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Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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APPETIZERS
$10.0
Brussel Sprouts
With ginger, soy and sriracha aioli (ask to make Vegan)
$14.0
Smoked Fish
Fish spread, smoked fish, bottarga, capers, onions, Teddy's lavash, and house-made pickles
$16.0
Fish Collars
Fried and drizzled with chili-lime sauce
$16.0
Bud & Old Bay Shrimp Bowl
1/2lb Jumbo shrimp sautéed in Budweiser, Old Bay, and garlic butter
$9.0
Mar Vista Tater Tots
Onion, Jack cheese, chipotle honey mustard
$12.0
Calamari
Quick fried served w/ Parmesan and marinara
$16.0
Scallops Rumaki
Bacon-wrapped sea scallops and plum sauce
$12.0
Chicken Wings
Buffalo, Nashville, or Thai
$9.0
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Corn, jalapenos, creme fraiche, Cotija cheese, avocado, cilantro and lime juice (ask to make Vegan)
SOUPS
$6.0
$8.0
Soup Du Jour
$6.0
$8.0
Clam Chowder
SALADS
Add protein to any salad: Chicken $5, Seafood or Fish $9, Premium Fish - market price
$11.0
Caesar Salad
Romaine, Caesar dressing, croutons, and Parmesan
$13.0
Country Cobb Salad
Bob Woods' aged prosciutto, egg, avocado, tomatoes, farm greens, bleu cheese crumble and dressing
$11.0
Village Salad
Spring mix, cucumbers, red onion, tomato, and choice of dressing
$13.0
Gamble Creek Salad
Farm greens, seasonal fruit, Manchego cheese, Marcona almonds, heirloom tomatoes, radishes, and cucumbers, with raspberry vinaigrette
$12.0
Apple & Fennel Salad
Fresh apples, sweet pickled fennel, cucumber, arugula and farm greens, tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, Feta cheese, and Marcona almonds
$12.0
Mozzarella Caprese
Dakin Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic glaze
SHAREABLE SIDES
$6.0
Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno Hush Puppies
$6.0
Collard Greens
$6.0
Bradley Store Cheddar Grits
$6.0
Basket of Fries
RAW BAR
$13.0
$24.0
Oysters on the Half Shell
$16.0
Peel & Eat Shrimp
Half-pound Gulf shrimp, served with cocktail sauce
$70.0
$130.0
Seafood Tower / Castle
Chilled oysters, lobster tail, littleneck clams, shrimp, Seasonal crab clusters, and crab cocktail
$35.0
Florida Steam Pot
Seasonal crab clusters, littleneck clams, Gulf shrimp, corn & red potatoes. Old Bay or Cajun
HAND HELDS
$15.0
Pub Burger
1/2 lb. of fresh ground beef, topped with a fried egg, bacon-onion jam, and cheddar -or- build your own with bacon, sauté'ed mushrooms and onions
$15.0
Impossible Burger
6 oz. vegan burger patty served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, on a brioche bun. (ask to make Vegan)
$14.0
Rufus P. Jordan's Chicken Sandwich
Chicken breast (non-GMO) marinated, grilled and topped with Provolone cheese, pineapple, and spicy coleslaw
$23.0
Lobster Roll
Butter-poached lobster tossed with lemon aioli, celery, and red onion on a house-made hoagie
$13.0
Turkey Croissant
Turkey breast, avocado, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard spread on a house-made croissant
$14.0
Prime Rib French Dip
House-made ciabatta with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and au jus
$14.0
Grilled Vegetable Ciabatta
Portobello mushroom, arugula, roasted red peppers, Feta cheese, pickled apples (ask to make Vegan)
$18.0
Crab Cake
Maryland-style, sautéed and served on a house-made brioche with Joe's Stone Crab Mustard
$16.0
Po' Boy
Fresh, local fish, lightly fried, served on a house-made hoagie with lettuce, tomato, sriracha mayo, and hush puppies
$14.0
Shrimp & Sausage Quesadilla
Bob Woods' Sausage, Gulf shrimp, Pepper Jack cheese, wrapped, pressed, served with sriracha aioli, sour cream, and jalapeno sauce
About
Enjoy a delicious fresh Florida seafood meal inside the quaint dining room, on the outdoor covered deck or under the ancient Buttonwood Trees overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay. Farm to fork, gulf to table and pasture to plate. It's waterfront dining with a unique atmosphere. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit. Voted #1 place to Dock and Dine with our own private 14 slip dock. There is no place quite like the Mar Vista for real Florida dining.
PRICE RANGE
USD 7 - USD 25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Even very good restaurants can sometimes screw up. In our case, everything that we ordered, starters and mains, was delivered at once. We insisted that the mains be re-done after we finished our starters. Manager Anthony immediately came to our table to apologize, and offered...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank MarkWBoca
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Mark, Thank you for allowing us to fix our mistake. We try to be perfect, but sometimes we fall a little short and allowing us to correct issues, makes sure that you have a wonderful overall visit. Robert Baugh, Director of Operations

