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6814 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
+1 941-312-4975
16:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2015

Had a fabulous early bird dinner outside overlooking the serene waterway. $12.95 for 2 courses and another $25.00 for a bottle of wine. What a deal. Had the cioppino with plenty of fish for a change. Great value

2 Thank crn52
Longboat Key
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

This restaurant offers some of the best and most delicious Italian food in the area! It is family run, friendly and welcoming. Like having a meal in Mamma's kitchen! The menu is extensive, fresh meats and vegetables, homemade pastas and sauces and incredible desserts. All of this at reasonable prices too! We are locals and this is one of our... More 

Thank Murray B
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

We had dinner with a party of 7, staff greeted us and sat us quickly. Took out order in a timely manner and our food was ready quickly. The food was delicious. I had pizza. My son ate and entire order of ravioli! Would defiantly go back !

Thank Manderz145
Iowa City, Iowa
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2015 via mobile

We probably would have skipped over this jewel of a restaurant were it not recommended by friends for its great Italian food. It has more of a Tuscany on the Bayou feel than its name implies. Food was very good, Pamela provided excellent service. You must try the Lemon sherbert for the presentation and the treat!! Definitely will go back... More 

Thank Rusty1224
Saginaw, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2015

Last evening, three of us had veal, three had a red snapper nightly special. The veal was passable, the highly-recommended (by the waiter) snapper uncut-able and inedible. The place was busy and we didn't want to make a scene. But we did mention our displeasure to the waiter; he took no further interest in us, and nothing came of it.... More 

1 Thank jeffandmyrna
Toronto, Canada
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92 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2015

Upon arriving late afternoon on Longboat Key for our vacation we needed to have dinner as no groceries had yet been purchased. Going on local recommendations the Bayou Tavern was selected. We were pleasantly welcomed and shown to our seats. The waitress explained the daily specials and some of the more popular menu items. The lobster bisque starter followed by... More 

1 Thank Ilmars K
Longboat Key, Florida
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2015

Bayou is one of the options for Longboat Key dining. Unfortunately, the service and food is average. Hard to understand why any restaurant would attempt to offer so many menu items and end up with such average to below average food quality. Stick to the basics including pizza, salad and drinks and you will be satisfied. If you are looking... More 

Thank Mike G
Longboat Key, Florida
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172 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2015

We didn't have a wonderful experience when we were there before , but as it is close to home we thought we'd give it another try . Never again ! I had the WORST eggplant ever... can't describe the small , slippery piece of---???--- eggplant , smothered in a salty red sauce ... Enough is enough.

Hilton Head, South Carolina
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194 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2015

Made reservations based on Tripadvisors previous review's- during season you need to make reservations several days in advance! Small but cozy atmosphere and excellent food. My wife had a veal dish and I had the Cioppino- both were nicely presented and had great flavor. Would definitely recommend.

Thank chuck777
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92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2015

On the recommendation of locals, we went for here for dinner with another couple. They were short staffed by the absence of a bartender, which affected the food service throughout the evening. Bread was good but we were charged extra for a second basket as we waited and waited for our drink and food orders to arrive. Some sides never... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 24
Italian, Pizza
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6814 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Longboat Key
  • Phone Number: +1 941-312-4975

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?