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Sarasota Restaurants

Chances are you will only eat out a handful of times while you are here so eat like the locals. Our guide to Sarasota Restaurants makes it easy to decide. We don't put together an exhaustive list of every restaurant, just the ones that are you are most likely to enjoy. We tried to put a variety of restaurants on the list, including Fine Dining Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Steakhouses, French Restaurants, Seafood and more. Let us know what you think.

Restaurant Listings

Sarasota Restaurant Michaels on East Sarasota Restaurant
1212 SE Ave
Sarasota, Florida
(941) 366-0007

Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. For example The Chilean Epicurean Adventure dinner menu was available Monday through Saturday, August 1-31. An Epicurean Adventure to New Orleans was in July, from Chef Paul-inspired Blackened Redfish and traditional French Beignets to bold, beautiful Cajun dishes with all the flair and fun of the Big Easy’s best cuisine, Michael’s New Orleans Epicurean Adventure. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Epicurean Adventure menus are not available on holidays, such as Easter Sunday.

Upscale Sarasota Restaurant Selva Grill and Restaurant of Sarasota
1345 Main St
Sarasota , Florida
(941) 362-4427

Selva’s Nuevo Latino cuisine represents the marriage of exotic flavors from Latin America and the United States. Our special emphasis on Peruvian dishes recognizes the contribution of Asian immigrants to Peru, who deliciously fused their cuisine and techniques with that of the locals. Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art. We’ve earned raves from all over the world, including from the New York Times, which said Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,” and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.” Dining at Selva Selva is famous for our ceviches de la casa, each with its own distinct character and flavor profile. Our rich selection of appetizer entradas and saladas pique the palate. And our entrees range from the finest frutas del mar to such favoritos de la tierra as lamb, pork, beef and veal, prepared with exotic salsas, herbs, fruits and vegetables, presented exquisitely. To accompany your dinner, select a glass or bottle of wine, or try one of our signature cocktails such as our Mojitos. Our extensive wine list includes selections from around the world, including a reserve section featuring hard-to-find and older vintages. Dine inside or out, until 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends.

Fine Dining Sarasota Restaurant Cafe L'Europe Restaurant
431 St Armands Cir
Sarasota, Florida
(941) 388-4415

Celebrating 40 years in Sarasota, Café L'Europe continues to be one of Sarasota's most beautiful and popular restaurants. Established in 1973 in John Ringling's original real estate office, the oldest building on St. Armand's Circle, Café L'Europe has proven itself as one of Florida's most distinguished dining establishments. The original brick walls, enhanced with featured artwork from the Café Collection, fresh flowers, archways, stained glass and Spanish terra cotta tiles provide a warm, relaxing old-world ambiance. Café L'Europe features indoor and outdoor dining as well as private dining rooms that can accommodate from 8 to 65 people. Café L'Europe has built its remarkable reputation on continental cuisine, striking the perfect balance between tradition and innovation, featuring creative menu choices that endure time and trend. Some of the Café's most popular items have been featured since the restaurant opened. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Café L'Europe has become the area's choice for special occasion festivities as well as welcoming every day diners. Many of the dishes are prepared table side adding drama to an already memorable event. The award-winning cuisine is accompanied by a fine selection of wines from Europe and America all served by a highly trained and knowledgeable staff ready to pamper you. Café L'Europe is the winner of significant awards such as The DiRona, Sarasota Magazine's Best Elegant Restaurant and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence just to name a few. "We aim to delight your senses and stimulate your taste buds. It's a dining experience you won't forget", promises proprietor Betsie Coolidge. Get ready for a new vibe Sarasota, you'll crave more! Everyone knows Café L'Europe is one of the go-to eateries in town for a delicious fine dining experience. But on Friday and Saturday nights, after darkness falls and the dinner hour is done, this legendary culinary icon transforms into a hot spot for live music, cool cocktails and late-night bites. Late Night L'Europe offers something for everyone. Option one: sit outside on the patio and enjoy a cigar with a snifter of brandy watching people pass by on the circle.

