New to the area and looking for some local hot spots for dinner? Or, have you been in Sarasota a while, but looking to branch out from your typical dining choices? Lucky for you, TEAM BUKY is represented by more than one self-proclaimed “foodie” and we have pulled together quite a list for you. Check out our top picks for some MUST TRY restaurants for dinner in town – you can thank us later!
Louie’s Modern Sliders
Social Eatery& Bar
Mar Vista Entree
Featuring an continental menu in a cozy and sophisticated environment, their elegant cuisine offers elaborate seafood specials including PEI mussels prepared 7 different ways and served with the best fries in Sarasota. Everything is prepared to order, in-house including bread, pasta, dressings, desserts. A wide selection of fine wine and beer are available to accompany your delectable dinner.
CAFE L’EUROPE http://cafeleurope.net/
Café L’Europe has been Sarasota’s dining destination since 1973. Savor elegant European cuisine, award-winning wines, and hand-crafted cocktails on St. Armands Circle. The Legendary L’Europe continues to be Sarasota’s “Original” Fine Dining Restaurant.
EAT HERE/SIESTA KEY http://www.eathereflorida.com/siesta-key
Opened in 2013, Eat Here/Siesta Key offers an island atmosphere with craft cocktail creations and a to-die-for menu. The chef team on Siesta Key likes to play with hearty Steak and Duckling presentations in company with their extensive locally-caught seafood offerings.
Keeping with their mission of conscientious sourcing, Indigenous’ menu of seasonal American cuisine changes progressively throughout the year based on peak ingredient availability. The restaurant’s physical home, too, was meticulously restored to compliment its surroundings, the historic Towles Court district in downtown Sarasota. Comfortable, sophisticated indoor and outdoor dining are both available year round.
LOUIE’S MODERN http://www.louiesmodern.com/
Downtown Sarasota’s newest dining hot spot on the street level of the modernistic, award-winning Palm Avenue parking complex, pays homage to the Seidensticker family’s father and his provocative era, when well-mixed cocktails, sophisticated food and good company were status quo.
MAR VISTA http://marvista.groupersandwich.com/
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant is located on the bayside of North Longboat Key in the heart of Longboat Village. This Old Florida style restaurant is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key. Enjoy a delicious fresh Florida seafood meal inside the quaint dining room or on the outdoor covered deck overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay. It’s waterfront dining with a unique atmosphere. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit. There is no place quite like the Mar Vista.
OWEN’S FISH CAMP http://owensfishcamp.com/
Located in the heart of Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota, Owen’s Fish Camp is an ode to old Florida living. The casual atmosphere allows guests to relax and enjoy what makes Florida so special. It wouldn’t be called a fish camp if we weren’t bringing in the Bay’s local fish every day. Not only do they have fresh seafood but accompanying southern classics with a great craft beer and wine selection.
SELVA GRILL http://www.selvagrill.com/
Selva’s Nuevo Latino cuisine represents the marriage of exotic flavors from Latin America and the United States. Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art. They’ve earned raves from all over the world, including from the New York Times, which said Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,” and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”
SHORE DINER http://dineshore.com/
Shore Diner is an open air, mid-century Florida beach café with a menu that utilizes many local farms, to create a fabulous abundance of fresh choices. Organic recipes are their specialty, combined with local coastal favorites. From your first sip of their signature cocktail, to your last bite of Key West Shrimp and Scallop Risotto, the entire Shore experience is nothing short of a beach day makeover, with laughter, a cool vibe and delicious eats.
SOCIAL EATERY & BAR http://socialonfirst.com/
Social Eatery & Bar takes an inventive and original approach to Italian-American cuisine that emphasizes fresh-made and local ingredients. With retractable roofs, guests have the option to dine in or dine out (depending on Florida’s choice of weather!)