eat here - Sarasota

eat here - Sarasota

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatheresarasota.com/
  • Phone: 9413658700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm Monday Through Friday
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Roof Top Bar: 5pm-12am Nightly
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment in the rooftop bar Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Please check our website for details each week. www.eatheresarasota.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Links Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free valet parking offered on the corner of Links and Main.
    Parking also available in parking garage.
A word from eat here - Sarasota
Eat Here offers chef-driven, American artisan cookery. Our emphasis is on local product and fresh Gulf seafood served in presentations suitable for sharing and tasting. A casual neighborhood place, with a community table, featuring craft beers and wines. The rooftop bar, overlooking the fountain courtyard and the city of Sarasota, features specialty cocktails, classic martinis, charcuterie, and live music.
While we are accepting reservations, we also keep tables open each evening to allow lots of walk in availability.
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eat here - Sarasota reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (7)neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (3)romantic (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)special occasion (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • CLOSED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This restaurant is closed and will reopen as a taproom, according to the notice on the door. Very disappointing!!!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Worst waiter ever!
    LoLo
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our waiter was a disaster! He forgot to order our drinks, seemed confused about everything, and did not clean up the fries that were accidentally spilled on the floor. Other staff tried to improve our experience by chatting us up so I'm sure this waiter won't be around very long. Overall, we were disappointed. The filet was very good .Our waiter didn't explain that it cam with mashed potatoes so we ordered fries we didn't really need. The grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and tomatoes was quite tasty. I added a side of kale and the tempura beets. The side of kale was the kale salad, also very tasty but not the braised kale I was expecting. The beets were quite disappointing with little flavor either with or without the sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • peaches
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Unfortunately we had a table right across from the kitchen and all we heard were clanking dishes. We like to try new places, but the food was just ok so we would not recommend it or go back. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient tho. I also left my sweater and a boy came upstairs where we were having an after-dinner drink and gave it to me. Was so nice of him.
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  • A fun evening for our group
    Kathy
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had dinner here recently and enjoyed the 'Savor Sarasota' menu. The kaled caesar salad was excellent and the Gulf Coast seafood stew was the best I have tasted since I left San Francisco. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota - the food is always consistently good. The rooftop bar is fun and has great entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Probably won't "eat here" again
    dufferbillVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was very good. My Fish Dip and Salmon were both very tasty. My wife's French Onion soup was also very good, but her salad was mostly just lettuce. When we arrived, a waiter tried to seat us at a miniscule table for two right in the direct sun. At this point the restaurant was completely empty. When we asked to be seated at an adjacent four-top, he had to go check his computer; when he returned, he placed the two menus on that table and walked away without a word. It took several minutes for our waitress to come over to get our drink order, then we watched as the bartender continued to slice fruit before he made our drinks. Overall, the wait staff seemed more interested in chatting amongst themselves than waiting on us.
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  • What a joy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Because of savor Sarasota we tried EAT HERE with low expectations. Where we wrong. Four of us each has something different and each was wonderful. Great service, wide choices, to die for Chocolate dessert as were the other desserts. We wi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 326 reviews are from the eat here - Sarasota reviews archive.
  • Best food in SARASOTA
    AFavoriteinSarasota
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner...filet was perfectly delish! My husband got the fish with tomato coconut curry it was devine! Probably the best fish ever! Highly recommend this place. Wine bottles were reasonably priced. The only suggestion I would have is that our server was not that good. We were with another couple who ordered pizza and fish tacos (both good) but our server brought out their food (main course) as if it was an appetizer. I believe he should have asked us how we wanted it out. Also, not good at refilling water and drinks. Never asked if we wanted more wine which we could have. The food was so good that we overlooked his mistakes!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • still very very good
    matt
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The appetizers at eat here are exceptional. I never thought that i would have ever said "you have to try these deviled eggs", but you do. You really do. Main course was great too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanna Be
    cruiseteachers
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Service was attentive, but meal was spoiled by cheap silverware and glassware. Ordered a $10 glass of wine and also had a certificate for a free glass of wine. Both came in the same small glass which certainly did nothing for either wine. Silverware was dime store tinny and did not fit the décor or the prices. I ordered mussels, more than a dozen of them had not opened. When I mentioned this to the hostess, she commented that when one orders mussels one should expect two or three not to open. I agree, but more than a dozen? My frites were soggy and cold. I mentioned that to the waiter and they did bring me a fresh order of hot ones, but again the comment that they were meant to be soaked in the juice. All in all second rate for us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy eating
    DocS
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Have eaten in two of their restaurants and always find the food fresh and wholesome. They could be more generous with the shrimp and lobster tacos as more cabage then protein.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lakewood Ranch resident
    Patti
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. All the food tastes fresh and so flavorful. The pesto bruschetta is the best. Service is friendly and professional. Fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Excellent Food
    ConiConAMI
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We understand the concept of dining at "eat here". You are served your dishes as they are completed in the kitchen in no particular order. The kitchen was really on top of it the night we dined. No time to breath between plates. We completed our dining experience within 60 minutes of sitting down. And it took 15 minutes from the time we sat down and ordered drinks to the time received them. Our server was pleasant but never smiled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Wow
    TampaRobert67
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Service and food was great will be back . Luck we came across this wonderful resturany
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Awsome experience.
