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
    Abel's Ice Cream
    #1 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 492 reviewsTripAdvisor (492)
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    1886 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231-8847
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  • #2
    Floribbean Flo's
    #2 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 98 reviewsTripAdvisor (98)
    $ | American
    7644 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-6840
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  • #3
    Dolce Italia
    #3 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 930 reviewsTripAdvisor (930)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Asian
    6551 Gateway Ave Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5803
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  • #4
    Antoine's Restaurant
    #4 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 705 reviewsTripAdvisor (705)
    $$ | French, Belgian, Seafood, European
    1100 N Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237-3011
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  • #5
    Meaney's Mini Donuts
    #5 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 387 reviewsTripAdvisor (387)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    201 Canal Rd Siesta Key, Florida, Sarasota, FL 34242-1632
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  • #6
    Veronica Fish & Oyster
    #6 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 734 reviewsTripAdvisor (734)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    1830 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3615
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  • #7
    The Orange Octopus
    #7 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 380 reviewsTripAdvisor (380)
    $ | American
    1220 Old Stickney Point Rd Siesta Key Beach near south bridge, Sarasota, FL 34242-3407
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  • #8
    Piccolo Italian Market & Deli
    #8 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 196 reviewsTripAdvisor (196)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    6518 Gateway Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231-5804
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  • #9
    Gentile Bros Authentic Cheesesteaks
    #9 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 271 reviewsTripAdvisor (271)
    $ | American
    7523 S Tamiami Trl South trail Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6901
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  • #10
    Element: Modern Mediterranean Grill
    #10 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 239 reviewsTripAdvisor (239)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Mediterranean, Grill
    1413 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5714
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  • #11
    Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
    #11 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1785 reviewsTripAdvisor (1785)
    $ - $$ | Bar, American, Seafood, Contemporary
    1435 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5714
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  • #12
    Settimi's Gelato
    #12 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 177 reviewsTripAdvisor (177)
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    367 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1312
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  • #13
    La Scarpetta
    #13 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 143 reviewsTripAdvisor (143)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    3809 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-6412
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  • #14
    Heinrich's German Grill
    #14 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 680 reviewsTripAdvisor (680)
    $ - $$ | German, European, Central European
    8420 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2903
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  • #15
    Cafe L'Europe
    #15 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 943 reviewsTripAdvisor (943)
    $$ | French, American, European, International
    431 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1494
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  • #16
    Morton's Gourmet Market
    #16 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 259 reviewsTripAdvisor (259)
    $ - $$ | American
    1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-3621
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  • #17
    Millie's
    #17 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 544 reviewsTripAdvisor (544)
    $ - $$ | American
    3900 Clark Rd Building N, Sarasota, FL 34233-2301
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  • #18
    Anna's II
    #18 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 173 reviewsTripAdvisor (173)
    $ | American, Deli
    6535 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242-2506
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  • #19
    La Mucca Ballerina
    #19 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 530 reviewsTripAdvisor (530)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Cafe
    1668 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5811
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  • #20
    Solorzanos Late Night Pizzeria
    #20 of 1,217 Places to Eat in Sarasota
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 502 reviewsTripAdvisor (502)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    6670 Superior Ave Gulf Gate, Sarasota, FL 34231-5838
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