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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Sarasota / Bradenton

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service in Sarasota / Bradenton? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of By Patrik Pettersson at Kompose restaurant
4.9
4.9 (76)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Experience a culinary voyage like no other, at Patrik Pettersson's restaurant, tucked away in the refined Kompose Hotel. Celebrated for his innovative fusion of classic flavors and cutting-edge techniques, Chef Patrik Pettersson promises an unforgettable epicurean journey. Immerse yourself in our rotating five and seven-course tasting menus, meticulously crafted to captivate your palate with every bite. With a menu that evolves every three weeks, each visit unveils a fresh symphony of flavors and culinary artistry. Reserve your table now and elevate your dining experience at Sarasota's premier destination for gastronomic excellence.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Enjoyed the meal. Highly recommend. Surprised by the sparse kitchen set up. Really liked the flavors, innovative ingredients and techniques- but disappointed in the steak course. Seemed they just cut a strip in 4 pieces and served it. All of the other courses were tremendous- especially the Skagen toast and scallop. It was just this one course(beef) that left me scratching my head. I hope it makes it enjoyed the thought that went into the menu and the pairings.
A photo of Dolce Italia restaurant
4.9
4.9 (564)
$31 to $50
Italian
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Dolce Italia was established in 2010 by Tiziana Di Costanzo who came from Ischia, an island in the Gulf of Naples. Using a combination of classic Italian dishes, family recipes passed down for generations, and warm hospitality, Dolce Italia has built a reputation in Sarasota as a destination for anyone seeking great food and ambiance. In 2015 Matthew joined as manager of the front of house and is now a managing partner of Dolce Italia. The kitchen staff trained by Tiziana from the beginning are still with the restaurant with Maria being the capocuoco.
Some of the specialities Dolce Italia has become famous for are the Napoletan Eggplant- a tender sautee eggplant with fresh tomatoes crowned with ricotte, the Trenne Dolce Italia- the signature pasta dish with creamy tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and mushroom.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
We love Dolce, we make sure to get there at least once or twice a week when we come to town.
A photo of Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue- Sarasota restaurant
4.9
4.9 (723)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Sophie's offers globally influenced yet decidedly American cuisine in a luxurious intimate setting featuring an outdoor terrace, open kitchen and private dining area. Sophie's dining experience captures the style and elegance of Saks Fifth Avenue, with a passionate focus on outstanding food and drink. Sophie's Chef Andrew Thompson changes his innovative menu seasonally using the best locally-sourced ingredients. The menu is complemented by a selection of craft cocktails and a thoughtfully curated wine list.
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lesann
Dined 2 days ago
Always good-great service and a variety of choices on their menu
A photo of Marcel DW restaurant
4.9
4.9 (43)
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Marcel is Sarasota's newest and most popular dinner spot. It is an elevated European Bistro that specializes in unique dishes with a French influence. Our menu and portions are designed for guests to try a variety of items, and sharing is encouraged. Our standout dish is the snapper ceviche made with mango and passion fruit, and our most popular dish is the short ribs, which you must try!
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Waynevip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Outstanding ! Jamie and Issac for great servers and Chef Jeremy is an amazing talent. The snapper and short rib dishes were superb and the banana crunch cake was a perfect ending. We’ll be back and bring our friends!!
A photo of Bruschetta Fine Italian Cuisine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (24)
$31 to $50
Italian
Gulf Gate Estates
About the restaurant
At Bruschetta Fine Italian Cuisine , our history is rooted in family and tradition. Our recipes have been passed down for generations, and we take great pride in using authentic ingredients and techniques to create the flavors of Italy. From our humble beginnings in a small kitchen in Rome to our bustling restaurant today, we've always stayed true to our roots.

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SRQfoodievip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Fantastic meal, lovely staff, an all around great dining experience! Thank you!
A photo of L’Olive Restaurant - Venice restaurant
4.8
4.8 (65)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Venice
About the restaurant
L'Olive Restaurant offers an innovative menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, Lebanese and the sun-drenched islands of the Mediterranean from Greece to Spain. Chef Ismail's Signature dishes are Spanish Octopus, Lamb Chops and Seafood Tagliatelle. Cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Building on Chef Ismail's deep knowledge of Mediterranean cooking and years of research and travel, the menu features shared small plates of authentic and innovative fare and unique Mediterranean wines, making L'Olive one of the most exciting restaurants in Venice, Florida.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Excellent meals served by a great waiter ( JP)! The atmosphere is so conducive to dining and enjoying our delicious foods. I highly recommend this restaurant.
A photo of Ama la Vita Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (661)
$31 to $50
Italian
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Ama La Vita means "Love Life" At Ama La Vita we believe that the greatest memories we give each other are often sharing meals and creating traditions. Tricia, owner of Ama La Vita would like to invite you to their dining room in true Italian fashion. Come and enjoy a table of good food and wine creating memories, laughing, and loving life with family and friends.
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timeflies1vip
Dined 3 days ago
We thoroughly enjoy this restaurant. First, the service is attentive but never overbearing. Food is freshly prepared and served hot. The kitchen is attentive to dietary restrictions and accommodates flawlessly. Special 3 course menu is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays which offer a very good value. It's become a go-to place when going to nearby Sarasota theater.
A photo of La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (333)
$31 to $50
Italian
Sarasota
About the restaurant
We welcome our guests to an authentic Italian restaurant: here we offer traditional cuisine, with a modern take on northern and southern Italian recipes. Mauro, the chef, and his wife Tina, have an huge amount of experience behind them.

Mauro is from Naples, Tina was born in a little sicilian town near by Enna.
He began to learn everything about the southern cuisine by his experience in Naples since he was a child, from “Polipetti alla Luciana” to “Paccheri ai frutti di mare”. Furthermore he moved in Milan and he had the chance to learn the northern cuisine, from “Risotto ai funghi porcini” to “Polenta grigliata”, one of his favourite specialties!
From an ancient sicilian tradition, Tina learnt everything about the desserts by her grandmother and her mother, from “Millefoglie” to “Cannoli cake”.

We hope you enjoyed reading about us. but it would be great if you would have the chance to taste our fantastic dishes! It will be an amazing experience with no

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Alwaysabuckeyevip
Dined 7 days ago
We had another amazing night with friends this time around…celebrating 2 birthdays and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect meal, and evening! Thank you!
A photo of The Capital Grille - Sarasota restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2803)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Our anniversary dinner at The Capital Grille exceeded our expectations! Staff and food were amazing. Anna, our server, was exceptional! Thank you for a very special memory!
A photo of Sage SRQ restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1640)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Sage is Sarasota’s premier dining destination, providing inspirational cuisine and original craft cocktails in an unforgettable setting. Award-winning Chef Christopher Covelli and his team curate seasonal menus, highlighting flavorful culinary creations from around the world. As a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recipient, Sage also offers an extensive wine list. Housed in the stunning historic Sarasota Times building, Sage's decor and attention to detail is mirrored in the food and service they provide. Sage's rooftop bar provides a serene setting for viewing some of Sarasota's spectacular sunsets.
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keysvip
Dined 1 day ago
Superb service from Cathy and assistants Food so good we will have to return. Thanks for memorable evening in unique historic surroundings
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