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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Longboat Key, FL

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

4.8
4.8
6687 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is a “polished casual” restaurant over looking Sarasota Bay. We are located at the south end of Longboat Key behind the gas station. We are north of St. Armand’s Circle, and minutes from downtown Sarasota. Best known for Local Fresh Grouper and Red Snapper. Enjoy the second story dining area with a panaramic view of the bay, or enjoy dining outdoors on our dockside patio.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 110 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 383-0102

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Hector Torres

  • Catering

    Not Available

  • Private party facilities

    Private Parties Not Available. We only take reservations for parties of 8 and under only. We do not take reservations for parties of 9 or greater.

  • Neighborhood

    Longboat Key

  • Cross street

    412 Gulf of Mexico Drive

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Entertainment

    N/A

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,687 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Ambiance

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Seafood

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Overall

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Ambiance

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for scenic views

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Seafood

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once we figured out that we need to make a reservation way way in advance, our experiences have bee stellar.
  2. JS

    JohnS

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food ambiance and staff are all terrific
  3. RF

    RFLongboatDecinFL22

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Red tide and poor food were the problems. Not worth the time and expense
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Blackened grouper sandwich was delicious. Our server, Nicole, was very attentive & friendly even though she was super busy. One of our favorite restaurants!
  5. BW

    BillW

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely Amazing Food and Service. A definite go to for fresh Grouper and Snapper.
  6. EB

    EllenB

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
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  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice dining experience.
  8. JV

    JohnV

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit and yes we have made reservations for New years Eve here too. I raved in my first review and it still stands this place has the highest standards i have seen in years. I would class it as a white Tablecloth venue. However with a comfortable casual atmosphere. I have many years experience in Food and Beverage management and I was impressed by everything. You can even dock your boat here and eat at the outside Patio or the inside upstairs dining room. We watched the Sailboat Regatta go by as we ate.
  9. JT

    JerzTarheel

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Service by Steve was excellent. The food was very good to excellent. The place is right on the bay and very nice, but unfortunately, the recent red tide fish kill presented the waterfront with lots and lots of dead fish. I will definitely come here again though because it's a really nice restaurant in a great location.
  10. CS

    CSCS

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the patio for lunch. The view was wonderful and the breeze felt great. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We both started with lobster bisque - rich and filled with chunky bits of lobster. We would have liked to lick the bowls. Our entrees were shrimp taco and fried grouper taco. Both were very fresh and flavorful. The accompanying rice and beans were well seasoned. We would definitely come back here on another trip to the island.
  11. BM

    BruceM

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Keep on going back, of course.
  12. P

    Pamela

    Tampa

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing view & delicious food!
  13. CL

    CharleyandLiz

    St. Louis

    290 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    290 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kate, our server was absolutely wonderful!! And the food was fabulous!! And the view was terrific!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Met up w/friends we see once a year.
  15. TH

    TomH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The scallops with bacon were absolutely delicious. Best I have ever tasted. Would go back again no doubt!
  16. GB

    GerryB

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend the blackened red snapper and the crab cakes
  17. MF

    MatthewF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Local Long Boat key Gems! This is The best waterfront restaurant in greater Sarasota and Tampa St Pete area Truly exceptional food service fun
  18. m

    michaelc

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great venue, good solid food with lots of fish options, wine list very short and uninspiring.
  19. J

    Jp515

    Naples

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are locals and try as we might, can rarely get into DD. For whatever reason, I lucked in today and found a reservation time that worked. Our meals were jdelicious and our server, Rachel, was so accommodating, and fun! Hopefully we won't have to wait too long to get in again! DF should keep space for us locals to help support the restaurant instead of pandering to the influx of tourists Who all seem to know about this gem!
  20. T

    Tammy

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dry Dock is a “must do” every time we are in the area. Service is always top notch and everything we’ve ordered us exceptional! Highly recommend the seafood chowder and the bacon wrapped scallops!
  21. JK

    JamesK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a table on the inside 2nd floor with a wonderful water view. As an added bonus, 2 dolphins appeared by the dock and gave us all a show. Food was excellent and served in a timely manner. Our server, Audi, was very pleasant and offered meal suggestions. A total dining pleasure. We are locals and will definitely come back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a delightful experience
  23. RL

    RLJL

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come to Sarasota every year and always trying new places to eat. I must say that the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill was a gem to find in Longboat Key. It was worth the 45 minute drive. Food was excellent as well as the service. We sat inside with a beautiful view of the bay. Next time we will try the outdoor dining as we definitely plan on going back.
  24. GP

    GPC5

    Washington DC

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was so great!
  25. GS

    GaryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great. Dining experience. A must stop every time we are in Sarasota.
  26. LE

    LidoEd

    Naples

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good, portions appeared smaller. The prices went up dramatically and is getting non affordable.
  27. AR

    ArielR

    Miami

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    like always excellent food and service can't be better.
  28. JW

    JuliaW

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely place to dine. Great service and great food
  29. B

    Byron2family

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dry Dock did not disappoint! Excellent stone crab, seafood linguine and cinnamon old fashion. Had our usual exceptional waiter, David, who provided excellent service. View, as always was amazing.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service can’t be beat. We all got bitten by bugs, so that was a serious downside.
  31. A

    Aradwynbupplumpv

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great view and service. Alway ya great option when I am in the area
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience - as always. Amazing food. Perfect service!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as usual!
  34. S

    Sydney

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Great ambience and views. Service was slow and not very attentive at all. Had the lobster rolls and shells in them.
  35. DB

    DenBradenton

    Tampa

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers scallops with bacon and the coconut shrimp were so good. Followed by delicious entrees Lobster tail with crab cakes and citrus grouper. Nice size portions. On top of wonderful food we had an excellent server Brittany!
  36. KA

    KimA

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food!
  37. W

    Wadsworthgal3

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great service and food was excellent!
  38. LP

    LaurieP

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Server forgot salad.
  39. JP

    JudyP

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, always consistent and the waitstaff is friendly and attentive.
  40. LW

    LarryW

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy eating at Dry Dock. Love sitting outside on the patio. Weather was windy and a little cool but patio area was protected nicely and the fire pit was on. Food and service was great as usual.

FAQs

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 6687 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 110 times today
Google Map for Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

412 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Additional information

  • Cross street

    412 Gulf of Mexico Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Longboat Key

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hector Torres

  • Entertainment

    N/A

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 383-0102

  • Catering

    Not Available

  • Private party facilities

    Private Parties Not Available. We only take reservations for parties of 8 and under only. We do not take reservations for parties of 9 or greater.

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