    Debbie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service and food quality were excellent. My coffee and coriander encrusted filet was one of the best I have had. Our waitress, Devi, was awesome. We did get free drink coupons at the movie theatre...but didn't have a chance to hit the bar. Maybe next time. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as Siesta Key Eat Here
    laurieslandVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I find Siesta Key's Eat Here outstanding time and again. I have yet to have a positive experience at the downtown SRQ unit. Last night the ribs were cold and the sauce thick and gloppy. The potato salad tasted so sharp, I thought it had gone bad. I tasted my companion's potato salad, and his was the same. The cole slaw was unremarkable--not worth the energy to eat. Our server forgot to put in my order, and we had to ask twice for a spoon for our coffee. This was my third time here. Sean Murphy's restaurants are so spectacular, I keep giving this one another try. Third strike they're out. I won't be coming back here, but you'll see me at the Eat Here on Siesta Key.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Fun Place to Eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Eat Here looked great on the Internet so my wife and I tried it. We had seafood tacos, tomato soup and cocktails. Everything was delicious and fresh. The tomato soup curled my toes. The drinks were well made and imaginative. We went upstairs and had another drink and dessert. It was an amazing way to end a great meal. Inhighly recommend Eat Here for a fun time and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vacationing from Tampa
    jeffr
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We were seated right away, our reservations were for 5:30. We shared a salad and key lime cheesecake that were great. My wife had the surf and turf special and I had the seafood stew. Very good service, a bottle of water serverd to every table. Finished with an espresso. My wife even thanked the chef for cooking her steak perfectly. A wonderful tuesday evening meal. Our 1st meal here but won't be our last.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Restaurant
    eharv
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have eaten here multiple times, and every time I have left feeling fat, happy, and completely satisfied. Their tempura beets are amazing but I must say, their kale salad is like heaven. Everything I have eaten there is great and it has never disappointed. They also have awesome drinks like Brazilian cachaca and their housemade pineapple infused vodka. Excellent service and staff as well!! Can't say enough good things about Eat Here!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food
    Lulu
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Rooftop is great for casual drinks and light bites. Food preparation is always unique. Can also get some of the same menu ties from downstairs. Great happy hour!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Rooftop Bar
    explorer
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We went early for Happy Hour at the Rooftop bar. Great bartender and good selection of small plates. We would probably call that dinner on another visit.
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  • Not Thrilled!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We were there @ 6:30, so it was pretty quiet. The kale caesar salad had mostly romaine lettuce and tiny shavings of kale/disappointing as other restaurants who offer kale caesar actually make the salad out of kale. The service was amateur, not her fault but no professional training. She would walk right by us without even looking to see if we needed anything. We had to ask her to check on our dinner order after waiting 25 minutes. We won't be going back, as there are too many other very good dining choices in Sarasota.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We have had dinner at the Eat Here Restuarants in Downtown Sarasota & at Siesta Key. Each time the food was Amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Stpetebch
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Met some friends from london here for drinks and dinner. Everything was great. Food service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confusing
    nobird
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    While we enjoyed the food at Eat Here, Sarasota, the overall experience was a bit too confusing and the flow seemed very disruptive for a tranquil eating experience. The menu, above all, was way too complicated with computer generated sheets on a clipboard...too many offerings, too much explanation from the waiter, and not enough included in the entrées without additional items. The bread (Bruschetta and dips and garlic bread) was excellent and very freshly made. I appreciated that all the ingredients and food was prepared from scratch and enjoyed the meal once it came. The parking was convenient, but the long stairs to and from the dining area was somewhat difficult. Altogether....too confusing for this diner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waiter
    Tip4goodsvc
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our waiter was very "rude", " unattentive", and "DIRTY". We will not eat inside again for fear of getting the same service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outoftownerVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    For the restaurant: I was there on Sunday night around 9:00. I ordered a carafe of malbec and it was not available. The waiter instead offered me another wine and poured me a full glass and charged me $13 for the single well-filled glass. I asked him about it and he said that was correct even though when he made the substitution he told me he had to punch it in by the glass but that he would give me two full glasses. I was disturbed by this but paid for it. Otherwise, the food and service were goo.
