If you’re about to visit Sarasota, give your taste buds an adventure with locally owned establishments featuring southern comfort to… Zagat Rated cuisine!

Breakfast Favs

A local favorite is Word of Mouth at 711 South Osprey Ave. or 6604 Gateway. With locally grown veggies, freshly caught fish and eggs from nearby farms you’ll be licking your plate and begging for more of their toasted seven grain bread.

One of Sarasota’s landmark breakfast and lunch spots is Troyer’s Dutch Heritage Restaurant at 3713 Bahia Vista. With all-you-can-eat eggs, waffles and pancakes to freshly baked muffins and fresh fruit you can’t go wrong with Amish goodness.

The ORIGINAL EGG, a longtime local favorite is at 4031 Clark Road.

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG has two locations on Siesta Key and Lakewood Ranch featuring cinnamon roll French toast, Gluten friendly pancakes, eggs benedict with crab and lobster/brie omelettes. It’s worth it!


Excellent downtown eateries include landmark establishments like Bijou Café, Selva Grill, Caragiulo’s, Barnacle Bills, Beulah’s, Mediterraneo and Salute.

A little music with a meal is always pumping at Mattison’s while the Blue Rooster features down home cooking with plenty of Blues.

There are several locations featuring water and romance. Marina Jack’s is right downtown on the bay with a spectacular second floor view. Lido Grill at the Lido Beach Resort features a panoramic beach vista at the bar and a dining room overlooking Sarasota Bay. Ophelia’s on Siesta Key offers intimate enclaves and dockside dining with views of Little Sarasota Bay. For your information, this is a favorite of Stephen King, (author of “Duma Key”). South from downtown, on the east side of Route 41, is a hidden local gem called Roessler’s with lakeside views tropical gardens and gazebo.

An evening at St. Armand’s Circle on Lido Key is always fun and shops remain open for that after a good meal… stroll. The Crab and Fin and Café L’Europe are St. Armand landmarks featuring classic continental cuisine, patio seating and sidewalk piano tunes (only at Crab & Fin). The Columbia with under cover and outdoor dining offers excellent Spanish food while Tommy Bahama’s draws young professionals to moderately priced small bites, burgers & seafood. Off circle are a pocket of eateries like Le Colonne and 15 South Ristorante Enoteca with musical entertainment upstairs at their nightclub Straight-up.

A burger & brew with bay view…

O’Leary’s at Centennial Park is on Sarasota’s bay front featuring Tiki bar and island vibes.

Main/ Lemon/ Pineapple/ First & Palm

Bijou Café – fine Zagat Rated dining on First
Drunken Poet – Thai/Sushi dining on Main
Selva Grill – Zagat Rated Peruvian gourmet on Main
Mattison’s – from burgers to small bites & dinners on Main
C’est La Vie – French dining on Main
Tequila Cantina – Fresh, Creative Mexican on Main
Two Senoritas – Mexican comfort on Main
Café Amici – Italian cuisine on Main
First Watch – breakfast & lunch on Main
Mozaic – American Zagat rated cuisine on Main
Salute – Northern Italian cuisine on Lemon
Ovo Cafe –  Award Winning martini and champagne cocktails on Lemon
Pastries by Design – bakery & specialty desserts on Main
Tropical Thai – lunch & dinner on Main
Beulah – Authentic Italian cuisine on Main
Barnacle Bills – seafood & steak on Main
Café Americano – casual Italian/American on Main
Irish Pub & Grill – casual Irish offerings on Main
Café Epicure – casual Italian cuisine on Main
Utamaro – sushi bar on Main
Mediterraneo – Italian pizza to gourmet on Main


O’Leary’s – burgers, sandwiches & fries – hwy 41 Sarasota
Marina Jack’s – a little of everything with fine dining upstairs – hwy 41 Sarasota
Beach Bistro – Zagat Rated fine dining – Anna Maria Island
Old Salty Dog – burgers sandwiches & fries – City Island
Mar Vista – burgers, sandwiches and dinners – Longboat Key
Ophelia’s on the Bay – fine dining – Siesta Key

Sandbar – burgers, sandwiches and dinners – Anna Maria Island
The Beach House – casual dining inside or on the beach – Anna Maria Island
The Table – small bites & gourmet offerings – Philippe Creek
Philippe Creek Oyster Bar – seafood burgers sandwiches & dinners – Philippe Creek
Turtles – burgers, sandwiches, salads and dinners – Siesta Key
Casey Key Fish House – sandwiches, salads dinners – Casey Key
Pop’s Sunset Grill – sandwiches, salads dinners on Inter-coastal – Nokomis
Roessler’s – lakefront continental cuisine – HWY 41, Sarasota

Westin Hotel Rooftop Bar – Downtown Sarasota

Towles Court Artist Community

Indigenous – seasonal American gourmet – Links Ave.

Burn’s Court Community

Nancy’s BBQ – Ringling Blvd
Burn’s Court Café – sandwiches, salads & French quiche – Ringling Blvd.
Owen’s Fish Camp – southern comfort dining on Burn’s Court Lane

Osprey/ Hillview

Word of Mouth – great breakfast/lunch – Osprey Ave
Knick’s Tavern – neighborhood eatery – Osprey Ave
Libby’s Café – sophisticated small plates, seafood & steaks – Osprey Ave.
Veronica’s Fish &Oyster Bar – Excellent seafood and raw bar – Osprey Ave
Pacific Rim – Japanese/Thai  fusion – Hillview St.
Gecko’s – casual eatery & bar – Hillview St.
Hillview Grill – small bites & casual dining – Hillview St.
Chutney’s – Indian & Middle Eastern cuisine – Hillview St.


Rick’s Café – country French cuisine on Siesta Drive
Kazu’s – sushi & Asian Bistro on Siesta Drive
Andrea’s – classic Italian on Siesta Drive

Gulf Gate/Gateway/Superior & Mall

Veg – seafood/vegetarian dining on Gulf Gate Drive
Thailand – sushi & steak house on Gulf Gate Drive
Oh Mamma Mia – authentic casual Italian on Gulf Gate Drive
Word of Mouth – breakfast & lunch on Gateway Ave
Solorzano’s – Southern Italian classics on Superior Ave.

Zagat Rated

Bijou Cafe – Continental American Cuisine on First St.
Selva Grill – Peruvian Gourmet on Main St.
Crab & Fin – Seafood, steaks & chops on St. Armands
Euphemia Haye – Global American cuisine on Longboat Key
Beach Bistro – Exceptional American offerings on Anna Maria Island