Dining


Andrea’s

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Serving made-from-scratch pasta and perfectly prepared meats and seafood, all reflecting chef Andrea Bozzolo’s hometown of Piedmont, Italy.

Antoine’s Restaurant

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A cozy, casual new dining experience featuring modern European cuisine by Chef Christian Zebier, formerly of Brasserie Belge. Dinner from 4 p.m.

Antoine’s Restaurant

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Casual, modern European cuisine featuring handmade pastas and sophisticated seafood specials.

Barnacle Bill’s

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Feast on fresh salmon, crab, tuna and more; Barnacle Bill’s proves that you don’t have to dine seaside to enjoy the best the sea has to offer.

Beach Bistro

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Renowned for serving up some of the best food in the state, this intimate, award-winning Gulf-front restaurant presents showstoppers like Bistro Bouillabaisse and Death by Foie Gras.

BeachHouse Restaurant

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Perfect views of the Gulf of Mexico, grouper sandwiches and a bustling bar scene with live music. Dine inside or on the spacious patio.

Bijou Cafe

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Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota’s arts district, The Bijou Cafe offers fine dining for lunch and dinner. Come enjoy one of chef/owner Jean-Pierre Knaggs’ many delectable dishes, influenced by his French and South African heritage.

Blu Que Island Grill

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Hardwood grilled favorites are cooked slowly over hickory and apple wood. Just a short walk from the beach, with Happy Hour starting at noon and live music every day.

Blue Rooster

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The food is billed as “New American Southern fare,” and on the menu you’ll find dishes like fried green tomatoes, catfish, meatloaf, and chicken and waffles, as well as rich desserts like red velvet cake and sweet potato pie. Stick around to have a drink at the bar and listen to live music.

Bridge Street Bistro

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Enjoy spectacular Gulf views while dining al fresco on the third-floor terrace.

Broadway Bar

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A local favorite since 1925, Broadway Bar serves popular thin-crust pizza, as well as hearty appetizers, sandwiches, pasta dishes and daily specials.

Cafe Americano

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A contemporary Sarasota restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with menus that are Pan-Mediterranean and also feature American favorites enhanced by international wines. Dine inside or under shade on the streetside patio and savor the lively ambiance of Sarasota’s historic Five Points and the city’s arts district.

Cafe Amici

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This intimate Main Street ristorante offers creative takes on classic, hearty and contemporary Italian fare, including antipasti, soups, salads and pasta dishes and an impressive wine list.

Cafe Baci

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With a culinary history that started in Rome, the Mei family serves authentic pasta, chicken and veal dishes in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Cafe Epicure

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An authentic Italian trattoria on the corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue. Tantalizing gelato, wood-fired pizza and masterfully crafted pasta specials will have you saying “Ciao, bella.”

Caragiulo’s

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The Caragiulo family brought its pizza, pasta and panini recipes all the way from Brooklyn–Italian-American comfort food just like Mama used to make.

Caragiulos

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The Caragiulo family brought its pizza, pasta and panini recipes all the way from Brooklyn — Italian-American comfort food just like Mama used to make.

Carmel Café & Wine Bar

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Modern Mediterranean cuisine with a relaxed Florida vibe. Bring your friends and share a mezze platter or one of several inventive flatbreads.

Casey Key Fish House

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This Casey Key landmark offers diners an Old Florida waterfront atmosphere and seafood-centric fare, plus a lively tiki bar.

Cha-Cha Coconuts

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A carefree island atmosphere fills this colorful tropical cafe. Try a Hava Havana Mojito or Rumrunner while you dine on Yucatan fish tacos and coconut shrimp.

Chart House

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Bask in the nautical view of New Pass at Chart House, where you’ll find fresh seafood, juicy steaks, decadent desserts and a nice selection of wines.

Chianti

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Authentic Italian cuisine, family-oriented atmosphere, and a great location. Menu features include calamari steak and house made pasta, as well as an inviting wine list. Located on Clark Road.

Chutney’s

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An Indian and Middle Eastern culinary adventure is yours at this family-run eatery. Try the chicken marsala, peanut chicken and Tandoori chicken tikka.

Clasico

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Join your friends on the corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue for delicious contemporary American cuisine and a creative drink menu that’s second to none.

Columbia Restaurant

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A Florida dining tradition that started in Tampa’s Ybor City way back in 1905, this classic Spanish restaurant presents outstanding paellas, a famous “1905” salad,” and seafood fare like snapper Alicante.

Cosimo’s

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Cosimo’s has reopened in south Sarasota, and fans of its award-winning pizzas, pastas and sandwiches are rejoicing.

Crab & Fin

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Set on a bustling corner of St. Armands Circle, this landmark restaurant changes its lunch and dinner menus daily in order to present to you the freshest seafood available.

Currents Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota

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Enjoy waterfront views, bright decor and a lively bar scene. Signature dishes include roasted fennel and goat cheese almandine salad.

Daiquiri Deck

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After the beach, there’s nothing better than a handcrafted cocktail and something from the popular raw oyster bar.

Darwin’s on 4th

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Authentic Peruvian street food meets international dining at chef Darwin Santa Maria’s restaurant, which has earned an avid following for its sublime Latin fare. Try a handcrafted beer from the on-premises brewery.

Derek’s Rustic, Coastal Cuisine

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Devotees of Chef Derek Barnes’ former Sarasota restaurant have followed him north to Bradenton, where he’s created a casual new restaurant with an emphasis on fresh seafood.

Derek’s Rustic Coastal Cuisine

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Chef Derek Barnes has found a new niche in Bradenton. Recently relocated from Sarasota, Chef Derek is now offering casual lunch and dinner menus in a relaxed atmosphere. Offerings include pastas, steaks, and flatbreads.

Divino Classic

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Italian cuisine is the hallmark of this popular Main Street restaurant. If you have an appetite for live music, visit the courtyard dining area, La Vanda, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Dry Dock Waterfront Grille

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Enjoy outdoor waterfront dining on the dockside patio overlooking Sarasota Bay. Home to the best grouper sandwich in Sarasota (see our April 2013 issue), Dry Dock also offers fresh seafood, burgers, pasta, chicken and steak.

Duval’s New World Cafe

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Global cuisine with a New Orleans accent: Think fresh seafood and po’ boys, and also Thai chicken, chicken Parmesan and New York strip steaks.

Eat Here

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This local gem serves inventive small plates made for sharing. Its cozy atmosphere and rooftop bar are an excellent destination on any night, with specialty cocktails, fine wines and craft beer.

Eat Here

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This local gem serves inventive small plates made for sharing. Its cozy atmosphere and rooftop bar are an excellent destination on any night, with specialty cocktails, fine wines and craft beer.

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5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-0411, eathereannamaria.com

240 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key. (941) 346-7800, eathereflorida.com

El Greco

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The flavors of the Mediterranean are yours to enjoy at this family-owned eatery. Fresh specialties like spanakopita, moussaka and gyros will transport you to the island of Greece.

First Watch

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Enjoy hearty breakfast and lunch fare, and healthy options, too, such as freshly made fruity crepes and power wraps. open until 2:30 pm.

Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar

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Authentic Italian dining in the heart of Siesta Village, including mouthwatering brick oven pizzas.

Flavio’s

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Chef Flavio Cristofoli brought his authentic, homemade Italian recipes with him from Italy 25 years ago, and now also features made-from-scratch brick oven pizza.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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You’ll find classic steakhouse fare and an excellent wine list, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar also boasts one of the best happy hours in town and innovative small plates.

Gulf Drive Cafe & Kokonut Hut

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With fresh seafood and Gulf of Mexico views, your experience at the Gulf Drive Cafe and Kokonut Hut tiki restaurant will be a memorable one.

Half Shell Seafood House

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The Half Shell Oyster House has changed its name, expanded its menu and moved to a bright, jazzy new location on University Parkway, but don’t fret, you can still find their popular char-broiled oysters, fried green tomato crab cakes and gumbo.

Indigenous

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Locavores, rejoice. Chef Steve Phelps locally sources his seasonal ingredients to produce sophisticated dishes with beautifully balanced flavors. Located in a charming cottage in the Towles Court art district, with both indoor and outdoor seating.

J-Pan

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Serving sushi standards, original rolls and creative fusion dishes, this local favorite is renowned for artistic presentations and fresh fish.

Jack Dusty

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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota gets a coastal chic revamp with Jack Dusty, the restaurant that replaced Verona. On the menu you’ll find craft cocktails and a bevy of  seafood-focused entrees–oysters, shrimp and grits, Maine lobster, blackened grouper etouffee, seafood gumbo and more. The outdoor terrace is sublime.

Jalea

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Modern Peruvian specializing in ceviches and paella, as well as Spanish tapas and sangria.

Javier’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

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A half block from beautiful Cresent Beach, this Siesta Key mainstay offers Peruvian cuisine like ceviche, roast duck with cilantro risotto and chicken stuffed with shrimp, spinach, scallions and feta.

