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Riviera Dunes Dockside, Palmetto, FL

Riviera Dunes Dockside

4.5
4.5
838 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. Our outdoor bar area is first come first serve which is another option. We appreciate your understanding on this.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Seafood, Caribbean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 304-3689
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chef Daniel Hernandez
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • LIVE MUSIC ON THE PATIO - BOOK EARLY!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM,Wed - Fri - 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM,Sat - 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Outside seating is not guaranteed with your reservation so book early! We have 17 tables tables outside we use to fill requests and 9 other first come, first serve tables along with outside bar seating. Featured performers play Wed-Sun from 5:30-8:30 including Eric Von so please book early. Plenty of seating in our 2 indoor dining rooms, bar and banquet room Again - We will always try to accommodate your seating request, but we cannot control how long people stay at tables.

What 838 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

Noise • Moderate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for brunch

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for scenic views

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Contemporary American

838 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good price was comparable and our waitress who was named Sam was a joy.Thank you Riviera Dunes we will definitely be backđź‘Ť

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner tonight at Dockside. Fantastic waitress Gigi made our experience great. We listened to a great 2 piece band. The food was top notch. We will return many times.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were party of 3. All of the food was delicious!! Our server was attentive and very knowledgeable. Great evening out!

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  4. ReneeH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most restaurants that have great views have average food. The food, as well as the views, were excellent! Highly recommend.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining experience! Food and out ambience was great. Jimmy our waiter was so accommodating. Definitely a good choice.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outdoor patio overlooking marina is marvelous. Clean, bug free zone! Very pleasant!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seats and views of the marina on the patio. Saw 2 dolphins! Our server Gee Gee was amazing! If you haven’t been to Riviera Dockside you must go!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked on short notice on a busy Friday so can’t complain. Fresh fish entrees were very good…service and ambiance in indoor dining room were OK.

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  9. MarkS

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. Our waiter would come back about every fifteen minutes to check on us. Great live band on patio and outdoor heaters to keep the chill off. I highly recommend this place. Enjoy the good vibes!!!!!

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  10. KathyB

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An upscale restaurant in a lovely setting. Good food and good service. Only complaint is the noise level which made conversation difficult.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A friend gave us a very good recommendation. However, our dinner experience was only fair. My wife's martini was served with ice cubes in the glass, and my pinot noir was so bitter I returned it for another wine. My grilled mahi mahi was overcooked and dry.Maybe just a bad night. Our friend wants to meet us there for lunch in March. Hopefully, we will have a better experience.

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  12. TomG

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress was awesome - night was cold and they put out heaters for us - what was baffling is why we couldn't get Happy Hour pricing sitting at a table verse the bar 20ft away - greed - food was hot and was good and expensive - nice to sit with view of rice people boats but we much prefer a Whiskey Joe's or Woodys where you are right ON THE WATER with Tiki huts sand and docks to sit on - we also didn't realize this is just am extension to a hotel verse a free standing eatery - we probably not going to go back

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  13. KennaC

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location. Take advantage of outdoor seating, weather permitting. Server was great. Service was a tad slow. Not servers fault. Ordered Tito’s Austin Martini - no one at table of six could tolerate it. Switched to another cocktail with no problem. Grouper (bother sandwich and tacos), peel and eat shrimp, and chowder were great.

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  14. Foodieman

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Liked everything about this place (except the rainy weather; it must be amazing on a sunny day!). The service (Gee-Gee) was excellent, the food very good, good portion sizes, and a decent value. We'll go again if ever in the area.

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  15. bc73

    Columbus

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were hoping for an outside table with a view, but it was pouring rain so we had to sit inside. Our server was helpful and the food was very good. Would like to come back on a nice day.

