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5 of the Best Waterfront Restaurants in Sarasota

We take dining seriously here in Sarasota! Not only is our cuisine top notch, we also have some beautiful views that can be seen from many of our restaurants. There’s something special about indulging in a delicious meal with a stunning view, and there is no shortage of gorgeous landscapes here. Here are some of our favorite waterfront restaurants in Sarasota. 

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5 of the Best Waterfront Restaurants in Sarasota

Marina Jacks

Directions to Marina Jacks

If you’re looking for views, head to Marina Jacks! This is one of the most popular waterfront restaurants in Sarasota, and for good reason. The sweeping views of the bay are absolutely stunning, and there is plenty of outdoor seating to take in the view. There’s even an outdoor raw bar to enjoy! Seafood and Sarasota sun go together better than peanut butter and jelly, and there’s more than enough seafood and sun here. 

Oleary’s Tiki Bar & Grill

Directions to Oleary’s Tiki Bar & Grill

Oleary’s Tiki Bar & Grill is always a great time! You can’t help but be in a great mood as soon as you see their thatched tiki roof. You’ll get island vibes as soon as you set foot in their establishment, and the tropical drinks certainly help. Plus, it is located right on the beach so you can stick your toes in the sand! 

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

Directions to Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is the perfect combination of casual yet elegant. At this bayfront eatery, you’ll find a wide array of seafood, steak, pasta, and more. They even have tables and chairs located outside directly next to the docks. You’re practically in the water! 

Ophelia’s on the Bay

Directions to Ophelia’s on the Bay

If you’re looking for fine dining on the water, consider Ophelia’s on the Bay. The views here are stunning, and the restaurant was designed to capitalize on its great location. Inside, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows– there is no bad seat in the house! Or, you can sit at their bayside patio. The menu offers elevated entrees, and their daily specials are always made with the freshest, in-season ingredients. 

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

Directions to Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar is a Florida local go-to. This no-frills eatery is conveniently located right off the Tamiami Trail, but it won’t feel like that once you get there! Dine on seafood dishes and Southern-style fare such as gumbo and fried gator.

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