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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Longboat Key, FL

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

4.8
4.8
8584 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

10:00 PM


Booked 163 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 8,584 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Great for scenic views

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Seafood

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Ambiance

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for scenic views

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Most Booked

8,584 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience as always! Service was excellent and the food delicious.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good would have loved to be outside but very hard to get any reservations!!!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Jason was exceptional! So very pleasant! Food was delicious with beautiful outdoor seating!

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  4. StephenB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience all around. Great views and seafood. The service was excellent.

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  5. Elsa

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in the area! We always look forward to dining at this restaurant. The food is delicious and the water view is the best!

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  6. MichaelK

    Chicago

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My usual seafood dining restaurant on Long Boat Key! Fabulous fish. Outstanding everything, including bar drinks! Get a table on the patio!

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  7. MaryO

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday celebration for our son and the food and service were topnotch, as always. Dry Dock ever fails to provide us with an amazing meal with a view to match. Lobster Rolls and Coconut Shrimp salad are our favs.

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  8. ColetteD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, excellent service, delicious food. We tried the lobster bites and they were delicious same as the calamari. All of our main courses were exactly as we ordered them. The window table with our 1st time guests was well appreciated. We’ll return next week!

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  9. DavidT

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the casual but upscale atmosphere and the food and service is excellent. And I like that I can get a reservation. When in town, we always go to Dry Dock.

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  10. Didjueat

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been wanting to go here for a long time. Very casual waterfront dining with lots of steps, though they do have an elevator. Not sure what all the fuss is about. Apart from the beautiful view, it has a similar menu to Tripletail, another Gecko property. Our meal was very good and service and ambiance was good. We came from Siesta Key. Just not sure it is worth the 30+ minute drive, when we can have the same food at Tripletail ,5 minutes away, minus the view of the bay. We did enjoy it, just not sure we will hurry back.

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  11. DonnaH

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our experience here with friends. Fabulous service; and very good food, as usual.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly service. Recommended to us by 3 friends.

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  13. EdwardO

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice menu and great view. Service was excellent and the food was great! Highly recommend this restaurant. Parking is a little challenging due to limited space but it’s worth waiting for a place.

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  14. HalF

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent mussels and the fried grouper was outstanding. Lucky to get a table outside by the water. Beautiful.

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  15. HanniW

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious meal and terrific service at Dry Dock!! Everyone there was super nice will definitely return!! 👍👍

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Once again a great experience. Food was outstanding Service has been incredible. Kenny looked after us last night and he was very attentive and engaging. Well done dry dock ..

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  17. RichardG

    Greater Boston

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was excellent as usual but our service was spectacular. Kudos to “Sam” for taking great care of us!

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  18. CherylB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic👍Food, service and ambiance made for a perfect evening❤️ Highly recommend

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  19. DrumlineMom1

    Des Moines

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    By far the best dinner we’ve had in Longboat Key! We were actually seated ahead of our reservation time and had very prompt, friendly service from Diego. Food and view were both superb!

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  20. JeriA

    Charleston

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent choice for a nice dinner out with a beautiful view! We come here everytime we vacation in the area. Food is excellent and great service! We are never disappointed!

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  21. AngieB

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service with unbeatable views of Sarasota Bay.

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  22. Anonymous

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem! The location is stunning and the views from the restaurant are just lovely. The food was absolutely delicious. Staff were very attentive as well.

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  23. RandallJ

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner, the ambience, the service, all very exceptional!

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  24. DaveH

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Here for 2 weeks this year. Went twice. Loved both dinners!

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  25. Paula

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and our waitress was wonderful! It’s our favorite restaurant!

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  26. RichardC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us had dinner. One shared the coconut shrimp. Two had grouper, one had crab cakes and the last one had the pasta with chicken in a wine sauce. One couple shared the cheesecake that was superb. Everything was over the top!

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  27. HeatherM

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience for our dinner yesterday. The food was fantastic our server, Katie was incredible. Great restaurant, we will certainly return.

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  28. LindaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the lobster rolls and they were delicious! Yes, the hot dog roll was toasted. The waiter was knowledgeable, accommodative and very pleasant. We ate upstairs and loved the view. I would definitely go back.

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  29. RichardC

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful outside table(screened in area). Waiter Justin is a true professional. Service was outstanding. Food was delicious. Noise level was not an issue and with 6 of us at a round table we could talk and visit. We will return again.

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  30. foodie

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great meal at the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. My wife ordered her go-to …grilled Grouper and it was excellent as always. I changed it up and ordered grilled Chilean Sea Bass. It might be by new favorite.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food; service and ambience; definitively recomended!

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  32. 1224456677A

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    David provided outstanding service, as usual. The Grouper, steamed vegetables and Caesar salad were great.

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  33. KathleenP

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always. My husband and I had the sea bass dinner. Outstanding.

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  34. LoisG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered lobster and bacon wrapped scallops. Delicious!

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  35. LoveFood

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! Parking is very difficult, but worth the hassle

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Promptly seated upon arrival on third level—preferred first or second level seating but that would have been a wait. Excellent service and tasty food as usual. Look forward to our next visit.

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  37. PatL

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a beautiful view of the bay from our table. The meals were delicious as well as the cocktails.

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  38. BillyBabs

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visit it every time we get to Longboat Key! Food and Service are reliably excellent.

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  39. JulieM

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely experience at the Dry Dock. Hadn’t been there in years. We dined upstairs which was lovely and we had a beautiful view. The food was delicious and service excellent. We will return again soon!

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  40. JoannH

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Was really looking forward to eating here mostly because of the view and the seafood pasta, been there before. We arrived early and were seated at a spot without a view. Several tables emptied by windows and I asked if we could move. It was just myself and my husband and I was told these were for four people even though other couples were seated at the same type of table. Immediately after another couple was again seated with a view at a four person table. Really we could have been accommodated and that really took away the enjoyment of the evening. Food was good and our server tried for us but was overruled for really no good reason.

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FAQs

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 8584 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 163 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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