Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

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$30 and under
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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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KristinaM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Every time we visit we have to eat at The Dry Dock. We Love the food and the atmosphere. Wait staff is always friendly. Only thing this last time the lobster bisque and clam chowder were not very good otherwise everything else we had was delicious!

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vipJim1
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining on water. Delicious as always, with great service. Will be back ASAP

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viprhoda
Orlando
258 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and the best service the view is also fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice evening.. great food, great service, great atmosphere ... we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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RobertF
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a worth while experience. Wait times for a table can be long, but the food and atmosphere of the restaurant are completely worth it. I would recommend setting reservations early.

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vipJenniferD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there. Beautiful and the food was delicious!

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DanielArbe
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best of the best . The food perfect . The service perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always!!

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vipJonS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife’s big birthday here. It was Labor Day Saturday so it was crowded. We had a reservation for 6:30c but weren’t seated until 7. We talked to a family without a reservation and they had already waited an hour and a half and were told “maybe another 45 minutes.” They left. Maybe COVID has limited their table placement. Food was okay. Nothing spectacular. Wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always enjoy this restarting. Great food and service.

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vipDrMike60
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Promptly seated. Server very cordial. Did not rush our party of 6. Food very good and island priced. Must stop when in the area!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Dry Dock! Wonderful dining experience -highly recommend!

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RobinR
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views, great food and outstanding service!

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DanelleS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable! The food is always delicious as well as the drinks! I suggest the grouper and the lobster bisque.

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PhyllisP
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always wonderful 😋

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MyraB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful ambience . The coconut shrimp and lobster bites as an appetizer were delicious , as far as main course the seafood linguini and citrus Grouper were our favorite. Overall very happy with this restaurant, will definitely return.

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vipAsti
Tampa
138 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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grizzly
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

came strongly recommended and it did not disappoint--second best sarasota restaurant i have experienced

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vipAlanF
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places...consistently good food and service, and a terrific location on the Bay.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great always dependable on quality & service

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Today was my Mom Birthday, I’m select this restaurant because was very special for her, customer services was excellent, great service, food was very good and very nice quality control, special in seafood, thank you for everything.

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BeverlyB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good job of spacing tables inside. Fast service and great food! I will definitely return. Great view also...good in any weather!

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vipPhilA
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good seafood and view of Sarasota Bay.
Recommend the fish & chips and mussels

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Luv2EatOut
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed sitting by the water. The food and service were fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve visited Dry Dock many times and it always exceeds expectations. The quality of the food is impeccable and service is always fantastic. Our server, Dan, was very enjoyable as well as the rest of the staff as they hurried to get everyone under cover when it started to drizzle. Hope to be going back very soon. My favorite restaurant on longboat key hands-down!

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DeborahF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ere here celebrating our 50th Anniversary and decided on eating at this restaurant. We had the lobster bisque which was delicious along with the coconut shrimp. I had the lobster,shrimp and scallop linguine with tomato basil sauce. We were given a piece of Key lime pie in celebration and it was yummy. We would highly recommend eating here.

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BonB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent service was great the view and vibes were nice my second time going this month and I’m definitely coming again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is great. Food, view, service are A1

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KyleS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED our meal. It was my boyfriends birthday and he loved the meal, view, and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Dry Dock Grill and everything was fabulous. The decor is almost like a boating and fishing museum which my husband and children loved. Both the food and the views are amazing! They did a great job with spacing the tables according to new CDC guidelines. I was glad we found a great restaurant a little bit off the path from all of the people crowding at St.Armands Circle. We enjoyed the best calamari ever; the lobster bisque was delicious and my husband had a Maine lobster tail which was sweet and tender! They brought him a huge piece of Key Lime pie for his birthday.

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ScottW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We visit LBK often, Dry Dock is one of those places that is a great stop for lunch or dinner. Food and Service is great, beautiful view. Stayed seven days eat a dinner and a lunch there last week. Would suggest anyone in the area to give this restaurant a try. We will be back.

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Cary
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Best jumbo fried shrimp in Longboat. The Sea Bass is excellent. Beautiful view in dining room. A favorite spot for sure.

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vipRichmorre
Tallahassee
63 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our first time and we loved it. We will definitely be going again. The food was very good, especially the Seafood Chowder. The value is not bad and the service was good but a bit slow at times. This is a good value and worth a revisit.

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JeneseN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and adorable place! Want to go back!.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome service and delicious food.

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vipsrqrob
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Make sure you have bug repellant for after dark. Nice views of Sarasota Bay..

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BradM
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible view, and the food was all outstanding. Service was a 10/10 as well.

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ThomasG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The view from patio was amazing! The food was good and waitress efficient. Be prepared for mosquito bites from the moment you sit down!

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BRIANR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

This was our one date night while on vacation with family on Anna Maria. It had great reviews and we were really looking forward to a nice seafood dinner. Unfortunately from beginning to end we were disappointed. First, we had requested a table by the water when we made our reservation, and would have been willing to wait for one. Instead, they tried to seat us next to their outdoor bussing station/garbage. We managed to get moved to another table but still not next to the water. Next came the bugs. They are so bad that the servers hand out bottles of 40% DEET spray to all the tables. Really annoying to be dressed up for a nice night out and having to douse yourself in bug spray.

On to the food. We ordered a “Prince Edward Island mussels” appetizer. I use quotation marks because they were NOT PEI mussels, they were way too big to be. They were also dry, spongy, and mealy. We both spit them out and sent them back. The server apologized and removed them from the bill, but a quick visit from management would have been appropriate and appreciated. Feeling hesitant to go all out with seafood for meals after the mussels, I chose fish and chips and the husband chose grouper tacos. The fish and chips were fine, you can’t really mess that up. My husband described the tacos as full of a lot of fish but lacking any flavor. We decided to skip dessert.

Service was friendly but very slow. Drinks were a mix- my Moscow Mike was very short on ginger beer but my husband really enjoyed his Manhattan.

Overall I just can’t recommend Dry Dock. This was a really disappointing experience.

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