The Best Longboat Key Waterfront Dining
Longboat Key isn’t just known for its natural beauty and stunning residences. It’s home to several delicious restaurants featuring some of the best waterfront dining in Sarasota.
Driving over the bridge to Longboat (you can make a stop at Salty Dog first if you’d like to grab a hot dog or some scrumptious coconut shrimp!), you’ll be met on your left with a Chart House – a perennial favorite. For thirty years, Chart House has impressed guests with both the cuisine and the view. From the dining room and terrace, you overlook the calming Gulf waters of Sarasota Bay.
Go a little further, and you’ll find my Michael Saunders office on the right. After you stop in and say hello, head next door to Dry Dock. You’ve probably heard people talk about their lobster roll, so you go in and try one yourself!
If you’re arriving by boat, look for Marker 6 on Zwick’s Channel. They have three wet slips, so no need to worry about finding a parking spot.
At the center of Longboat Key, the award-winning Pattigeorge’s offers an exciting blend of culinary traditions from American regional favorites to Italian, Asian, Caribbean and Latin American cuisines. Chef Tommy Klauber prepares local seafood, barbecued meats and house-baked desserts in this elegant atmosphere, which can also be reached by water.
If you’re hoping for something a little more low-key, try Mar Vista, where on Saturdays Jeremy serves up the best margaritas in town. If you’re a fan of Sandbar on Anna Maria and Beach House on Bradenton Beach, then be sure to Mar Vista, which has the same owners. You’ll also like Mar Vista if you’re a fan of history – it’s considered one of the 12 oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key, built in 1912 and spared in a 1921 hurricane that hit the island.
Near Mar Vista, Shore will soon open in the former Moore’s Stone Crab House and will likely be a hot spot for a younger Longboat crowd. Restaurateur Mark Caragiulo plans to offer a coastal cuisine that’s similar to what’s offered at the St. Armands Shore location, but he’ll add stone crab and raw bar items.
Once you’ve finished your culinary tour of Longboat, here’s my advice: rinse and repeat. Take a dip in the refreshing beach waters, and then head back to one of these delightful restaurants for your next mouthwatering meal!