Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar

4.4
329 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
Located on Main St. in downtown Sarasota, just past the intersection of Main St. and S. Orange Ave. Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar reinvents Japanese and Thai cuisine.

With dishes to satisfy all tastes, sophisticated dining has never been so much fun! Try the Poet's famous Sexy Man Roll, explore new flavors, or order the Pad Thai for a traditional dish with an awesome presentation.
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi and desserts. We will definitely be back.

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RobK
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the service was fantastic but the prices are through the roof.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The sushi last night was off the charts. Thank you.

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vipLauraD
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place… excellent service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every week when I go, they exceed my expectations. I cannot stress how great their sushi is.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always….the sushi was amazing. Nothing comes close on Manatee/Sarasota county!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi in Sarasota/Bradenton

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AmandaT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great ambiance and flavorful food. Very happy with the vegan options and wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Sushi was on point as usual. One of our favorite restaurants in SRQ.

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vipjannnycakes
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful mussels, even better laborer pad thai , brown rice was yummy and the friend ice cream was delish as well , will be back here when visiting again .

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SherryK
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We weren't very hungry so had a selection of appetizers and they were all very good and plenty of each dish. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Great food veeeerrrrrry slow service (45 mins before we got our appetizer) and the place was virtually empty

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vipCatherineC
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Unfortunately reservations don't help. With a reservation waited 40 min then another 20 min. to get someone to ask what we'd like to order. Very crowded little space between tables

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CarlinC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi in Sarasota!!

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vipFLgirl
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and great selection! The food was delicious and the service was good. If you are vegetarian, there will be a lot of great options for you on this menu!

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Chifoodie
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Avoid this place. We had reservations for 7:15 and we were told to come at 8:00. The food arrived at 9:15. This place is completely gridlocked and they can not serve guests. Food arrived cold and portions are tiny. There are so many good places around, you should avoid

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vipcarlP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation and arrived right on time and had to wait 15 minutes before someone greeted me. After being seated, waited another 15 for a server and quickly ordered drinks, soup and our meal. The drinks and soup came out 10 minutes later but after 1:10 minutes still no meal. We were one of many tables waiting for food and left cash on the table and left. Terrible place and don't waste your time or money.

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KateH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The sushi rolls were incredible and the other entrees we ordered were equally as good. Service was excellent. We had a very enjoyable experience.

TJ
vipTJ100
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always great here, such an eclectic dining room, and tasty thai dishes.

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vipBarbaraG
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun place! It was our first time at this great restaurant. We loved the delicious pad thai with shrimp and the seafood special. The selection was great and the host made us feel very welcome and comfortable. We had a great evening and will definitely be back soon!

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vipSeanW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was great.. wait with reservation was 15 mins. Took another 15 mins for drink order. If you can be patient the Sushi was spectacular. The rest was ehhh

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vipLindaB
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don't waste your money and worst service ever. Dirty also, they don't even clean the ipad menus. Just awful

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SueC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food but a bit pricey

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Peter
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made an online reservation and arrived ontime. The management and staff were overwhelmed with approx. 60 capacity. The manager/hostess seated us and then we waited for over 25 minutes with no one greeting us. We watched two other tables seated by the hostess after us and they were greeted right away. I am not sure what happened but this entire situation was horrible. Especially when you are hungry while watching others be served. The main focus seemed to take every staffers attention was the 'Wine Tour" large group. My suggestion to management is that if you plan on having a large party come in then have to staff to handle such. Very disappointed. I really wanted to try the curry being that we just moved back to town. We will not try again.

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vipValerie080
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to eat! Cool vibe in the restaurant.

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vipCIMJKM
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Chang is an awesome server. Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.

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vipLizb
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drunken Poet is one of the best restaurants in Sarasota. It never fails to serve a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was wonderful except an unexpected dripping ac vent. Quickly moved, food and service was great.

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viplaureenh
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!!!

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved going here! The food was very good, even if a little pricey. It was perfect for my "treat yo-self" day with the girls.

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vipJuls
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there on a busy Friday night, with Colin as our server. Prices are average - above average. Sushi was good, masaman curry was fantastic, chicken satay also very good. Wine list is decent and prices there are good. Would def recommend this place, only wish we lived closer.

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SusanC
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was terrific and their suggestions were spit on. Wonderful evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sushi had a funny taste, reported and was told sorry but nothing offered for the roll that wasn’t eaten, also charge 2.00 for ponzu sauce a very small amount, wasn’t informed just billed. They did remove this charge once we complained again. Don’t waste your time.

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KatM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and atmosphere of that place 💕

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vipAnonymous
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Panang curry is the best in Sarasota. Crab Rangoon was also excellent. Gyoza and tempura were disappointing. The gyoza appeared to be fried and not pan seared and was tiny. Tempura batter was terrible and most of the veggies were not cooked enough. Service was friendly and efficient. We will be back to try the sushi.

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vipFREDK
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very poor service. Waited 15 minutes before I got up asked asked to be served. Bigger tables had multiple servers while we had none. First and last time there

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HopeM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!! delicious sushi, the best in Sarasota!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation - through Open Table, only to arrive and be so rudely treated by an obviously overwhelmed server who flatly proclaimed that we’d be looking at over an hour before the kitchen could even think about preparing our order. She made it abundantly clear that she did not want us to sit down and add to her stress levels. To be greeted like that was unnecessary and unprofessional - wish I could tell you about their food but all I have to share is a crappy experience with an overwhelmed server who could not possibly have represented her establishment any more poorly if she tried. Outstanding levels of effrontery - if you’re into that sort of thing...smh

FAQs

Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 955-8404.

Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 329 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.