 Steakhouse Sarasota Restaurant Bijou Cafe Restaurant Sarasota
1287 1st St
Sarasota , Florida
(941) 366-8111

A fine dining experience at home among the arts! Learn more about the latest at The Bijou on our blog. The Bijou Café is a Sarasota Original that has set the standard for fine dining in the heart of the Theatre and Arts District since 1986. The Bijou Café’s cuisine reflects Jean-Pierre’s South African and French heritage. Many of his famous recipes were developed and refined as he traveled the world as chef aboard a luxurious private yacht. His style and interpretations have won the notice and acclaim of many food writers and critics including Gourmet, Bon Appetit and Zagat. The Zagat Survey has continually named The Bijou Café as one of the top restaurants in America. Locally, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Sarasota Magazine and SRQ magazine have also repeatedly written glowing accolades for the Bijou Café. accol002The Bijou Café has annually garnered the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine selections from the USA, France and around the world-including an extensive selection of South African wine.

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Sarasota Restaurant Marina Jack Restaurant
2 Marina Plaza
Sarasota , Florida
(941) 365-4232

Located on the second floor of Marina Jack, The Dining Room features an award winning wine list and an exceptional menu featuring the regions finest steaks, seafood and pasta. Open daily for lunch, Plated Sunday Brunch Dinner the Dining room is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your dining experience overlooking the inter-coastal waterway of Sarasota. The Executive Chef also has provided Gluten Free and vegetarian menu items in all menu areas. The Dining Room has a complete offering of cocktails and spirits to compliment your meal and our Wine List acknowledged by Wine Spectator will compliment every part of your experience! No formal dress code is required come and let our professional staff make your experience exceptional!

Sarasota Restaurant Mozaic Restaurant Sarasota
1377 Main St
Sarasota , Florida
(941) 951-6272

The idea of MoZaic restaurant came alive more than ten years ago while brainstorming words that could define the kind of cuisine, service, and atmosphere we desire to bring to our guests. The Southern French- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is flavorful, fresh, and fits into the healthier lifestyle popular in Southwest Florida. MoZaic is committed to a guest-friendly cuisine that is seasonal and market driven, utilizing fruits and vegetables from local farmers and seafood from surrounding waters. Chef Dylan Elhajoui offers a cuisine that is adventurous yet familiar, innovative yet disciplined, expressive yet intelligent. It’s southern European, western Mediterranean, and uniquely American—flavors of the modern mosaic—utilizing familiar influences from cultures that create beautiful mosaics. They also reflect a mosaic of cultures, the diversity that affects their gastronomy in a rich and delicious way. MoZaic restaurant reflects all of these influences, which in turn will attract a mosaic of guests—many cultures, colors, ages—who love fresh, seasonal and wonderful food. The ingredients are familiar, but the expression of them is unique and satisfying, inspired and inspiring. ? What is Dylan’s cuisine?? Chef Dylan’s cuisine originates in Morocco and the Mediterranean where an abundance of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and fish are gathered daily. A country where so many cultures have left their marks: Carthaginians, Romans, Phoenicians, Byzantines, Moors, Spaniard, Jews, French, Berbers—a true mosaic of cultures. The Mediterranean is a hub where travelers, merchants, fishermen, and farmers gathered to buy, sell, and trade herbs and spices, and the earth’s and sea’s bounty. Dylan’s cuisine reflects these influences from the western coast of Italy to the Rock of Gibraltar in southern Spain. The flavors include olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, lemon (fresh and preserved), eggplants, honey, fennel, aromatics, and so much more. The ingredients are not strange or exotic, but really quite familiar. However, the flavors are intoxicating. Mediterranean cultures create community around food. It’s a celebration of the earth’s goodness, setting the scene for friendly gatherings and sharing of experiences. MoZaic restaurant likewise will nurture this same type of community, becoming a friendly gathering place, but in a uniquely American way.