Jim’s Small Batch Bakery

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Made-from-scratch artisan breads, pastries and desserts-sourdough bread, almond croissants and sticky toffee pudding to name a few. Sandwiches, soups and quiches available for lunch, too.

Kacey’s Seafood and More

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A former hot dog joint, Kacey’s still offers a varied selection of hot dogs, but now the focus is on seafood-lobster rolls, fish tacos and crab cakes, as well as burgers and chicken options.

Kumo Japanese Steakhouse

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Known for its creative sushi rolls and extensive variety of appetizers and entrees, from tempura to teriyaki, Kumo Japanese Steakhouse offers up fresh food in both a traditional and hibachi-style setting.

Other locations:

1657 U.S. Highway 41 Bypass, Venice
17945 Tamiami Trail, North Port

Le Colonne

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Tantalize your tastebuds with the rich flavors of authentic Italian dining, dishes like ravioli di ricotta and spinaci and cotoletta alla Milanese.  Buon appetito!

Lee Roy Selmon’s

Founded by NFL Hall of Famer and Tampa Bay Buccaneer the late Lee Roy Selmon, this sports-themed restaurant is the perfect place to cheer on your favorite team over big plates of pulled pork, meatloaf and flatbreads.

Libby’s Cafe + Bar

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Libby’s Cafe + Bar’s menu is always evolving, focusing on inventive new flavors and the freshest local, seasonal ingredients. Stop in for cocktails and bar bites at happy hour.

Lido Beach Grille

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Panoramic Gulf and city skyline views are yours at this modern American restaurant on the eighth floor of the Lido Beach Grille. Try the lump crab martinis and the pan-roasted free range chicken.

Lolita Tartine

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C’est La Vie’s creators are serving French-themed breakfasts (croissants), lunches (open-faced sandwiches called tartines), and dinners (escargot) at their new venture located on Fifth Street in the Rosemary District.

Louie’s Modern

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Everybody’s buzzing about this handsome new downtown restaurant from the family behind Libby’s Cafe + Bar, which offers health conscious American cuisine-think veggies, pasta, steak and seafood- as well as craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and decadent desserts.

Louies Modern

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This handsome downtown restaurant offers health-conscious American cuisine–veggies, pasta, steak and seafood–as well as craft beer and handcrafted cocktails.

Lynches Pub & Grub

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Owners-sisters Chris and Ethna hail from Ireland and have brought some authentic Irish dishes along with them. Try the hot corned beef or Cork cottage pie alongside sweet ciders with unforgettable names like Snake Bite and Irish Volcano.

Macallisters Grill and Tavern

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Serving casual American food with a Scottish twist, this Scottish golf themed restaurant and bar features sixty malt whiskies and genuine Scottish lager on draught.

Made

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The acronym stands for “Modern American Delicious Eats,” and that’s what you’ll find at Made, opposite Hollywood 20 on Upper Main Street. This is jazzed-up comfort food: grilled corn dogs, steak and eggs, a towering burger and double-dipped fried chicken.

Madfish Grill

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Located just west of I-75, this casual seafood restaurant offers a hint of the Caribbean in its brunch, lunch, early bird and dinner menus.

Maison Blanche

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Haute cuisine with many a twist from Paris-trained chef Jose Martinez. The sleek, stylish interior perfectly reflects the sophisticated menu–think caviar, foie gras and French classics.

Mangia Italiano—The Usual Place

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Our food critic raves about this “sterling, chef-driven” family-run restaurant, where Italian fare like homemade pastas, knockout pizzas, and authentic chicken and veal dishes take center stage.

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

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Located in a 100-year-old cottage in picturesque Longboat Village, Mar Vista Restaurant provides the quintessential Florida experience. Sit outside and enjoy a view of Sarasota Bay while indulging in seafood dishes served fresh daily.

Marina Jack

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Upstairs in Marina Jack’s lavish dining room you can feast on award-winning blue crab cakes and black grouper while gazing out over Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Downstairs, the open-air raw bar is perfect for casual fare and cocktails, and there is live music on scheduled nights.

Mediterraneo

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Savor classic Italian cuisine with an emphasis on artisanal ingredients. Specialties include fresh seafood, veal, pasta dishes and wood-fired pizza. The wine list offers depth and uniqueness.

Mélange

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The former Lan gets a revamp as Mélange, showcasing Chef Lan Bradeen’s innovative New American cuisine and inventive seasonal cocktails.

Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina

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This family-run restaurant offers specialties that reflect the cuisine of Northern Mexico.

Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina

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This family-run restaurant offers specialties that reflect the cuisine of Northern Mexico.

Michael’s On East

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This fine dining destination boasts American-Continental cuisine and an adventurous wine list. Cognoscenti gather in the elegant, candlelit dining room to engage in serious talk over serious food or sip spirits in the piano lounge.

Morel

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American-Continental fine dining presented by award-winning chef Fredy Mayer, who trained in some of the world’s best-known kitchens.

MoZaic

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Chef Dylan Elhajoui draws on his French and Moroccan background to create dishes filled with the bold and sunny flavors of the Mediterranean.

Mrs. Chen’s

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Crowds line up for Mrs. Chen’s affordable Chinese buffet, with its dozens of delicious options.

Old Salty Dog

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An Old-Florida dining destination. Grab a beer and feast on traditional fish and chips or try something different like the Firecracker Wrap, made of blackened grouper and tortilla strips.

Ophelia’s on the Bay

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Fine dining in a stunning Little Sarasota Bay setting. Choose from a carefully selected wine list, and try the South Pacific ridgeback swordfish or the stuffed Bandera quail. The Sunday jazz brunch buffet is hugely popular.

Owen’s Fish Camp

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Located in a historic Burns Court cottage, Owen’s presents Southern-style cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, including shrimp and grits and a Low Country boil. The fried blackberry pie with vanilla ice cream is semi-legendary.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

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An instant sensation  when it opened up last summer, this chic, contemporary branch of the national dining chain features everything from P.F. Chang’s famous chicken lettuce wraps and spare ribs to Singapore street noodles, traditional chicken, beef and pork dishes, and vegetarian options.

Patrick’s 1481

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A wide-ranging menu of casual comfort foods and a friendly atmosphere make Patrick’s 1481 a favorite of locals. Home of the “best burger” for 25 years.

Pattigeorge’s

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Pattigeorge’s serves up a bounty of fresh seafood, including the best Chilean sea bass around, along with breathtaking Sarasota Bay views in its charming dining room.

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

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Come by land or by sea to this casual waterfront eatery and enjoy fresh seafood, burgers and sandwiches. The fish tacos are a delight.

Pier 22

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A beautiful view of the Manatee river is yours at this casually elegant restaurant/ballroom near the new Bradenton Riverwalk; an extensive menu includes thoughtful entrees, sandwiches and seafood. Dine indoors, at the bar or on the riverfront patio.

Polo Grill and Bar

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Serving American cuisine with a global soul, a hopping lounge area, and live entertainment.

Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar

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You’ll find creative, well-executed cuisine in a sophisticated setting at this chic Citrus Square restaurant. Save room for dessert, like the maple mascarpone cheesecake with candied walnuts.

Rick’s French Bistro

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Our restaurant critic swoons for the classic French comfort food (duck cassoulet, snapper sauce Meuniere) served in this pocket-sized restaurant.

Rick’s French Bistro

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Located in South Sarasota, this cozy bistro is known for their homemade French cuisine, including, of course, escargot.

Roast Restaurant & Bar

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Chef Andrew Thompson offers creative cuisine using locally sourced seasonal and organic ingredients in his intimate new restaurant adjacent to the Sarasota Opera House.

Roessler’s Restaurant

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Set on a picturesque lake surrounded by gardens, this family-owned restaurant offers classic dishes like Colorado lamb rack and bouillabaisse. Its award-winning wine list received Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence.

Roy’s

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Hawaiian fusion cuisine from James Beard-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi. Start your meal with the famous Hawaiian martini, and then continue on to any of the seafood, hand-cut meat or sushi selections. Boasts an excellent wine list, too.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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This well-known restaurant offers steaks seared to perfection, as well as seafood, lamb, chicken and more.

Saltwater Café

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The vast offerings on Saltwater Café’s menu include steaks, seafood, pizza, and a gluten-free menu. They don’t skimp on the choices they offer on their late-night menu, either!

Salute!

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Enjoy made-from-scratch pastas and other authentic Italian cuisine at this casually elegant eatery. On balmy nights, the outdoor dining terrace bustles. Live music Friday and Saturday nights.

Savory Street

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A breakfast and lunch cafe by day transforms into an upscale restaurant by night. Savory Street also offers breads, cakes and pastries in its international bakery.

Selva

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A hip and happening downtown eatery that offers Nuevo Latino cuisine with an emphasis on Peruvian dishes. Don’t pass up the ceviches a la casa. Custom cocktails, a late-night menu and DJ spinning music weekends, too, at Selva Lounge.

