Chef Rolf's New Florida Kitchen

4.3
324 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Welcome to Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen. We are serving up fresh, locally sourced prime seafood in a sophisticated coastal setting.

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4.4
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4.4
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vipBarbaraC
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was disappointed with the special entree which was triple fin with a 1/2 lobster. The size of the lobster portion was less than 1/3 of 1/2. It was rubbery overcooked and had no taste.
Needless to say we were disappointed in the quality of the food for the price we paid.

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exceptional4dining
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Well prepared food. Very good service. Would return to Chef Rolf’s.

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vipAngelaM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

After reading the great reviews previously posted, I was a little disappointed in our dining experience. While the staff were very gracious and service was excellent, our meal was not as good as anticipated. The Stone Crab Claws weren't as fresh as they should have been and I felt my grouper was on the fishy side. The lobster pizza was delicious.

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Macko
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu - steaks, seafood, Swedish.
All food was excellent, my husband & I had the Sunday special - Paella. Friend has fresh SeaBass.
The she-crab soup is fab!!

Nice atmosphere, piano player, tables are space to provide privacy for conversations.
Did i mention Happy Hour - great prices & drinks!

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Zach
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Chelf Rolf's is great. Food is always delicious. Unfortunately, Open Table overbooked out time frame by 15 reservations!! Highly recommend Chef Rolf's drop Open Table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent experience. The only issue was that OpenTable overbooked the restaurant and about 30 people all showed up at the sale time to be seated. Host was excellent and we were seated within about 20 minutes. Well worth the wait. Prime Rib was excellent. Great wine selection too. We will be back again!

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Mike
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An excellent place to take a date or spouse for a relaxing, intimate, no pressure absolutely
excellent meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Worst Valentine's Day experience ever! I'm sure the food is good here, unfortunately we never got the meals we ordered. Arrived before our reservation time, seated in 15 minutes. Ordered at 6:30 pm, told at 7:50 pm that they were out of what we ordered, offered to substitute anything else on the menu, but the were also out of what we requested. Finally found a suitable option. 10 minutes later, waiter came back and informed us, the only had 1 and not two of this selection. After this we were done, and asked that the appetizer and soup be removed from our bill as we were leaving. Our request was gracefully granted with an apology from the waiter and host. The Chef/Owner was unwilling to come out and aploogize to us directly. Severely disappointed in our experience at this restaurant.

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AngelaH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous meal. One of my favorite places to dine

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BigRandsOpenTable
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

It is a nice place with a Very Nice and Pleasant Staff! Good for a special occasion.......Not a good value for everyday dinning though!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent brunch of Lobster, Beef and Eggs Benedict- great food and value!

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vipKent58
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The stone crabs were fresh and we'll prepared, very easy to eat. The waitress didn't bring a bowl for the shells or towelettes to wipe our hands after handling the crabs.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Went for Valentine's Day Brunch. Had a reservation and when we got there only 8 tables were full. So explain to me why on Earth our food took 1 hour before it arrived?? They gave complimentary Mimosas which was a nice touch, but not enough to take off our mind on how hungry we felt. I had to ask to the Host if our food oder was ever placed because we didn't understand the long wait when the restaurant was less than 5% filled. Once the food arrived we were happy to see that the food really did looked good. Everything was delicious but our food was cold, like it's been sitting in the back the whole time.

Overall, food had great flavor, the pricing was very reasonable, but don't expect fast service or hot/warm food.

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viptomm
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Well we went for our son’s 21st Birthday..the first round of bread was great..the rest is sketchy..we will NOT be back..had to send meal back twice

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Heard service here was bad, but that was understatement. After seated, waited nearly 30 minutes for water only. Glass had lipstick on it when presented. Waitress said, I thought I cleaned the glasses. Meaning we had dirty glasses. On top of that, our waitress was NOT wearing a mask at all, even though it was restaurant policy. That was only the service. Food was subpar and over priced. Asked to add a lobster tail to my steak. They brought me a whole lobster that was mushy and over cooked. Only wanted one lobster tail, but was charged for the whole lobster. Didn't give me the option. Just a bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best experience

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DantheHandyman
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to reach, enough parking, very clean, good amount of different food to select. Service was great, food excellent and affordable. 5-star overall!

