Deep Lagoon Waterfront Seafood Restaurant Opens in Osprey Sarasota
My enthusiasm for local waterfront restaurants – in Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Venice, Bradenton, Cortez Village and Englewood – is well documented. And while I regularly visit my favorites in Sarasota and Manatee counties, as well as a group in Charlotte County and especially Punta Gorda, I love discovering new places to eat and drink while looking for dolphins. , manatees, seabirds, etc. Even more exciting? A waterfront destination that serves up fresh seafood and can pass the grouper sandwich test.
Luckily, a place with a lot of potential has recently opened in southern Sarasota County. Deep Lagoon Seafood and Oyster House is nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway and Little Sarasota Bay on Blackburn Point Road in Osprey, just down the street from the historic swing bridge and Casey Key Fish House, another of my favorites. favourites. Unlike Casey Key Fish House, however, which has a funky old Florida feel, Deep Lagoon is more coastal contemporary — and elevated.
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Deep Lagoon recently opened in Osprey overlooking Little Sarasota Bay
The restaurant rises above the water on stilts to prevent flood damage I imagine, and offers a second story interior with a high exposed ceiling. There’s an open kitchen, a centrally located bar, then plenty of windows offering views of the bay as well as a spacious covered deck for those interested in alfresco dining with the docks and water just a stone’s throw away. below and the luxurious homes of Casey Key in the distance.
In addition to fresh fish and raw sea bass, the large menu offers all kinds of seafood, including oscar grouper, tripletail chili rub, mahi thermidor and stuffed hogfish as well as more common dishes such as prawns coconut, fish and chips and salmon on a cedar plank. , all priced at around $30. Entrees range from alligator bites or conch fritters under $15 to “seafood towers” that cost $70 and $130.
Deep Lagoon is serving a red grouper sandwich for $33 or $16 on the “light lunch” menu
There are also soups, salads, tacos, and sandwiches with the seafood gumbo — and especially the blackened grouper sandwich — that makes me want to go back to Deep Lagoon. Because, really, a Florida seafood restaurant has to pass the grouper sandwich test before it even thinks about taking it seriously. Luckily, at Deep Lagoon, the red grouper fillet arrived perfectly plump, moist, fresh and flavorful with expert seasoning and served on a fluffy roll with lettuce and tomato, and accompanied by savory fries. The sandwich is $33, which might be a little high, with a smaller version offered for about half that price on the light lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While Deep Lagoon isn’t exactly a local creation, it’s one of the Phelan family brands that started near Bonita Springs in the late 1990s with Pinchers Crab Shack. Today, there are Pinchers all over Florida, including at 900 Venetia Bay Blvd. in Venice and 10707 Rodeo Drive in the original downtown Lakewood Ranch on the Manatee County side. Meanwhile, there are Deep Lagoon restaurants located in Naples, Fort Myers, and Marco Island, with another planned for Waterside Place, which is located on the Sarasota County side of Lakewood Ranch.
Looking forward to dining at both Deep Lagoon County locations in Sarasota in the future and should try Pinchers as well. I see they also serve a Gulf grouper sandwich which I would love to try!
Deep Lagoon Seafood and Oyster House is located at 482 Blackburn Point Road, Osprey. For more information, call 941-770-3337 or visit deeplagoon.com.
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Wade Tatangelo is the dining and entertainment editor of the Herald-Tribune and oversees the weekly publication of Ticket. He is also the author of the Best Things to Eat and Top Things to Do columns and co-lead of USA Today Network’s Uniquely Florida team which creates statewide content. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. He can be reached by email at [email protected] Support local journalism by subscribing.