Where to Eat in Sarasota: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Malia Yoakum

What kind of beachgoer are you? Chances are, you’ll find something in the Sarasota area that appeals to you. Soft sand, fishing piers, shells—you can find it around here. Just don’t go looking for a nude beach—that’s the one thing they don’t have.
Things to do in Sarasota

1. Antoine's Restaurant

1100 N Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237-3011 Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards French, Belgian, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 941-331-1400
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 603 reviews

Antoine's Restaurant

Welcome to Antoine's Restaurant. Our new location features an elegant continental menu in a cozy and sophisticated environment. Our artisanal cuisine offers elaborate seafood specials including PEI mussels prepared 10 different ways and served with the best fries in Sarasota. We proudly prepare everything in house including bread, pasta, dressings, desserts,..And offer a wide selection of wine and beer. We hope you'll enjoy your visit to our restaurant and don't miss Monday Mussel Mania with All You Can Eat Mussels 5 different ways!

Reviewed By BHF-13K - Toronto, Canada

Fabulous menu selection of mussels in different sauces ....would be nice to have mayonnaise with pommes frites as served in Belgium. Quality of food is very good and atmosphere is very friendly, especially the owner who clearly enjoys chatting with patrons. Service was a bit spotty - delay in serving one of the appetizers and then a second delay in serving frites with our entrees. Lovely restaurant in a non descript plaza.

2. Piccolo Italian Market & Deli

6518 Gateway Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231-5804 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch SGD 9 - SGD 17 +1 941-923-2202
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 156 reviews

Piccolo Italian Market & Deli

It is a market and a deli, with superb home-made food and a cafe serving gourmet sandwiches, fresh pizza, Deli Meat & Cheeses Imported and Domestic and a full line of Italian Groceries. And not to mention our own Homemade Sausage made daily.

Reviewed By FanaticTripPlanner - Florida

Owners are friendly and helpful. Italian desserts (i.e. ricotta cheesecake and sfgiatelle) and coffee are delicious and sandwiches are large. Having moved to Florida from the NY area, this is our place to go for Italian items like cheeses, olives, prosciutto, ravioli, etc. They carry...MoreThank you for the wonderful review.

3. Dolce Italia

6551 Gateway Ave, Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5803 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 941-921-7007
Excellent
83%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 818 reviews

Dolce Italia

A warm welcome to Dolce Italia, celebrating our fourth anniversary. Four years ago we opened with the dream of creating a little gathering place to enjoy good food and good company. You have helped us realize our dream, and we wish to thank you by providing our very best hospitality, ambiance and flavor. We came here from Ischia, Italy to share our passion for creating wholesome Italian Cuisine from our own family traditions. In return, you made us feel like a part of a big happy family here, so we don't miss our Ischia so much. My father created the sculpture of the enchanted Castle Aragonese on our wall to remind us of the beautiful place we were born and raised. Over the last four years, our dreams have come true. We remember each of our customers with fondness, we enjoy every evening that you spend with us, and we feel very lucky to have such a wonderful family of patrons. "La Nostra Casa e la Vostra Casa" (Our Home is your Home) Tiziana & Filippo & Dolce Italia Family

Reviewed By Jim S

We arrived early Saturday evening without a reservation. We were seated at a smaller table, but had room for 4 dinners. We had the lasagna, chicken scallopini, shrimp and pasta. All servings were filling and excellent tasting. Service was quick. We had the almond tiramisu which was excellent as well. Excellent prices for menu items. Nightly specials are slightly more. As this is a relatively small restaurant I definitely would recommend reservations.

4. Sofrito Mama's

935 N Beneva Rd Ste 613, Sarasota Commons Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34232-1344 Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 17 +1 941-554-8786
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 588 reviews

Sofrito Mama's

At Sofrito Mama's you will find mouth watering, home-style Puerto Rican cuisine. Our menu is filled with a wide array of reasonably priced, traditional meals for the entire family from fried appetizers, rice & beans, roast pork & stews, salads, to signature specialty dishes & delicious homemade desserts. Whether it's lunch or dinner, Sofrito Mama's Latin Comfort Food is just what you need to tickle your hunger fancy.

