Darwin's on 4th
Darwin's on 4th

Darwin's on 4th

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.darwinson4th.com/
  • Phone: (941) 343-2165
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Wednesday - Thursday:5:00pm - 11:00 pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Peruvian, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Darwin Santa Maria
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Open to customer's need.
  • Entertainment: Wednesday 8:00pm to 11:00pm Undr8ed - Contemporary Hip Thursday 8:00pm to 11:00 pm Ben Hammond - Contemporary Hip Friday 8:00pm to 11:00 pm Bryan Spainhower - Classic Guitar Saturday 7:00pm to 10:00 pm De Corazon - Latin Jazz Fusion Trio
  • Special Events: 4/19/2012 Beer & Food School at Publix on University. 4/21/2012 SRQ Film Festival after party 11:30 pm. 4/28/2012 St. Pete Anna Faiola Model Casting.

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  • Parking: Valet
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Darwin's on 4th reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (38)special occasion (35)hot spot (27)vibrant bar scene (24)good for groups (22)romantic (19)late-night find (11)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • This is Peruvian?
    MangiamangiamanVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Our first visit was disappointing. What looked like a great menu with multiple options on the website proved to be ancient history. A new stripped down menu is now in place and had we know that we would have chosen some other place. The Thai shrimp lettuce wraps were served pleasingly plated, however the filling was mostly chorizo which was more suited for a dish South America than South East Asia. Very strange. The Lomo Saltido, was tough and just "meh" despite the moniker of tender beef tenderloin on the menu. The duck meat was cooked perfectly, albeit served atop a heavy gluey so-called risotto. The sea bass was also fresh and well prepared. Likewise, the tuna/watermelon and corvina ceviches were both good. So, it is a hit or miss proposition which you may want to try. For a sure thing, stick with the Peruvian gold standard: Selva Grill.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Presentation
    Tooter
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Chef provides appetite enhancement via very god presentation, uncommon in the great majority of Sarasota restaurants
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative food, hot bar scene
    SailorSandy
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    It's rare for a restaurant to combine a popular bar scene with a separate large dining area for foodies but Darwin's manages with ease. People representing a wide span of ages were enjoying the food when we were there, before the performance at the Opera House, and the place was full. I had the duck breast with risotto, garnished with red peppers and it was among the best prepared duck I have tasted, not too rare and not overcooked. The service is attentive and the noise level not too high for conversation, even with the performer in the bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A definite repeat
    laham
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is the second time we have eaten in Darwin's. We had a group of 5 and everyone ordered something different. Every selection was very good. We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    MarshaKVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Darwin's has been a consistent treat since he first opened on 4 th. We actually followed him from Selva. The skirt steak is fantastic. The duck is my favorite. And they make a mean mojito is you don't feel like wine. The music is an added plus. We sat upstairs in the mezzanine and the music did not prohibit conversation. Try it , you'll be glad that you did. Make a reservation !!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great, but check your bill for accuracy.
    JCFPhilly
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Overall food, ambiance, and service was great. Our only concern is that our party of 8 was incorrectly charged for 6 bottles of wine instead of 3 - a large error. (The error was quickly corrected after we caught it.) We will go back, and highly recommend, because it was otherwise outstanding, but be sure to check the bill for accuracy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable but noisy
    JMcS
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great food. Great service. Noise level made it very difficult to visit with our guests. Interesting varied menu choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    TheBostonKid
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    In from out of town, liked menu options on line as interesting-but-not-overly-aggressive. We were very happy with our visit. We did Caesar Salad, multiple tacos, papas, desserts. It sounds simple, but the Caesar Salad ... woah. I would walk a mile just to have a bite... Pork tacos were deep with flavor. Found myself wishing there were about 5 more on the plate! I think Chef's philosophy comes through nicely like a taste delta where a mighty Peruvian river meets the Ocean of USA palates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Lovely
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My family and I (8 of us) went to Darwin's to celebrate my Birthday. It was the first time for my husband and I. The restaurant was lovely, the food was good and the Singer was great. A great place for celebrating a special occasion or a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time back...
    Dave
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was a return visit to Darwin's after a great first experience. Food was very consistent. Ceviche was excellent, a highlight! I had the duck main course with risotto which was also very good, prepared medium - rare. Service was friendly but off a little as the server offered the wine tasting to the wrong person and also filled a glass mixing it with a glass brought from the bar. Overall though, a very good experience 2nd time back. PS had short ribs the first time which was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • warm and delicious
    map4archie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    ---Good service and great food combined to make for a most memorable evening. Ambiance was good and the service was crisp. Varied menu was most interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Fave
    srdefoe
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Darwin's is definitely one of our faves here in SRQ. I love the Pisco Sours. Tonight we had the Chopped Salad, Skirt Steak and the Salmon. They were ALL excellent. We spoke to another diner who highly recommended the Duck. We plan to try that next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • peruvian specialists
    19yearsstrong
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The selections on the menu were all Peruvian in nature with a generous selection of options, presented beautifully!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Coming back for sure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very cool design. Fantastic food and waiter. Food is interesting and delicious. Had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit a year apart
    Ayoungbrwr
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    After our first excellent experience dinning at Darwin's last year, we decided to try a repeat performance. It was even better than we recalled. We met Chef Darwin and the very talented Brewmaster Jorge for a nice talk. The service was very good without feeling rushed. The pacing of the courses were timed perfectly. Food was fantastical! The Tuna steak was cooked to perfection and by far the best I had ever had at any restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!
    DonnaH
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great beer and amazing food. The service was fantastic . If you describe your taste in beer they match you up with the perfect beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back off on the Salt....
    DiscerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We gave Darwin's another try after 4 mo. and were once again both impressed and dismayed at the same time. Again, the dining room setting upstairs and the service were almost flawless and the selection of Craft Beer, Latin American wines and creative mixed drinks really perfect for a small group night out. We loved the appetizer selection and started with a innovative Caesar salad that still lingers in my taste buds memories. But when it gets to entree's the kitchen overkills everything with salt which totally overwhelms the real flavors of the food and making it almost unpalatable. We should have sent a "no salt" request to the kitchen with the order (we unfortunately did not) and would highly recommend anyone reading this do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the line Peruvian cuisine
    MickD
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Took my family here for my daughter's birthday. We had heard about it from a local pub who was starting to carry the Darwin Brewery line of beers. Traveled from Tampa (1hr+) to get there. The food was excellent, the presentation amazing, and everyone enjoyed their various drinks. Having said that, I don't think the food was any better than Terra Sur in Tampa, and I think that Terra Sur is more 'authentic' Peruvian. At just under $200 for dinner for four with one drink apiece (not including tip), we may return here for special occasions, but probably won't be regular customers. Don't let that deter you, though--if we lived closer by, we'd be dining there more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been to Darwin's several times - the food, service and ambiance are always fantastic! Our server was great at helping us pick out one of their craft beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great food. Awesome home brews. Good service and chilling atmosphere. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service needs improvement
    Unhappy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were very disappointed with our dinning experience after having had several other good experiences. The service was, to say say the least, horrendous...thirty minutes to place our order, one hour to receive our food aft searching out our waiter and asking him to follow up. Food was very good, but the high noise level was very annoying. Our dinner lasted 2 1/2 hours! Not sure if we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great service
    Luigi
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Been wanting to get there for some time. We wer not disappointed. Creative and tasty dishes. Great service. The valet parker was greattoo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    islandgirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was my second time at Darwin's! The entire dining experience is what going for dinner is all about. The ambiance, food and service is beyond excellence..They nailed it!!! This hidden gem is my favorite restaurant in Sarasota. Don't even think twice about trying it, just go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious dinner,great service
    ShelbeeVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Friendly server, right there when you needed her, never intrusive. Try the spicy martini, not too spicy, just right and delicious. Calamari and pork belly appetizers were wonderful. I had the short ribs ... fall apart tender and rich wonderful flavor. My husband had the skirt steak which was also very flavorful and tender. Great sides. Wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skirt steak
    MarvinVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have eaten at Darwin's many times the food is always great cocktails are very good and the service is always very good consistently a very good place to eat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    One of, if not the, best duck dinners, I've ever enjoyed. My wife also really liked her crab cake but, agreed after tasting my duck, that it was superb.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cats
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a nice meal. Waitress was very nice and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We sat at the food bar and were entertained the whole evening. The good was so perfect. It is definitely one of my favorite places to eat in Sarasota. We have been several times and it is consistently excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    An all round positive experience. Accommodating to gluten free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Darwin's on 4th Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was inventive and very well prepared. Nice selection of drinks; home brewed beer, full bar, after dinner drinks. Overall a very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome.......as always!
    BraveheartVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Darwins on 4th is one of our go to places. We know it will be welcoming, the service is great and the food fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • matey
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My first time to Darwins and we had friends from South Africa visiting. The quality, presentation of food and staff friendliness made the night one to remember. All four of our group chose different items from starters to dessert and we all were quite pleased! We will definitely be back. For once we all felt like we got exactly as we were expecting!! Yea !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvsarasota
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great time at Darwin's. We were celebrating an anniversary so wanted a more up-scale restaurant. This place has exceptional food and the service was great. We loved the atmosphere and decor. They had live music in the bar area, but we were seated near the kitchen where you could watch the cooks. Next time I think we would like to sit where we can watch the band, but overall, would definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Peruvian!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food is diverse and full of flavor. Ambience is very warm and makes you feel like you are in South America. If there was any doubt about authenticity, the Pisco Sour cured that. Pisco is not a common drink in the US. This one was made just like the ones I have had in Peru. Great place. Can't wait to take some friends there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and beer
    kel14
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We make a point of coming here while on vacation. The food is fantastic. The spiced porter is one of the best I've had. The people who work there are friendly and very attentive! I love Darwin's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    Lucyspin
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was well presented, cooked perfectly, and delicious. Outstanding dishes. Weak point would be their home brewed beer. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OMG
    Bibbero
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm fairly new to the area and the food and service at Darwin's were the best that I have had in Sarasota. The flavors were amazing and the presentation was excellent. I had a chance to talk with Owner/Chef Darwin briefly as he was orchestrating the activity in the open kitchen and he was open and friendly. Without a doubt Darwin's is now my go to spot for taking out of town guests and family. My only surprise was the dessert that they called flan which was more of a chocolate mousse. So be wary if you are looking for the traditional flan to cap off the meal. It was tasty but not the light finish that I was hoping for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We wish they would bring back their strip steak with truffle fries. It was our favorite dish. Still, there are plenty of good items to choose from on the menu. Our waitress was nice, and our meals were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 446 reviews are from the Darwin's on 4th reviews archive.
  • Awesome place
    Foodnut
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Darwin's continues to impress me every time I dine there. They have wonderful service to compliment their outstanding food. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy and too unorganized
    locavore
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    What should have been a wonderful dining experience was marred by poorly trained front-end staff and having to yell across the table to be heard. The quality and cost of the food was not in keeping with the ambiance of the place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic