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Dining

Who wants to cook after a full day of sun and fun? Dining out is a big part of any vacation, and a great meal can be a highlight of your visit to Sarasota. Even if you don’t have a sophisticated palate, you will appreciate the wide range of cuisines Sarasota and the surrounding region has to offer. There are more than 840 restaurants in the area. In fact, within a 25-mile radius of Sarasota, you’ll find more Zagat Guide, Trend Dining Award and Distinguished Restaurants of North America than any other area in Florida!

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The Top 10 Dining

Baker & Wife restaurant is a casual chef-driven European-style cafe is close to downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key. Menu features fresh, and inventive globally inspired soups, salads, burgers, artisanal brick oven pizza, seafood, and meats. | MustDo.com

Baker & Wife

This casual chef-driven European-style cafe located in the Southgate Village Plaza is close to downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key. Chef Issac Correa's menu features fresh, and inventive globally inspired soups, salads, burgers, artisanal brick oven pizza, seafood, and meats. You'll want to save room for one of their scrumptious desserts–housemade salted caramel cheesecake, house-made bacon ice cream, Baker's double chocolate brownie & salted popcorn... Read More
Cafe Gabbiano, authentic southern Italian cuisine. The moderately priced dinner menu features a wide selection of pasta, hand-cut veal, free-range chicken, freshly made mozzarella, locally sourced seafood and vegetables, and an extensive wine list. Siesta Key restaurant, Sarasota Florida. MustDo.com

Café Gabbiano

Authentic Southern Italian Cuisine Expect the very best with made-to-order seasonally inspired chef-prepared dishes. The moderately priced dinner menu features a wide selection of pasta, hand-cut veal, free-range chicken, freshly made mozzarella, locally sourced seafood and vegetables, and an extensive wine list. Certified sommelier, Marc Grimaud can assist you in pairing the perfect wine with your meal. A fantastic 4-course tasting and wine-pairing menu... Read More
Authentic traditional Mexican food at Plaza Mexico Restaruant Bar & Grill Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Plaza Mexico Restaurant Bar & Grill

Authentic Traditional Mexican Favorites Plaza Mexico's expansive dinner and lunch menu offer a wide variety of traditional Mexican favorites including fresh guacamole, nachos, salads, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and more. The menu also features kids and vegetarian dining options. Happy Hour Margarita and Drink Specials Enjoy a full liquor bar featuring premium tequilas, wine, bottle and draft beer, signature cocktails, and specialty margaritas. Features Happy... Read More
Marina Jack offers three different waterfront dining options along with live entertainment and a beautiful view of Sarasota bay. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Marina Jack Restaurant

Marina Jack Offers Three Waterfront Dining Options Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill Portside is a casual and family-friendly open-air restaurant. It’s a great spot to enjoy a tropical drink, lunch or dinner right on the water. The Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill is also dog-friendly! Marina Jack’s Blue Sunshine Patio menu features a variety of appetizers, salads, soups and sandwiches, as well as... Read More
Fins at Sharky's waterfront restaurant Venice, Florida USA. Photo by Nita Ettinger Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

Fin's at Sharky's

Waterfront Dining in Venice, Florida Upscale dining in a contemporary coastal-inspired setting with an elevated unparalleled Gulf of Mexico view. Fin's at Sharky's offers an expansive and creative menu with an Asian flair featuring sushi, small plates, seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, salads and traditional entrees. Dine indoors or outdoors on the covered terrace. Reservations are suggested. Fin's at Sharky's is located adjacent to the Sharky's... Read More
Nancy smokes North Carolina-style pulled pork, beef brisket, St. Louis ribs and chicken "low and slow" at this family-friendly Sarasota, Florida barbecue restaurant. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Nancy's Bar-B-Q

Nancy smokes North Carolina-style pulled pork, beef brisket, St. Louis ribs and chicken "low and slow" at this family-friendly Sarasota barbecue restaurant. Enjoy casual dining on community tables inside, picnic tables on the porch. Also salmon, salad, many fresh vegetarian sides, and beer and wine available. Read the featured blog article about Nancy's Bar-B-Q - click here!  Nancy's Bar-B-Q was voted “Best... Read More
Ophelia's on the Bay waterfront fine dining restaurant Siesta Key Sarasota, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Ophelia's on the Bay

Award-Winning Restaurant on Little Sarasota Bay Dine in one of two glass-walled, casually elegant dining rooms or outside on the dockside open-air patio at this South Siesta Key waterfront restaurant. Ophelia's on the Bay offers a blend of cuisines and influences fusing new world with old, American with Asian, and Italian with Floridian. The menu changes daily using the freshest local fish and produce available. Standout... Read More
Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery Sarasota, Florida amish kitchen cooking. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Der Dutchman Restaurant & Bakery

Experience the warm and inviting culture and home-style cooking of Sarasota's Pinecraft Mennonite and Amish community at Der Dutchman Restaurant & Bakery. Enjoy comfort foods such as broasted chicken, tender roast beef, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fresh baked bread, a wonderful fresh salad bar, and an extensive array of homemade desserts. Der Dutchman In-house Bakery Be sure to stop at the in-house bakery which offers a... Read More
Visit the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar in Siesta Key Village, on St. Armands Circle, or in downtown Venice and cool off with a frozen daiquiri, for oysters and shooters, or dig in at the Deck with classic American fare. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

The Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

Seafood, Burgers, Salads, and More Enjoy a delicious choice of seafood, fresh catch fish, burgers, steaks, wraps, and salads. Visit the Raw Bar in Siesta Key Village, South Siesta Key, St. Armands Circle, or Downtown Venice for oysters and shooters, or dig in at the Deck with classic American fare. Well known for their vast selection of frozen daiquiris and drink specials. Daiquiri Deck features... Read More
Casey Key Fish House Sarasota casual old Florida waterfront restaurant. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Casey Key Fish House

Casual “Old Florida” Style Fish House Casey Key Fish House and Tiki Bar offers waterside dining and live music in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Every seat has a view of the water! Enjoy fresh fish and seafood, with choices for landlubbers too. Live music is featured in the Tiki Bar every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Casey Key Fish House also offers on-site rentals for... Read More
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