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vipJack
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was excellent. Great ambience - easy to have a dinner conversation. Would definitely recommend and would definitely go back.

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vipgrtinindy
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had prime rib and it was outstanding . Our server Barrie was great.

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vipSeanM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service got off to a slow start and only slightly improved. Restaurant appealed to older demographic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This was our first visit, but won’t be our last. Particularly enjoyed getting to know Roy, the “mixologist” at the bar. The perfect bartender.
Our food was very good: wife had scallops and I enjoyed the ossa bucco. It was very good that Chef Rolf visited us and asked if all was well. Our only concern was that our waitress, although a lovely person and very attentive, wore her mask under her chin until we asked her to wear it appropriately. She complied from that moment on, and as I said, she did a good job.

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vipmonicat
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Average food and service. Excellent grouper ceviche. Otherwise food was below expectations and so many better places to go in Sarasota

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TryItOut
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted at our appointed time and taken directly to a table. The wait staff was prompt, efficient and answered our questions. Food was outstanding. We will return.

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant! The food is sooo delish!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef and other staff all addressed us when we were seated and when we left. Excellent service and Sunday brunch. Manager also told us about upcoming specials and invited us back.

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Foodie
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first experience at Rolf's, I will go back every time that I am in Sarasota, can't wait for the next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

First time dining, will defiantly make a return. Food was amazing with a unique menu. Server was great and friendly. Host was always checking on us and other guest. Ordered a bottle of wine that was okay. We regretted not going with our first choice. Took a pizza to go that was amazing! All in all a good experience

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CarolM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal! 1lb lobster 19.99 and 12 oz prime rib 19.99. Service great too! We will go back!

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AliceB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Used to go there for “thee chocolate cake”. I think they changed to dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.....not as good.
Food, service, ambiance was very good....but the chocolate cake changed, may have to go elsewhere now.

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vipLindy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very fresh and delicious. We were not rushed. The waiter checked with us so that each course was freshly prepared and hot.

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vipDANNYG
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent, and our service that night with Roy (the bar manager) was excellent. They were a bit slow, like most restaurants these days, but we were happy to support a local restaurant.

Our first time there, the food was great, wine list was "ok", hard to say what the ambiance is/was being that it was in large part empty. I can imagine if this place is full it has a different feel to it.

While it was maybe not as "modern" as some of the other new places, the open kitchen was cool, they had a piano player playing music all night and overall the food and service was very good.

So is it a "must visit" for me, no probably not...but I also don't think you can go wrong here if you want a nice dinner and something that isn't a chain or isn't in the hub of tourist stuff. You can tell almost everyone in there was local, so that's a good sign the food is always good. And the chef came by and said hi which was a nice personal touch also.

I would recommend if you've never tried...

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Mike
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, Service was a little slow, but very friendly. The baked brie appetizer was outstanding.

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Bria
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Came here for NYE dinner. We are always going out to eat and trying new places and I was not very impressed. Food did not taste fresh and was a bit overpriced. Waiter and staff were all super nice and had an overall great experience, but the food was just average.

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vipGeorgeC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve.

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CindiB
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and Candace provided excellent service. Will definitely go back again.

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vipSarsataMike
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Two hours on a night with a few tables taken. Service was extremely slow no idea why. I think the waiter was new but was so quiet wouldn’t expect the long delays. On the upside food was very good.

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sueb
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful ambiance,fantastic service.
Really enjoyed piano. Will be our special dining destination!
Sue

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TomF
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Christmas dinner

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drmoogala
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food service was good too Will definitely go back

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RayC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Christmas meal couldn’t have been more perfect!! All was wonderful!!

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Chef Rolf's New Florida Kitchen is rated 4.3 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

Chef Rolf's New Florida Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.chefrolf.us/.

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.