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Riviera Dunes Dockside, Palmetto, FL

Riviera Dunes Dockside

4.2
4.2
600 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Beautiful waterfront restaurant at the Riviera Dunes Marina in Palmetto next to the convention center. We feature fresh seafood and other creative dishes in a casual setting, often with live music. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Please call direct for groups larger than six.

***PLEASE NOTE - We do offer outdoor seating on our spacious patio that seats well over 100, however for reservations we can only accept "REQUESTS" for outdoor seating and cannot guarantee outdoor seating for your reservation as we have no control over how long parties stay in their seats. If you request outdoor seating, we will make every effort to accommodate your request. If we cannot, we have ample seating in our 3 dining rooms and indoor bar or we can put you on a waiting list for your outdoor table. We appreciate your understanding on this.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 304-3689

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Banda

  • Neighborhood

    Palmetto

  • Cross street

    US 41

  • Parking details

    Both complimentary valet and self parking available in our large lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 600 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. R

    Richy

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Marina without the Live Music is just an average place. Food and service was good not great. The place just feels dead with no music
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Absolutely terrible service. Very empty and still took about 10 mins to even be greeted. The server was completely clueless about gluten or ingredients for items on the menu. I can understand not knowing but he was flat and uninterested in even asking a chef or manager to help me find something to eat. I took a chance on the filet and asparagus. I asked if the steak fries were coated or breaded and he said “they are steak fries” as if that was a sufficient answer. And they came out with a breading on them! I was kind regardless and didn’t get angry or ask for manager. Even though food tasted good, I won’t go back bc of the service. Also they served my margarita in a clear plastic solo cup inside the restaurant. Felt cheap. And our first table was by a squeaky door to the outside that let in a gust of heat every 15 seconds. Just overall wasn’t a great experience. But again food was good!
  3. JU

    JerryU

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful indoor dining room and bar. Also waterside seating outdoors. Impressive decor, excellent service and delicious food. Six people in our party and everyone was pleased with their meal. Our first time there and will definitely add it to our favorite place for special occasions.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My family and I were vacationing in Holmes Beach and looking for a place off the island that accepted reservations to accommodate a party of 7. We had the best waitress and food was worth the drive and price. We really enjoyed our meal
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Came right at the beginning of a rain storm. We had the pleasure of being the only table for a majority of the time we were there. Outside the norm, but a unique experience. Good and service were great.
  6. LD

    LadyDi

    Naples

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Been there countless times through pandemic but Saturday service was slow and food cold. Prices on cocktails up 100%...double. Water eager but quite new but great kid! Will give it another try but...
  7. TB

    TammyB

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Service slow. Probably a staff shortage. We were stuck over in a corner. Overall food was great! Would go again.
  8. RE

    REDealmaker

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Calamari....NO....Everything else including Scallops were very good.
  9. D

    Darty

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a nice restaurant with a pretty view of the marina. Our Server was new, very nice and a little busy. My dinner was a chicken dish with bow tie pasta, it was nice but the sauce was a little soupy for me, but flavorful. I would serve it with a spoon. The salad was very good and the Fish and Chips good and crispy. Drinks were good.
  10. P

    Prestplan

    Tampa

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The restaurant is clearly very under staffed and current staff that we encountered seemed extremely young and new/not well trained. We waited a very long time for the server to even come to our table in the first place. She did apologize but generally in my experience if a serve is having an issue Someone else on the team will step in and at least get drinks started. Our food come out quickly (but wasn’t delivered by staff, was delivered by someone who we could only guess was the manager) however other than the arrival of food, the entire simple dinner was close to two hours because of the very slow service. The waitress was extremely pleasant, but clearly very overwhelmed and probably new as she never pre-bussed our table, never refilled drinks, and checked back with us about food as we were almost done eating rather than eating soon after food arrived. The person delivering our food, who we imagine was a manager, was dressed as though she had just gotten out of bed. She was wearing very short shorts, and very casual tank top which showed her bra in the back, and flip flops. I’ve never seen staff in a restaurant dressed that causally and flip flops for a restaurant, even on the water, seems very unsafe for walking in and out of any restaurant kitchen. Overall the food was pretty good, but we will not be returning.
  11. MC

    MargeC

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great by the water restaurant. We ate outside. Dogs are welcome. Great live music
  12. KR

    KimR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Live music was nice. Patio seating and view was great. Food was super delicious; however I felt like the number of items in the dishes was just a bit small for the price. I truly expected more than 3 scallops and more than 4 shrimp in the coconut shrimp appetizer. Everyone was very accommodating when we were forced to move inside due to the thunderstorm.
  13. GD

    GregD

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Good Service Good Food Nice Ambiance
  14. S