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  16. TobyR

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Although i have to admit the food was great, the service was aweful. We were a table of 6 with 5 of us ordering soda’s and 1 ordering a beer. Sodas came out pretty quickly and waited almost half an hour for a beer. Crazy. Not to mention we had to share menus, 2 for 6 of us…..Crazy. Then the food comes out, fairly quickly, phew….this will get better we thought. NO……only 5 dishes came out. Asked the server multiple times to check on the 6th order to no avail. When I finally got frustrated enough, i asked to speak to a manager. He kept saying “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry” Did Nothing to make anything better, didn’t offer to send the 6th home with us, considering the rest of us had finished our dinner. Didn’t even offer free coffee, NOTHING!!! UNFORTUNATLY they do not know how the restaurant business should be run. Will NEVER be back again.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat in the outdoor patio for happy hour. It was pleasant and our service was pretty good until the band started at 6:00 and the place was crowded. It took over an hour to get our main entrees. The food was good, however and the band was excellent. It was a fun atmosphere, and I think they just didn’t have enough help. Otherwise everything was great.

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  18. RichardM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great wonderful staff and the view was awesome. The patio band was really good and friendly.

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  19. Pete

    Naples

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Been there several times. Food was great but service this time was very slow. Had to track down the server a few times just to get water or butter.

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  20. DavidR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great time. Food was excellent as always. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful place! This is my second time at Riviera Dunes, and my experience was as great as the first times. Our server, Nancy did a wonderful job,and the food and drinks were delicious! The prices were very fair and the portions were good. I got a bit chilly after sun set, and it wasn't two minutes before I have a heater sitting beside me! We will be back for sure!

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  22. Suse

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were good, music high energy. Server was attentive

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  23. JLP1

    Cincinnati

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were there for 3 hours and it wasn’t even crowded! Our server was very slow and inattentive. Food was ok

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  24. DebbieD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best grouper I’ve had in a while. Service was wonderful.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointing on every count sorry. It’s clear no one is that concerned here about quality of food, service or ambiance. Must be a money machine for a crowd that doesn’t care or know better.
    Riviera Dunes DocksideResponded on February 9, 2024
    We reached out to this "Anonymous" guest but have never heard back. Very judgmental and condescending to our guests and staff, not a true representation at all of what you will experience at Dockside.

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  26. SheriH

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good experience, first time dining at the restaurant. The food was delicious and fresh. The atmosphere was inviting and there was live music outside on the patio, but it was too cold to sit outside for us. Service was slow, but the place was packed so it was understandable. Looking forward to going back when we can enjoy the outside entertainment.

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  27. neighbour

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, plenty of free parking, wonderful ambiance by the water and marina, excellent staff and food.

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  28. John

    Houston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue good food. Fantastic band set up. ALOHA SHARKS were awesome. We will return when they come play again.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant and its location are wonderful! Great place to eat outdoors with a beautiful view and live entertainment! We’ll definitely be back!

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  30. JerryU

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice way to spend and anniversary. definitely come back.

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  31. Hondo

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We both had great meals, seafood salad and blackened mahi and shrimp fra diavolo. Warning mahi dish was spicy. Server was very good.

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  32. DianeK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our first visit. The food and service were excellent. We will dine there again.

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  33. RockHallJ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sam was awesome, and catered to all of our needs! She was fun and funny and really took great care of us…we will be back and we will be asking for Sam!

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  34. LoriM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure. Best place to enjoy live music and dancing.

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  35. Marie04

    New York City

    137 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Typical big FLORIDA restaurant. More bar food offerings catering to tourists & retirees. Nothing bad, nothing special. Waitstaff was engaging, knowledgeable and efficient.

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  36. WilliamB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very outdated and bathrooms dirty. Employees need to wear all black or some kind of matching uniform.

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  37. DrJAF

    Tampa

    92 reviews

    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our Server Sarah K was cordial and efficient. All 4 of us ordered different entrees and all were pleased.

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  38. John

    Houston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening at Riviera Dune outdoor restaurant. Great food. Highly recommend the grouper tacos. And the salad seemed endless. Very good. They had a band playing great rock “AOHA SHARKS” who were outstanding.

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  39. Beth30

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a beautiful night to sit outside by the water. Live music started just after 5:30. Food was delicious, reasonable, and a great atmosphere.

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  40. SueK

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice place for New Years Eve Dinner. Food was great, excellent service, prices were reasonable. I will go back again.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Riviera Dunes Dockside using the Order Online button. Riviera Dunes Dockside also offers 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 4.5 stars by 838 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 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 Daniel Hernandez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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