When you go to the beach and look for a place to eat, the last thing you want is to sit inside on a beautiful day and not be able to see the sunset. That is why the Boatyard Waterfront Bar and Grill offers the best waterfront dining views, where every seat in the house has a great water view to check out the boats, sunset, and incredible atmosphere in the Sarasota area!
This restaurant is an old staple for locals who live here and tourists who enjoy visiting this beach town year after year. The Boatyard has always been a hopping favorite for people who want to see what ‘Old Florida’ was like, featuring indoor and outdoor dining areas, mouthwatering seafood, excellent service, a laid-back atmosphere, specialty cocktails, and a reef bar for chilled-out drinks for happy hour.
Local Favorite Menu Options
If this is your first time here, you might not know what to get. But we have done some research for you to find the tastiest plates, best drinks, and shareable plates that you and your entire group are going to love!
We recommend getting the Grouper Fingers to start, featuring light and crispy grouper with chipotle remoulade. You can also try the Mediterranean Platter with hummus, feta cheese, cucumber, olives, warm pita bread, and green peppers for a healthy way to start your meal. Other popular starters are the ‘Freckles’, which are fried dill pickle chips with a tangy dipping sauce, or the stuffed mushrooms with crab and shrimp stuffing.
If you are in the mood to start the meal with some tasty and locally caught seafood in Sarasota, you can’t go wrong with the sea scallops with creamy garlic sauce, blackened redfish with island rice and vegetables, or snow crab with drawn butter for a creamy dipping sauce.
Can’t decide if you want meat or fish? Why not have both? We recommend getting one of the ‘land and sea’ entrees with fresh vegetables and your choice of side. Try the shrimp and scallops linguini with scallions, jambalaya with shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, and rice, or the honey bourbon kebabs with chicken breast and honey bourbon glaze.
Then, end your meal with some sweet desserts or drinks to keep the night going. We love trying some of the draft beer options, like Shock Top or Hazy IPA, and pairing it with a carrot cake or chocolate cake. If you want a specialty drink, try the Boatyard Specialty, the Category 5 cocktail — a tasty and strong drink with spiced mango, pineapple, coconut, and passion fruit rum.