Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Mar Vista: Dockside Dining on Longboat Key

Arrive by boat and moor at one of Mar Vista's private docks, and enjoy fresh Florida seafood, Grouper Sandwiches and cool sangria on one of the coveted tables on the beach overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay. Located at the north end of Longboat Key in the heart of historic Longboat Village, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub was originally built in 1912, but was spared when a hurricane in 1921 wiped out large chunks of the Island, and as a consequence, this old Florida-style restaurant is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key. Known more familiarly by locals as 'The Pub', Mar Vista is owned by Chiles Restaurant Group, which also owns the Beach House Restaurant on Bradenton Beach and the Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria. The menus at each of the restaurants are pretty much the same, serving a vast array of fresh seafood, sandwiches and salads, but one feature in which they all excel are their sensational waterfront locations and spectacular views. Everything just tastes better when you can squish your toes in powdery fine white sand, soak up the sun and become mesmerized by the bright blue water. A tall glass of white sangria doesn't hurt either.

Beachside dining overlooking Sarasota Bay and Mar Vista's 150 year old Buttonwood trees

The fish points the way to beachside dining

Mar Vistas fish and seafood lovers menu

With temperatures hovering over 90°F, a mint muddled Mojito hots the spot...

That and an Iced Tea!

Florida Stone Crab with mustard mayonnaise and lemon

Fish Tacos with flat grilled flounder, Asian style slaw, cilantro and purple onions

Blackened Flounder Sandwich with crispy fries

The Mar Vista Burger - 1⁄2-pound of grilled Angus beef topped with swiss cheese, 
tomato, lettuce and a pickle served with crisp potato fries and mayonnaise

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