Experience These Amazing Oyster Bars on your Next Lido Key Vacation

When you’re planning a trip to the shores of Lido Key, get ready to enjoy the soft, white sands of the local beaches, you can head to any of the many historical sites in the area for some background on the region, or you can visit a local boutique to select a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Our Lido Key luxury rentals are located near all of these options and so many others. 

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Lido Key Restaurants

But while you’re in the area, you should certainly spend some time indulging in the freshest local seafood. There are plenty of Lido Key restaurants where you can do just that! Taking a quick trip to Anna Maria Island or Siesta Key can put you right near some of the best oyster bars in the area, perfect for enjoying a mouthwatering meal with your loved ones. Here are some of our top recommendations for local oyster bars!

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

SKOB, or Siesta Key Oyster Bar, is basically the definition of a local staple. You can come in for a great meal and even better company, as well as an amazing view of the water. Of course, there are all kinds of delicious oysters, but they also have other seafood options for the less adventurous eater to sample. They also feature live music, daily, so any day you come in, you know someone will be playing or singing your favorite songs!

On top of the delicious food and the welcoming atmosphere, the prices are hard to beat. Did you know they have happy hour every day of the week? They also have $5 drink specials every day, too! One of the favorite drinks is the $5 Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, which is the $5 drink served every Saturday. And every Sunday, it’s the Absolut® Vodka and Absolut® Flavors.

You won’t just find deals on drinks during happy hour, though. They offer 50 % OFF pricing during happy hours on EVERY type of oyster. Happy hour runs daily from 3 pm – 6 pm.

There simply has to be a day of the week that you can commit to making it out here for dinner, especially if you are on vacation and looking to explore great spots. It’s a no-brainer! So make time for the visit, and get your whole crew in here for some waterfront drinks and oysters. SKOB is just a 20-minute drive from Lido Key. 

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

AMOB, as you might be able to guess, stands for Anna Maria Oyster Bar. And it’s considered a top-of-the-line waterfront oyster bar, as well, according to locals and visitors alike. It’s right by Anna Maria Island’s Intracoastal Waterway and is only about 15 minutes from our Lido Key rentals. Stop in for lunch or dinner to experience one of the best Anna Maria Island restaurants, agreed upon by nearly everyone who happens to drop by.  

Are you renting a boat during your time in Lido Key? Then you should know they’ve got boat docking right at this restaurant! In case you happen to be arriving by water and not by land, they can accommodate you and prepare you to eat and drink in style!

Of course, the oysters here are incredible, but we know that not every member of your family might be interested in trying oysters. So, you can instead go for delicious options like the fresh calamari, fish and chips, grouper sandwich, King crab legs, Gulf shrimp, and so many others. No matter what you pick, you can rest assured that it was caught fresh and prepared with care. 

Finally, you can save money by taking advantage of the specials. Monday brings all-you-can-eat fish and chips, Tuesday offers discounts on live steamed Maine lobster, find discounts on salmon on Wednesday, and enjoy delicious prime rib on Thursday. Happy hour runs every day from 3 p.m.to 6 p.m. and features $3 draft beers and house margaritas, $4 well cocktails, $5 house wines, and $6 premium cocktails and wines. Plus, get happy hour prices every time it rains! 

Be Our Guest in Lido Key

Staying with Lido Key Vacations ensures you’re getting the best of the best of Lido Key rentals on the island. We strive to provide a complete luxury experience for each and every guest, taking care of you every step of the way. For more information about any of our Lido Key beach rentals, contact us today.

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar has been a local staple for more than thirty-five years now, so it’s definitely a restaurant you can’t miss out on. This establishment is located in Sarasota, about 15 minutes from Lido Key, and opens all 7 days of the week at 11 a.m. Enjoy an incredible view of the waterfront while you eat some delicious oysters and relax in the company of your friends and family. 

When you’re starting to get hungry, there’s so much more on the menu here than just oysters. Try their fried gator if you can. It will send you coming back for more! If you like spicy, then try a soup like the Cajun Seafood Gumbo. It will get your tongue burning if you truly love such a challenge! Also, make sure that you check out their Roy’s Jumbo Lump Crab Cake if you have a big, hungry party coming with you. It’s enough to munch on as you wait for the main meal. Some would even call it the most coveted appetizer there. 

They specialize in virtually every known seafood, like oysters (of course), full crabs, legs, jumbo paella, and so much more. Their shakes and cocktails are also served fresh daily and will relax you on even your toughest days. If you’re interested in specials, be sure to ask the wait staff.

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

Last but not least, you can find some of the best waterfront dining in the area right here at Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. This Longboat Key eatery is less than 10 minutes away from our Lido Key vacation rentals! Here, you’ll experience an upscale atmosphere that manages to be incredibly welcoming at the same time. Be prepared for a picturesque evening enjoying some quality time with the ones you love most. 

When it comes to oysters, you can get classic raw selections ordered by the half dozen or indulge in delicious Oysters Rockefeller. However, oysters are just one delicious section of the menu here at Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. This place serves up some delicious soups, like the Fishcamp Chowder and the Seafood Chowder. Popular appetizers include the bacon-wrapped scallops, which come semi-smothered in maple syrup. Yum! Also, their Peel & Eat Shrimp is just what it sounds like, a true appetizer for the hungry and happy. 

While this establishment doesn’t have any specials advertised on their website, it doesn’t hurt to ask the wait staff when you arrive! Alternatively, you can call ahead before you get there to help you plan what you might like to order. 

Your Lido Key Luxury Rental

When it comes to Lido Key restaurants, the ones mentioned here are just a few great spots in the area. Once you’re done dining, return to your Lido Key vacation home to relax and unwind for the evening. Lido Key Vacations is proud to offer luxurious and upscale properties near all the best things to do in Lido Key, whether you want to have a spa day, relax on the beach, or get involved in nature. No matter what your dream vacation might consist of, our team is ready and willing to help you make it happen.