Proving that good food and first-class service is the key to an enduring business, Ophelia’s on the Bay has been thrilling diners in Sarasota for the last 25 years. Add a superb waterfront location and staff dedicated to keeping customers happy, and you have the perfect recipe for success!

Ophelia’s – Sarasota’s Premiere Waterfront Restaurant

Ophelia’s on the Bay is located on the southern end of Siesta Key and directly on Little Sarasota Bay, offering diners uninterrupted views regardless of where you choose to sit. Enjoy your meal al fresco from a table on the waterfront patio or peer out at the sparkling water from the air-conditioned comfort of the indoor glass-walled dining room.

Jazz Brunch, Martinis, and More at Ophelia’s on the Bay!

Ophelia’s on the Bay is open daily from 5 p.m. for Happy Hour. You don’t want to miss those generous $7 martinis in the lounge bar. The broad dinner menu is served from 5 to 10 p.m., and the Sunday Brunch is now a Sarasota institution. Dine on fabulous breakfast and lunch dishes to the mellow sound of Mr. Shelly Torman. It’s the way every Sunday should start! Ophelia’s offers a wonderful choice of inventive and favorite dishes, blending old and new flavors from around the world. Whether you are looking for fresh Florida seafood or a choice cut of meat, you’ll find plenty to tickle your taste buds here.


Menus Vary at Ophelia’s on the Bay

Owner-Chef Dan keeps regulars and first-time diners happy with an ever-changing menu, responding to the availability of local fish and seasonal ingredients. Browse the menu while sipping an aperitif and make the difficult decision between Drunken Maine Lobster Bisque or Spruce Point Smoked Salmon with Dill Mascarpone and Truffle; Escargots Ophelia with Elf Mushrooms or Calamari Fritti with Fennel-oregano Crumb. Follow up with an entrée of seafood such as Macadamia encrusted Mahi Mahi with Tropical Fruit Jam or Tataki of Yellowfin Tuna with an Asian twist. Lamb, Angus beef filet mignon, and Pennsylvania duckling all get the Ophelia treatment. No matter your choice, you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy the award-winning dinner menu, fine wines, Sunday Brunch, celebrate a wedding or anniversary overlooking Little Sarasota Bay at Ophelia’s on the Bay in Siesta Key, Florida. | Must Do Visitor Guides

Sunday Brunch broadens the scope with breakfast inspired favorites such as Classic Eggs Benedict and Blueberry Waffles followed by Smoked Prime Brisket Sandwich or The Brunch Burger made from fresh ground ribeye. Drinks come fresh from the Juice Bar, or suitably alcoholic with Bellinis and Greek Sunrise cocktails from the bar. Fabulous handmade desserts and an extensive international wine list complete the choice at this award-winning Siesta Key fine dining waterfront restaurant.

Whether you want a romantic dinner for two, brunch with friends, or to privately celebrate an unforgettable event such as a wedding, Ophelia’s on the Bay is the only name in Sarasota you need to know.

Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling 941.349.2212. Valet parking is always available.

Written by: Nita Ettinger

Free Coffee On National Coffee Day

Coffee aficionados, National Coffee Day is here.

Friday is National Coffee Day and the best way to celebrate is with free and discounted cups of java.

There are plenty ways to get a caffeine fix Friday.

Here are the deals:

Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy a medium or larger cup of hot coffee and get a medium hot coffee free at participating locations nationwide.

Wawa: No coupon is needed to get a free cup of coffee — any size —  on Friday. Also, get a coupon for a free cup when you join Wawa Rewards or by doing a quick survey on Wawa receipts.

Krispy Kreme: It’s a National Coffee Weekend at participating locations. Get one free hot brewed or small iced premium blend per day from Friday through Sunday.

McDonald’s: For a limited time, get a small specialty coffee for $2 at participating locations. Also, there are coupons for a free medium McCafé with any purchase in the McDonald’s smartphone app. Plus, when you purchase any five McCafé drinks you can get one free when a QR code from the app is scanned at checkout.

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Starbucks: While not a National Coffee Day deal, in honor of the day and through Sunday, the Seattle-based company will “be taking over” its stores. For the three days, there will be no menu boards. Instead, the company will share information with customers about how their coffee purchases have made a difference and the company’s commitment to ethical and sustainably sourced coffee.

Keurig: From Friday through Sunday, get 20% off all pods and bagged coffee purchased at www.keurig.com with coupon code CELEBRATE. Get free shipping with a $39 or higher purchase.

Peet’s Coffee: At participating Peet’s coffee bars Friday, get 25% off all beans and a free drip coffee or tea with bean purchase. Also, on Peet’s website, get 25% off all regular, non-subscription bean purchases with promo code COFFEEDAY17. Limit one per person.

Lyft: When you take a Lyft ride Friday in select cities, get a free can of High Brew Cold Brew Coffee during your ride. Participating cities are Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Dallas and Philadelphia.

Caribou Coffee: Starting Friday and through the month of October, Caribou Coffee will donate 10% of purchases to CancerCare, a nonprofit organization offering support, education and financial assistance to those affected by cancer, the company announced in a news release.

7-Eleven: Members of the convenience store chain’s 7Rewards loyalty program get one free cup of coffee at participating locations Friday through Sunday. To redeem, show a bar code on the 7-Eleven smartphone app at checkout. Limit one deal per member.

Atlas Coffee Club: New subscribers to the travel-themed coffee of the month club get a free bag of coffee or $14 off a subscription or World Tour of Coffee gift subscriptions Friday with discount code AtlasCoffeeDay17. Each month the club highlights a new country’s coffee and culture. Learn more and sign up at www.atlascoffeeclub.com.

Love’s Travel Stops: All 24-ounce coffees and cappuccinos are $1 Friday and purchases will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. According to a news release, professional truck drivers who are My Love Rewards members can use a free drink refill credit on coffee, and Love’s will still donate $1 to the hospitals.

Pilot Flying J Travel Centers: Get a free small cup of Pilot Coffee, cappuccino or small hot tea at more than 750 locations by showing a coupon from http://pilotcoffee.pilotflyingj.com or on Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page. The coupon can be shown on a smartphone or printed. Limit one per customer.

Cinnabon: Get a free 12-ounce coffee Friday at participating locations nationwide.

Coffee Beanery: Participating locations are offering fresh brewed coffee for $1 all day Friday and $2 off a pound of coffee.

Cumberland Farms: Text FREECOFFEE to 64827 to receive a mobile coupon for a free hot or iced coffee, in any size, to use at participating Cumberland Farms Friday. The deal also includes the choice of tea, cappuccino or hot chocolate.

QuickChek: Starting Friday and continuing every Friday through Nov. 3, buy any fresh-brewed or made-to-order espresso drink and get one free. No coupon is required.

Biggby Coffee: At participating locations, get a free modifier Friday. Choose from whipped cream, an extra shot of espresso, added flavor and other options.

Birch Coffee: You decide how much you pay for coffee Friday in the New York City company’s “Pay What You Please” National Coffee Day promotion.

Minit Stop Brewing Co.: Visit any Big Island or Maui location of the Hawaiian chain 7 to 9 a.m. Friday for a free 16-ounce cup of the company’s new Premium Hawaiian Blend.

Three New Local Restaurant Openings

Three New Local Restaurant Openings

Check out these new dining destinations in Sarasota

The new Viento Kitchen & Bar captures the essence of Longboat Key with its Gulf of Mexico views and sophisticated yet casual decor. Located in the Zota Beach Resort (where the Hilton once stood), the trendy restaurant features Italian and classic cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Viento seats 136 diners in elegant, contemporary surroundings showcasing a dramatic floating wine bottle wall, sleek fireplace, wooden walls and marble slate flooring. An open-air lounge offers splendid water-front dining.

Food and Beverages Director David Miller (from Sanibel Island Beach Resort) works with Executive Chef Jason Pellett from Brio restaurants in presenting Italian-inspired cuisine, seafood and traditional favorites. Among coveted appetizers are the calamari, crab cakes and carpaccio, while popular entrees range from lobster ravioli and bucatini carbonara to espresso-encrusted rib eye steak. Chocolate lava cake and a Nutella panini are among sweet conclusions.

Breakfast choices run the gamut from egg dishes (Benedict, bowls, omelets) to flatbreads, paninis, pancakes, pastries and fruit bowls. For lunch, guests may choose from several salads like salmon or lobster and sandwiches with seafood, beef or chicken.

Viento provides a wide array of hand-crafted cocktails as well as beer, wine and drinkable desserts. Happy Hour with small plates (sliders, flatbreads, wings) is from 4 to 6 p.m. with the restaurant open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Located at 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Viento may be reached by phoning 855-335-1102.

Star Thai Sushi and Izakaya, Siesta Key

Amy Sirirat has enjoyed such success with her Star Thai and Sushi restaurants in Venice and on North Beneva Road in Sarasota that she is planning to open another in Siesta Key Village in the fall. The new version will be named Star Thai and Sushi Izakaya, which is a Japanese version of an Irish pub or tapas bar. Located in the former Eat Here at 240 Avenida Madera, the eatery has been remodeled to include sushi and Japanese bars, Asian accents and seating for 150 diners.

Tony Fupharat, who has been involved in the Beneva Road restaurant, will manage the restaurant as well as handling chef duties. He says there will be more Japanese dishes at the new restaurant such as numerous variations of sushi rolls, hibachi grilled items (octopus) and noodle selections. The menu also will offer curries, teriyaki, stir-fry selections, tempura and katsu with options of beef, chicken and seafood.

There will be a special dessert bar featuring crepe cakes and fried ice cream, among others, plus a full bar providing cocktails, beer and wines. Star Thai and Sushi Izakaya will be open for dinner every day from 5 p.m. to midnight.


The new Evoq at the recently opened Westin Sarasota brings a coastal theme blended with a modern vibe to the downtown restaurant district. With seating for 86 on the lobby level, Evoq offers an eclectic menu with a “holistic” approach and a casual yet cosmopolitan ambiance. A wave/water theme is carried out through fabrics and a pale aqua color scheme.

Director of Operations Robert Crocker explained that, in addition to the main dining room, the Roof Bar & Eats on the 19th floor — with panoramic views of the city and bay waters — plus a lobby bar also provide tempting fare and favorite libations. Executive Chef Craig MacAvoy brings an impressive 20-year culinary background. His comfort foods are brought to a higher, healthier level and include a wide array of aged steaks and fresh seafood.

Guests may select such starters as yellowtail tuna, corvina ceviche, candied bacon and charcuterie while salads range from a stacked caesar to an avocado version and spinach and red quinoa. Entrees include lobster pot pie, beef tenderloin with crispy Brussels sprouts and blackened grouper with heirloom tomato ragout. For lunch, guests have a choice of “scratch” soups, salads, several sandwiches (snapper Reuben, sesame salmon burgers), or the chef’s special creations.

The other dining spaces offer small plates, salads and tapas as well an appealing selection of wines and cocktails like a bellini thyme, carrot ginger fizz or rosemary pineapple margarita available at all locations.

Evoq is open from Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the Roof Bar & Eats serving from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays; until midnight weekends. The restaurant is located in the new Westin Sarasota at 1175 Gulfstream Boulevard and may be reached by phoning 941-260-8255.


The Most Delicious All-You-Can-Eat Dining Experience In Florida You’ll Absolutely Love

Der Dutchman is located at 3713 Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota, near the Amish community of Pinecraft.

You know those really special homemade feasts that most of us only get to enjoy during the holidays? At this restaurant in Sarasota, you can have a meal like that any time of year. That’s right, Florida has an Amish community! And that’s great for the rest of us, too, because Amish restaurants are famous for cooking the best comfort food in the world.

