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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

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412 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
+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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Orlando, Florida
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210 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant is tucked away within a large and busy dry dock. Perfect setting for cozy ambiance with great food. Very busy, so call ahead for preferred seating. Portions are very generous. Food is fresh, well prepared and wonderful. Great service.

Thank Sarahjay192
Longboat Key, Florida
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461 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our favorite place for lunch or dinner on Longboat for a variety of reasons. First, our server, Kimberly, was polite, friendly and professional. Service was well timed, the food was ample portions of quality seafood and it is consistently excellent! Try the Chilian Sea Bass if they have it on special. Pasta and seafood dishes are top notch. Good, fresh... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our favourite restaurant whilst in Sarasota, we ate here twice and tried again for a third time - a power cut due to a tropical storm meant we could not! It is very busy and you need to rock up early but the staff looked after us amazingly well and the seafood was exceptional.

Thank IncognitoJones
Asheville, North Carolina
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I watched the pelicans and boats while sitting on a couch by the sparkling water. The restaurant location next to dry dock boat storage is fun. All of the employees seemed to smile as they worked....food looked delicious.... I will definitely go back.

Thank alice m
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We watched the full moon rising, dolphins swimming and boats docking from our inside window table; it was breathtaking. Added to this we enjoyed our respective meals of sea chowder (excellent) and Caesar salad followed by scallops in linguine with wine and garlic sauce and grilled gulf shrimp and sea scallops with potatoes and vegetables. To accompany our meals we... More 

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Hampton nh
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278 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been here many times great if your there for lunch or dinner portions A very good for either. Lunchtime they have a great lobster roll ! All the fish is always brush waitstaff great ! There is a huge outdoor area for eating , directly on the water, there is also upstairs with great views !

Thank Hollmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service is always great! We arrived around 7:30pm and got lucky- No wait!! The scallops were perfectly done- ummmm! Hamburgers are also delicious! They describe the different temperatures of the burger on the menu and the burger comes out perfectly! Love the Key Lime Pie; we always order an extra one to take home:)

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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137 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here six or eight times during the past year and it is always so good. The waitstaff is well trained and professional, the food is fresh, cooked perfectly and has great taste. And if you can snag an outside table around sunset time, there can be nothing better. The only problem is there is generally a long... More 

Thank profgold
Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can always count on the Drydock for delicious meals for lunch and dinner! Here are our faves: Grouper tacos - so good! Especially with the sauce that comes along with it that's made out of pure love. My fave is blackened grouper on Caesar salad. Their Caesar dressing is oil based so it's not to heavy for the lettuce.... More 

Thank libbyliz75
Millis, Massachusetts
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a bit of a wait since it was busy, but well worth the wait. Had a delicious grouper dinner. Had to skip dessert because I was too full! Can't wait to return in a few weeks.

Thank suzc50

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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
US$10 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, View
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
  • 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?