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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Longboat Key, FL

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

4.8
4.8
7941 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 108 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

What 7,941 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Great for scenic views

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Seafood

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Ambiance

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for scenic views

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Most Booked

7,941 Reviews
  1. GlendaJ

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, wonderful food! Waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. We’ll be back soon!

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  2. LBKAnnie

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is consistently good ! The service is great! View fabulous !

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  3. JoanL

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to place for guests. Always excellent. Our shrimp loving guests were not disappointed in the very large coconut shrimp.

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  4. RobertG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I had the Chilean sea bass that seemed a little undercooked and very bland tasting as well . Oysters Rockefeller was excellent as well as the grouper tacos .I have had the sea bass there at least 2 other occasions and found it to be very good, unfortunately not this time .

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  5. Holly

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took friends and the service was great and the view amazing.

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  6. MarinaV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    The food was very average for the price. Seafood Chowder was excellent. Citrus Grouper and blackened Red Snapper were average. We could skip Mashed Potatoes. French Fries was a much better choice. The main issue was not with the food. We were seated outside by the water which seemed perfect. However, we were eaten alive by no-see-ums. We were not warned about no-see-ums and didn't realize the severity of the issue at first. After some time we asked to turn on a fan (to fan no-see-ums away) and later we were offered a bug spray. Changing the table was already too late. I ended up with having 150+ no-see-ums bites all over my body and my husbands legs were badly bitten. Apparently, I have a strong allergic reaction to no-see-ums bites. As a result, I am now covered with about 150+ very itching red bumps up to 1/2 inch in size each and there is no medication that can reduce itching or speed up healing. This is not what anyone would expect from visiting a restaurant. If anything, this could and should be prevented. I suspect that other visitors have had similar issues, and this was why the big spray was around and the bottle was almost empty. The offered "deep woods" bug spray is not effective against no-see-ums. It has to be Picaridin 20%.

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  7. MikeJ

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, excellent service in a calm lovely atmosphere. We sat inside and had a table by the window with an expansive view of the bay. The lobster tails were succulent and the rice and vegetables delicious. My spouse had the salmon, equally delicious. We had the Caesar salads and the peel and eat shrimp for an appetizer and finished our meal with cappuccino and key lime pie. We highly recommended The Dry Dock!

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  8. NorbertM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a nice atmosphere. Beautiful views. Food well prepared and tasty. Prices not unreasonable considering restaurant is on the water.

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  9. MichaelZ

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent, beautiful view and tasteful ambiance. Food was excellent and price point was fair. We will defiantly go back.

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  10. Biscotti

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is by far our most favorite restaurant in the Sarasota area. We sat outside and it was the most beautiful evening and view. Everything is fresh, drinks are delicious.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never a bad time at Dry Dock!!! Absolutely love their desserts are Gluten Free now!!!

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  12. JohnPD1

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Plan ahead. Make Reservation. You will not be disappointed

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  13. DJMW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good at this restaurant and their Tripletail restaurant.

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  14. carlj

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of four enjoyed 4 selections. Grouper was good, chicken Marsala was tasty, the best were the seafood pasta dishes. The bowl was loaded with seafood with a yummy sauce. Pair the great food and good service to the beautiful bay view and it’s a winning combination.

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  15. DonS

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We eat at the Dry Dock frequently. The food is always excellent. Last night we had two complaints. I had a Maine lobster tail. It was tiny. Surprisingly small - but tasty. I mentioned it to our server, who was excellent, while paying the bill. I didn't make a big deal about it - just constructive complaint. When she returned with the check she offered us a free dessert, which wasn't necessary and very responsive. I deferred as I was full and watching my weight. The only other complaint was that the "fish lights" that are usually on along the sea wall weren't on. They usually are and attract loads of good size fish which are entertaining. Plus the light gives off a nice glow that adds to the atmosphere. I asked a server why they weren't on and he said he inquired with the manager. But nothing happened. Too bad. No big deal. Wouldn't stop me from returning. We go there by boat and it's still the best place in town on the water with the best view and reliably good food and service.

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  16. Lovetoeat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Peaceful & relaxing atmosphere on the patio. Grouper was the best I have had in years. Service was excellent! Highly recommend.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, personnel, wait times. Couldn’t say enough great things about our waiter David. Coming back soon! Then coming with family in December! Looking forward to dining again! Thanks a million, Janet R.

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  18. LarryD

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the linguine with clams. Outstanding! Great service and great views

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  19. Caza

    Tampa

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marvelous lunch experience. We were seated as requested at a window table with a lovely water view - so that was a great start. The service was friendly, professional and attentive, and made us feel like welcome guests. We ordered grouper tacos and the spinach / strawberry / pecan salad with salmon. The food arrived freshly prepared, cooked perfectly, and every bite was delicious. We heartily recommend this wonderful restaurant

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  20. Libby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, as always, was delicious. Service was tops, it’s off-season, so the wait staff was relaxed.

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  21. KathyO

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Male server attentive, personable and we were not rushed.

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  22. CB921

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We have been dining at Drydock for many years when traveling to Sarasota Area It is always a great dining experience but this past time was AVERAGE @ BEST We had a reservation but checked in a bit early for a drink in the bar Numerous other diners came in after without a Resy and were seated before us even though we told the hostess we were present and available anytime They did not offer us the available seating which was very disappointing Dinner was tasty but the temperature of the food was just warm not HOT Our waitress was friendly & gave us outstanding service Great Location / Atmosphere

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  23. SarahA

    San Antonio

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    These was our second time at Dry Dock. I believe it was better than our first experience. The setting is beautiful.

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  24. adlawjo

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good food and service on our repeat visit.

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  25. JohnK

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great scenery Good food Samantha excellent waitress

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  26. Wayne

    Orlando

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great casual spa t on the water. Dan our server was exceptional. All the food was good but the grouper bites we not too crispy, almost a soggy crust. We'll be back

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  27. BethamyW

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicely varied menu. Good lobster roll and shrimp tacos. Great grilled salmon sandwich. Yummy coleslaw and rice and beans. Good coffee too. Super view. Dry Dock goes the extra step with decor and cloth napkins. Sylvia was a really super waitress. Our second visit and we plan to return.

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  28. NanceC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience. Rachel, our server was amazing! Freindly, professional, accomadating, and pleasant. The greet at the door was also perfect, and personable. Theresa, who met us at the top balcony, was also pleasant. My son was in from seattle for a day so i had to choose a spot that i was going to be pleased with! You aced it ! Thank you! I will be back solo, or with additional guests

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  29. GjG74

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Server was very slow returning to table to take order. Waited 20 minutes. Was just going to call for help and he returned

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  30. DeeDeeK

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambience was incredibly beautiful outside. The filet was just ok. We had a wonderful time though. We will return!

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  31. HeatherC

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Great good! Great drinks! Great view! Get the lobster rolls!

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  32. DENNISH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Food was very good. Service could have been better as I had to look for our waiter twice and even then our order was incorrect.

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  33. DaveS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner as always. Great staff, excelent cocktails and the food is aways very good. One of my favorites for blackened grouper.

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  34. TonyaE

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delectable as usual and Alex our waiter was phenomenal! Spot on!!

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  35. 3215Design

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I made reservations for 7PM but arrived about 15 minutes early. The host asked us to wait at the bar until until ready and at 7PM they sat us to the outer most left table next to the water which the host said was there best table. We both sat towards the water to watch the sky glow as the sun set. We started with an ice cold bottle of Chardonnay and sourdough bread. Our server brought us some bug spray for the no-see-ums... and were not bothered after. For an appetizer we had lobster bites which were excellent and considered ordering more for my entree. Caesar salads were fresh and crisp. We each ordered the fresh caught Grouper, one with grilled with house spices and the other fried... both were served hot and were excellent. Ended by sharing the key lime pie. Overall it was a perfect evening of great food and wine, great service at a great table. Thank you Dry Dock.

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  36. LoraM

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! Beautiful view on the patio and great food and service!! Definitely recommend!

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  37. Russ

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Everyone was very nice, good service. The food was just ok. The lobster tail was very dry. The mashed potatoes were just plain lumpy mashed potatoes. Not worth the money.

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  38. DennisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great. The view was amazing.

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  39. JimT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, great food. The restaurant was clean and well-lighted--to the max.

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  40. Jmill

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food, and atmosphere! Highly recommend

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FAQs

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 7941 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 108 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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