Sarasota is home to some exceptional eateries. Gulf side, it’s easy to constantly crave crab or other sea fare - as you should - but if and when your palette is ready for a new taste, the Sarasota cuisine scene fulfills. Seafood - land food - good food.  

Self-proclaimed foodies and huge fans of the dining-out experience, The SRQ Duo likes many restaurants around town, but these are their favorites.   

Social Eatery & Bar
What: Gastro pub
Where: Downtown

Red Clasico Café Bar
What: Contemporary American
Where: Downtown, Main Street

Libby’s Café & Bar
What: Modern American
Where: West of Trail

Word of Mouth
What: Breakfast and lunch
Where: Downtown


What: Sushi and Hibachi Grill
Where: Downtown

State Street Eating House + Cocktails
What: Napa style cuisine and craft cocktails
Where: Downtown

Ophelia’s on the Bay
What: American, seafood, fine dining
Where: Siesta Key

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q
What: Slow smoked bar-b-que
Where: Downtown

Shore Diner
What: Florida beach café
Where: St. Armand’s

Selva Grill
What: New Latin
Where: Downtown, Main Street

Mattison’s City Grille
What: American
Where: Downtown, Main Street

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub
What: Seafood, American
Where: Longboat Key

Il Panificio
What: Italian pizzeria, deli, and bakery
Where: Downtown, Main Street

Hungry? Not in the mood to cook or go out? We recommend Ashley’s Food Delivery.

NIGHTLIFE:  Florida may be the Sunshine State, but there’s plenty of fun to be had under the stars too. 

The Gator Club
Bar, live music, dance floor

Open air bar, live music, dance floor

The Beach Club
Dance club, live DJ music

Ivory Lounge
Dance club, live DJ music, bottle service

Social Eatery & Bar
Trendy lounge with unique cocktails

State Street Lounge
Speakeasy vibe with craft cocktails  

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