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Dining Out in Sarasota

Below is a full list of all the great dining out options I know you will LOVE!  I have listed them by:

◆Fine Dining,
◆Casual Dining
◆Dining with a View

And, if there is a "(FF)" next to the name, that means this restaurant is suitable for young-ones & is "Family Friendly"!


◆ Bijou Cafe | One of the best fine dining restaurants in Sarasota!  The attention to detail is impeccable! 
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◆ Selva Grill | Latin Fusion cuisine and famous for our ceviches de la casa!  The plates are incredible works of art!!
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◆ Bushido Sushi NEW restaurant around the corner from my home and just rated the 2019 BEST SUSHI in Sarasota!  
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◆ Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie | Great American Brasserie with a Fun atmosphere & Great location in Southside Village!
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◆ Mediterraneno Exquisite Italian and located right in the heart of Downtown Sarasota.
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◆ Shore | Located in St. Armands Circle is this mid-century, al-fresco coastal eatery!  Great vibes and everything on the menu is worth trying!!
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◆ Cafe L'Europe | Delicious French/American cuisine and several menu options have fun tableside preparation!  Located right on St. Armands circle on Lido Key - great area to walk the circle, see the shops and stop here for a nice lunch!  Also pup-friendly with the outdoor dining!
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◆ Indigenous | This delicious restaurant has wonderful American dishes that change throughout the year because they "work closely with local fisherman, artisans, and farmers to maintain the highest quality." If you appreciate sustainable seafood, this is the place for you!
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◆ Mar Vista | Fine Florida Seafood while dining inside or under the Buttonwood and Banyan trees with gorgeous views of the Sarasota Bay!
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◆ Blu Kozina Fresh & Modern Greek Cuisine! 
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 Summerhouse | Delicious Steak & Seafood on Siesta Key!  Great wine and cocktail menu and wonderful ambiance! 
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◆ Owens Fish Camp (FF) | Some of the best seafood plates are here at Owens, therefore the wait can tend to be long, but so worth it!  Either dine inside, or walk through to the outdoor backyard, where live music is played daily and people sit back on Swing chairs & picnic tables - giving the most relaxed and welcoming Southern family backyard ambiance! 

◆ Darwins | Chef Darwin loves to experiment with flavors and, as they state would like to "share the perfect blend of urban, local and global with Sarasota in an intimate and comfortable upscale setting"
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◆ Screaming Goat Taqueria (FF) | Excellent tacos, "inspired by vibrant Street Food scene of Latin American" with a fun & laid-back Atmosphere!  If you love Tacos, this is a Must Try! Located in the Gulf Gate neighborhood shopping center!
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◆ Columbia St. Armands | Local favorite traditional Spanish restaurant with a great location along St. Armands Circle!!
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◆ Mar Vista | Fine Florida Seafood while dining inside or under the Buttonwood and Banyan trees with gorgeous views of the Sarasota Bay!
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◆ Chart House | Located on the southern most tip of Longboat Key!  Dine while relishing the views of one of the mouths to the Gulf between Longboat Key & Siesta Key!
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Ophelia's on the Bay | Located on the Bay of the south-end of Siesta Key.  Gorgeous waterfront, fine dining.  Great place to enjoy a romantic anniversary dinner with someone special and finish it off with a Sunset walk on Turtle Beach, which is right across the street!
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◆ Oleary's Tiki Bar & Grill | A fun tiki bar & grill located right by Downtown Sarasota in the Bayfront Park!  Beautiful water views & dog-friendly!  Order food from the walk-up counter (curly fries are amazing!), or enjoy a drink from the tiki bar!  Live music every night!
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◆ Dry Dock Waterfront Grill | Come via Car or Boat!  This waterfront restaurant is a great place to sit back and enjoy views of the Sarasota Bay!  Located on the southern end of Longboat Key!
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◆ Marina Jacks | Located Downtown Sarasota bayfront - enjoy a fabulous meal or drink in this beautiful establishment right with the Sarasota Bay Harbor!  
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◆ Sand Bar | Have a desire to dine with your toes in the sand and the with the sound of the Gulf gently crashing on the shore - well this is the place you must go!  
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Beach House | Just 15 miles north from Downtown SRQ, this great restaurant is set on "650 ft of pristine Gulf front beach"  Come here to "enjoy great seafood both indoors and outdoors" along with beautiful Anna Maria island Sunset views!
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Casey Key Fish House | Great waterfront restaurant that boaters love & very popular tiki bar!  I recommend the crab cakes!
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Sharky's On The Pier (FF) | Just a couple miles south of Downtown Venice, Sharky's offers dinner beach-side with a stunning view of the fishing pier and Sunset!  Want to catch dinner and a sunset at the same time - this is the place to go!
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Sarasota's Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 7AM - 1PM
Local food vendors, farmers, music, arts & crafts, and so much more!  HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Detwiler's Farm Market 

Local market open Monday-Saturday with 3 locations and a 4th one coming soon on Clark Road! 


Whole Foods
Trader Joes

Centrally located on Tamiami Trail just south of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
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We now have two Costco locations, one is Sarasota and another in Bradenton!

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