Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

4.8
4523 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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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMelissaM
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined here many times and this restaurant is always fabulous! Dry Dock is my go-to every time I’m in the area.

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Treblig
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant with beautiful view of the bay. Would highly recommend the lobster, shrimp and crab linguine.

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JimS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. This venue is pretty pricey. For $41 for two Lobster tails, I expected more, maybe larger tails. Service was excellent and atmosphere was perfect. By far, this was the most expensive dinner for 4, I have ever spent.

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MarkH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very polite and professional staff. Reservations are a must. And there’s a reason why. Great food and service. Very clean!!!!

Thank you

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MaddieP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed coming here. Everyone is very nice and helpful. Food is amazing.

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rmsusma79
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated right away, on time, no wait. Lobster bisque and seafood chowder were excellent. Both had Citrus Grouper. Outstanding. Excellent view of bay upstairs.

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KevinW
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

overall excellent experience.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for a date day during our family vacation. It was the perfect spot for a fabulous dinner and view of the water. We loved the oysters Rockefeller, ribeye, lobster tail, and sea bass. We definitely plan to return the next time we are in the area.

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SarasotaNative
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We waited a long time to be able to finally get reservations at Drydock, since a close friend had given us a gift card for Christmas. It was well worth the wait. The food and the restaurant were all outstanding. We will definitely be back.

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KarenL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. The water view is very pleasant and the food is delicious. The grouper bites are absolutely amazing and we would go there just for them but we have never been disappointed by anything else we have ordered there. BTW, their key lime pie is made on the premises and is really good. Our server last night was Danielle and she was friendly, accommodating, and very professional. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Visitor
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

View and decor was nice but food was pretty average and definitely not worth the price.

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LoriM
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a 90th birthday! Food was phenomenal as always but service was outstanding. Special thanks to host staff for making Jack’s birthday impeccable.

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KatyR
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pretty and a nice quiet evening. The food was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic. Love this place!!

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RichardB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was pleasant. The oysrers rockefeller were terrific. Lobster rolls were just okay. Service needs work

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LucindaD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful waitress. Food was brought very quickly.

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FloridaLisa
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Dry Dock - my Mom's favorite restaurant. Great food - best coconut shrimp in town, and the pina colada can't be beat! The view is amazing and the staff is so accommodating for my 90 yr old mom and her walker. Thanks for making her birthday so special!

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NancyW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and water views! Will definitely visit the next time I'm in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and amazing food! The oysters are incredible!

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AlanR
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love the Dry Dock. We always eat there when we come to Longboat. The only negative thing I can say is that one of the main reason we go to the Dry Dock is for the Best Crab Cakes in the world! When the waitress told us that they were not available we were very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp tacos were bomb.

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Lupo
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster bites with pins colada dipping sauce is excellent. I had the Seafood Linguine and my wife had lobster and shrimp dinner. Both were great. We finished the meal with Espresso Martinis. Great dining experience.

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Espy
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. I will definitely come back whenever I’m in town

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Andrea
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was on vacation in Sarasota and wanted a place on the water. Dry Dock did not disappoint!! The food, wine, service and view were amazing. I had mussels for my appetizer, which was superb!! And linguine with seafood (shrimp, crab and lobster!!) as my entree. It was excellent and a very good portion!! I would highly recommend!!!

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DineNYC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

31st anniversary

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DanielleG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was amazing.

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christinem
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!
Our server Samantha was amazing!!
Try the Seafood Linguine with tuscan cream sauce.

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ShawnS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Dry Dock, and it will not be our last. I have already made reservations for Friday. This is one of our favorites. The food great, the service was on point and the price was far as well. This is a must try if you have never been.

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JamieA
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Our server was super friendly and informative

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winendiner
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We ordered 4 orders of the fried grouper, the special FOD, and 3 were great, one of the orders the fish was old, batter greasy, meat on grouper was dark and not flaky. Not good, very out of character. Since we were with a couple who were there for the first time, we did not send the fish back, but very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ocean view! Excellent service and delicious food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and great tasting Grouper and Snapper. Brought our two kiddos, as well, and they enjoyed their grilled grouper. Great selection for those with celiac and other food allergies. We all enjoyed the views, too!

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Andrew
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a good time with my wife
For our 13th anniversary.

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Kailey
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

We loved the Dry Dock! The ambiance was nice and the food was excellent. However, we sat by the water and bugs were biting us and flying around our food the entire time. I wouldn’t sit by the water next time.

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Jerry123
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great place great view and great staff!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and the food was great, service was great. We will definitely return

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DGab
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Wasn’t as good as what some people talked it up to be. The citrus grouper was good but pricey for what it was. The steak was overpriced. Sides were good, and great ambiance though.

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vipTosaGirl
Milwaukee
45 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Right on time with our reservation and delicious food as always. Had to wait a little bit for our check but in the whole scheme of things . . .

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vipMatthewM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I spent a couple of days in Sarasota on vacation. Found this place on Open Table. It had great reviews so we gave it a shot. It did not disappoint. Food was fantastic and the service was took notch. Great experience and we will definitely be back.

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vipAdnanS
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, love the lobster roll and lobster bites as well every item on the menu
Great food , great service and excellent atmosphere

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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is rated 4.8 stars by 4523 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.