment It began with us being told our reservation was for 6:45 PM and not 6:30 PM as shown on Open Table. We were told to wait in the bar and that we would be seated as soon as possible. The bar as very busy with one barman and whilst waiting one was directly in the way of the servers. Total chaos. On being seated we were surprised to see that the restaurant was half empty and that there were very few servers. Our service was sporadic and inefficient. The restaurant lacked any sense of ambiance ! What is more is the food was a let down especially the lamb.Everything on the plate looked brown and beige and that was how it tasted. This was not a positive experience for a pricey meal . We will not return

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The Best. We had a perfect dining experience. The outdoor dining was scenic and relaxing, looking out onto the waterway and wat Hong the ospreys. Noise level low. Our waitress Cassy was a gem...pleasant, attentive but not bothersome, earnest in wanting to make our experience right. We all selected different menu items and everyone was happy with the food, delicious. Cooperative with making some slight menu changes due to diet reasons. Wine selection good. Best dining experience we had an all accounts in a long time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I chose Ophelia's for the dessert menu and the outside dining. The evening was gorgeous and our server was wonderful. The food was perfect and it was well worth the drive from Punta Gorda!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I ordered salmon and it was raw in the center, barely warm and very mushy. They took the food back to the kitchen and my guess they microwaved the fish. When it was returned to me the second time the outer edges were warm, but the center was still very red and mushy. I ate a few bites and could not eat the under cooked part and they agreed to take the salmon off our bill. No visit from any management.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent again,Jeffrey our waiter was great,

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful setting right on the water. The service was delightful, friendly and extremely helpful. Extra care was taken and inquiries made because one of the diners had severe nut allergies.
We were there for Sunday brunch which was started with complimentary mimosas. I had the shrimp scampi which came with 5 jumbo and perfectly cooked shrimp. It was delicious.
Dessert was a help yourself buffet table with a selection of fruit, cookies and small pastries.
As an out of town visitor I was sorry I would have to wait for my next visit to Florida to return, which I definitely will.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food should have been good but was mushy and flavorless. Needs food makeover but all else was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

First time ..Sunday brunch..very impressed

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The waitress made our visit very enjoyable. Service was very prompt and she had a great personality. She also made the drinks. We sat outside in the shade which I recommend on a sunny day and the view is beautiful of the bay.
The brunch was delicious and I really enjoyed the crab cakes eggs benedict.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was our Anniversary. We were greeted with Happy Anniversary several times during our visit.
Waitress was wonderful. Chatty enough but did not bug us. Very prompt and gave us great service.

Food was amazing. Grouper and grits was wonderful and the filet was the Best steak i have had in ages. Desert creme brûlée was also fantastic.
Add in a nice view and a not too noisy environment and we will be back.
Our new favorite restaurant.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Although the food at Ophelia's is quite terrific by itself, the view outside from the deck overlooking Little Sarasota Bay makes a meal there just awesome. The waiters there are very helpful and pleasant as well. I think it is easily one of the best restaurants in Sarasota!

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was exceptional..sorry I can’t remember the name of the young lady who helped us, but I know she was from Cuba .
Waterside seating valet parking.
Preparation of meals was excellent..

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 9, 2018

One of Sarasota County's best dining values. EXCELLENT! !

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious food, great outdoor ambiance and friendly, seasoned, attentive wait staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Ophelia’s was great. The food , appetizers entrees, veggies, and desserts were exceptional. Ann our server was truly outstanding . Cocktails and beer selection were good . A good view of the inter coastal waterway. A great evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fabulous food and great service. At reservation time there was not an option to select inside or outside dining. When we arrived our table was set outside so we accepted it. Outside seating is a bit uncomfortable, no pads on the chairs. As we were finishing our dessert the wind started to gust, making for a less than satisfactory conclusion to an otherwise good experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great food and service! We had a table by the window overlooking the bay.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The meal was excellent - good choices and nicely presented
Sat outside - pleasant ambiance ambiance

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Location great
Service robotic and tired
Food ok therefore overpriced !

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Having been there before, we were very disappointed. The food was excellent as always. However, we made the reservation thru Open Table and specified that it was a birthday. In the past, when we would go for birthdays, the server would attire at the table already knowing that it was a special occasion and would bring glasses of champagne. This visit, on Wed. Feb. 07, the server was nice enough, but never acknowedged that it was a special occasion, would disappear for long stretches of time leaving us to sit 20+ minutes with empty wine glasses. He never offered dessert at the end. If you will look at our reservation on Open Table, you will see that we requested a special table and indicated that it was a birthday. These special touches, plus the excellent food, is why we decided to spend a birthday at Ophelia’s, but were very disappointed. Brenda & Ron Gaffney

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Since I live in Sarasota, I would eat at Ophelia's 6-12 times per year, but two things keep my visits to annually (or less) when out-of-town guests are here and insist on going: 1) They do a TERRIBLE job of managing reservations. On our wedding anniversary, in spite of specifying both the occasion and desire for an outside table, we had to wait almost an hour to get our table. On this most recent visit, even though I had spoken to the restaurant twice about the specific area outside we wanted our group to be, we arrived to find an inside table ... had to wait almost 15 minutes to get our outside table set up; and 2) Ophelia's does a great job with seafood, but a TERRIBLE job with meats (a real problem if you have a severe allergy to seafood, as I do). Since I don't come often, I forget that they overcook all of the meat, so to get medium-well you have to ask for rare. I ordered pork tenderloin cooked medium, and it was so dry and white inside as to be barely edible. Ophelia's would be worth the drive and the expense if it did a better job managing the front of the house, and offered more non-seafood selections (or at least did a better job of preparing the few non-seafood entrees it does offer).

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We had read many good things about this restaurant and were not disappointed with our experience. Everything- the way we were greeted upon our arrival and shown to our requested outdoor table, the setting, the friendly and knowledgeable service, the handcrafted cocktails, the daily menu and wonderful meal from beginning to end, all helped to make our evening very special. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Seasonal, Waterfront, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

My wife and I were looking for a special place to celebrate our anniversary. We had heard good things about Ophelia’s from several acquaintances as well as most On-line reviewers. We were not disappointed on our recent visit. We dined outside bayside on the heated patio, with a lovely view of evening sky and water. Our Server Cassie was so friendly and knowledgeable. Service was stellar and the food was both creative and delicious. By far the best experience during our vacation. We reccomend Ophelia’s to anyone looking for fine dining in the Siesta Key area. Dont be put off by the “traffic jam” out front. The valets do a great job with a small parking lot!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We have been going to Ophelia's for over ten years. In the last couple of years we have been disappointed in the food and increased prices and went less often. However, last night the food was outstanding and the service was phenomenal. We will now be regulars at Ophelias again. Cassy, our waitress was fantastic.

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a special daddy/daughter date night and it could not have been better. The atmosphere, while a bit loud inside, was beautiful. I had scallops with a bacon jam and bearnaise sauce that was out of this world. Best of all, though, was the service. Our server, Cassie, was fantastic, welcoming, pleasant and had a great smile. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

All was wonderful

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Reservation for 4 was immediately acknowledged. Table ready. Liz our waitress was knowledgeable, knew menu details, provided outstanding service. Tuna was extraordinary. Lobster/fish dish was delicious, nicely presented and ample serving. Pricey yet worth it.

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