Dining by boat or car on Longboat Key


Erin McWhorter
Contributing Writer

Boating is a relaxing and enjoyable way to travel during season. Sarasota and Bradenton offer an assortment of restaurants where a boat can be tied, however, there is a reason the Longboat Key is often the island destination of choice. Our immaculate barrier island is home to many of the best restaurants in the state. Whether one is seeking the casual atmosphere at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant or the elegant ambiance of Pattigeorge’s, Longboat Key offers boaters an array of restaurants to choose from.


Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

Located: Zwick’s Channel, Intercoastal Waterway Mile Marker 6

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill features casual indoor and outdoor dining overlooking Sarasota Bay. Boaters can sit back and enjoy the palm trees and panoramic views of the bay from the waterfront patio. Fresh-caught fish from the Gulf of Mexico are available for both lunch and dinner, making this restaurant a popular boating destination. Boaters are also welcome to bring their dog, provided they have a carrier for their furry friend.

Erin’s Favorite: The grilled gulf grouper, served over rice, topped with a tomato basil bruschetta, and lightly drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction.


Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub

Located: Intercoastal Waterway Mile Marker #39

Mar Vista offers spectacular views of Sarasota Bay with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Lunch and dinner are served with a selection of fruity cocktails, excellent for refreshing boaters during the day. Mariners can chose from a selection of seafood, sandwiches and salads. After a day on the bay, dinner is also available. The restaurant offers a large selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts, as well as their popular steamer pots.

Erin’s Favorite: A glass of chardonnay and the freshest oysters.



Located: Intercoastal Waterway Mile Marker #23

Once docked at Pattigeorge’s, diners can spoil themselves with a sophisticated atmosphere while enjoying the beautiful bay views. “Pattigeorge’s draws its culinary inspiration from coastlines around the globe, bringing together American regional favorites, Italian traditions, exotic Asian flavors and exciting Caribbean and Latin American nuances.” Pattigeorge’s is perfect for a romantic evening by boat or when celebrating a special occasion.

Erin’s Favorite: Miso-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass.


Coming soon: The Shore Diner, Longboat Key

Located:  Intercoastal Waterway Mile Marker #39

The Shore Diner opened its first (and very popular) location on St. Armand’s Circle on Lido Key. They are known for using local resources, organic produce, finely crafted beverages, and a unique dining style.  This location was also once known as the famous Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant.

Erin’s Favorite: Kung Pao Calamari Salad, consisting of Napa cabage, citrus, peanuts, and sesame ginger

Erin is a year-round Longboat Key resident, Sarasota native, and Real Estate Professional at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Erin loves hearing from readers. You may contact Erin at ERIN@lbknews.com to share your dining adventures and for a chance to be featured in Key Dining.

Erin is a Sarasota native and Real Estate Professional at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Erin loves hearing from readers regarding anything food.  You may contact Erin at ERIN@lbknews.com to share your favorite recipes, dining adventures, and for a chance to be featured in Erin’s Everyday Eats.  



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