Sarasota Restaurant Libbys Cafe and Bar Restaurant
Fine Dining

1917 S Osprey Ave
Sarasota , Florida
(941) 487-7300

Lively and casually sophisticated Libby's Cafe + Bar has won over the hearts and palates of Sarasota diners and visitors since opening in October 2008. Diners have honored us for our fresh-from-market Modern American Cuisine and excellent service, a place they continue to return to time and again. We pride ourselves on offering a comfortable and contemporary neighborhood-style atmosphere and using simple ingredients that are creatively prepared. Sought-out as a social gathering place, our two bars also provide lively options for drinks, happy hour or sports viewing, where you can stop by for a quick bite or meet for an evening out of cocktails and small plates. Our varied seasonal menu of small and large plates options are designed to offer value-for-your dollar dining, from casual and innovative bar bites to a more leisurely, full-service affairs. Planning a special event or meeting? Libby’s private dining room is ideal for holiday parties, special events, rehearsal dinner and business meetings and social gatherings. Quality and service consistency is paramount for the Seidensticker family owned café that thrives on genuine hospitality. Experience for yourself why Libby's has become one of Sarasota's most popular destinations for lunch, dinner, Sarasota's finest happy hour and Weekend Brunch. We look forward to serving you.

Sarasota Restaurant Pacific Rim Sarasota Restaurant
1859 Hillview St
Sarasota , Florida
(941) 330-8071

The Pacific Rim Restaurant in Sarasota specializes in a Japanese Thai Fusion Cuisine. We are also well-known for our creative & delicious selection of Sushi. Pacific Rim has worked hard for the past seven years to earn a trusted reputation. We use only the freshest foods and ingredients. Our chefs strive to create meals that exude perfection and years of Thai/Japanese tradition. Every aspect of our restaurant has been fine-tuned to provide every customer with superior service, excellent food and a relaxing environment. Please visit Pacific Rim and let us treat you to the dining experience of a lifetime.

Sarasota Restaurant Caraguilos Italian American Restaurant
69 S Palm Ave
Sarasota , Florida
(941) 951-0866

At Caragiulos, the food speaks for itself. Using the finest ingredients, Caragiulos has served easy- going, inventive Italian-American comfort food since 1989. The bread is baked on the premises each morning. The mozzarella is made fresh. The biscotti is still baked by Mrs. Caragiulo herself. Eating here is more like a gathering in the home of a good friend… comfortable… & memorable. Memories are being served. Caragiulos became one of Sarasota’s most popular eateries in much the same way the family found the cozy storefront on Palm Avenue, with… ease. From his bakery in Brooklyn, Tony Caragiulo and his five sons came to Florida in pursuit of an agreeable location to open a simple Italian restaurant. After an exhausting, two week long car trek around Florida with no prospects and tempers flaring, Tony signaled for the car to pull over; “Stoppa the car!,… This is it,” he declared, pointing to the vacant stucco location… And it was.

Sarasota Restaurant Crab & Fin Restaurant
420 St Armands Cir
Sarasota , Florida
(941) 388-3964

SERVING SARASOTA SINCE 1978, we are proud to be part of the excitement that is St. Armand’s Circle. Whether you are window shopping at one of the world class shops on the circle or are looking for a special place to dine on the best seafood the world has to offer, the Crab & Fin is the perfect destination. WE LITERALLY SEARCH ALL OVER THE WORLD to find the freshest and most unique seafood available. All of our fish arrives each day by air, and is cut from whole fish in house. PREPARING EACH MEAL FROM SCRATCH is something we take great pride in. Your taste buds will surely notice the difference when tasting our fresh, homemade pasta and bread, made in our kitchen. It is our pleasure to make your experience delicious and memorable. CONSISTENTLY RECOGNIZED for our delicious, fresh food and friendly service, Crab & Fin is committed to providing the best in everything we do. Our extensive selection of exotic seafood, both our regular menu and our daily Market Catch Card feature fresh fish fro, near and far, flown in whole and then filleted on site. We also offer our own homemade pasta, breads and pastries.

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We hope we made it easier to decide between all the Sarasota Restaurants you could eat at.

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