We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
412 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-4010
+1 941-383-0102
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,844 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,816: English reviews
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love seafood this is the place for you. From lobster bisque to grouper tacos there are so many great seafood dishes plus chicken, steak, pastas and salads. The restaurant fits in well just behind the dry dock and the decor includes many great nautical photos from the area and all kinds of large model boats.

Thank Jeff R
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ok I loved the grouper if that wasn't already obvious! The sandwich is amazing and so are the grouper tacos! My daughter loved the kids grouper fingers as well. Only think weird is they only do to-go's orders until 5:30 pm... which frankly sucks.

Thank Christyn M
Longboat Key, Florida
Level Contributor
28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love going here. It is quite popular so best to go during non busy times--- early dinner or lunch. The seafood is always fresh and fantastic. The views are excellent. We absolutely love the pulley system to bring the drinks upstairs.

Thank Conn_travel_lovers
Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
Level Contributor
124 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Friends invited us to dinner at the Dry Dock Grill tonite. What a treat to discover this gem! We chose to eat inside but kind of wished they had chosen the outdoor seating beside the waterfront. Wait staff was attentive without hovering. Four of us and four different dishes: fried shrimp, blackened fish, grilled fish and local stone crab claws.... More 

Thank PattiP313
Key West, Florida
Level Contributor
41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for lunch and it was great. Oysters Rockefeller best we have eaten! Grouper and shrimp tacos fresh and flavorful. Great view of the bay. Do not let the look of the outside turn you away. As a plus they have elevator.

Thank easyed7889
Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The location surprised us. It is behind a service station and boat storage, but it is a very popular place. We had a 30 minute wait, but we were a party of seven. It was dark so don't know if there is a view. The staff was attentive and the food outstanding.

Thank wmilner61
St Ives
Level Contributor
23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little confusing to find at first but once found we revisited several times. There are many over priced average restaurants in Longboat Key but this isn't one of them. great food, service and atmosphere - all three of us loved the place.

Thank Skyline2001
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love sea food, so when we were on Anna Marie Island for a week in November, I ate it every chance I got. This place was far and away the best! We went for a late lunch after going to the aquarium. Party of 10 - no wait. You eat surrounded by water on three sides. We have an... More 

Thank Wayne S
Frisco, Texas
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food but fish was little to dry and sauce too sweet. The deck is not that appealing as you cannot see the sunset and gets really chilly outdoor after the sunset. Still great service but... not sure if it is worth the $$$$

Thank afaoro
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saw Dolphins, pelicans, etc. from the table, and the food was incredible. Grouper and lobster rolls were amazing. The service was very good as well (waiter = David). Highly recommend.

Thank Seth N

Travellers who viewed Dry Dock Waterfront Grill also viewed

Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island

Been to Dry Dock Waterfront Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
US$10 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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 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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Dry Dock Waterfront Grill and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question
Sarasota, Florida
4 months ago
Maitland, Florida
4 months ago

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Dry Dock Waterfront Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?