Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

4.8
3672 Reviews
$30 and under
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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 3672 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSadiesplace
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Lobster roll wasn’t as good as usual. Unfortunately it was very crowded and rainy so took away some of the f the ambiance. Was surprised with Covid so many people were inside!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DryDock never disappoints!

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vipmarlam
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming here for years - always a favorite!!

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vipACG2018
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we were greeted by the gentleman at front desk, the staff was professional, attentive qnd congenial.
The food exceeded our expectations.

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carlj
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's in the name, Waterfront. Right on the intercoastal with a view of sailboats, pelicans, and occasional dolphin. We've eaten there several times and the service is very good. The food has always been excellent and not overpriced considering where you are. The restaurant is always clean and very well kept.

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vipJohnP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was fast and efficient. Food was mediocre. My grouper was bland. Probably ok for lunch but would pass on dinner

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Momof3
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Must book reservations weeks in advance but did not disappoint

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Bruce
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dry Dock is our hands down favorite place on Longboat Key. Love the seafood linguini with wine and garlic sauce. Doesn’t get much better and the view is outstanding!

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vipkathie
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh seafood! Great view, great service and deliciously prepared food!

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vip1VMI
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem next to a dry dock for boats on the Sarasota Bay. Parking and access are a little difficult but once inside, the view of the bay is awesome. Decor is classy nautical, not kitchee. Old photos of the area i.e. Bird Key are interesting. We were seated on the upper level inside with large windows offering 180 degree views of the bay and Sarasota skyline. We both had the Red Snapper...best I have ever had. Great seafood stew and lobster bisque too. Our server was very attentive and helpful. Reservations are a must. We went at 2:30 on a weekday and the wait would have been an hour without a reservation.

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francisg
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time in two weeks!!
Great menu with many seafood options, reasonably priced. Sides and salad included.
Had some type of grouper each time and all were delicious.
Servers are very friendly , knowledgeable and attentive.
They do get busy, so definitely make a reservation.

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ScottR
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exemplary!
Will return as all aspects were outstanding!

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vipJohnS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood, service and wonderful water views! What more could you want?

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DonR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food, excellent wine and cocktail selections.

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vipPorky
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Coconut shrimp , & grouper sandwich were excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tanner was an amazing waiter! The food was great!

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pauliew
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent dining experience!

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Desertsue2
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, professional friendly staff, fun environment, freshest best grouper ever!

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VinceM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere on the water, service and food excellent also. Nice leisurely dinner, did not rush out food or make you feel pressure after dinner.

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vipDanC
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made a reservation for 5:45 pm. On arrival we requested outdoor dining and were told that we would likely be seated 20-30 minutes after our reservation time because of our request. We were fine with that estimate and ordered a drink. The actual wait time was slightly more than an hour. That’s just a bit too long. Once seated we had a good meal and an enjoyable evening. Perhaps a better way would be to ask customers to select either an indoor v. outdoor table and perhaps the wait time could be reduced.

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vipMichaelK
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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Jfriendly
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absloutely FABULOUS; the setting by the shimmering water on a warm, sunny, bright day; our tasty delicious; the attentive server Dan; and best of all our lively company of friends!

Nothing disappointed and we gladly look forward to returning several times!

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vipjweswhite
Naples
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding setting on Sarasota Bay. Reservation system does not allow for differentiating between preference for indoor or waterside al fresco seating, so there is an additional wait for an outside table. Well worth it. Menu is terrific and preparation is excellent.

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Wilbsharon
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation but still waited for 20minutes for our table

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Scoots17
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a fun place to eat on the water. You have to make your reservation early though.

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HersheyBoy
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the waterfront ambiance. Service and food were excellent, as usual. Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota.

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JohnF
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sat outdoors on the early side of lunch hour, so no problem getting a table. Table was a little sticky, could have been from humidity. Planters on mobile wheels were old and shabby, could have used some replacement.

Ordered iced tea and a turkey wrap. Order came promptly as ordered, server was very prompt. The quantity of food was great, sweet potato fries accompanied were well done, everything tasted wonderful and fresh. Highest recommendation if this is typical of their menu. Overall, a little noisy near an overpass, typical for an outdoor bar/restaurant. Very good food.

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CherylF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food we’ve had on our 3 week vacation. Everything was excellent

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and helpful, food was very well prepared and tasted amazing!!

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LidoEd
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great. service was great, view was great. Portions
could be a little larger.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a fine dining experience. The service is always excellent and many wonderfully delicious food choices. Just made another reservation

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BarbaraW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restraurant is really nice and the food is mouth watering. The service was really good and the view was unbelievable!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was sue’s 50th birthdays and we loved it. Our only issue was the exhaust fumes from the running engines. Otherwise loved our time and Sue loved her key lime pie!!!!!

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KathleenB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coconut shrimp best I’ve had in ages and ages. Server, Audi, was on top of her game. My 90-year-old cousin was with me and the staff went out of their way to ensure we were well taken care of. Great day for us. Will be back the next time we’re in LBK.

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MelissaD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dry Dock is our favorite date night restaurant. Our waitress was excellent and very enthusiastic. The food, service and atmosphere was fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Allow 30 extra minutes for reservations made for outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never fails to delight me!! Service is great and the food is consistently fabulous!!

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vipDeloptd
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service & food

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DaleB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been a favorite of mine for years; consistently great food and terrific service. Love it-

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Greenco
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous - always have to eat at dry dock when we’re on longboat key

FAQs

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 3672 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.