Roast
Roast

Roast

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.roastsarasota.com/
  • Phone: 9419531971x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch; Mon - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm-9.00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5.00pm-10.00pm
    Closed Saturday and Sunday lunch for the summer thru August
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Thompson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: We offer a selection of live entertainment, throughout the year. In the courtyard live one and two piece musicians play light blues, jazz and other vocal and instrumental genres. In the upstairs lounge bar, single vocalists entertain with a selection of genres to suit all tastes.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pineapple Avenue
  • Public Transit: Sarasota main bus terminal is a five minute walk from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available as is valet, there is also a five story parking lot located at the back of the restaurant open seven days a week.
A word from Roast
Roast restaurant and bar is downtown Sarasota"s, newest destination restaurant, from chef owner Andrew Thompson. With multiple dining and drinking options, Roast offers something for everyone. Located in the heart of the performing arts district, guests can choose from a sumptuous and innovative 3 course meal in the transformed dining room, a casual cocktail upstairs with lite bites in the old world Floridian style lounge bar,, or a gathering of friends,libations and sharing platters in the gorgeous courtyard,adored with majestic palms and tropical plants. the courtyard features its own outside bar, fire pits and a purpose built rotisserie grill for weekend specials of whole roasted suckling pigs! We look forward to welcoming you to our exciting venue!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Roast reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (67)great for outdoor dining (64)special occasion (56)neighborhood gem (49)romantic (45)good for groups (16)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (8)hot spot (8)notable wine list (6)scenic view (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Not for Handicapped
    Bcs443VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I went to Roast on Saturday evening. I had reservations made on OpenTable. I just had my hip replaced a month ago and this was a venture out for dinner with my wife and friends. I went to the desk and informed the young lady that our party had arrived. She was very nice and told us to go upstairs to be seated. I asked if there was an elevator, she said no. I informed her that I just had my hip replaced and that I had not used stairs and was concerned about going up stairs so early in my recovery. She was jovial but insisted that our table was upstairs and there were no tables downstairs. Because I was with friends and did not want to ruin their evening, up the stairs I went. My evening was filled with pain as was the next day. No elevator??
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Bpaxton5
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was our first visit but definitely won't be our last. The service was impeccable and the food superb. My husband and I shared the liver pate with fig jam and greens...excellent! We both ordered the roasted salmon...the best we've ever had. The other couple with us were equally pleased. As the restaurant filled up, the noise level rose. Coming earlier will fix that problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food were exceptional
    happypreoperadiner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The filet mignon was perfectly prepared, but the most notable feature was the courtesy, friendliness and knowledge of the menu displayed by our server (Jordan was his name, I believe) and his trainee. Thank you for a fine dining experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our first visit to Roast won't be our last. Some restaurants seem to lose focus that the food is the most important thing. But Roast certainly hasn't done that. We had the roast scallops, which was an inventive dish and surprisingly, not too rich since it included thick but crispy cubes of bacon in a Bordeaux reduction. We also had the day's special grouper with an array of grilled vegetables, and also a side of garlicky green beans. Everything was simply delicious. Can't wait to come back with some friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teri
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the tasty Wedge Salad to the wonderful Pig Roast it was a delight!!! The crusted salmon was also flavorful and devine. Our overall service was helpful with sugggestion. Even that delicious Cosmo Martini just added to the evening enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, will go again
    beluga
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was excellent, service attentive and price, for the quality, was quite reasonable. Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Multitasking
    1SavvyDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our waiter was doing double service as the bartender which adversely affected service. To the four of us that was a no-no for any nice restaurant. The food was good and pricing was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had the quail, scallops, and Savor Sarasota - mussels, steak, salmon and calamari! It was my birthday and they gave me a glass of champagne! The waiter was amazing, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and menu are both excellent! I highly recommend giving this place a try! The service is friendly and knowledgeable but slow. Be patient. It's worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roast Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my first visit to Roast. I had wanted to sit in the courtyard but it was too hot so they seated us upstairs. (they did call me to notify me that we would be indoors). I was expecting to be downstairs but we had to climb a flight of stairs. I have bad knees so this was not a welcome surprise!The 3 of us chose the Roasted pork special that also included a glass of wine. The plate had a variety of vegetables along with thick slices of pork. An additional side dish of cauliflower aux gratin came with the entree as well. Everything was tasty but my pieces of pork included a great deal of fat.I would return to Roast because I saw several dishes on the menu that sounded delicious. The service was very good at first but declined later.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • richard
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was a great dining experience, and we will be back on many occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Night at Roast
    gail
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Weather permitting it has a lovely outdoor dining area. We were there on a Monday night in summer and the restaurant was not crowded so the noise level was minimum. The food was very good and all six were very satisfied with our selections. The service was excellent. The server explained the dishes very well and was quite efficient as well as gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Martin
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    While this was our first time at Roast we had been to this venue before when it was a different restaurant.We enjoyed our dining experience very much.Since it is so close to the Opera a House and theaters we expect to return often
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodies - this one's for you!