Fried and roasted chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, ham, meatloaf, roast beef, mac ‘n’ cheese, and much, much more, all made from scratch daily. Even better, Der Dutchman offers an all-you-can-eat buffet, so you can try a little of everything.

Although you might not expect it among all of these tasty comfort foods, you can also find some good healthy options on the menu. If you go for the buffet, check out the salad bar for the usual fresh veggies as well as some unique Amish options you probably haven’t tried before.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a real feast without dessert. Just looking at these pies and cakes will make your mouth water. On your way out, stop by the bakery on the first floor and choose from a wide array of delicious homemade sweets. There is also a selection of savory goods, including cheese and sausages.

You can also head upstairs to the large gift shop, which has something for everyone. It’s a really fun place to browse and adds to the whole experience.

Der Dutchman is the perfect place to go with a large group of people, as it will satisfy all different taste buds and appetites. Those with a serious sweet tooth will be happy, too! Der Dutchman is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (from May to October), every day of the week except Sunday.


Have you eaten at Der Dutchman in Sarasota? Where’s your favorite place for an all-you-can-eat feast in Florida?



Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant – You Only Get There By Boat

The Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant is located on a little island with no cars, and not even a single paved road. This historic restaurant sits up on an Indian shell mound, giving it excellent views of Pine Island Sound. The entire island is a secluded paradise, only accessible by boat. This is Old Florida at its finest, and it’s impossible not to feel relaxed here. Walk inside, and you’ll quickly realize how unique this historic restaurant is. There are several areas to choose from, including a bar that has been serving this area for more than 60 years.

The whole restaurant exudes rustic charm. In the bar and formal dining room, there are beautiful Cypress floors and working fireplaces. Replicas of game fish, antiques, and photographs showcasing the area’s history decorate the walls. In the main dining area, the walls and ceiling are covered with thousands of dollar bills, signed by past visitors. If you ask your server for a marker, you can sign your own dollar bill and leave your mark as well.

The open-air main dining room looks out on the water and lush tropical trees, covered with moss and flowers. It really is a spectacular view for nature-lovers. The menu is full of delicious seafood, sandwiches, and burgers. Don’t forget to end your meal with a tasty and refreshing slice of frozen Key lime pie. he Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year. Reservations are appreciated. To ask a question or make a reservation at the restaurant, call (239) 283-2278 or visit site at https://cabbagekey.com/


Here’s How To Score A Free Doritos Locos Taco From Taco Bell Today

Whether you’re bummed or ecstatic that the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, you can get a free taco at Taco Bell today.

As part of this year’s “Steal A Game, Steal A Taco” promotion, anyone and everyone can get a complimentary Doritos Locos Taco at their local Taco Bell on June 13 between 2 and 6 p.m. local time.

Tacos will only be available while supplies last, and you’ll be limited to exactly one taco per customer. And don’t get greedy: “Participating Taco Bell restaurant managers reserve the right to deny Free Taco to any person they reasonably believe has already received a Taco or has engaged in any other fraudulent activity,” the chain says in the promotion’s official rules.

This is the second year in a row that Taco Bell has given away tacos upon the occasion of the visiting team defeating the home squad during the NBA finals. The chain has also offered a similar promotion — “Steal A Base, Steal A Taco” for the World Series in recent years.

Here’s Where You Can Get Free Donuts Tomorrow

Guys, tomorrow, Friday, June 2, is National Donut Day. It’s your patriotic right, nay duty, to load up on some circular fried dough confectioneries before the clock strikes midnight—or whenever Dunkin’ Donuts closes—and all the donuts turn into pumpkins. Here’s a brief list of places (via Thrillist) where you can get donuts for free. A few places are requiring you to jump through some donut holes to get your treat, but it’s a small price to pay for multiple mouthfuls of sugary goodness. Each of these offers lasts the entire day.

Krispy Kreme
What you have to do: Nothing. Just walk in there, jostle other freeloaders out of the way and grab yourself one free donut. Any flavor.

