Euphemia Haye is famed for its formal gourmet fare. That’s downstairs. Upstairs, things are more laid-back with a “lite” menu, dynamic bar scene and live jazz. The pizza here, with a wickedly thin, crispy crust, is perfect for one and redefines the pizza paradigm with toppings that include spicy barbecue duck and shiitake mushrooms, shrimp, pesto and pine nuts, eggplant Parmesan and pepper steak. Open until midnight seven days.
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Knick’s Tavern & Grill is one of those funky neighborhood joints with sports on the telly, friendly chatter in the air and waiters who remember your name. Its meatloaf is celebrated—and usually gone by 9 p.m. Try the chicken wings instead. They’re called “giant” for good reason—the chickens they come from could crush
Smack in the middle of downtown
Scouting a location for a romantic night scene? Caragiulos is pre-dressed with vintage film posters and an ambiance straight out of La Dolce Vita. Share a roasted pear and gorgonzola focaccia; the sweet caramelized onions and pear contrast dramatically with the salty Gorgonzola and tart balsamic drizzle. Top it off with a glass or two of Domaine du Tariquet sauvignon blanc—and that’s a wrap. Open until 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; until 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
There’s nothing blasé about Siesta Key’s intimate little Blasé Café. Along with fresh Gulf breezes, you’ll get art on the walls, live music most nights and a tempting late-night menu. Order a seafood crêpe, a dynamic creation of Gulf shrimp, corvina and crab meat served in a sherry cream reduction with a crisp Riesling or chardonnay chosen from the formidable wine list. Late-night menu usually until 1 a.m.,
Zoria is an arm-in-arm stroll from Hollywood 20 Cinemas in downtown
With a name like Polo Grill and Bar, you expect Brits in riding boots enjoying tea sandwiches. Not here. This Lakewood Ranch restaurant offers an innovative Asian tapas menu that includes chicken sliders with kimchi slaw, tuna tartar wonton tacos with wasabi caviar, and beef samosas drenched in fiery aji salsa. There’s no ranch, no cowboys—just gourmet grub and a wine list that stretches from Lakewood Ranch to Longboat Key. Open until 10 p.m. 10670 Boardwalk Loop,
5 One 6 Burns nestles beneath a banyan tree next to
At Ceviche, Peruvian-inspired small plates are the order of the day—and night. The ossetra al horno (spicy sautéed sturgeon served over potatoes) is rich and generous enough for two to share. (Locovores, take note: The sturgeon is raised at Mote Marine.) Finish the night with a bottle of