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6814 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
+1 941-312-4975
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“pizza” (52 reviews)
“veal” (21 reviews)
“basa” (6 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
6814 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
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Reviewed 21 April 2015

This local taverna is friendly and charming. The pizza and pasta dishes are excellent. It's low key, making it a good place to go on those evenings when you're asking,

Thank Judy N
Reviewed 8 April 2015

Located in a nondescript strip shopping plaza, this Italian restaurant really delivers good quality food and a wonderful ambiance. A keyboard player performed during dinner and the owner was visible and involved. Food was great - Hubby and I we each selected from the

Thank Dale G
Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

I think this is our 5th visit. Every time we come to Longboat Key to see relatives, we visit and have a yummy satisfying dinner. Fish special - shared anchovy salad and then espresso and vanilla ice cream - perfect. Comfort food.

Thank Debra S
Reviewed 20 March 2015

Had a fabulous early bird dinner outside overlooking the serene waterway. $12.95 for 2 courses and another $25.00 for a bottle of wine. What a deal. Had the cioppino with plenty of fish for a change. Great value

2  Thank crn52
Reviewed 18 March 2015

This restaurant offers some of the best and most delicious Italian food in the area! It is family run, friendly and welcoming. Like having a meal in Mamma's kitchen! The menu is extensive, fresh meats and vegetables, homemade pastas and sauces and incredible desserts. All...More

Thank Murray B
Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

We had dinner with a party of 7, staff greeted us and sat us quickly. Took out order in a timely manner and our food was ready quickly. The food was delicious. I had pizza. My son ate and entire order of ravioli! Would defiantly...More

Thank Manderz145
Reviewed 15 March 2015 via mobile

We probably would have skipped over this jewel of a restaurant were it not recommended by friends for its great Italian food. It has more of a Tuscany on the Bayou feel than its name implies. Food was very good, Pamela provided excellent service. You...More

Thank Rusty1224
Reviewed 15 March 2015

Last evening, three of us had veal, three had a red snapper nightly special. The veal was passable, the highly-recommended (by the waiter) snapper uncut-able and inedible. The place was busy and we didn't want to make a scene. But we did mention our displeasure...More

1  Thank jeffandmyrna
Reviewed 6 March 2015

Upon arriving late afternoon on Longboat Key for our vacation we needed to have dinner as no groceries had yet been purchased. Going on local recommendations the Bayou Tavern was selected. We were pleasantly welcomed and shown to our seats. The waitress explained the daily...More

1  Thank Ilmars K
Reviewed 4 March 2015

Bayou is one of the options for Longboat Key dining. Unfortunately, the service and food is average. Hard to understand why any restaurant would attempt to offer so many menu items and end up with such average to below average food quality. Stick to the...More

Thank Mike G
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Response from rm209 | Reviewed this property |
The pizza is good but I am not a fan of this restaurant after trying it several times for dinner. They have changed the menu item because they ran out of broccoli rabe and used just broccoli, bad substitution, they charged... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$24
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6814 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Longboat Key
  • Phone Number: +1 941-312-4975
  • E-mail