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Ophelia's on the Bay

4.6
2401 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Wild Game
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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
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Phone number
(941) 349-2212
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Olson
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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!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stickney Point Road
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking on premise. No private parking available.
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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!
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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!
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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
What 2401 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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4.0Dined a day ago

Seated at a table in a corner with poor ventilation (AC issues with no fan nearby) making it uncomfortable and challenging to enjoy our anniversary dinner. We have dined here for special occasions before and never had such an experience.

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5.0Dined a day ago

Loved the whole experience. Our server was terrific.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Superb inland waterway views and well presented good quality food.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Nothing less than absolutely amazing!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service, fine menu, good for special occasions, family gatherings. No complaints.,
restricted parking, complimentary valet parking. It deserves its excellent reputation.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was excellent.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Ophelia's on the Bay is a gem of a restaurant for both the menu choices and water view. While one can eat inside, the outside dining is relaxing as well as romantic. The menu offers interesting and unique appetizers and entrées. The entrees consist largely of fish and seafood dishes, but there are a few meat and poultry choices. The gulf triggerfish was excellent.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

This was my second visit. Both times my friends and I really enjoyed the cocktails with the water view and the food was delicious both times. This most recent visit however we were less than pleased with our waiter. He was nice enough but we felt he was more about getting it over with vs. providing a great customer experience.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Had been wanting to try Ophelia's for a while. Setting is beautiful and the staff is great - very attentive and professional. My husband & I both had the drunken lobster bisque which was very good. My entrée was triggerfish, which was slightly overcooked, a little dry - disappointing. My husband had the breast of duck which he thoroughly enjoyed - it was cooked well and the blueberry compote was very tasty. We both really enjoyed our desserts - chocolate mousse cake and key lime pie, which were both delicious. Based on my husband's opinion of his entrée, I would recommend. If we hadn't visited during savor Sarasota, I would have been more disappointed as Opheilia's is rather pricey.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

50th Birthday celebration

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Celebrating our 48th anniversary and the experience couldn't have been better. Great food at a reasonable price, nice setting on the water and excellent service. We'll definitely return and recommend to others.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We love Ophelia’s and appreciate that they offer a Savor Sarasota menu so we can go on a regular dining day, not just for special occasions. We’ve celebrated engagements, double birthdays, graduation and just plain happiness.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Perfect for a night out

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We ordered two appetizers, two entrees , two martinis and a glass of Pinot Noir in celebration of our anniversary. All were excellent.

The signature Escargot appetizer was a great concept - making the most of the realization that escargot is a fine vehicle for a great, savory sauce - a sauce that, at its best, one feels compelled to sop up with bread. In Ophelia's version - the nage is exceptional in its robust garlic flavoring and perfect consistency - and the bread is "built in" to the dish by way of a delicious brioche. Plaudits!

The Chevre and Beet salad was fresh and tasty with a not over-intrusive dressing.

The Chilean sea bass was cooked to perfection & the preparation was tasty and balanced. The Ahi Tuna was perfectly cooked with a generous serving and artful presentation.

Our waitress, Stephanie, was knowledgeable and upbeat, attentive but not obtrusive.

The ambiance is aided by sunset views of the waterway and a relatively subdued level of ambient noise.

All and all - a most pleasant and gratifying experience.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were seated about 10 minutes late despite having reservations and were seated at 2 tables despite there being only two of us which was awkward. Other than that food and service were great.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

My bad for requesting waterside instead of outdoor seating-6:00 seating too early for that in June, would be great after 7:30 or so. Could not be moved, it was still Sarasota warm outside!
Food & service was great, Ophelia’s is simply an excellent restaurant with a fine Savor menu selection.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Ophelia’s is always a highlight during our trips to Siesta Key. If you have children that are used to finer dining experiences then you should not have a problem bringing your kids. Ours are 10 and 8 and they enjoyed the steak and pasta. My husband and I both had the lazy lobster and it was fantastic. We both loved the calamari appetizer, the artichokes with the fried calamari was outstanding. Save room for dessert!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always an awesome meal at Ophelia's on the Bay. It doesn't matter what you pick because everything on the menu is fabulous. Try and save room for the key lime pie (guaranteed to be the best ever). The view is spectacular. We eat at Ophelia's every time we visit the area. I can't recommend this restaurant high enough. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great service and delicious food!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great as always.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

A waterside table for 2 to celebrate the birthday, and fabulous food and service. We'll be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We are never disappointed when we go to Ophelia's and especially when Savor Sarasota week since you save at least $40. And the selection on the menu was wonderful!!! Such a beautiful view of the intercoastal and the wildlife! Highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Excellent as usual. We’ve eaten here numerous times and have always had a great meal

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Some of the Best Seared Ahi Yellow Fin Tuna. Melts in your mouth, Delicious !!

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Enjoyed the dinner but waited to long for my food. We were given a complimentary drink but I was still disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Beautiful scenery on the bay and the dining experience was incredible. Eggplant crepes were small but worth every bite. The shrimp and grits is one of the better seafood dishes I’ve ever had. Drinks and desserts were also excellent. Will definitely be here again when we revisit!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We were celebrating our daughter's birthday and a family gathering including two small children. The staff was very accommodating in getting us a round table for the 7 of us, and serving our food in a timely manner to keep the kids happy. We were able to walk around the restaurant with the kids without bothering the patrons too much. There is a beautiful view of the water on the inner coastal waterway and tables outside. Every staff member we encountered greeted us with a smile and a helpful attitude. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

My husband and I went to Ophelia's during Savor Sarasota. You get a fantastic meal for a reasonable price. We enjoy going to Ophellia's as it is one of the few high end restaurants on the water. The food, wine and location make it one of the best restaurants in Sarasota.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Birthday dinner, great time, food and ambiance great.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Excellent meal with stunning views! Particularly enjoyed the lobster bisque.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The Sunday Brunch was just ok. The complimentary continental bar was under whelming.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Always one of my favorites- a real classic. A favorite for our anniversary.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food was perfection with each course. Service impeccable, efficient but never intrusive. View of the intracoastal to die for. And thanks to Savor Sarasota Week, the bill was half the usual.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Ophelia's one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Sarasota. The food is exceptional, we enjoyed rack of lamb and Chilean sea bass on this visit. As recommend the oysters rock and escargot. The view and ambiance is very nice, a great date place or for special occasions. Have lost count on the number of times we have been, and we are never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great service!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Ophelias was terrific----we were there to celebrate my wife birthday. It also happened to be the first day of Savor Sarasota. Service was top notch----food was excellent and of course the view was a "10"

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Cassie was very professional and helpful. We will be back!!!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Delicious, well paved meal.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Very nice find from Groupon! Would go to again when we are in Florida in November!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My wife and I went for our 15 year anniversary. It was a great atmosphere and the food was fantastic. The seafood was very fresh and the restaurant was very clean.

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