Reviewed By Traveler5055 - Avon, Connecticut

Nothing fancy w only outdoor seating, but delicious empanadas and other specialities. One if us had a Cubans sandwich and another pork sandwich. Really good and lovely owner.

5. Veronica Fish & Oyster

1830 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3615 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 941-366-1342
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 443 reviews

Veronica Fish & Oyster

Reviewed By Meggen B - Chicago

My husband and I joined my parents at Veronica’s for dinner this weekend. The atmosphere was very trendy but had a small cozy feel. Our server, Cassie, did an excellent job explaining the menu and offering top notch selections. The PI oysters were delicious and...MoreThank you for the kind review, we hope you join us again soon, so glad Cassie provided excellent service for you and congrats on being a new brussels lover!

6. Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

1435 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5714 Delivery, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, American, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 39 +1 941-312-4001
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

A local eatery with a passion for stunning seafood, creative cocktails, fine wine, and service with style. Duval's uses the freshest product the market has to offer, sourcing the finest ingredients from local fisherman and farmers. Duval's offers free patron shuttle service, food delivery, and $5 Happy Hour 7 days a week.

Reviewed By Bob D - Cleveland, Ohio

We rely on Trip Advisor for all of our fine dining here and abroad. Rarely have we been disappointed. That’s also the case with Duval’s Restaurant in Sarasota. We were staying at the Hyatt Regency in town and arranged to be picked up and then...MoreBob, thank you so much for dining with us! Happy to see that you made use of our free shuttle, and that you enjoyed your meal and experience. Thank you for your review! We can't wait to see you again next time!

7. Gentile Bros Authentic Cheesesteaks

7523 S Tamiami Trl, South trail Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6901 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery American Lunch, Dinner +1 941-926-0441
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Gentile Bros Authentic Cheesesteaks

Reviewed By cigrmaster - Sarasota,Florida,USA

When they first opened they were they only place that actually used sliced rib eye which put them head and shoulders above their competition. When they first came out with their Clemenza( this was a double meat sandwich that was totally worth the 12-14 bucks it cost) it was loaded with sliced rib eye and it blew away any Philly steak sandwich I had ever eaten in the state of Florida, it was that good.

The sandwich they now sell is no better than Charley's, or Jersey Mike's which are both low end Philly Steak sandwiches. I wish they would go back to their old way of making a steak sub. It is obvious that they stopped using the thin slices of rib eye that made them the best because of the cost. I am sure the cost of the meat they used to use was just too much money and due too lack of business they were forced to use a much lower end steak. The problem with using that type of meat is that it does not separate them from all the other Philly steak places in town.

My favorite Philly steak joint is nothing like it once was. Please go back to the thin slices of rib eye that made you the best in town. I am really disappointed that I have to go to Charley's at the mall for a half way decent sandwich. Yours blew them away when you first started out.

8. Heinrich's German Grill

8420 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2903 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards German, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 35 +1 941-355-5453
Excellent
82%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 617 reviews

Heinrich's German Grill

We are family operated business, serving traditional home made german food fresh from scratch, german beer and wine. Our dinner hours are 5:00-9:30 Tuesday- Saturday. Reservations recommended.

Reviewed By KSHII - Sarasota, Florida, United States

The food is prepared VERY well and authentic German !! Lively atmosphere and if you don't like people STAY HOME. Don't complain about an original German restaurant... Please try the German beers (especially the Hacker Pschorr draft)... We can't say enough positive things about the food and hospitality..

9. Millie's

3900 Clark Rd, Building N, Sarasota, FL 34233-2301 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 941-923-4054
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 483 reviews

Millie's

Reviewed By mizram - Charlotte, North Carolina

Always a treat to go to Millie’s. Apparently everyone else has the same opinion. We got seated immediately because we agreed to sit at a community table shared with another party. The portions are generous and the omelette were cooked perfectly. Go early or be prepared to wait. As we were leaving, the lunch crowd was starting to arrive.

10. Morton's Gourmet Market

1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3621 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch 941-955-9856
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 230 reviews

Morton's Gourmet Market

Reviewed By Baudim - Zurich, Switzerland

Heavenly selection on gourmet foods, especially the cheeses from around the world! Nice wine department and reasonable prices compared to a local Publix store. Always happy to return!

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