Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

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$31 to $50
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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.
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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed all of our food- fish tacos, lobster roll, grouper sandwiches, crab and corn soups and delicious bread. Lucky to get a waterfront table to boot!

OT
Tampa
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was relatively cold outdoors so we ate in the second level of the restaurant. This has a wonderful view of the water and the place makes one feel like their in a special sea based place. We had lunch. The calamari was absolutely delicious and so large that my wife and I were nearly full before we ordered lunch. I got the fish soup which was excellent. My wife just got a salad, which was fresh.

J
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just a place. Nothing special about it at all. Run of the mill food and drinks. Service was ok. View was decent. All in all, just a place that has fish and cocktails. Too many other choices out there to go back.

C
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was perfect! The food, the service, the ambiance. All perfect

Y
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant on Longboat Key!

KK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dry Dock is one of our favorites. Love the view, food & atmosphere!

JR
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been customers for years, original owners and current Geckos. The renovation of the restaurant is very pleasing as well as seemingly efficient. We, along with our family and friends, have always found a warm welcome on entry and the wait personnel very courteous and caring throughout the enjoyment of good food. It’s a pleasure to dine there.

F
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view. Delicious food. We always enjoy our meals here.

Love the new reservations!

RW
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, on the bay.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

TH
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food for the most part was good. Raw oysters were dry. But nothing major.
Maddie our server was a amazing as was the greeter at the podium.

TR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful and peaceful location. Food and service was great.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful server. He made our experience a lot of fun with his knowledge, friendliness and perfectly timed service.

We always go to Dry Sock when we visit Sarasota.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating there. Great views even if you sit inside!

Y
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG, this place was wonderful! Fabulous service and delicious dinner. Hubs had blackened red grouper--oh, so fresh and light with a Caesar salad to start. I ordered a spinach salad starter and tuscan cream shrimp pasta. Both entree's were beyond our expectations!

A
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and server was very kind. There was a long wait, as we did show up early for our reservation. But there was no getting in early! Still had a very nice outdoor area for waiting with a fire pit.
We both had the pasta with cream sauce. The scallops on mine were some of the best I’ve had and the appetizer Grouper fingers were seriously THE BEST. Must get.

NS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable good food. Enjoy early in season as it gets crazy and impossible to get in.

S
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and food .
I will be back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure

s
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve had lunch at Dry Dock many times, and always enjoyed...but this was the best experience. We usually sit outside; this time upstairs..loved the ambiance...very comfortable. All 4 of us all enjoyed our lunch...food, service and ambiance! The lobster rolls were excellent! Overtaken 1st place from the restaurant where I usually get them. Fish chowder, salads, everything was delicious (chocolate dessert the best!) will definitely go back with company or just us

2
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ordered Caesar salad with grilled grouper dressing on the side. Very small (almost a side salad) with dressing so garlicky it was inedible. Grouper in pieces, cold and tasteless with zero grill flavor or seasoning. Unsatisfying and a waste of money!

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very fresh food!

HM
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious dinner. We were seated upstairs which was fine, though I was hoping to be able to sit downstairs, outside. But as we didn’t want to wait another 20 minutes for a table we sat up. I particularly want to give a shout out to our waitress who was simply outstanding. She anticipated our needs, paced the meal well, got our order exactly right and made sure we had a terrific time. We’ll be back next year when we’re back in Sarasota.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really great experience, as usual.
We really appreciate the Dry Dock every time we visit. The food is great, the service is always outstanding and if there is a problem ( I had AC just above me and I was still recovering from a bad cold ) the staff moved the 4 of with a smile!!!!
Have been going there for years and will always go back. Thank you all @ Dry Dock

NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit, and it was really great. The service was excellent and the setting beautiful. I had red snapper and my daughter had the filet, and both were cooked perfectly. We had a reservation and were seated on time. Parking was the only difficulty. Be prepared to wait for a space. Overall, our experience was excellent.

OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at the Dry Dock and we had a lovely time. It had come highly recommended for a lunch spot, and we were not disappointed. The soup was terrific, as were the fish sandwiches we had for lunch.

The staff was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was casual and fun. I highly recommend for lunch in casual dining and would gladly return again.

GR
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food
professional servers and staff
Getting a seating can be a challenge and the only retraction in a superior place

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, spectacular view. ❤

VJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was respected. On time, other people without reservations were waiting.
Service was very good.
Food..met our expectations


We will return

K
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sitting on the patio overlooking the water was very pleasant. The seafood was good and the server was attentive.

E
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dry Dock is one of our very favorite restaurants--excellent food, ambiance, view. Our waiter was superb. Great experience.

J
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better Sarasota restaurants. Consistently good food and service. Highly recommended.

TV
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dry Dock always a special treat! Our server was outstanding. Look forward to coming back in April.

JS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Good value for the money. All employees were very pleasant

m
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit outside if you can , even the screened area is a much better atmosphere than inside, although you can still get some pretty bay views inside. Food is excellent ...all I have ever had there is seafood but everything Ive had is wonderful. Great service and relaxed waterfront atmosphere make it a great dinner out. They have revamped their reservation system in the past years ...now using open table!...so much easier to make a reservation!

N
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re from VA and have been spending winter in Siesta Key for 24 years. The Dry Dock Waterfront restaurant is at the top of the list for dinner. The grouper is the best I’ve ever eaten.

KG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a terrific dining experience! Best grouper in town and the corn chowder is amazing!

KC
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite birthday spot. The food is consistently good. Seafood pasta with white wine sauce is amazing as well as the creme brulee which is the best I've had.

K
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ( my wife and I)would recommend Dry Dock to friends. we have been dining at Dry Dock for over 20 years.
The staff were very good at their job. We came around 9:00 PM because there were not any available tables at an earlier time. Eating late in the evening was not any problem for us. we were only a two person table.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service