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Like its sister restaurants location is a major factor in choosing to eat here. But unlike the Beach House and Sandbar which offer toes in the sand and Gulf view dinning options, Mar Vista is quietly tucked away on the Intracoastal just south of Longboat...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Tom B
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Tom, Thank you for coming in to dine with us at Mar Vista. I am sorry that your entrees did not stand out for you. On your next visit, I suggest consulting with your server to find some flavors that will knock your socks off....More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been eating here for several years. It was our go-to restaurant in Sarasota until out last visit. It is still a great place to dine and watch the sunset over the water, and their recent renovations are really nice. But, you have to...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Delbikeman
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for being a regular patron with us over the years. I appreciate your feedback and will share with our culinary team. Robert Baugh, Director of Operations

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently made a return visit to Mar Vista, which is always on our radar screen when we are in the area. The food was, as usual, very good and the outdoor setting is peaceful with a delightful water view. Cudos to Johnny “the Greek” who...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank aginsf
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for coming back to see us at Mar Vista. I am glad that you enjoyed the renovations and had a wonderful time with a peaceful view. I am also pleased that Johnny gave you great service. Robert Baugh, Director of Operations

Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this restaurant for the first time this year and was pleasantly surprised to see a brand new bar as well as significant upgraded interior and exterior. Our waiter was fantastic and I highly recommend the scallops wrapped in bacon as an appetizer. Delicious!...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank OCmimi
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Welcome back. I am glad that you enjoyed the renovations. We worked very hard to maintain the old style with upgraded finishes. I am glad that you enjoyed your meal as always and happy to be a go to spot for you each year. Robert...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic night at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant. The food was terrific (thanks chef Cliff) and you can’t beat the location! Johnny the Greek and Megan took great care of us from the moment we walked in until we said goodnight. The renovations are...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Cheryl L
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Cheryl, Thank you so much for coming in to see us at Mar Vista. I am glad that you had a great experience and that our team took wonderful care of you. Robert Baugh, Director of Operations

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent service by Johnny the Greek, his assistant in training Taylor and chef Cliff. Great menu - much diversity and gorgeous outside eating. Definitely would go back.

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank MalteseMomto2
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for coming in to join us at Mar Vista. I am glad that our team took great care of you. Robert Baugh, Director of Operations

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here in December while they were under construction. Florida stone crabs were in season and I had a double order of these as my entree. I accompanied it with collard greens and thoroughly enjoyed everything about my food. My girlfriend Julie had...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank vhgolf
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The construction is complete and we are back to normal operations. I am glad that you were able to enjoy a great meal during the construction phase and I think when you return you will see that a meal here is now more relaxing with...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Happy to see the remodeling has been completed and looks wonderful. Inside was a bit noisy so we waited to sit out under the trees. Wait was actually a little shorter than the hour anticipated. Nice system of sending a text when table is ready....More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Cyndi S
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Cyndi, Thank you for coming in to enjoy the new renovations. I am glad that Dana and Johnny took great care of you and that Chef Cliff was able to deliver a delicious meal. Robert Baugh, Director of Operations

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My guest was biking in the neighbourhood when he discovered that hidden gem. I looked at their menu and decided to give it a try. The site is absolutely stunning; you can sitt outside facing the bay where huge trees are giving us some shade....More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank MarLyn007
GuestS23, General Manager at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for discovering us at Mar Vista. I am glad that you enjoyed dining under the trees and had a great meal. Robert Baugh, Director of Operations

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nancy f
30 May 2018|
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Response from TheNeck | Property representative |
Yes, we have indoor seating.
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capyne
30 October 2017|
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Response from TheNeck | Property representative |
We are holding off on the renovation of the inside until sometime next summer. We do not want to interfere with our busy season.
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NancyPVB
18 July 2017|
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Response from Caryn H | Property representative |
Unfortunately the county nor the city has a defined ordinance regarding doggie dining and we cannot take the chance on one customer putting our health certificate in jeopardy. So sorry because we love dogs!
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