Sarasota waterfront eating places make ‘100 greatest’ in U.S. for out of doors eating

Floridians are specialists on al fresco eating so it ought to come as no shock that 11 companies made OpenTable’s annual record of the “100 Finest Eating places for Outside Eating.” It must also come as no shock that two of these locations occur to be proper right here in our yard, and seem on my annual record of the perfect waterfront eating places in Sarasota – with one other amongst my prime spots to go to in Tampa alongside the Riverwalk.

OpenTable, the favored on-line restaurant-reservation service, reported that the quantity of institutions itemizing out of doors eating as an possibility has grown 54% in comparison with pre-pandemic 2019, and that their “greatest eating places for out of doors eating” report was curated from greater than 13 million verified diner evaluations.

“The record identifies eating places coast-to-coast with nice views, scrumptious delicacies and above all, an unimaginable out of doors eating expertise,” OpenTable stated in a press launch issued July 13. “This 12 months, 25 states characteristic eating places on the record, making looking for out one – or many – a breeze, whether or not at residence or away.”

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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Longboat Key named ‘100 Finest Eating places for Outside Eating’ by OpenTable

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is at 412 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, overlooking Sarasota Bay.

The eating places are introduced in no specific order (no less than not one which I may determine) with Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Longboat Key showing first among the many two Sarasota picks. The seafood restaurant, opened in 1989, is given 4 and a half out of 5 stars, primarily based on 6230 evaluations. “Been coming right here with my household for a number of years now no less than yearly on our holidays journeys,” reads the Dry Dock consumer quote OpenTable selected for the “100 greatest” story. “This place doesn’t miss a beat the meals, service, employees and ambiance is prime notch.”

The nationwide honor is the second for Dry Dock in as many months. I not too long ago wrote about Dry Dock being among the many 4 Sarasota-Manatee eating places showing within the “15 Finest Seafood Eating places in Florida” article by journey web site Journeys To Uncover. Overlooking Sarasota Bay – with lined open-air seating in addition to umbrella tables that place you proper on the water for prime pelican and dolphin watching – Dry Dock positively deserves a spot on any record of greatest eating places for out of doors eating due to these superior views.

Blackened grouper sandwich with fries at Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Longboat Key. Not pictured, the side of sweet chili sauce.

Blackened grouper sandwich with fries at Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Longboat Key. Not pictured, the aspect of candy chili sauce.

Plus, Dry Dock serves glorious seafood. Their blackened grouper sandwich is one in all my favourite grouper sandwiches on the town and identical goes for his or her citrus grouper entree. Like I famous in my eating evaluation final summer time, the fillet is flippantly breaded and sauteed, locking in all that juicy grouper goodness, with a citrus cream sauce that lovingly recollects liquified Key lime pie.

Ophelia’s on the Bay on Siesta Key named ‘100 Finest Eating places for Outside Eating’ by OpenTable

Wendy and Jeff Birtch, on vacation from Buffalo, New York, get their picture taken while dining at Ophelia's on the Bay restaurant at Siesta Key.

Wendy and Jeff Birtch, on trip from Buffalo, New York, get their image taken whereas eating at Ophelia’s on the Bay restaurant at Siesta Key.

Farther down OpenTable’s record, however no much less spectacular, you’ll discover Ophelia’s on the Bay, which overlooks Little Sarasota Bay from Siesta Key, and was given 4 and a half out of 5 stars, primarily based on 4994 evaluations. “The whole lot was scrumptious,” reads the consumer quote OpenTable selected for the “100 greatest” story. “I liked the crab truffles with fried inexperienced tomatoes. Lamb was tender and beneficiant. Tuna scrumptious and the snapper was yummy. No I didn’t order all these myself, simply loved tastes from everybody at my desk! What an awesome place!”

Ophelia's On The Bay is located at 9105 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key.

Ophelia’s On The Bay is positioned at 9105 Midnight Go Highway on Siesta Key.

A Siesta Key landmark opened in 1988, Ophelia’s on the Bay is likely one of the nice special-occasion eating places in Sarasota. It’s the place you go for birthdays, anniversaries, and third dates for exceptionally ready native seafood, maybe a sous vide rack of all-natural lamb, and a beautiful eating space that locations you proper on the water.

11 Florida eating places make OpenTable’s annual record of ‘100 Finest Eating places for Outside Eating’

Ulele in Tampa, Florida

Ulele in Tampa, Florida

If, like me, you are concerned with visiting as many nice eating places as doable within the Sunshine State, listed beneath are all 11 eating places that made OpenTable’s current record. Along with Dry Dock and Ophelia’s, I extremely suggest Ulele, which is owned by the Columbia Restaurant Group that additionally owns and operates the Columbia Restaurant open since 1959 on St. Armands Circle and sister restaurant Cha Cha Coconuts, which I reviewed for my Finest Issues to Eat column final September. Ulele, by the best way, seems in my 2021 story, printed by our sister publication USA Immediately, about “well-known locations for out of doors enjoyable in and round Tremendous Bowl host metropolis Tampa.”

  • Citron Bistro – Vero Seashore, FL

  • Continental Naples – Naples, FL

  • Dry Dock Waterfront Grill – Longboat Key, FL

  • Kyle G’s Prime Seafood – Jensen Seashore, FL

  • Latitudes Key West – Key West, FL

  • Mediterrano – Naples – Naples, FL

  • Ophelia’s on the Bay – Sarasota, FL

  • Palace – Miami Seashore, FL

  • Raintree Restaurant – St. Augustine, FL

  • The Boathouse – Lake Buena Vista, FL

  • Ulele – Tampa, FL

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Wade Tatangelo is the Herald-Tribune’s entertainment and dining editor.

Wade Tatangelo is the Herald-Tribune’s leisure and eating editor.

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