Riviera Dunes Dockside

4.3
332 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Now open for Curbside Pickup both for our takeout menu and our new Dockside Market featuring hard to find paper products, Family style meals to take home and heat up, produce, dry goods, proteins and more!

We also encourage you to check out the new options we have to support our teams and get valuable benefits to use now and when we fully reopen.

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What 332 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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vipKerryW
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food but not very attentive service.
Bathroom was pretty bad. No soap or paper towels and trash overflowing.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Dockside! Alex was a great server! The food and drinks are always top notch! We also love the live music!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spot on the water to meet family and friends. The Food was excellent! My compliments to the Chef!

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PaulD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was great. Looking forward to doing brunch again!

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BrendaM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great menu selection. Patio is perfect setting.
Could have sold more booze if more staffing. Also should have two sizes wine glasses.

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vipAudreyJ
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food quality is so so. Calamari is horrible. The light breading was mushy vs light crispy, soup had little taste, wrong topping on order. Servers ok but pricing for food is higher than quality of food.

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DebbieC
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I am sorry I do not recall the name of our waitress but she was very attentive and informative.
Band was good to hear. BUT a band member smoked and that smoke blew right to our table which we found disgusting.
Ambiance there is always fabulous.
Husband is celiac. It would be really easy and helpful if you carried a darn corn tortilla as he usually has to eat a taco or salad when we go out. We come in often please consider a bag a week of corn tacos to assist others with allergies or disease processes.

Thank you,
Debbie

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PhyllisP
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening

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Emil
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice place for outside dining. The menu is a little too limited in our eyes.

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vipAnneC
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor venue for dinner.
Food and service good and music was great! Overall great evening with friends!

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vipJason
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible service. 45 mins and we never saw our waitress. Waited 25 mins at the table with no acknowledgement before finally going back to the hostess stand to see if we had been assigned a wait person. I let her know nobody had been over to our table since she seated us. She said our waitress knew we were there and would be coming soon. 10 mins later...still nothing.

Finally, we were relieved to see the manager heading our way, only to realize he was stopping at the table next to us. They were having a horrible experience as well. They were not acknowledged for a long time either. When their drinks finally came, they were informed that they were out of 7-Up, sprite, ginger ale etc. Huh? Can you imagine if only a grocery store or convenience store carried these rare and exotic flavors? Anyways...I digress. Our table neighbors told us how bad their experience was and suggested we go elsewhere.

45 mins into this nightmare with no acknowledgement and we decided to pack up and leave.

I decided on the way out, I should “give the manager a piece of my mind” ... only to find him preoccupied with ANOTHER complaining patron. Wow...rough night...for all.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We came here for the menu and the view. This is a poor man’s version of a nice restaurant. They didn’t know how to cook steaks, lobster, or calamari. The lobster was complete mush. It’s the worst I have ever had.

The real problem was the staff. The little girl at the front was extremely rude and lacked basic customer service skills. Our server was very inattentive. She ignored refills, our orders were wrong, and she took 20 minutes after we asked for the check.

We had a reservation they didn’t honor. They told us it’s first come first serve. Then why do you have reservations? There were two older couples behind us who had reservations and they were extremely unhappy as the same girl was rude to them and wouldn’t honor their reservations either. Management lets things like this happen. I blame them.

Our table was also slanted and wobbly.

We are locals, not vacationers. We ranged in age from 6-63. I am in my mid 30’s. We still tipped 30%. It wasn’t us. This place just sucks.

Who ever was doing the live music was awesome and the view is fantastic. Just don’t plan on enjoying yourself or your meal. I would come for drinks only.

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vipJGFL
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent ! Any concerns and Kit the Manager will find your solution ! Enjoy ! Beautiful waterfront and marina venue with live music !

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Richard
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice selection of seafood options to choose from. For those wanting something different you have some diversification of items to choose.

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SteveS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful venue nice menu selection and reasonable prices with good service. Entertainment was good

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Dino
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate inside and were all very happy with our dinners. Definitely will go back again. Outdoor patio looked awesome as well.

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JoanneR
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love Dockside and go often, the food is always good, but this time we tried a few different items we hadn’t ordered before ( clam chowder and fish and chips), and would not order them
Again, but will definitely be coming back.

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vipcathief
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Hadj jambalaya and was delicious!

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vipJeanney13
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Had a reservation- got a bad table and they wouldn’t change it. Very rude hostess. Chairs are mesh and have huge indentations in them. Very uncomfortable. Food was ok. Not great just ok. I will say our waitress was wonderful. Oh and drinks are totally watered down - stick with wine.

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BarbaraK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This restaurant offers dockside views at reasonable prices. Outdoor entertainment was perfect for this location and our waiter was attentive yet was covering a lot of tables. I had the meatloaf which was filling and others in our group had seafood options which they said was very good. It was very noisy inside due to a few larger groups but all were having a great time. Give it a try!

