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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!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Gather around our table this Thanksgiving! Featuring traditional dishes alongside specialties of our own. 11am-9pm.

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 (80)
Special Occasion (75)
Great for Outdoor Dining (70)
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Scenic View (68)
Romantic (63)
Good for Anniversaries (55)
Good for a Date (51)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Worth the Drive (38)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Notable Wine List (21)
Cozy (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Groups (11)
Authentic (9)
Healthy (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Business Meals (7)
Seasonal (7)
Casual (5)
Live Music (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Fun (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

We dined here for our 11th anniversary. The staff was fantastic! We arrived early but were seated immediately. Our waitress was knowledgeable, bubbly and when we started unwrapping gifts she readily took the wadded up wrapping paper so our experience was better! Ophelia’s is NOT cheap, for 1 appetizer (crab cakes) 2 entrees (lobster and grouper) 2 mixed drinks and 1 dessert it came to $200 with a 20% tip... but WELL worth it!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined 3 days ago

Four of us went for Sunday brunch and it was awesome.... picturesque surroundings, great menu and excellent service. Loved the pastry buffet, nice touch. Will go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our first visit. We recently moved to Sarasota. There were six of us at dinner and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We were seated promptly, with our 7:00pm reservation. The service was excellent, but not intrusive. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was our sixth visit in the last year and continue to enjoy the quality and service this location and food offerings at this restaurant. Presentation is top shelf.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We were q party of 9 and asked for outside dining if weather was good, inside if not. The weather was great and we still ate inside. No one was happy. The food was so so although the service was very good. Half of us enjoyed the experience, the other half did not.

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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food in a beautiful setting with great service. Sommelier was outstanding, take advantage of his skills. Highly recommend.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Ophelia's on the Bay is not the least expensive restaurant in Sarasota, but it's certainly my favorite and my go-to place for special occasions. Wonderful selection of interesting dishes. Stellar service. Beautiful views.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 5 days ago

Lovely atmosphere, great food! eggplant crepes are to die for!!!Celebrated our 25 wedding anniversary

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Ophelia's is the go-to spot if you have out of town company. The food is good and the ambience is nice. the valet parking is a plus too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday, but nobody acknowledged it. I expected to feel a little special, but didn't. I ordered the veal chop and it was very fatty and disappointing. My husband ordered the lazy lobster which was quite good. We've been going to Ophelia's for almost 20 years and this was the most disappointing visit yet.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service, beautiful scenery, tough to beat

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was our first visit though I have lived in Sarasota for many years! We fully enjoyed our dining experience. Our server Cassy was friendly and most helpful and very attentive to our every need. We did it all from appetizers to salads, entrees and desserts and coffees.
Was the perfect evening.
We ate inside as it was sprinkling when we arrived but walked out the the decks after dinner. This is truly a gem of Sarasota on Siesta Key. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Cozy, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful anniversary celebration! Food was cooked to perfection and the service was unbeatable.

Tags: Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Perfect, as always. Food amazing, atmosphere and view cannot be beat, and service impeccable. The best restaurant in Sarasota (or, arguably, the entire West Coast of Florida), hands down.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely fantastic in every respect. Appetizer of escargot was spot on. Dinner of perfectly seared u10 scallops was truly amazing as well as the tuna. I’ve eaten a lot of tuna in my life and this was the best quality yellowfin ever. Not one piece of membrane. The yellowfin rivaled bluefin tuna. Dessert was pumpkin cream brûlée that was perfect... service thru out dinner was amazing. Most perfect dining experience I’ve had in quite awhile!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Waterfront
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Annette provided outstanding service and was very considerate in answering our questions about not only the menu items but about Sarasota in general. We also appreciated having a window table for my birthday celebration. Kudos to the chef for the Tataki tuna entree! We have enjoyed it during prior visits too and have found it, in its variations, a delicious dish.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food delicious, as always! Wine list seemed to be more expensive than we remembered. May suggest including wine on the list that is not so high end or as expensive as the wines are priced. We come here 2 times a year when in town on our last night for special meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Exceptional dining experience. We enjoy Ophelia's for those special occasions when only the very best will do.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Beautiful setting on the water, Moon was spectacular!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent seafood selection !!!
Expensive but worth it for a special occasion!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I ate dinner here and everything would be 5 stars, except the 1 1/2 lb "Lazy Lobster" was unimpressive and was more like 5 ounces? If I were to eat there again, I would not get the lobster for sure!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server, Jordan was outstanding! The food and cocktail menus are fantastic. This is a must try destination.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and presentation outstanding as usual. Relaxed but attentive Service very accommodating to teenage granddaughters and daughter’s birthday.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

