Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

4.8
4043 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 Fresh Grouper, Red Snapper, and The Famous Lobster Roll. Enjoy the second story dining area with a panaramic view of the bay, or enjoy dining outdoors on our dockside patio.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 4043 people are saying
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJim1
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation for lunch at noon. Table ready when we
arrived. Food and service consistently good. After multiple owners and several years, Dry Dock remains one of the best restaurants in Sarasota.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and views

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RonnieB
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, staff - always enjoy it when we’re in that area

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OceanLover
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great view and always great food. Love being on the water and having great fresh fish. One of the few places you can count on to always have great quality. Can't beat it!

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vipBarbaraA
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistent and full menu. So many things we like hard to decide.
Nice view of the city while enjoying dining with friends.

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Sarah216
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & view. Would definitely return.

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Norpen
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were tied up in traffic in downtown Sarasota due to road construction. I called DryDock and they were very accommodating about our dilemma. We arrived about 35 minutes late for our reservation and were seated within about 3 minutes. Exceptionally thoughtful and understanding.
Our server was excellent and our lunch was wonderful (both in party had the tacos, one grouper, one shrimp). It couldn’t have been better after an aggravating trip to LBK.

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SandyB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and beautiful view! Our waitress was awesome, too.

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AdrianP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice lunch, great service. Waterfront table in 90 degree heat with a couple of powerful fans going. Nice vibe.

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vipDonS
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting right on the water. Good and service are always exceptional. One of our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view and food

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vipSusanP
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our favorite restaurant!! everything is wonderful :)

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BrittH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

2nd level window seating was amazing. I was a bit disappointed as they did not have lobster or crab available. Recommend the Grouper bites as they were nice and big - an appetizer. Lobster Bisque (which they did have that with lobster) was amazing. Shrimp and Scallops was very tasty too. I will go back for sure - hopefully they will have crab!

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LilianaC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy everything, oysters, grouper sandwich fried and grilled both awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We booked this at the last minute while driving through Longboat Key and very glad we did. We were really looking forward to having a lobster roll, but it wasn’t available - however, this meal did not disappoint. Both meals were seafood dishes my husband and I had never had before - Grouper and Stone Crab. My husband opted for the Grouper blackened and it tasted delicious. I had the Stone Crab served warm with drawn butter and it was awesome. A bit of work, but worth every tender morsel of crab. The prices were a bit high, but considering location, I suppose that is expected. We had an early dinner, but when we left, it was packed waiting for tables and parking was a challenge for those coming in. Definitely plan ahead and make a reservation so you don’t miss out on this place!

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HallyeT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Audi was outstanding. Pasta was very good. Atmosphere was the best! We had a 9:15 PM reservation and it was beautiful. No rush. Very relaxed.

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JackZ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time on the lower level outside dining area with great views of the water and boats. Server and service was outstanding. We began with the calamari appetizer which was plentiful and well cooked. My wife had fresh grouper grilled and topped with a citrus sauce which was fresh and outstanding in presentation and taste. I had the fresh local red snapper blackened which was also outstanding. A creme brulee for desert topped off a memorable meal.

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JOHNNY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely seats on window overlooking water. Very good service and very good food all around. A safe bet for all situations.

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good
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting my moms favorite place! Beautiful!

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RobertF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and they follow Covid protocols.

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vipLarue
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor venue! Food was delicious!! Personable and efficient server!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waterfront view on the patio and great service while we enjoyed a delicious meal of blackened grouper, grilled snapper, and mixed scallops & shrimp platter. A great experience! Never disappoints.

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MarkP
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant , excellent food service and view, highly recommend reservations if you want to go!

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Trish
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous grouper tacos!!!!

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vipSpecial
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend to Dry Doc, for her 85th birthday. Our waitress Sonia made it a very special event for her, I would like to thank her.

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vipGood
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great we were there two days earlier and could not wait to take our friends! The coconut shrimp salad is incredible and the lobster bites were amazing.

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CaroleR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best quality food in the area . Next time I shall reserve earlier.

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BarbaraW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, ambiance and service. Even on a sweltering Florida day outdoors,
our dining experience was very comfortable sitting near the water.

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LIndaD
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was perfect as a special thank you for friends - lovely view, outdoor seating, excellent service and very good food including amazing desserts.

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vipEllenB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally managed to get a reservation to have lunch outside. We love the tranquil setting and the beautiful vistas and the food and service was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. All reasonably priced too.

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Linlan
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful setting. Delicious wine and salad and fish.

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vipeater
Indiana
79 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dry Dock is the best restaurant in Sarasota. When Geckos bought it, they did not change a thing. excellent food and site.

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RoseT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous appetizers, great main course and our server was great. The ambiance and view speak for themselves. Great night and can not wait to return again, it is now 4 great experiences!

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JanellR
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just trying out a recommendation

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BeckyP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable late lunch (1:30). Food was tasty, all 6 of us were very satisfied with our entrees. Our server was excellent, catered to our every need. We felt quite comfortable with our outdoor seating and were able to sit and visit for quite a while after lunch.

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LuanneF
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took Mom for lunch. She is 97 and uses a walker, but we know the food and view are wonderful. Food is excellent, but pricey for lunch.

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vipSteveW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky to be at one of Kari’s tables. Second time, we will ask for her from now on, she’s great! Food and drinks also great, and a delish slice of key lime pie for my bday!

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ElaineW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waited awhile for a 6 o’clock reservation. Texted me by phone even though I was standing right next to the hostess stand. Had drinks, appetizer and entrees. Drinks and appetizer came quickly. Told the waiter to wait at least until we finish appetizer before entrees come out. He said it would be at least 20 minutes for the dish. Five minutes later our entrees came out. Waiter told the server to bring back entrees to kitchen. Entrees came back 10 minutes later. Still kind of hot but dinner felt really rushed.
Thank god the food was really good. My snapper adelita was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very friendly!!! Food was outstanding.

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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 4043 OpenTable diners.

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.