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“Food & service both Excellent !!”

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Geckos Hospitality Group - Dry Dock Waterfront Grill features casual indoor & outdoor dining overlooking Sarasota Bay. Known for having one of the freshest grouper sandwiches on Florida 's West Coast. The Dry Dock is popular with locals and visitors to Longboat. From the dockside patio,and the upstairs overlooking the view of Sarasota Bay the Dry Dock is conveniently located at the south end of Longboat Key at the Boathouse Marina.
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“Food & service both Excellent !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

We have been to Longboat key many times but only came scross Dry dock just this past visit. Being at th ebeach all day then getting 5 ready to go to eat made us late getting there about 7pl and where told 45 min wait, We where seated on the bay side outside and it was just wonderful, Our waitress spent time with us and all the food was excellent , I would have to say it was one of the best places we have gone to eat in a very long time , this place is worth looking into but get there early , parking is on both sides of the building , and you will understand why after you get there . Guy & Frances Lipsky

  • Visited August 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

Have been to Dry Dock on many occasions over the years but on this recent trip it seems to have stepped up in quality. The refurb has helped and the views of Sarasota Bay are stunning. Highly recommended if you are ever in the area. Have the Boathouse Chilli, it's excellent.

Visited August 2014
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Sarasota, FL
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“Delightful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

After reading about the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill in TripAdvisor we decided to try it when we were visited by a son and grandson. It was a great choice. We had the best steamed mussels we have had anywhere, and considering our many mussel experiences in P.E.I., the land of the mussels, that’s saying something. The various members of the group had grilled scallops, crab cakes that were made of lump crab meat, not just filler, and grilled grouper. All of which were excellent. Unfortunately, with bread, salad, and vegetables in more than sufficient quantity and quality, we were unable to partake of dessert. The service was very good and our waitress competent and attentive.

It is not easy to find. Get directions from their web site. Like the better mouse trap and the cabin in the woods the restaurant was crowded. They do not take reservations. However, they do have a seven day pre call system whereby one can call ahead between seven and two days and place ones name and time on a preferred customer list that will guarantee a table with no longer a wait than 15 minutes. Fortunately for us we are year round residents so we will be able to return again and again.

  • Visited August 2014
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“Long wait time but great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Took 1 hr 30 minutes to be sat. Good thing I had a large glass of wine and good family to keep me company while we waited! The food was great, but make sure you put on some bug spray if you plan to sit outside. Delicious key lime pie!

Visited August 2014
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“Return trip as good as the first”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Another great experience! Returned with in-laws (first timers). No disappointments, everyone enjoyed their meals. The grouper is always perfect.

Thank Steve H
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