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BrittanyR
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

One star is an understatement. Had a reservation for 7pm outside. Got to the restaurant at 6:45 the hostess was nowhere to be found. Finally checked in 7 mins later and she said she would text when the table was ready. I waited until 7:15 to check on the table again and she said there was nothing available outside I would have to sit inside. Fine, as long as I can eat because at this point with 2 children we are starving. Sever took 10 minutes to even acknowledge us. Ordered food, 10 mins later find out it's not available and I have to order something else. Needless to say they are so very understaffed and I feel bad for the servers. We had a wedge salad, barely and bacon on it and very pathetic serving size. Lobster bisque, way to salty. Lobster Mac, so bland the only thing I ate was the lobster. The kids cheeseburger and chicken tenders were the best thing on the table. Our server tried his best but when you are that understaffed it makes it hard. Overall it took over 2 hours to get mediocre at best food. Wouldn't recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Fine, outdoor dining would be best

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JohannaB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was very very slow. Took 1.5 hrs to get out breakfast

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Elem
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating and view--we watched the full moon rise over the marina. The food and service was good and the duo playing (Stockton Brothers) was great. They added to the ambience but you could still talk to each other if you wanted. Excellent evening.

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vipDavidS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 1 and 1/2 hours for our table with a reservation. They assign you a table before you arrive. If group doesn’t leave you are out of luck. Others with later reservations came and were seated. Eventually seated in bar when the table wasn’t leaving. Bartenders said waitress had to wait on us and the waitress told us it was the bartenders job. Took another 20 minutes just to get menus. Then waited. Finally went to the hostess who sent someone over to take our order.45 minutes later food food came. If you like sushi- order the grouper- it was under cooked essentially raw. It was also covered with an extremely spicy sauce that burned your lips. My wife who likes spicy food could not eat it. Also noticed several orders of the same dish heading back to the kitchen. Had the burger asked medium well- it was raw too. Waitress who didn’t think we were her table never asked about the food and just came by to leave the check. Didn’t eat really any of the food. Stopped at McDonald’s on the way home - at least the food was edible.STAY AWAY.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

After being seated we had to wait 15+ minutes before a waiter came to take our drink order. The food was good but not great. Easily our least favorite meal we’ve had while visiting the area and definitely not worth $30 a plate.

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Emil
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In short words. We had a great lunch and will come again.
Great food - friendly and quick service

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RichM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The ambiance was great but my meal - fish, chips and cocoanut shrimp - was just mediocre.

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DanH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a chilly night. We came to see Tony and Natasha but it was too cold. You should have the portable heaters going

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EvelynG
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My guests and I were pleased with Riviera Dunes overall. We sat outside for lunch, enjoyed our food, had very good service from Quentin who was good at his job and a really nice guy as well. The restrooms were dirty - a real disappointment. Makes you wonder about the kitchen. Otherwise a good experience.

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ClaudiaB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner here Saturday night. Sat outside and enjoyed the live music. It was a little chilly but that didn’t deter us! The staff all wore masks which made us very comfortable. Food was delicious at a very reasonable price which included an amazing marina view. We have added this to the list of our go to restaurants.

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Firstvisit
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great view at yachts tied up at the dock.
Food for good, our waiter Jim was attentive and prompt.
Our table had quite a slant to it, would be my only critique.
Will return for sure.

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

5 people orders 5 different entrees and they all looked delicious!

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vipflygirl
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening and great to see they have surviysuch challenging times. Lobster special was great!

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BradK
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and good very good! Will be back a lot! Favorite place now!!

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vipLocalsLuv2Dine
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambience and food! Service was excellent but food came out a little slow. Definitely will be back!

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PatR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diverse menu with something for everyone. Seafood dishes fresh and delicious. Great service. Fantastic view!

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vipcathief
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place to enjoy water views & also great food & entertainment. Only complaint is that we asked for 2 glasses of wine/cocktails (for each of us, so 4 drinks) within the happy hour & she charged us more because she didn't get into computer on time. When I asked, she said there was nothing she could do. Clearly her fault but we had to pay more because she messed up. She had over 10 min to get the drink order into the computer. Apologies don't pay the bill. Otherwise, very good.

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kcfan
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We always love the atmosphere at Dockside. We love the live music every night and their happy hour is great! What's really nice is that we stay close by and can walk to dinner.

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viptheDoley
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The inside of the restaurant could definitely use an update and the cleanliness is suspect as the carpet looked like it hadn't been vacumed in days. The coleslaw that we asked if it was "creamy" and were told yes, we ordered an extra side of. It was NOT creamy and the dressing looked and tasted like it had been "watered down". Just a wet mess.

FAQs

Riviera Dunes Dockside does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Riviera Dunes Dockside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 304-3689.

Riviera Dunes Dockside is rated 4.3 stars by 332 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.