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Six Places to Dock and Dine Before Summer Ends

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Nothing says “Summer” quite like arriving at a restaurant by boat. There is something enchanting about dining by the water's edge and indulging in mouthwatering cuisine. Where can you dock and dine when you are enjoying a boat day? Sarasota-Manatee Originals is sharing a list of members that provide dock and dine options.

Set Sail, Dock Your Boat & Step Ashore To Indulge In A Delightful Culinary Experience


The Crow’s Nest Restaurant & Marina

Have you experienced The Crow’s Nest Restaurant & Marina in Venice?  If Surf & Turf is what you crave, The Crow’s Nest is one of the best restaurants to satisfy your craving.  Start your meal off with Mushroom Flatbread or Oysters Rockefeller, their menu options are sure to please.  Check out their full menu here.


Their Marina also offers overnight dockage and facilities up to 140′; high-speed ValvTech gas and diesel pumps and all the supplies you need for a day (or week) on the water.  The Marina also offers paddle boats, stand-up paddleboards, 1-or-2 person kayaks, or bicycle rentals for a perfect day in the FL sunshine! 

Pop’s Sunset Grill

If Old Florida Charm and seemingly endless menu options sound like your kind of restaurant, then Pop’s Sunset Grill is the place for you! Now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; offering live music daily. Take a look at their menu here.

Plus, if you are enjoying a day out on the boat you can coast up to Pop’s Sunset Grill to arrive and dock in style.  Pop’s Sunset Grill is mile marker 10 on the ICW.  Their private dock is available to guests of the restaurant and the Pop’s Bou Tiki on a first-come first-served basis. Pull up, tie off, and discover why Pop’s Sunset Grill continues to be one of the Gulf Coasts' favorite waterfront dining landmarks. This is one of the best ways to experience Florida if you're a visitor or if you’re a local you may already know that this is the best way to live.  

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub

When you are in the mood for sunsets and seafood head on over to Mar Vista.  They offer sustainable and locally sourced menu creations.  Everything from Baja Fish Tacos, Octopus, and everything in between.  Take a look at their all-day menu here.  It is a divine dining experience like no other. 

Located just south of Longboat Pass and west of Jewfish Key (ICW #39), Mar Vista offers 14 slips for complimentary docking and dockside pick-ups for customers. Plus, additional parking is available for kayaks, jet skis and smaller boats along the shore of our private beach. Contact them at 941-383-2391 or via radio channel 16.

Plus, they have a private beach, dining under the trees or on the covered patio, a wide variety of menu choices from burgers to fresh seafood, a full bar, and a convenient package service with beer and wine. Take a break, relax with a drink, have a great meal, and enjoy all that Mar Vista has to offer. They also offer boat-side pick-up as well as bags of ice, six packs of beer, and bottled wine.

The Chateau Anna Maria

At The Château, American gusto meets French-inspired cuisine, infusing their dishes with their unique interpretation and flair. Delight in an array of options, from fresh fish and premium Colorado and Iowa Beef to specially curated chef selections. The restaurant beckons you to embark on a culinary journey, savoring its commitment to using fresh ingredients, meticulous attention to detail, impeccable cleanliness, and an inviting atmosphere.  Take a look at their menu here to plan a true treat for the tastebuds.

Come by boat to indulge in the taste adventure that The Chateau offers.  They are happy to reserve a boat slip for you, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant

Nestled along the tranquil Manatee River, the Riverhouse presents a unique waterfront experience in Palmetto's historic district, boasting three distinct dining options under a single roof. On the ground level, guests can relish in the delights of the Reef & Grill, a full-service bar and restaurant, or unwind at the Snook Deck, our casual, waterfront patio bar. Ascending to the second floor, diners will discover the elevated coastal kitchen, aptly named the Second Floor. Each concept exudes a natural aesthetic and artfully weaves hints of nostalgia, but their common thread is an undeniable coastal charm and the promise of breathtaking sunset views.

Take a look at their amazing menu options, a custom menu for each of these distinctive dining options.  Make it a boat day and arrive at the Riverhouse by boat.


Pier 22

PIER 22 enchants visitors with its inviting atmosphere and an extensive array of delectable scratch-made dishes. The restaurant's prime location is alongside the picturesque Manatee River and its bustling onsite marina allows patrons to arrive by boat. While the chef's locally sourced Gulf-Coast fish creations and fresh game specialties often steal the spotlight, the stunning river views provide a breathtaking backdrop to the culinary delights.  You can find those culinary delights here.

Beyond offering an elegant waterfront dining option, PIER 22 also caters to those seeking a more relaxed experience on the covered patio. For those seeking privacy, the restaurant provides various private dining spaces, including the stylish grand ballroom, ideal for hosting weddings and special events. Whether you're in the mood for a refined meal or a laid-back affair, PIER 22 offers a delightful and diverse range of dining experiences that will leave a lasting impression.

Indulge in the ultimate dining experience while spending a day out on the water - these restaurants provide the perfect convenience of docking your boat right by their premises. What could be a better way to savor the day? At Sarasota - Manatee Originals, we take pride in helping you make the most of living in paradise. So, why not Eat Like A Local and relish in the joy of dock and dine, immersing yourself in the beauty of our coastal treasures?