Sarasota Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Sarasota

Like other Florida destinations, Sarasota's dining scene focuses primarily on American fare with regional seafood specialties like shrimp, lobster and octopus. Local seafood restaurant favorites include Dry Dock Waterfront Grill (just east of downtown on Longboat Key), Owen's Fish Camp (a few blocks south of Sarasota's central Main Street thoroughfare) and KaCey's Seafood and More (by Interstate 75).

Italian, Latin American and Amish and Mennonite eateries are also popular here, thanks in part to many residents' ties to these communities. For Italian cuisine, travelers recommend Dolce Italia, Cafe Baci and Mozzarella Fella. Eateries like the Peruvian-inspired Selva Grill and the Puerto Rican-influenced Sofrito Mama's are considered must-visit spots for Latin American dishes. And at Yoder's Restaurant and Der Dutchman Restaurant, which reside in the city's Pinecraft neighborhood, diners can sample traditional Amish and Mennonite items, including pecan sticky buns, potato cakes and shoofly pie (a dessert with a coffee cake topping and a molasses bottom).

And for tasty libations, travelers can choose from one of the area's craft breweries. Standout establishments include Sarasota Brewing Company (a microbrewery that opened in 1989), the Big Top Brewing Company (where circus-inspired brews are served) and Calusa Brewing (which was named after the indigenous Calusa Native American tribe).

Find the Best Restaurants in Sarasota

  • #1
    Floribbean Flo's
    #1 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 105 reviewsTripAdvisor (105)
    $ | American
    7644 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-6840
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  • #2
    Abel's Ice Cream
    #2 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 500 reviewsTripAdvisor (500)
    $ |
    1886 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231-8847
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  • #3
    Dolce Italia
    #3 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 952 reviewsTripAdvisor (952)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    6551 Gateway Ave Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5803
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  • #4
    Antoine's Restaurant
    #4 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 708 reviewsTripAdvisor (708)
    $$ | French, Belgian, Seafood, European
    1100 N Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237-3011
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  • #5
    The Orange Octopus
    #5 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 397 reviewsTripAdvisor (397)
    $ | American
    1220 Old Stickney Point Rd Siesta Key Beach near south bridge, Sarasota, FL 34242-3407
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  • #6
    Meaney's Mini Donuts
    #6 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 398 reviewsTripAdvisor (398)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    201 Canal Rd Siesta Key, Florida, Sarasota, FL 34242-1632
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  • #7
    Veronica Fish & Oyster
    #7 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 756 reviewsTripAdvisor (756)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    1830 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3615
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  • #8
    La Scarpetta
    #8 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 152 reviewsTripAdvisor (152)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    3809 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-6412
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  • #9
    Piccolo Italian Market & Deli
    #9 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 199 reviewsTripAdvisor (199)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    6518 Gateway Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231-5804
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  • #10
    Element: Modern Mediterranean Grill
    #10 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 277 reviewsTripAdvisor (277)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Mediterranean, Grill
    1413 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5714
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  • #11
    Gentile Bros Authentic Cheesesteaks
    #11 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 271 reviewsTripAdvisor (271)
    $ | American
    7523 S Tamiami Trl South trail Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6901
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  • #12
    Settimi's Gelato
    #12 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 182 reviewsTripAdvisor (182)
    $ |
    367 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1312
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  • #13
    Cafe L'Europe
    #13 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 966 reviewsTripAdvisor (966)
    $$ | French, American, European, International
    431 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1494
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  • #14
    Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
    #14 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1812 reviewsTripAdvisor (1812)
    $ - $$ | Bar, American, Seafood, Contemporary
    1435 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5714
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  • #15
    Anna's II
    #15 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 180 reviewsTripAdvisor (180)
    $ | American, Deli
    6535 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242-2506
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  • #16
    Heinrich's German Grill
    #16 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 689 reviewsTripAdvisor (689)
    $ - $$ | German, European, Central European
    8420 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2903
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  • #17
    Millie's
    #17 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 551 reviewsTripAdvisor (551)
    $ - $$ | American
    3900 Clark Rd Building N, Sarasota, FL 34233-2301
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  • #18
    Morton's Gourmet Market
    #18 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 261 reviewsTripAdvisor (261)
    $ - $$ | American
    1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3621
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  • #19
    The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies
    #19 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 174 reviewsTripAdvisor (174)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, American, International
    1919 Morrill St Towles Court, Shoogie Boogies, Sarasota, FL 34236-6934
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  • #20
    Solorzanos Late Night Pizzeria
    #20 of 1,225 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 515 reviewsTripAdvisor (515)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    6670 Superior Ave Gulf Gate, Sarasota, FL 34231-5838
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