As always a perfect evening!!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I know one is not guaranteed a seating preference, but we did ask when we arrived if we could eat outside. We were told no as a wedding party was to be out there. Yet during the entire time we were there, a table for four sat empty just on the other side of the window from our table. Very disappointing. We had friends from England with us and we had talked up the ambience of Ophelia's. Another note: I thought it was proper to NOT remove the dinner plates from a table when all were not finished. Three of us had our plates removed which left the fourth person at our table dining alone. It was quite awkward.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We have been to Ophelia's numerous times and are never disappointed. This was no exception. Weather was spectacular with a full moon Rising. Temperature was perfect. The Snapper and the grouper was superb. The prices r pretty healthy and I would therefore strongly suggest that Ophelia's could make available either still water or sparkling water included in the dinner price. I just purchased several gallons of seltzer water from Publix for approximately $1 per gallon on a special price but even on regular price is approximately $2 per gallon. Certainly this could be included when a typical meal with a shared salad and entree will still cost over $100 with one glass of wine/ Diner. I also think that happy hour could be extended bye 30 minutes to an hour and end at 6:30 or 7 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. That said, the dining experience is wonderful . We will return but with just a couple of extras as suggested above, we would go there more often.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

My husband took me there for my Birthday, the whole evening was perfect from the beautiful atmosphere to the amazing food and dessert! The staff was so friendly and so accommodating. Our waiter went above and beyond to make sure our dining experience was perfect! Have already recommended to people we met while vacationing... Top notch restaurant...will most definitely revisit on our next trip to Siesta Key!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Both the food and the service were top notch at Ophelia’s. We took the servers recommendations and they were all excellent. Ambiance was great and food was delectable. A great overall experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary here. Everything was great. Service was wonderful. Great menu recommendations (Ahi!) Food was yummy and cocktails good. Loved the outdoor seating area. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Absolutely loved this restaurant. It was suggested to us by a gallery owner in Sarasota and he couldn't have been more right. The restaurant is beautiful right in the water. The device was top notch and the food was outstanding. I had the seared tuna and it was amazing. Everyone at our table loved their meals. We will be back in May to celebrate my daughter's graduation and look forward to bringing the whole family

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We both ordered fish, grouper was excellent, my husbands Mahi was just a tad over done, but tasty. I had the lobster bisque for an apppetizer. It was excellent but way too much and when I got my dinner I couldn't eat much. They could lower the price and serve a smaller volume.
We were served very well by our server Marla. It was my husband's birthday and he was given a glass of champagne with a strawberry in it.
Gorgeous location on the water!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I had the ahi tuna with the baked lobster over rice. One of the tastiest meals that I had in years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful food and great service. One of our favorites.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Just okay, had higher expectations all around. Parking is valet only, which I don’t use so had to find parking at a beach entrance and walk. Food was just average, plating and side pairings were not very refined, and inside seating next to bar area not ideal. However, server was pleasant and provided good service. This was our first and last visit.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our favorite special occasion restaurant. Beautiful spot. Great food.
Only negative is that it has gotten very expensive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was great food suggestions were on point. Had take off on oysters Rockefeller for appetizer - excellent and Diver Scallops glazed with a spicy lobster sauce which were excellent. Dinner was topped off with a great Baily's tiramisu. The house also provided a complementary champagne toast with desert for my birthday. All went well!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful Perfect service from Michael ,Chris and Derek. Food superb .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best meal I ever had. Different menu nightly. Great plate presentation.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was okay but the food made up for it. I had the crab claws which were excellent. Ambiance was great - right in the water. Really lovely at night with the little lights everywhere.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Nikki made celebrating our mom's birthday very special! Food was impeccable!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fun
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