Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

4.8
2040 reviews
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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 at the Boathouse marina, behind the gas station. We are north of St. Armand’s Circle, and minutes from downtown Sarasota. Best known for Fresh Grouper, Red Snapper, Grouper Tacos, 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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JH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful atmosphere only it stormed outside!

B
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the view -probably the best on the waterfront we’ve found. Food is incredible and priced amazingly well Excellent service on Saturday night and going back tonight/Monday because it was that good.

J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance with the patio seating, but the food was subpar. Coconut shrimp had an old oil taste and the lobster bisque had 0 lobster in it.

AF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant ! Been eating here for years. Never been disappointed !

MP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops and shrimp were cooked to perfection. Every dish we tried was excellent. The staff was extremely attentive to every detail, and the outdoor ambiance was perfect as well even during a heavy rain. We will return here for dinner anytime we travel to Longboat Key.

m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fish was warm not hot I asked for blackened and looked like paprika on top it wasn't black the views excellent service above average

RP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly,fast and evenly spaced service with a smile was the norm while we were there. Our waitress was a delight and the food was very well prepared. Meal selection on the menu was numberous and reasonally priced.

d
Houston
64 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

IMHO, food has gone downhill. The quality is just not there as it was in the past. Also, less food for more money than in the past. Margaritas were awful. Before, they were very good for a premix type. Not anymore.

KB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t think of a better restaurant for an anniversary lunch. We loved the water view, the food, the ambience, and our excellent service.

DM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regular visitors to the Dry Dock and always have a first class experience. Food great, ditto cocktails and very friendly service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! The view was beautiful! They asked if it was a special occasion when I made the reservation, I said it was my husband birthday. They did not acknowledge it, why bother asking!

PC
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dry Dock was an awesome restaurant. The server was amazing and the food was awesome.

SR
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience, excellent food. Highly recommended.

SC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has the best and most tasty food ever. I am in a dinner group who meets at local upscale restaurants monthly. The Dry Dock has had the best food by far of all the restaurant we have been eating in for 2 years.

RC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner as usual. Oysters, grouper bites and grouper sandwich were spot on. Shamron was friendly and attentive. Great atmosphere, service and food!

C
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and what a great find. We dined indoors on the second floor but there is outdoor dining below. The atmosphere is bright and airy with windows overlooking a great view of the Gulf. It was refurbished in September 2018 (we asked our server Teresa) and it shows - the decor is light and very appropriate for a dockside location. And most importantly it is immaculately clean

The service was excellent - prompt, very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items. And of course the food - everything was freshly cooked and delicious. We shared the scallops wrapped in bacon; then we had the lobster rolls entree and the coconut shrimp salad; and finished with a Key Lime pie and Chocolate Chip brownie. This was an excellent Sunday lunch
This is a great place - smart casual environment, great food and service with the bonus of great views. We will be back

L
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first time here in a long time and it did not disappoint! The food was excellent and you can't beat the ambiance. We all enjoyed our meals which varied from soups, salads, to pasta dishes. My soup had a large chunk of fish in, no little pieces you can barely find in some soups. We will definitely be going back sooner than later.

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous! It’s our favorite restaurant. We make sure to get there every time we are in town from Buffalo. We recommend to all of our friends.

LP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to the Dry Dock for many years and have never had a bad experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and view were excellent!

C
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant when we visit the area. The food is always very good. The quality, quantity and flavor is perfect. Our waitress, Monica, is a great person who is attentive to your needs but does not bother you unless she sees you need something. We highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for an enjoyable experience along with a wonderful view along water.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night with family!! Good food. Our waitress was on point with drinks flowing!!

e
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, the view is what draws us again and again. The food is good, fresh and predictable. This time I had grilled grouper that was a bit over cooked. The steamed veggies were just right and the salad was crisp. Expect a long wait if you don’t reserve.

WM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 180 degree water-front view was amazing, and so was the decor, ambience, food and service.

g
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Crabcakes used to be very good and much lump crab. On this occasion they were a lot of filler and not real good. Hope this was an exception. This being bought by geckos it does seem as the quality has slipped a little.

j
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved the venue and food but the service on arrival was not good. Table booked for 746pm and arrived bang in time. Told no tables ready but we could go to the bar and wait. Ordered drinks then told we could have table so followed waitress but then told had to pay bar bill which couldn’t be added to our food bill as they couldn’t keep a track of us - whatever that means. So paid bill and had to struggle past other people who were waiting on tables. After all that we went upstairs and had a fab waitress who helped with menus. Food was great. Just a pity about the arrival service - really easy to fix so hope they listen - I’ll be going back

JM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great the food service environment. Have been here many times and a problem

RS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a Beautiful view with excellent food and a very extensive menu.

GR
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot and delicious food
We would come back anytime

RA
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Our favorite place in the Sarasota area.

SC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Great food (red snapper and a grouper to go --- grilled and cooked perfect). Very nice atmosphere outdoors. Service friendly and attentive. Excellent all around. Highest recommendation.

AJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there for years, and service and food have gotten increasingly better, especially since the remodel. Can not think of anything that could be improved upon unless it is the parking. It is a little congested.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! We fell in love and will be back. Delicious food, great views and service like no other.

KH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time visiting and we were not disappointed! The view, service and food were top notch. We will definitely be back!

BS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food, view, overall experience. Will go back soon.

L
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Snapper was dry...tried a switch from the grouper.. will stick with grouper next time

JF
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere!

CP
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. I would recommend asking for outdoor seating. Prompt service.

P
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice location on the bay. Very crowded. Wait staff very pleasant. Food was standard seafood restaurant style, tasty but nothing to write home about.

SN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience- we love it!

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