Skip to content

Food scene in Sarasota

Café
$$
“Awesome, real deal French pastries and espresso. Great location for people watching and taking a walk after breakfast/lunch.”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$$$
“Sleek bistro offering American fare such as short ribs & crab cakes plus specialty cocktails. *Within Walking Distance*”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
$$$
“Outstanding service, ambiance and food! The inside of the restaurant has high ceilings with an industrial feel and an eclectic decor inspired by the song Veronica by Elvis Costello that the spot was named after. We started with oysters, crab hush puppies, and blue crab toast. All amazing!! For entrees we tried the seared ahi tuna, halibut dinner special, and fish and chips. The tuna was a sizable portion and rivaled any of our sushi spot favorites! We enjoyed two servings of miso glazed Brussel sprouts that were also delicious. Our waitress was incredibly friendly and checked in on us throughout our meal. Seems this spot is getting more popular so would recommend a reservation. We will be back!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Great Thai food and sushi in the trendy Hillview area which is very close by.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
$$
“Chic, glowing cocktail bar with a Euro vibe and nightly comfort-food plates served cafeteria-style. Very interesting place. I started with a sazarac and followed with some blueberry vodka drink. Both were very tasty. Ok, the negative: part of this place's vibe is that it's a sort of throwback speakeasy, so the entrance is in the back of a strip of restaurants. And guess what's in the back of almost every restaurant? That's right, fetid garbage. And the stink follows into the establishment. You get used to it after a while, but it's there and unpleasant.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sarasota's best new restaurant offering fresh, local food with comfortable & fun atmosphere. We serve dinner and brunch in Sarasota with full liquor.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Burger Joint
$
“ Yummy picnic style breakfasts on the dock, open super early for the fishermen, right under the bridge to Longboat Key. A special unique historical Sarasota hang.......”
  • 10 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
$$
“Best coffee in Sarasota - they always have at least three types of beans they regularly change which they import from around the world. They also have a small selection of locally made pastries.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Our favorite place on “the circle”. Dining indoors and out with very fresh fish and the best gazpacho we’ve ever had anywhere. Live piano outside for lunch and dinner. Nice wine list. Try for an outdoor table on the north side of the building in the bushes, seriously!”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$$$
“Sophisticated New American plates and monthly specials in a modern setting with a chic piano lounge. Upscale restaurant with valet parking in south-central Sarasota. Lengthy and imaginative menu. Save room for appetizers and desserts. Somewhat pricey even for the tourist strip. The spring rolls appetizer were perhaps the finest thing we ate on our entire Sarasota vacation. Two entrees, a shared appetizer and one cocktail set us back over $100. We learned from our helpful and professional waitress that money goes much further in the bar during happy hour. Consider that approach if you come, if cost is a concern. Otherwise, perhaps Michael's is a special occasion place.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
$$
“Food is good and the selection of beers is fabulous. Later at night the patio is a fun place for outdoor games . ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
$$
“Great Caribbean themed restaurant/bar, family friendly and live music most nights.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
$
“Kind of a drive from here, but a good place to stop if you are headed to the Ringling Museum”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great breakfast and lunch spot!! Both Chuck and Brandon work here. Food is awesome and don't forget to order a Mimosa!!!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“Pizza by the slice. Italian style pizzeria. ALso has Italian cookies, sandwich's and salads.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
$$
“Fabulous Breakfast / Lunch restaurant located just a few steps East of your front door.”
  • 13 locals recommend