    Suzie

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Menu was not very extensive, portions were not large, and no bread or rolls on the table. The food served was average. The pitcher of Hawaii Margaritas for $38 was mostly ice and we couldn’t taste the tequila. Atmosphere was good and server very pleasant.
  15. j

    joes

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal at Riviera Dunes Dockside. Our server was new but she was friendly and efficient. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered.
  16. TM

    TamiM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The server was pleasant, but not at all attentive. We had to "steal" condiments from a nearby table because our server never came to check on us after or food was delivered by a food runner. We barely saw him the entire time we were there. The restaurant didn't appear to be [overwhelmingly] busy.
  17. GP

    GwynethP

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch of vege omelette with goat cheese, crab cakes benedict & great service. Love the patio looking at all the boats
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Ordered the breakfast skillet with sausage, there were only 2 pieces of sausage so I was a bit shocked by the price.
  19. RP

    RonP

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great location with great food and service! Good Happy Hour deals too!
  20. DM

    DonnaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I like to go there not only for the food but also for the entertainment and it offers outside seating, but lately with the weather, the entertainment has been cancelled. maybe they should consider entertainment inside, especially if it's just a one person playing, i'm sure they could make a little room inside, and it would also help with not only business but for the entertainer.
  21. B

    Bscones24

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Convenient; good go to for a Friday night dinner
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good value. Great views
  23. H

    Harvy

    E. Tennessee

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We ate here twice in 2021 and were excited to come back this year. While the food was OK, it certainly did not live up to last year’s experiences. We had undercooked sides and overcooked entrees at our table and there was an overall lack of seasoning. Service was awful. Our server didn’t know the menu, couldn’t remember our orders and at one point we sent someone from our table to look for drink refills because half our table had been empty for quite a while. We will probably try again at some point as 2 out of 3 experiences were great. This one was not though.
  24. RG

    RandyG

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Never been to this restaurant so thought we would give it a try. Atmosphere is not what is portrayed on website. More like a upscale bar vs. upscale dining establishment. Service was good and food was ok. I had the Jambalaya (still looking for a place that makes good Jambalaya) and my wife had the Romain Wedge (which she could not eat, was smothered in dressing and bacon bits) and the Seafood Chowder (which she enjoyed). We sat outside next to the water.
  25. R

    Richy

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    Service was not great. We waited almost 15 minutes after being sat. Ask to talk to Manager who finally got us a great server and took good care of us. Appetizer was great, food was OK. Drinks were not good. Had two Pina Coladas neither one very good and both very different from each other. Place has a great atmosphere but too many things are flat out inconsistent. Need some work.
  26. DT

    DrTed

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside. Great time.
  27. L

    Lolita

    Tampa

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great meal at Riviera Dunes. Beautiful night. Nice.
  28. FA

    FrankA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible customer service, never even made it to our seat. Ignored multiple times even though we had a reservation and were the only ones there.
  29. LG

    LeslieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had never been to this restaurant. Reserved it online because it was between Lithia and Bradenton where I was meeting a friend from out of town! We had a great time. Food was good, service was great and we walked outside to the bar that was on the water and they had live music 🎶 which was awesome! I totally give this place a thumbs up! 👍
  30. K

    Karen

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Our server was darling but spread way too thin, making our service poor. No refills on waters or drinks. Food average at best.
  31. S

    Special

    Tampa

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I was disappointed that they no longer had the flatbread entrée on the menu. And disappointed in the white wine sangria, I don’t know what they added but it was not hite/clear, it was green and for the price, It was watery!
  32. MG

    MelanieG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The drinks honestly weren't that great, at least the Bloody Mary - not a deal breaker, though. But I ordered the chicken and waffles based on our server's recommendation and it was stellar! I'd definitely go back for food and to try out more drinks.
  33. b

    bevwills

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The buffalo chicken egg rolls were delicious! Sit outside if you can!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lobster roll had way too much seasoning.
  35. BW

    BobbyW

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delayed Mothers Day Brunch
  36. R

    Rumrunner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The spot is nice - waitress was good and did her best - food was sub-par “pre-fab” ingredients - tried two cocktails both flavorless watered down not good at all. Spouses chicken pasta dish was inedible. Long wait times for orders to kitchen. Really not sure why this place gets high ratings. Not good enough to go back.
  37. WK

    WKN1

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service wasn't quite as good as our last few times. However, food and location can't be beat.
  38. DW

    DonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, great service from Austin, nice music, great ambiance. Totally enjoyable.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  40. JH

    JacquelineH

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time for Mother’s Day. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. The food was excellent and not overly expensive.

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 4.2 stars by 600 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Riviera Dunes Dockside

102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto, FL 34221

Additional information

  • Cross street

    US 41

  • Neighborhood

    Palmetto

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Both complimentary valet and self parking available in our large lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Banda

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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