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“Great waterfront dining”
Review of Old Salty Dog

Old Salty Dog
Ranked #93 of 1,169 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 6 - USD 29
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, View
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Description: Serving Sarasota for Over 25 years!The Old Salty Dog first opened its door for business in Siesta Key Village back on November 1st 1986. The owners original concept was to take a small popular village beer and hot dog stand and turn it into a casual Restaurant and Pub. They have mixed the best of the Florida Keys and their British heritage to create a fun family environment that is appealing to people from all walks of life.There are now 2 locations and they are patronized not only by their many regular local customers and characters but they also enjoy abundant new and repeat business from all over the United States and from around the World.
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Stopped here for a late lunch and some cocktails. Sat out on the deck and had a good view of the marina and the bay. Pelicans were hanging out on some water signs pretty close which was cool. Cocktails were good. But the peel n eat shrimp were fantastic! Served in a mildly spicy broth that was super flavorful. Really enjoyable. Would return.

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Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Sorry for a negative review but our experience was, shall I say “less than stellar”.

While staying on Longboat Key on August 12 we did an online Google search for seafood restaurants in the area. Old Salty Dog came in at number “4”. That sounded pretty good.

Location is pleasant, on the water. Probably a good hangout for beer drinking locals under 40.

Service was acceptable. Not the server’s fault that the meal was humble; at best.

I ordered fish and chips. It was served as a breaded, deep fried fillet over a bed of fries. The fries were nothing special, not great, not bad. The breading on the fillet was crisp on the outside and almost raw on the inside, like the inside of an undercooked pancake. A great laxative. The fish portion was generous and would possibly have been great grilled or broiled.

My wife had a grilled grouper sandwich. The fish was a bit tough, I believe due to over cooking. The sandwich was served with what the restaurant represented as coleslaw. It was as if the “chef” took a bag of commercial shredded lettuce, cabbage and carrots from a bag, put a handful into a dish and shook some tasteless seasoning over it before sending it out to the diner. Mediocre would be an overstatement of quality.

How the rating of “4” as a seafood destination in the area has been achieved is a complete mystery to me and to my wife. The food just wasn’t good.

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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

I love this place, friendly outdoor eating next to the water. I always have the grouper sandwich which is delicious!
Great atmosphere just be prepared to wait for a table at busy times

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Reviewed 11 August 2018

We ate at the restaurant and were served with fairly good food enhanced by a waterside location. I am not sure that the food was worth the money....not to my palate. The service was excellent. Menu is extensive. Perhaps I did not pick the right dish.

Thank Bird3181
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

Wonderful place to catch lunch, it is on the water and has excellent views. Food is great and is the place is owned by a SCCA member. A place to always come back to and enjoy

Thank Jim K
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