Restaurants in Downtown Sarasota FL
Downtown Sarasota's World of Fine Dining
When we say there’s a “world” of dining options in downtown Sarasota, we mean it literally. Sarasota has become one of the top destinations for homebuyers and vacationers from everywhere, and the downtown dining options reflect that international diversity. Classic American dishes are served at a number of downtown restaurants, from successful chains like Applebee’s to the unique Savory Street International Café & Bakery to elegant locations like the Sarasota Vineyard. Duval's New World Café features upscale seafood offerings; Mattison's City Grille features mouthwatering brunch, lunch, and dinner entrees; a brief ride will take you to world-famous Tommy Bahama’s on St. Armand’s Circle, where a comprehensive seafood menu offers everything from tuna tacos to Hawaiian-style miso marinated Black Cod.
American Cuisine is Just The Beginning
American cuisine is only the beginning of downtown Sarasota’s tasty dining options. Thai and Vietnamese dining dominate a 2-block stretch on Main Street that includes the Tropical Thai Restaurant, which offers Thai and vegetarian lunch, dinner, and take-out, and a lengthy beer and wine list; the Pho Cali Vietnamese Noodle House; Melange, a unique and upscale “exploration of food, art, and drink”; and the curiously-named Drunken Poet Café, a fascinating Thai bistro and sushi bar. Should you have a “hankering” for food that’s more down-home, Nancy’s Barbeque on South Pineapple features Carolina-style barbecue pulled pork in a variety of tasty styles for lunch and dinner.
Have a Unique Breakfast
Breakfast gets a unique Sarasota treatment at the Burns Court Café, offering quiches, pastries, cappuccinos, and yogurts. There’s also an art gallery featuring work by local artists to enhance your breakfast or brunch. C'Est La Vie is an authentic French café serving up omelets, salads, pastries, soups, quiche, and sandwiches on a variety of fresh breads and baguettes, baked on-premises every day. First Watch on Main Street is an upscale chain offering healthy breakfast and lunch favorites and alternatives, while Michelle's Brown Bag Café offers eclectic choices including breakfast muffins, scones, bagels, and a variety of coffees. If you’re looking for a traditional, “standard” American breakfast, try the Coffee Carousel on Main Street.
Bistros, Cafes and some Cosmopolitan Cuisine
While downtown Sarasota is the home of a number of fascinating bistros and small cafés, downtown is most acclaimed for its cosmopolitan cuisine and many fine dining options. Divino on Main Street will “wine, dine, and dazzle” you with the finest Italian dishes, daily specials, and live music 3 nights a week. The Bijou Café has offered award-winning cuisine and a superlative wine list since 1986. Maximo's Restaurant & Wine Bar combines 5-star dining with a south African safari sensibility. Of course there’s always fine dining on Sarasota’s stunning waterfront at world-famous Marina Jack.
Other fine Italian restaurants downtown include Café Amici on Main Street and Café Epicure on Palm Avenue. Don’t overlook the several superb Greek, Japanese, Irish, Spanish, and Mexican restaurants also set in Sarasota’s downtown. Whatever your mood, taste, or budget, dining out downtown is always the right option in Sarasota.