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 Reviews


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

Let your palate travel the world without leaving Sarasota. Every month Michael's Restaurant features a special menu that reflects the cuisine of a new location. You might travel to Chile, New Orleans, Italy, Vietnam, and who knows where. It is a great way to savor a variety of foods. Its not just the main course that is good at this restaurant. The appetizers, salads, and desserts are matched to the region. This is what makes Michael's so unique among Sarasota restaurants. If you don't feel like traveling today the regular menus are just as interesting. The lunch menu features a lot of great appetizers, soup, and salads like; Fried Calamari, Salmon, Hoisin Duck, Onion Rings, Mussels, Portobello Mushrooms, Seared Mahi Mahi, Caesar Salad, Cobb Salad, Chicken Salad, and more. You can get a great Turkey Club, Reuben, Burgers, Lobster Rolls, Crab Cakes, Pasta, and more. Dinner is really special with starters like Lobster Bisque, Caviar, Shrimp Tempura, Mussels, Escargot, Beef Carpaccio, Oysters and more. The main courses feature a lot of seafood with; Ahi Tuna, Sea Bass, Salmon, Pompano, Scallops, and Crab Cakes. You can also get Veal Chops, Duck, Pork Chops, Lamb, excellent Sirloin, Ribeye, Filet Mignon, and New York Strip Steaks.

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

Selva's is one of the award winning Sarasota restaurants that you must try. The unique cuisine is a blend of American and Latin American flavors carefully prepared to delight. The food not only tastes good at this restaurant, but looks good as well. You will notice that the menu has a Peruvian influence and is extensive with a large selection of Ceviches. The food is so good the New York Times said it may be one of the best restaurants in Sarasota. There is a large world wine list that has the perfect match for any entree. The menu features some great Ceviche selections with mussels, sirloin, shrimp, white fish, tuna, lobster, octopus are just a few of the choices. If you just want to munch there is a long list of Tapas featuring; Crab, Shrimp, Empanadas, Seafood, Beef, Salads and more. There is a good selection of Seafood; Sea Bass, Snapper, Cod, Tuna, Calamari, and Salmon. The meats are perfectly cut and prepared with delicious New York Strip, Sirloin, Grilled Duck, Lamb, Veal Chops, Ribs, Tenderloin, Chicken Breast and more. The atmosphere is perfect with outside dining on those beautiful nights. Selva is one of those Sarasota restaurants you definitely should try.

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

Cafe l'Europe is another one of those award winning Sarasota restaurants that you need to try. For over 40 years the restaurant has been delighting customers with their creative continental cuisine. Sarasota Magazine picked it as being the Best Elegant Restaurant in Sarasota. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with terrific artwork, stained glass, and architectural elements. You can dine inside, outside, or in one of the private dining rooms for large or small parties. The menu is mouth watering Start with Lobster Bisque or French Onion Soup, then munch on some great appetizers like; Shrimp Cocktail, Caviar, Escargot, Mussels, Carpaccio, Oysters Rockefeller, Ahi Tuna, Salmon and more. The main entrees are fabulous with Sea Bass, New York Strip, Snapper, Grouper, Filet, Duck, Surf and Turf, Lamb, Dover, and much more. Watch your meal prepared and cooked table side with their excellent Chateaubriand. Weekends feature some great live music and late night food. This is one Sarasota restaurant you will keep coming back to.

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

When you come to Sarasota you know you have a lot of great restaurants to choose from. The Bijou Cafe may be one of the best of the award winning Sarasota restaurants. It is always one of Zagats top rated restaurants and has been written about in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Sarasota Magazine, and the Sarasota Herald Tribune. The food is great and so is the wine list having earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence with the great selection of American, French and South African Wines. The menu is truly unique. The flavors are creative and the food innovative. You won't find food like this anywhere else. The fine dining restaurant opened in 1986 and today remains a favorite of locals and tourists alike. They are committed to using the freshest produce with a focus on local. The lunch menu is perfect with great soups and salads like; Shrimp Bisque, Caesar Salad, Blacked Beef, Moroccan salad, Cobb, Mediterranean, Duck Liver, Mussels, and more. They also have some of the most unique sandwiches and burger's. Even though its just lunch the entrees are extensive with; Salmon, Chicken, Crab, Tuna, Shrimp, and Jambalaya all cooked and prepared in the most unique ways. The dinner menu is a standout with specially prepared Chicken Breast, Yellowfin Tuna, Salmon, Roasted Duck, Sirloin Steak, NY Strip, Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb, Lamb Shank, Veal and much more. You won't be disappointed, this is a great restaurant to eat at.

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

The view from the dining room at Marina Jack is perfect and the menu is just as good. The ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible to make sure each meal is fresh and flavorful. The restaurant was a Best of Sarasota winner and it is easy to see why. The preparation and seasonings make for a delicious meal. There are gluten free and vegetarian menus so there is something for everyone. Being on the water you know seafood would be one of their specialties. Start off with appetizers like; Mussels, Ahi Tuna, Oysters Rockefeller, Prawns, Shrimp, Calamari, and lobster, The soups and salads are perfect for that light meal with Crab Bisque, Caesar Salad, and Caprese Salad. There is tasty pasta selection with Lobster Carbonara, Creole Seafood and more. The seafood at this restaurant is perfectly prepared with Atlantic Salmon, Ahi Tuna, Trout, Grouper, Maine Lobster, and Sea Bass. There are terrific steaks as well including Filet Mignon, NY Strip, Surf and Turf and more. Make sure you try the signature entrees like the Bouillabaisse, Seafood Platter, Scallops, and short Ribs. The food is great and even better you don't need to pack the suit because the dress is casual.

