Clayton's Siesta Grille

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$30 and under
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American
At Clayton’s Siesta Grille, our motto is “If you give people good food that’s affordable, and love them, they’ll support you”. We promise that only the finest and freshest ingredients are used and you can be sure that attention to detail, quality and customer satisfaction is and will always be our primary goal. Come and join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and see for yourself why Clayton’s Siesta Grille will be one of your favorite hotspots on Siesta Key.
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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

No need to leave the Key for dependable and affordable experience. You will likely meet somebody from management too as they are hopeful for your return business. I would get a reservation though !

DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Clayton's is a really wonderful, predictably good, dining choice. The seafood options are particularly tasty including the accompanying veggies and potatoes/rice/pasta. I've had the trout, the salmon and the grouper on various occasions, all prepared to perfection, always with a taste twist away from ordinary. Salads are fresh and in generous proportions. The service is excellent. Everyone is friendly, attentive and more than willing to be responsive to special changes or requests. Tina was our server at last visit and could not have been more delightful! At peak dining hours, indoor tables and the bar area do get pretty noisy. However, with heaters ready on the wrap around, outdoor patio, this alternative seating is a lovely option. Getting to Clayton's is easy, a bit away from the hustle, bustle crowds of downtown Sarasota and other Siesta Key locales. Parking in front of the restaurant is limited but can usually be found down the street within easy walking distance. We frequently takes friends and family. All have thoroughly enjoyed the varied dining choices at Clayton's. Highly recommended!!

KS
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great place for large parties. Unfortunately our table was not available when we checked in and we had to wait 30+ minutes. Once seated we had good service and the food was quite good - really enjoyed the scallops. To minimize the noise and enjoy the weather we sat outside!

JD
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Clayton's. We both ordered the Trout. Its was excellent! The service was excellent as well.
Based on this experience, we're confident that our next visit will be as good and we're confident that a different entre will be just as good. We are new residents of the area and have been sampling different restaurants ton determine our favorites. Clayton's in now on our list.

SM
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not the experience we have had at Clayton’s. Service was very sub par and slow. What a shame as we brought two other couples after saying how great Clayton’s is.

JL
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

W
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was fine, waiter was attentive and accommodating to our needs. Food was good. My short ribs were excellent. I thought the menu could have been a bit more diversified. Also, tried to use a Visa gift card and was told they don't take gift cards which I thought was strange.... An ok evening.. Nothing to rave about.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was excellent

DS
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places on Siesta Key. A hidden gem!

N
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clayton's is our favorite place to go. Food is consistently good and service is quick but doesn't make one feel rushed. Most of the time I have the short ribs-delicious. Salads are always good and crisp and not overwhelmed with dressing.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Casual atmosphere with upscale food!
Food is always amazing

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been multiple times. Fish tacos were great, but the margarita was only so so.

KR
Mexico City
15 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love their fish tacos and short ribs! Calamari as an appetizer is a favorite too!

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Always a good meal

RR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Everything was fine except the waitress was not good and very slow.

CB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a great time, food excellent and the service very good. Will definitely come again.

RH
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve early dinner.
Kelly our server was awesome

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made our time with family memorable.

M
Austin
69 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota and on siesta key and we go there very, very frequently. For the very first time, on our arrival, the hostess was extremely rude – it turns out she’s the manager and one wonders how she became a manager with the customer service added to that she has. I had booked on OpenTable and in the special request box I had asked for a booth. She argued with me that I have not asked for a booth and was very rude about it. I have no idea when I book on the OpenTable what goes through the restaurant or what does not but somebody needs to teach her about Customer Service. The way she spoke to me could turn the nonregular off to never go back to Clayton‘s.
The food was outstanding as always and our server was terrific. Clayton himself was there and I tried to get his attention to tell him what happened with the manager/hostess but was not able to get him over to our table as the restaurant was extremely busy

Clayton's Siesta Grille
Responded on December 28, 2019

We sincerely apologize that you felt that you were treated rudely. Your Open Table reservation booked a table outside as there were no inside tables available at the time that you had booked. You made a note in your reservation that you would prefer inside, as you prefer the chairs inside. No booths were available at that time. We do our best to accommodate all requests, and even with a completely full restaurant, we were able to accommodate your request to sit inside and hope that you enjoyed.

