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6814 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
+1 941-312-4975
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“pizza” (56 reviews)
“veal cannelloni” (11 reviews)
“basa” (6 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6814 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1334
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The restaurant from the street is unassuming and does not look like much, but there was so much to have. While on the small side, almost every table was filled at peak hours during the high season. There were a multitude of specials as well...More

Thank jas1012
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time to Dine at this restaurant, we had no idea what to expect. After being seated, we were greeted by our server Mike. Mike was very friendly and very efficient .

Thank Fred A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traffic so bad we decided on one of the few restaurants on the island. Made a reservation that was not only not honored but no explanation. Apparently packed from the remnants of the early bird crowd. Wait service confused and insistent that we had made...More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This time of year, getting off the island in either direction is an adventure. Making a dinner reservation in Sarasota before theater is the sign of an incurable optimist. So maybe for a dinner out, stay on LBK? Sure: a bunch of pretentious overpriced places,...More

Thank MattS.24
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been frequenting the Bayou for years. Last year and this we found the service levels have gone to hell. Understaffed and overworked, the waitresses and waiters try their best to overcome Dominico, the owner’s poor management. This year, as in the past, I...More

Thank DMK62563
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have you ever gone to an Italian restaurant and you’re only allowed to have one basket of bread...which translates to two slices of bread for each person, and there were four of us... ... this was how we started off our meal! You cannot get...More

Thank ejl109
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bayou Tavern has been a favorite of ours while visiting the area. Located in a largely-uninhabited shopping center, it is an oasis for very good Italian food and drink. Its early-bird menu (served from 4:30-5:30pm) is a great value. On a recent visit we had...More

Thank X7583FKrobertc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wife & I went for the early dinner because it was close to where we were staying. We went for the early dinning so we did noy expect an abundance of food. Well, good thing because you do not get a lot compaired to other...More

2  Thank G0Bears2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the five Februarys we've spent in Longbeach Village, Bayou Tavern has been a reliable go-to restaurant. Still great at our visit two nights ago. Veal cannelloni, lasagna, and linguini contadina are favorites we'll order again and again. A reasonable wine list and friendly service....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bayou Tavern is a tastefully decorated Italian restaurant with linen table clothes, etc. Hardly a tavern. The maitre de and waiters were so warm and friendly, I felt like I was in my old neighborhood. Big portions of terrific Italian dishes; I ordered the...More

Thank lheadley
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17 April 2015|
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Response from rm209 | Reviewed this property |
The pizza is good but I am not a fan of this restaurant after trying it several times for dinner. They have changed the menu item because they ran out of broccoli rabe and used just broccoli, bad substitution, they charged... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$24
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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