Dunkin’ Donuts
What you have to do: Strut in there and grab one free classic donut of your choice after first purchasing a beverage. And saying please. This deal ends once they run out of donuts.

Tim Hortons
What you have to do: First, buy a hot or iced coffee. Second, make sure you remind them that it’s National Donut Day. Third, chow down on a free classic donut.

Deleting the Facebook App Will Double Your Phone’s Battery Life

We’ve covered how Instagram is seriously damaging to mental health, but another self-study revealed that Facebook‘s mobile app is the most draining of your smartphone battery life. This observation came to light after Inc. journalist John Koetsier decided to delete Facebook from his phone after seeing that the social media app accounted for almost 50 percent of his device’s daily juice. Upon deletion, his phone’s battery doubled in lifespan.

While this may not come as a surprise to many, it’s the app’s specific functions that make Facebook battery use more demanding. SRAX executive ad tech developer Aaron Hetler says that Facebook’s wide range of features is what causes it to kill your phone battery, even by just opening the app. Facebook’s wide range of features such as device location, notifications, live videos, contacts, etc has contributed to the app’s 10-fold increase in megabytes over the past few versions. Some suggest that disabling the “Background App Refresh” function after quitting the app can extend battery life, but as long as Facebook is tracking your device’s location, it will continue to eat away at power.

Driverless Cars Will Be Huge for Buffalo Wild Wings

Financial analysts in every industry are mashing their brains to figure out how the rise of autonomous cars will affect the economy, but one group of analysts at Morgan Stanley has a pretty wild prediction: if nobody has to drive any more, people might start going HAM at the Buffalo Wild Wings more often.

In a letter to clients on Thursday, the analysts looked at some of the major industries that will be affected by the rise of “shared autonomy” a term used seemingly to describe the twofold impacts of self-driving cars and a ride-sharing based transit economy.

The team’s recommendations highlight areas and certain stocks that could benefit from “shared autonomy,” including, hilariously, Buffalo Wild Wings and Domino’s Pizza. BWW, because 20 percent of its revenue comes from alcohol, and Domino’s because its delivery business won’t need human drivers.

“There are around 1.2 million DUIs issued in the U.S. every year,” the analysts write. “The average American consumes nearly 500 alcoholic drinks per year. Over the course of a year, how many more drinks might be consumed if people were completely freed from the responsibility of driving? Moreover, how many more drinks could be consumed during the 400 billion global hours humanity currently spends behind the wheel?”

Constellation, the American corporation that owns Corona, Model, Pacifico, Svedka vodka, and a whole bunch of other wine and liquor brands, will benefit, project the analysts.

Also, apparently, the best beneficiary of shared autonomy, where most people will ask their self-driving cars to take them, is Buffalo Wild Wings. It does caution, though, that the company is still vulnerable to the temperamental price of chicken wings.

Domino’s will benefit from shared autonomy after it nixes delivery drivers. Domino’s has already experimented with drones and weird autonomous robots so this one actually seems like a pretty sound prediction.

New Facebook Option Allows Food Ordering Right From App

Facebook once again looks to widen its market at become a one stop shop for just about everything you would want on the internet after the introduction of a new feature that allows individuals to order food from nearby restaurants right from the app. Facebook made reference to this earlier this year, when they announced a partnership with both Delivery.com and Slice. Users on Twitter were surprised to see it pop up randomly on their Facebook app, with some users are reporting that the “Order Food” icon is also appearing on Facebook’s website, giving you the option to order food from your computer as well. According to those who have used the service, every step of ordering food is done through Facebook, including looking at menus, checking daily specials and payment.

As of right now, it looks like the feature is only available in certain areas around the world. This is one of the many business strategies the social media giant has embarked on over the past while. Most recently,the platform announced it would be live streaming regular season MLB games every Friday, as well as introducing a lineup of new, original shows to compete with business like Netflix and Hulu. With Facebook making more and more of an effort to find new ways to add on to their network, it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.