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Sarasota's Boat Friendly Restaurants and Bars

by Scott Myers

Sarasota is one of one of Florida's most well known Gulf Coast cities, offering visitors and residents a wide selection of pristine beaches, shopping, and entertainment. As you might expect, Sarasota is home to many excellent restaurants, and the only thing better than enjoying a meal on the waterfront is arriving by water. Whether you dock for lunch, dinner or stop for a relaxing drink on the water, Sarasota has the perfect dockside restaurant or bar.


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Star Fish Company

The Star Fish Company opened in the 1920's as a primarily wholesale business. In 1996 the new owners decided that in addition to offering fresh seafood in the retail market, they would also begin offering cooked seafood as well. With a small kitchen and a few picnic tables, a Sarasota landmark was born.

Located at the north end of Sarasota Bay, Star Fish Company offers a striking view of Jewfish Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach, the wildlife and constant traffic of commercial fishing boats next door. Star Fish Company is the perfect Gulf Coast setting. Known for its fresh seafood offerings the restaurant is busy but the food is well worth the wait, but remember, they accept cash only.

Tide Tables

Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina is the ideal spot to sit back, relax, and enjoy delicious local seafood and regional fare, while, taking in a breathtaking view of the Intracoastal Waterway, sea and bird life, and the working waterfront of historic Cortez Village. A restaurant and marina with a tiki bar facing Anna Maria Island, Tide Tables features fresh seafood as well as a wide selection of local and national craft beers.

Casey Key Fish House & Tiki Bar

Casey Key Fish House & Tiki Bar in Osprey, FL, describes itself as an "Old Florida" waterfront restaurant. Located between Osprey and Casey Key, Casey Key Fish House offers excellent moderately priced fresh seafood along with a laid-back casual atmosphere. The dining room provides an exceptional view of the Sarasota Bay and is an ideal spot to watch the setting sun. For the more adventurous jet skis, paddle boards, and kayaks rentals are available on site.

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub reside in one of the twelve oldest structures on Longboat Key. The building was built in 1912 and spared by a 1921 hurricane that destroyed much of the Island. Offering a near picture-perfect view of Sarasota Bay from the outdoor covered deck or intimate bar and dining area, Mar Vista features area craft beers, local wine offerings and an extensive list of cocktails. The menu features fresh caught local seafood in a unique waterfront atmosphere.

Cortez Kitchen

The Cortez Kitchen, in the heart of Cortez Village, is the ideal spot for an afternoon or evening drink with friends. Featuring an open-air restaurant with a consistent breeze off Sarasota Bay, Cortez Kitchen is the place to go for strong mixed drinks, ice-cold beer and fresh seafood dinners. The Cortez also features some of the areas best local live music, hosting rock, blues and reggae music acts.

Evie's at Spanish Point Restaurant & Tiki Bar

Evie's at Spanish Point Restaurant & Tiki Bar was established in 1957 and recently renamed and renovated. An iconic structure overlooking the pristine waters of Little Sarasota Bay, Evie's offers incredible views from the updated bar and improved docking facilities. The menu includes the fresh seafood that you would expect from a Gulf Coast eatery along with plenty of craft beers and custom cocktails.

From freshly caught seafood to local handcrafted beverages, and live entertainment, Sarasota Bay has a restaurant and bar suitable for any occasion. If you are in search of a great destination that is boater friendly, with deep water, plenty of docking available and a panoramic view, Sarasota Bay is the place to visit. Duncan Seawall is proud to be a part of the Gulf Coast community. To learn more about boater friendly restaurants and bars in that Sarasota area or anything else contact us today.


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