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  • Eat Here - Maybe
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Used to be a great, innovative, cheeky location for neat food, from battered beets to meatloaf. Dinner this past Saturday was "adequate" with greasy chips and stringy, chewy pot roast and a waiter who seemed to think he worked in a fast food restaurant, immediately asking if we were ready to order, even though we didn't even have our drinks (which took an eternity to arrive). Used to be a go to location when friends and family visited but was a real disappointment this last time as they didn't deliver
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food!
    Cookie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was quite good and plenty of choices for vegetarians!
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Our waiter was very knowledgable re ingredients and offered up some small samples which helped us choose our meals.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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  • Share Menu
    Wendee
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Loved the shared menu very eclectic choices and good variety of fish and meat as well as vegetarian dishes. The atmosphere was fun and upbeat. We totally enjoyed our experience there and would definitely come back and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They're right… EAT HERE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Really cool place and one of our favorites in Sarasota OR Anna Maria. Fun menu, fantastic service. Sarasota location has excellent uncovered or covered outdoor dining as well as inside. Neat bar upstairs - also indoor/outdoor. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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  • Consistently excellent
    SamchildVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We are batting 1.000 with eat here. Another out of the park meal - inventive, good for you, fun and perfectly prepared. Service with a genuine smile, not the kind only reserved for that "here's-the-bill-so-remember-me-fondly" moment. Sprint, don't just run and eat here at eat here. Ours is a MacArthur moment - we shall return.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Selection: Food and Other
    SamchildVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Felt like we were underwater -- surrounded by schools of fish -- wall murals, ceiling murals, tabletops, lighting fixtures. Vibrant, funky colors, vibrant funky layout, everything was just off-balance enough to make it interesting. Menu on a clipboard -- different, useful. Fish selections were off-the-hook interesting and, when devoured, delicious. Made-as-you-watch lemonade was incredible. Quinoa salad an absolute must-try. Service friendly, responsive and non-intrusive. Prices were just a little elevated -- a couple of bucks less would have been perfect. Hard to find fault with eat here. The name says it all. We went back the next evening to see if our successful visit was a one-off. It was not, we had even a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We arrived on time for the
    Feedback
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We arrived on time for the reservation and a table was not ready. The staff offered us drinks and we waited outside for a while which was fine with us. However the overall service was extremely slow. The food, when it arrived, was good and the variety was above average. One odd thing for us was the way the food arrived. One person in our group received nothing for over an hour.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting experience
    JILLYVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was fantastic!!! The server was knowledgeable about the menu and helpful with suggestions. But it was odd . . . at first he seemed indifferent, almost annoyed that we were there. Then he became animated and engaged, very helpful and warm. And then as the night progressed and we were ending our meal, the indifference showed up again. All in all, a great night, wonderful food, fresh and delicious. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food, Fun Evening!
    Mac4104VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We dined upstairs at RoofTop Bar, fine service, yummy light bites and wine/beer selections are super!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was extremely slow.
    susan
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Service was extremely slow. My guest was served his lunch at least 20 minutes before I received mine. I had to ask for ketsup 3 times before I actually got it. They just didn't seem to care too much .
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  • Disappointing, had heard good
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Disappointing, had heard good things, mussels were just ok, sauce needed flavor, fries, not worth the calories. Pot roast was fair, meat was tough. We did like sitting outside, might try it again for drinks & appetizers .
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  • Fun and very yummy!
    AmyBG
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here for our 4th anniversary. It is a great little restaurant with interesting artsy decor. The food was fabulous! We shared a couple small plates, the French dip grilled cheese, the ribs and the housemade chips with blue cheese. All the food was wonderfully prepared and presented. Eat Here is located right in downtown Sarasota, close to parking and all the Sarasota nightlife. I definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun
    jewels
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My friends and I had a great time, the food was awesome, and the service was good. This is a bit more like casual dining with a twist of upscale food. Since my friends and I are not always so quiet it worked out well. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate