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Sarasota's Boat Friendly Restaurants and Bars

by Duncan Seawall

Sarasota offers a wide selection of pristine beaches, shopping, and entertainment. Living on the water, Sarasota is home to dozens of can't-miss waterfront eateries, and the only thing better than enjoying a meal on the waterfront is arriving by water. Whether you dock for lunch, dinner, or a relaxing drink on the waterfront, Sarasota has the perfect dockside restaurants or bars.


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Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub resides in one of the twelve oldest structures on Longboat Key. 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.

O'Leary's Tiki Bar & Grill

At O'Leary's Tiki Bar & Grill, anytime is bound to be a good time. Located at Bayfront Park, it's easy to arrive by boat, and their vibrant surf-and-turf menu has something on it for everyone. You can dine inside or grab a spot beneath a shady umbrella and enjoy your peel-and-eat shrimp and rum runner alfresco on their patio. With live entertainment every day, this one-of-a-kind outpost is certain to become a fast favorite. Take a peek at their monthly entertainment schedule to plan a fantastic date night.

Casey Key Fish House & Tiki Bar

Just south of Sarasota, you'll find Casey Key Fish House & Tiki Bar tucked between Casey Key and Osprey. This one-of-a-kind eatery describes itself as an "Old Florida" waterfront restaurant. 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 Sarasota Bay and is an ideal spot to watch the setting sun. 

The Boatyard Waterfront Grill

For the perfect place to wine and dine while watching the sunset, look no further than The Boatyard Waterfront Grill. You can't miss this bright green restaurant and bar on Stickney Point Road. This popular eatery is situated right on the water–boasting waterfront views for every quest–and with easy docking access, it's a fantastic option for dinner after a long day on the water. Try their mahi mahi piccata, mojo chicken tacos, or siesta shrimp. Plus, you'll love trying one of their specialty cocktails at the reef bar—for here or to go!

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. With two docks, there is ample room for everyone to gather around. The menu includes the fresh seafood that you would expect from a Gulf Coast eatery along with plenty of craft beers and custom cocktails. Be here in time for sunset for a truly spectacular view. 

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 making your home boat-friendly, contact us today to learn more about installing boat lifts in Sarasota.

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