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Must Do Restaurants in the Sarasota & Siesta Key Areas

Sarasota • Siesta Key • Longboat Key • Lido Key • Venice

Dining out is a big part of any vacation, and a great meal can be a highlight of your visit to Sarasota, Florida.

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 800 restaurants in Sarasota County. 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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Must Do Restaurants in the Sarasota & Siesta Key Areas

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 in Sarasota

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 gluten... 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. All the delicious menu items and wine are available to go! Café Gabbiano Wine Spectator’s 2023 Award of Excellence for their wine list... Read More
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 Restaurant in Sarasota

This casual chef-driven European-style cafe located in the Southgate Village Plaza is close to downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key, Florida. Chef Issac Correa's menu features fresh, and inventive globally inspired soups, salads, burgers, artisanal brick oven pizza, seafood, and meats. Learn more about Baker & Wife in this featured blog post! You'll want to save room for one of their scrumptious desserts–housemade... Read More
O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill is a laid-back, tropical-themed, family-friendly downtown Sarasota, Florida restaurant and bar that is located in Bayfront Park near Marina Jack and features live music daily. The restaurant is dog-friendly, plus you can arrive by car or boat! Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

O'Leary's Tiki Bar & Grill in Sarasota

Enjoy a meal, a cold beer, cocktail, or wine under an umbrella with your toes in the sand or under the open-air, waterfront Tiki Hut. This laid-back, tropical-themed, family-friendly downtown Sarasota restaurant and bar is located in Bayfront Park near Marina Jack and features live music daily. The restaurant is dog-friendly, plus you can arrive by car or boat! O'Leary's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu... Read More
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Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar in Siesta Key

Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar in Siesta Key, Florida is a family-friendly restaurant and bar offering a wide variety of seafood in a casual Old Florida fish house atmosphere.  Their award-winning clam chowder is a favorite among locals and visitors alike! Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar offers fantastic real fruit frozen daiquiris–grab... Read More