Sharky’s on the Pier

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A Venice landmark set smack dab on the beach at the city pier, Sharky’s serves casual dishes like spiced shrimp nachos and crab cake sandwiches. Or try the new, upscale Fins at Sharky’s, right next door.

Shore Diner

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This St. Armands eatery has an open-air feeling that matches its fresh, often organic dishes. Creative cocktails, too.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB)

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With a laid-back, beachy atmosphere and a location minutes from Siesta Beach, SKOB offers cold beer, live music and a menu featuring oysters, pizza, sandwiches, and more.

Sign of the Mermaid

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Fun, eclectic decor and Florida-inspired European cuisine. Try the duck breast or rack of lamb, and save room for Key lime pie.

Social Eatery & Bar

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This hip new restaurant/bar does artisanal twists on Italian faves-pizza, meatballs, pastries and more.

SoMa Creek Side

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Chef David Shiplett has renamed his eclectic, foodie-destination restaurant, SoMa Diner, and has moved west to the first floor of the downtown Bradenton Financial Center.

Star Fish Company Market and Restaurant

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The fresh grouper sandwich here can’t be beat, but you’ll also love the fried shrimp, conch fritters and other fresh seafood served dockside. Travel + Leisure recently named it one of America’s top seafood restaurants.

Station 400

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Set in a charmingly restored 1852 railroad depot, Station 400 is a popular choice for breakfast and lunch. Try the blueberry and almond pancakes or the fried green tomato BLT with Parmesan fries.

Tarpon Pointe Grill

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Set smack-dab on the Manatee River, this casual waterfront eatery boasts island energy, thanks in part to its popular tiki bar. The menu spans wings and burgers to seafood entrees like crab-stuffed flounder.

Taste of Asia

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Recently relocated, this popular restaurant has vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian menus, but carnivores will be pleased with its lamb, beef and pork specialties, too. Great Laotian beers to sample as well.

The Lazy Lobster

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Treat yourself to lobster any way you want it, or check out the myriad other seafood options.

The Sandbar

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Flip-flops and bathing suits are welcome on the Gulf-front outdoor deck; the inside dinning room offers more formal service. The menu offers unfussy Florida fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood.

The Table Creekside

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This sleek, chic restaurant with big picture windows overlooking Phillippi Creek presents imaginative global cuisine. Don’t miss the infused vodkas and craft cocktails..

The Waterfront Restaurant

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Exquisite views of Tampa Bay, inspired wine and beer selection and a menu with emphasis on fresh, natural flavors.

Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina

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A fresh fish sandwich an a cold beer at a picnic table overlooking Sarasota Bay — it doesn’t get much better, whether your’re a tourist or a local.

Toasted Mango Café

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This popular breakfast and lunch spot serves eggs, waffles, pancakes and breakfast wraps, as well as hearty sandwiches and salads.

Tommy Bahama

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Tommy Bahama welcomes you to paradise with a menu that boasts eclectic tropical fare and colorful cocktails. For dessert, try the pina colada cake or pineapple creme brulee.

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Artful dining at lunch and dinner overlooking the grounds of the Ringling Museum. Enjoy everything from gnocchi primavera to filet mignon, paninis, burgers, pastas and more. Museum admission not required.

Two Senoritas

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A colorful, family-friendly restaurant with Mexican and Southwestern flair. Enjoy classic Mexican dishes such as quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos and made-fresh-to-order guacamole for lunch and dinner.

Vizen Japanese Restaurant

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Vizen offers a world of tempting options in sashimi, sushi and tempura, fused with French influences.

Yachtsea Grille

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Offering simple and creative cuisine for both lunch and dinner in a comfortable riverfront atmosphere. Menus feature seafood, salad, and meat selections, and also include gluten-free options.

Yoder’s

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Famous for its homemade pies (more than two dozen flavors like Dutch apple crumb and chocolate peanut butter), Yoder’s also offers a wide variety of comfort food like Mom’s meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, and country fried steak. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Yummy House is a big draw thanks to its authentic Chinese food-salt and pepper calamari, shrimp and scallops in XO sauce and Hong Kong roasted duck. Dim sum at lunch, too.

Ziti

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On the creative Italian-American-Asian fusion menu you’ll find Shanghai shrimp with wasabi aioli, a bevy of flatbreads and pasta options like Gorgonzola cream sauce and toasted hazelnuts. Gluten-free options available, too.

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