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D
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty food. Happy ambience. Attentive waitress even though kitchen was backed up. A good time.

L
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Family owned and run establishment. Old world Florida and casual. Very nice servers. Haven’t changed menu in quite awhile but why when its working ! We sat in the patio area which wasnt as nice even though it was covered. Now to the food- better than i remembered it! Salmon prepared perfectly as were the scallops. Dessert yum! Decent wine list.
Will be going again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Die Reservierung über opentable hat perfekt funktioniert, obwohl das Restaurant voll war (Weihnachts-Dinner!). Das Essen war sehr gut. Preis-Leitung ist voll OK.

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B
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service is top-notch!! Clayton's never fails to deliver!

r
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a wonderful dinner. Service and food was very nice.

SU
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. The chowder and grouper were delicious. Great atmosphere. Will be back!

JG
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and island atmosphere
Great drinks and above average food. Could be less expensive. Cost $100 for 2 people with 1 beer. Owner always there runs a great place

RW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Claytons and we LOVED it! We had macadamia encrusted grouper served over mashed potatoes with wild mushrooms and some greens and it was to die for! We also enjoyed the cocktails. Our waiter Joseph was fabulous and had good recommendations. Such as key lime pie and creme brûlée...we had to order one of each! When we were ready to leave there was torrential downpours and we tried to wait it out since we were walking. Then Andrea, a waitress we hadn’t met but noticed we were stressing over the weather; pulled up and offered to drive us home! We were thrilled and Clayton should know how great his employees are!!!! We felt very comfortable there; just a great vibe kind of place! Will definitely return next time in the area!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Normally my wife and I impressed with service at Clayton’s (which is why we introduced our new neighbors to the restaurant that evening) but we were all put off by our waiter.

EK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family early holiday celebration. We met the owner, Clayton who was super nice. The grouper special was fantastic!

D
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous birthday dinner here, everyones meal was amazing! Great spot for brunch also!

GL
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious as usual and the service was top notch!

b
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Our waiter was very pleasant and helpful. (I think his name was Josh?)

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had reservations for 7:15 but were not seated until 7:45. A bit upsetting as on the website they say if you are 15 min late you forfeit your table.

JM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant! Owner is always present. The food, staff, and atmosphere always great! Always being our visitors when the come.

DC
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Maybe the BEST scallops I’ve ever had. Atmosphere and service were very good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Garbage smell outside was strong and repugnant. Bathrooms broken. Service was great. Food was great but limited menu selection ( no chicken entree really???) Been coming here for 8+ years. May not come back.

d
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We felt rushed with the service a little as different servers kept coming to the table between appetizers and entrees, however the service was very good overall and generous at the end. It could have been more relaxed.

BB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Clayton’s several times over the years but never for Thanksgiving. A few of us ordered off the menu and others ordered the traditional thanksgiving dinner. Everything was delicious and the staff was incredibly gracious and professional. Thanks for making our holiday vacation dinner a great one. We will be back next time we visit SK.

f
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been a loyal customer for over 15 years and never disappointed. You can Have amazing fish dishes or default for pizza and tacos. What ever you order it will be great. Try it next visit to the Sarasota area.

NY
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was very good, professional.
Decor-simple, very Florida Oceanside. Casual dining.
Food was good (fish tacos were alright, neither good nor bad. Too much cabbage I think). SHORT RIBS were The Bomb though (with risotto and perfectly cooked crisp green beans and carrots sauté) !!! (Risotto was the best I’ve ever had in my life! And trust me I had plenty of it in my long life in New York, especially working hand in hand with Italians)- just for that risotto alone I’ll return again and again! Mussels appetizer- were cooked correctly and fresh, but I found lacking on flavor. Special of the day- sweet potato/ginger soup was tasty.
Overall I’d say.: Place is good. If you go there - definitely get the Short ribs with Risotto (main course).