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

MoZaic is a descriptive name for this restaurant. The cuisine is an interesting blend of foods and flavors from Southern Europe, America, and Northern Africa. The food is fresh, healthy and tasty. The restaurant tries to source as many of the ingredients as possible with produce from local farmers and seafood from local waters. This local sourcing is evident, the seasonal ingredients translate to fresh tasting food. The Mediterranean flavors of fennel, garlic, olive oil, saffron, and more are creatively used to deliver some of the most flavorful food of any of the Sarasota restaurants. The menu is full of amazing flavors. Start with some delicious soups, Lobster and Clam, Chilled Cinnamon Peach, or Tomato. The salads are refreshing with Baby Arugula or Organic Greens. Its hard to choose an appetizer because they are all so good; Escargot, Pan Seared Scallops, Spinach Gnocchi, and more. The entrees are extensive and innovative with; Argentine Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, Squash Ravioli, Swordfish, Sear Scallops, Free Range Chicken, Angus Filet, Roast Pork Chops, Rack of Lamb, Couscous and more. MoZaic is a different kind of restaurant that doesn't take any shortcuts when it comes to preparing great food. If you want to experience some special flavors, you should try MoZaic restaurant.

Sarasota Restaurant Libbys Cafe and Bar Restaurant
Fine Dining

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

Sarasota restaurants have some pretty impressive menus. Libby's Restaurant is no exception. The menu at this American Bistro may be the most impressive. The variety of selections and flavors is mouth watering. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable and the prices are very reasonable. The food is seasonal and fresh. It is a great place for lunch with a large selection of small plates like; Korean Ribs, Lettuce Cups, Karubi Pork, Crab, Shrimp, Calamari, Crab Cocktail, Meatloaf, Tuna, Tortelloni, Oysters, Potato Skins, and more. The salads are superb with Asian Chicken Salad, Steak Salad, and Salmon Salad. The sandwiches are the best with Kobe Club, Mahi Mahi, Lobster Rolls, Chicken Panini, Beef, Burger's and more. The restaurant also has a great lunch selection of Grilled seafood. The dinner menu is delicious with Snapper, Seared Scallops, Grouper, Crab Cakes, Salmon, Fresh Gulf Shrimp, Seafood Pasta, Gluten Free, and so much more. Libby's Restaurant is not only a great place for lunch or dinner, it is also a great place to sit down with friends, savor a few cocktails and munch on some great bar food.

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

The Pacific Rim Restaurant is known for serving some of the freshest sushi and seafood in Sarasota. The cuisine is a blend of Japanese and Thai food. Everything is fresh and delicious. The atmosphere, food, and service are a perfect match. They are all excellent. The food is good and the presentation is thoughtful and creative. The chefs are good at what they do at this restaurant. The Pacific Rim Restaurant may have the best sushi in Sarasota, with an incredibly long list of rolls and sushi with; Ahi, Yellow Tail, Conch, Shrimp, Salmon, Eel and a lot more. There is a long list of appetizers that are so good you can make a meal out of them; Spring Rolls, Tempura, Dumplings, Seared Tuna, Wonton, Calamari, Sashimi, Lettuce Wraps, and more. Get something of the Wok from Chicken to Shrimp, or the Grill with Ribeye, Filet, Chicken, Shrimp, Lobster, and more. The seafood is fresh and perfectly cooked. Choose from Trout, Salmon, Tuna, Snapper, or Seabass. There are a lot of Sarasota Restaurants but only a few that feature Japanese Cuisine this good.

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

For over 25 years Caragiulos restaurant has served some of the best Italian food in Sarasota. The food is fresh with the bread baked every day and the mozzarella fresh made. The cuisine is Italian and the atmosphere is casual, so its the perfect place to sit down and take your time to savor your favorite meal. The restaurant has an excellent lunch menu with appetizers like; Eggplant, Hummus, Liver Pate, Goat Cheese and more. There are fresh salads with Steak, Chicken, Spinach, Mixed Greens, and Caesar. The lunch menu also features a selection of Specialty Pizzas and Panini's. The dinner menu is really extensive featuring appetizers like; Scallops, Bruschetta, Calamari, Mussels, and more. Of all the Sarasota restaurants they probably have the most extensive pasta selections with; Ravioli, Lasagna, Tortellini, Linguine, Rigatoni, and lot more. There is also a great selection of Fish and Mest entrees with Halibut, Duck, Chicken Parimigian, Chicken Marsala, Osso Buco, Veal, Eggplant and more. If you are looking for a great Italian restaurant in Sarasota, Caragiulo's would be a good choice.

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

The Crab and Fin Restaurant is an amazing place. The amount and variety of seafood is jaw dropping. There may not be another restaurant anywhere that has this kind of selection. The seafood is fresh and flown in daily. It is perfectly prepared and cooked to deliver the best seafood dining experience. The quality is regal. The Oyster and Raw Bar features a large selection of Clam and Oysters from New England to Washington. The restaurant has a great Calamari Salad, and appetizers like Alligator, Shrimp, Mussels, Octopus, Salmon, Crab, and Caviar. The soups are delicious with refreshing Gazpacho, Chowder, Bisque and more. The main entrees are always changing depending on availability but you will always delicious seafood pasta entrees. Entrees like Scampi, Gumbo, Coconut Chicken, Porterhouse, Filet, Sirloin Steaks are just a few of the specialties. The seafood entrees are the real stars with Black Grouper, Swordfish, Monkfish, Salmon, Corvina, Sole, Tuna, Cobia, Scallops, Lobster, Crab Claws, King Crab and so much more. The Crab and Fin Restaurant is a seafood lovers paradise. With all the great Sarasota restaurants that you can eat at, Crab and Fin is one of the best for any type of seafood.


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

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