Ed Chiles, a Florida native, is an exceptional business owner, visionary, and community member who has dedicated his life to improving and protecting Floridaís environment, economy, and agriculture. He began working in the restaurant industry after graduating from the University of Florida. He eventually made the move to Anna Maria Island with his family where he opened three outstanding restaurants: first The Sandbar in 1979, then the Mar Vista in 1990, and finally The Beach House in 1993. What really sets Ed and his restaurants apart from the pack is their focus and belief in sustainably harvested and locally sourced food. Everything featured on Edís three restaurantsí menus is local Florida fare and produce that is sustainably farmed. In 2014, Ed even took his beliefs one step further and purchased his very own farm, Gamble Creek. Today, Ed owns a second farm in addition to Gamble Creek called 3 Boys Farm of Ruskin. Much of the produce you see on the menu is freshly picked in the morning from these farms to ensure guests receive the freshest food possible. Thatís not all, Edís three restaurants are also participating in composting efforts where all their composted materials are returned to the farms in order to make fertilizer. Ed has continued to partner with companies and organizations to further these sustainable efforts not only in his community, but on a global scale.The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub was Edís second venture that is located on the bayside of North Longboat Key. Ed has retained much of the building’s original charm and it is a favorite spot for locals to unwind and relax. They have a quaint dining room and a covered outdoor deck that oversees the beautiful Sarasota bay.Everything at Mar Vista is made from scratch using the freshest and finest locally sourced ingredients. One special item that is featured on all three restaurantsí menus is the Gray Striped Mullet. The fish are sourced from Cortez, Florida and harvested by sex because the females produce roe that is dried and cured, which produces a product called battarga. Both the fish and battarga are sold and eaten leaving nothing behind to waste. Ed encourages all his guests to give the fish a try and if they donít like it, heís the one buying! Mar Vistaís menu also features great appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and of course, a variety of delicious seafood dishes. The Red Curry American Red Snapper, Crab Crusted Scallops, and Soft Shell Crab are all diner favorites. In addition to the wonderful cuisine, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub also features a full bar stocked with drinks and spirits. Thereís a variety of beers and wines as well as a specialty drink menu including the Vista Blue, Mar Vista Lemonade, and ìMargaronaî. The Margarona is a pub margarita with a Coronita flipped end up inside – a fun drink that keeps customers coming back for more! Make sure to stop in for Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for great food and drink specials!In the end, Mar Vista is a great place to meet up with friends and family while enjoying a great meal and drink. The atmosphere is lively and warm and the staff is always personable and helpful. If youíre looking for a sustainable meal set in a beautiful environment, look no further than Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub – you wonít be disappointed!
760 Broadway St
Longboat Key, FL 34228