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Old 10-28-2013, 03:10 PM
 
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We will be vacationing a couple days and Siesta Key next week we would like to get a nice seafood restaurant on the water for lunch not too expensive any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Chart House is one of my favorites. It's $$$ out of $$$$, though, not terribly expensive but not cheap either. (Chart House Restaurants)

Another option would be Anna Maria Oyster Bar, but it isnt on the water but it is $$ out of $$$$. (http://www.oystebar.net)
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Captain Curt's Crab & Oyster Bar
1200 Old Stickney Point Rd. Siesta Key 941.349.3885
A place that will take you back in time to an era where good, fresh seafood was a standard, where reasonable prices, a casual atmosphere still exist.

Lobsterpot Restaurant
5157 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key 941.349.2323
Fresh seafood daily. All live Lobsters are from Bar Harbor and Boothbay Maine.

The Old Salty Dog
5023 Ocean Boulevard Siesta Key 941.349.0158
1601 Ken Thompson Parkway Sarasota 941.388.4311
Great Seafood, Fine Beer & Ale, Casual Dining, Voted Best Outdoor Dining in Sarasota.

Ophelia's On The Bay
9105 Midnight Pass Road Siesta Key 941.349.2212
The food is ablend of cuisines and influences mixing new world with old, American with Asian, Italian with Floridian.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar
5238 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key 941.346.5443
SKOB is the hangout with the laidback, beachy atmosphere that will get you right into the Island Spirit.

Turtles
8875 Midnight Pass Rd. Siesta Key 941.346.2207
A romantic waterfront setting with a dedication to offering only the freshest seafood and other fine cuisine at reasonable prices in a casual, friendly atmosphere.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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If you are looking exclusively on SK, Ophelias & Turtles are really the only restaurants on the water. SK village is inner island but has some good restaurants such as SKOB, the Hub & the Cottage.

There is also the Boatyard on the other side of the south bridge that is waterfront.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:27 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Just so you are not disappointed, there is no true Gulf-front dining in Sarasota for the most part. I think Sharky's is, but I have never been. I suppose some of the Longboat Key fine dining places are, but, for example, I brought a party of six for a meal at The Chart House, and every single person in our party was disappointed with everything from the the snotty 18 yr old hostess to the rubbery scallops. Sarasota is not an epicurian's dream.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Osprey, FL
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Sarasota is not an epicurean's dream.
I couldn't agree more. We have found you get better food for your money at the big chain restaurants. The Red Lobster south of Stickney Point Rd is fantastic. I only wish they would get a Texas Roadhouse.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:43 PM
 
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For REALLY good seafood, the best place HANDS DOWN is Barnacle Bill's downtown. Supremely fresh and delicious, and they have some great deals.

I thought Chart House was awful, and really overpriced. You are just paying for location.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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Ophelia's is over priced and not that good in my opinion. It is not on the gulf, there is water of some sort running behind it. The building is old and run down and badly in need of renovation. Sharkys in venice is right on the gulf and is a touristy place but it is fun and the food is ok.

I'll second that motion for a Texas Roadhouse.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:06 PM
 
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Ophelia's is over priced and not that good in my opinion. It is not on the gulf, there is water of some sort running behind it. The building is old and run down and badly in need of renovation. Sharkys in venice is right on the gulf and is a touristy place but it is fun and the food is ok.

I'll second that motion for a Texas Roadhouse.
The "some sort of water running behind it" would be Little Sarasota Bay. It's really not my favorite place either but the OP simply asked about waterfront restaurants. Although I have had a decent meal there. If you think Ophelias is old & run down, then you would be shocked at Turtles. Some of the best restaurants on the key that I would recommend based on the food alone(regardless of location) are in the village.If you want to head south a bit, yes, Sharkys is direct gulf front. You could also check out Pop's & Pelican Alley by the Casey Key south bridge. Not pricey, "old Florida & laid back. Both are on the intercoastal waterway.

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