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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

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412 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-4010
+1 941-383-0102
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had not been here since they were acquired by the Gecko's Group. It's still really busy, the view is still great, and the food is still great. However, I was not impressed by the host/hostess process. Maybe it's always been like this, but i don't remember noticing it before. There's a bar, upstairs dining, and outdoor dining area, and... More 

Thank GeneK1660
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food great view. Doesn't take reservations and is always busy so expect a wait. Food portions size are good. Great place to sit by the water and wait for your table as well.

Thank Mark H
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The fish is really fresh everyday. Well prepared, also have food for your kids. Key lime pie was great.

Thank mizeg
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my second visit to Dry Dock. Our server was Shamron and she was very helpful, pleasant and didn't rush us at all. The grouper bites are my favorite appetizer, light batter and seasoning. The coconut shrimp salad is delicious! Key lime pie to finish is excellent- creamy, slightly tart. This is a small restaurant of the beaten path... More 

Thank Beth T
Melbourne Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food, reasonably priced. Small place, that gets crowded. If you do not get lucky with a bar table, you'll have to wait 60-90 minutes for a table. Full bar, with tasty cocktails while you wait. Worth a trip, just plan to be patient. Water view, and outdoo seating. Good service.

Thank PepeStrikes
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are from PA and we love to come to FL during stone crab season. We are seeking a retirement location and visited Sarasota and stopped here for lunch. It's a very non descript building from the street but dockside it's gorgeous. Lots of parking. Stairs or elevator to gain access to the restaurant. We ordered the stone crab and... More 

2 Thank Lisa S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had shrimp tacos and shared an order of chilli. Both were excellent. The view from upstairs was wonderful . Excellent service too.

Thank Marc B
Breinigsville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was great and service was professional and timely. Our table allowed us to view the Sarasota Bay. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable dinner.

Thank poet3950
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat outside. Why not?! Good portions for lunch. I went with shrimp. You may hit some lunch rush. Or dinner. See if you can make a great.

Thank Ellis_NC_IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popular restaurant on Longboat Key. There was a wait for lunch. Bloody Mary okay, but lunch was excellent!! Local beer on tap was also excellent!! (Lunch: stone crab claws, seafood salad, lobster bisque and tuna salad sandwich.) Beautiful view!! Worth the wait! :-)

Thank J L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 412 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-4010
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Longboat Key
  • Phone Number: +1 941-383-0102
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?