    bonnemanger
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our waitress was charming and highly knowledgable about the ingredients in each dish. The meal was superb. Between the four of us we ordered: Roast beet salad, goat curd, truffled honey; Arugula, avocado, queso fresca salad with cilantro and lime dressing; Neck of Lamb Tagine, with eggplant, couscous; Almond Crusted duck breast, confit leg hash, turnips, honey mustard jus; Roast grouper, sun choke puree, grilled artichokes, tomato. We shared the warm sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream - scrumptious! Excellent meal. Great ambience. This has now become our favorite restaurant. What a find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    Bloven
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great food and wonderful ambience. Looking forward to cooler weather and outdoor dining. Our waiter, Jordan, was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everyone was blown away.
    great
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I was scrambling to come up with a before theater restaurant... and I found Roast. All 6 of us had a great meal, super drinks (they made my cosmo RIGHT!) and an over-the-top dessert, recommended by our waitress, that we all shared. I got a "well done" from everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could be better
    SarasotaDiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very, very noisy. Service was poor. Three complete meals arrived, but our fourth guest got his meat without the side. Had to wait and wait. Our server was not attentive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stick with the entrees
    falcon38
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fourth trip to ROAST tempted us to try appetizers. Mussels were good but almost too spicy this visit although great in the past. Beef sliders were ordinary and on the dry side according to two diners. Grouper sliders got a mixed review. I loved mine, another in our party thought his were dry. One person had Savor Sarasota meal - steak - and was delighted. Wedge salad got rave reviews as did the artichoke ravioli. We could not figure out if the waiter was inebriated, but service was very good regardless. Drank great wine with our meals from limited, but superb selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our waiter Jordan was incredible!
    SRQDowntownRes1
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our waiter Jordan was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, attentive and engaging. Great conversationalist, very handsome and charming as well. The food was exactly as he stated, as he had suggested all our courses. Jordan is a GREAT asset to Roast!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Run to Roast
    Cal66VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The staff, ambience, and food was so terrific I returned the next evening. Corner of 1st & Pineapple. Deviled eggs, beet salad, salmon encrusted with wasabi are winners. Recommend a reservation. Valet parking available and a nearby garage. One of the best restaurants I've dined at with reasonable prices. Dining at the beautiful bar is available. Be sure to go upstairs for an after dinner cocktail. This is a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommended !
    Nancy1331
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Roast was an exceptional dining experience. I would say it was the best dining my husband and I have experienced in the 20 years we have lived in Sarasota. We were seated on the second floor, which was the best thing that could have happened. We sat in a quiet corner at the end of the bar. Just what we wanted. The food was outstanding. We each had appitizers (ahoi tuna and salmon plate), salads (local greens), and an entree (Lamb and Scallops), and were too full to order dessert. The prices were reasonable for the quality of food served. We can't wait to go back again, for the variety was extensive. Not a great place for younger children, but adults must try this interesting and old world charm restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salmon
    Sarasotan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everyone liked what they ordered, but they were out of grouper so I got the salmon which was small and slightly over cooked. It had sprinkling spices which were the same as the Cod which was just ok. One of my party ordered the "Roast". They loved it and it was a massive portion. There are other place to go for seafood.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buddyweiser
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was very good but everything was over salted. Too many tables too close together in rather small area causing overly warm and noisey environment. Restrooms to accommodate only one person at a time, not sure how they get away with that. Server was very congenial and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great place.. The menu has so many interesting items that you won't find in other restaurants, you want to go again simply to try other items. The food was prepared and presented wonderfully, we had black grouper and it was the best. This will be one of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Roast provided a wonderful meal last weekend! I had the Cornish hen, which was superb. My friends had the NY strip and Salmon. The salmon was stated to be the best they'd ever had. My friend who got the strip said it was wonderful as well. Service was great! Prices were very fair. All in all, I'd recommend Roast to anybody, and think it's one of Sarasota's best at the moment!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Terrylovesfood
    Terrylovesfood
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We love Roast and have had 2 wonderful meals there. The last meal wasn't the best, as one of the strip steaks was pretty bad. The other strip was delicious and my rib eye steak was perfect. As usual, the duck fat fries were devoured! We should have brought the bad steak to their attention but we did not. If it occurs again, we will. We still love Roast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ClaudioVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Beautiful place. Great location. The server was affable and professional. Food was excellent, well prepared and presented. Prices were high but reasonable for the place. Our second time here. We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good location for opera, FST
    laurieslandVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had a good meal. considering I had to send it back to the kitchen twice and could have sent it back a third time. I started with the calamari appetizer, and it was very good. It came with about 1/8 c. dipping sauce, which was on the short side. I ordered my steak medium-rare, and it came out well done. I sent it back, and the kitchen returned it not rare but raw. The waitress said she was sorry and would tell the manager, who never materialized at our table. The plate came out a third time, and it was closer to medium-rare, but everything else on the plate was cold. The flavors were good, but the kitchen staff couldn't get it right.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm Back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While I have eaten at Roasts on different occasions and enjoyed it since it opened, My previous experience was a disaster. I was forced to sit downstairs in a crowded dining room with overworked servers. The food was not up to par and was even served cold. I gave it one more try this time and will be back because the food was great and I got excellent service in a quiet room, Library, upstairs. I love your liver pate but recommend you serve small canapy style interesting breads with it rather than large pieces of toast. The wedge also needs work (check out Libbys Wedge>
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    joe941
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wow my server bartender was james he made the night!! Also Blanca the manager was so nice. Food was really really really good! A must try in Sarasota. But over all the staff made us feel special and that what seperates this restaurant from all the others. Just go and get ready for amazing food and even better service! Which is hard to imagine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Meal could not have been better. Prime rib was perfectly cooked with sides complimentary to meat. Upstairs corner table perfect; waitress knowledgeable, attentive and pleasant. Dessert scrumptious. Good food, wine and special friends made it a lovely and fun evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Third Time Same as the First
    falcon38
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Third trip to ROAST produced the same ambiance and great food as the first two - extraordinary dining experience. Heading back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new Sarasota favorite
    WallStreetLawyerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    OK, this has not been a lucky location for previous restaurants; but I think we finally have a keeper! Excellent food, terrific service, nice atmosphere. Some worthwhile without breaking the bank wine choices too.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Hi, We had a great dinner, everyone enjoyed their food. We had a very excellent waiter who was studying acting at Asolo and he enhanced the experience. I would definately go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jdh1
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A great Restuarant! Good food, reasonable prices, nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience
    Tommyboy
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My wife and I were on a time frame and decided to stop at the Roast for an appetizer and drink. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • will go again
    Gene10
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Pre-dinner drinks at bar - dismal, bar not spiffy, drinks overpriced, no cherries for manhattan - dinner downstairs - excellent - roast pork and duck confit were superb, as were appetizers - Server Erica was fast, efficient, charming and helpful - would visit again because of food quality. and Erica - Something needs to be done about upstairs bar area - woodwork is beautiful, but is in dire need of refinishing - bar not well stocked - mirrors need to be resilvered - lighting is terrible - could be a gem of a restaurant/bar with a little more cash investment -
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique menu and delicious food
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    2nd time trying Roast. Enjoyed it both times but was a little more adventurous this time and it really paid off Would Not order the dry aged steak but everything else we had was terrific
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • value
    Perrt
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food and presentation were excellent. The prices were reasonable and I felt that the overall value exceeded expectations. it also was nice to see a wine list that included affordable bottles of wine both red and white.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great place to showcase the local sarasota dining scene. Try the deviled eggs for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet