Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub: Casual Outdoor Dining & Great Food!
As a barrier island, Longboat Key is long narrow, island. Driving north we admire the numerous condos and elegant homes. Just before the bridge crossing to Bradenton Beach, we stop for lunch at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub on the bayside of Longboat Key. Originally built in 1912, and spared from the hurricane in 1921, this Old Florida style restaurant is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key. Choosing the outside on rustic patio with its view of Sarasota Bay, we have a great appetizer of smoked fish spread. With their website being www.groupersandwich.com, the grouper sandwich is a must. It is delicious as is the “beer battered” French Fries. Lunch is fun as we watch boats pull into the dock and patrons enjoy the patio and outside seating under the trees. We spy several clear plastic bags filled with water hanging on posts around the patio. Why? An old Florida tradition is that the bags will keep flies away. A postcard ending to our Gulf coast paradise vacation is a grilled grouper sandwich, cold beverage, a great bayside view on restaurant patio. What a terrific place!
Favorite Dish: Grouper Sandwich
A rustic relaxed restaurant
- Food and Dining
euphemia haye: gourmet
of the main reasons to visit longboat key when in the sarasota area is to dine at euphemia haye. euphemia haye is one of the best resturants in the state of florida. they specialize in local seafood, steak, and gourmet american fare. they also have a second floor lounge and dessert room with live entertainment. for those interested in fine dinning this is a must stop when in the sarasota area. euphemia haye is a florida trend golden spoon hall of fame winner.
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
Gulf Drive Cafe: Belgian Waffles
I strongly suggest this cafe. I have been vacationing in the Bradenton area for 26 years and visit this cafe EVERY time. It is definitely worth the wait to sit outside, but keep in mind that it may be a minute or two before you get seated. There are only 8-10 tables outside.
As tradition, I get the Belgian Waffle here. However, the other breakfast food is very good, as is the quiche. Plus, the clam chowder is very good, but it doesn't always go with the waffle!!
Favorite Dish: Belgian waffle...light and crispy. Never stale.
Gulf Drive Cafe: Gulf Drive Cafe
Right on the beach . . . A refreshing change from all the mostly 5 star restaurants in Longboat Key
Favorite Dish: Fresh Spinach and Feta Cheese Omelette . . . I still dream about it . . . They serve breakfast all day