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About Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar

Located on Main St. in downtown Sarasota, just past the intersection of Main and Orange, the Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar is reinventing Japanese and Thai cuisine.
With dishes to suit all tastes, sophisticated dining has never been so much fun! Try the Poet's famous "Sexy Man Roll" to explore new flavors, or order the Pad Thai for a traditional dish with an awesome presentation.

1572 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Thai, Japanese Speciality, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Orange Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 955-8404

Website:
http://www.drunkenpoetsarasota.com/index.html

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Private Room, Wine

Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was good but not great. Menu seems to have changed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Went on a first date here Saturday evening at 6 and would definitely go back! Wonderful service by a sweet woman who really cared that we were satisfied with our meal. I always feel stupid asking questions as I'm a picky eater, but our waitress put me at ease. I don't eat rice and she graciously offered to substitute steamed vegetables. I had Salmon in Thai Basil sauce which was plentiful and my friend had the Veggie Stir Fry with Tofu and loved the texture of the fried tofu.

My only minor complaint was that the host/manager? seemed a bit brusque and our waitress seemed to have many many tables to satisfy.

But overall, bravo and wonderful atmosphere for a date, dark with red lanterns, romantic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Love their Sushi!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Drunken Poet was a surprise to us, we'd been past it many times and never gone in. It's a Thai and sushi restaurant, and everything we ate was excellent. We were especially grateful to our waitress, who knew the menu inside and out, and guided us to the dishes that would suit our idiosyncrasies (no garlic, no chili, no shiitake, no cilantro). We had a couple of appetizers, something in lettuce leaves, and a curry pastry that were wonderful, and shared a yellow curry with peanuts and rice, which was just excellent. I'd go back in a minute.

Prices were good, too. Dinner for two was $40, including tax & tip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Vegan
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We enjoyed Drunkin’ Poet. The Thai food was delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Thoughtful place in many ways. Genuine, unique, welcoming and peaceful. Perfect place for all types of gatherings. The Alaskan roll was my favorite, no spice, a little crunch and great texture.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was okay. Good, not great. Curiousity satisfied. Dinner was served piping hot, always a plus for me.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Love The Drunken Poet!
Family owned and managed and it shows in consistent food quality and care

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My husband and I have been coming to Drunken Poet since it first opened. It started out as an unassuming Thai restaurant that later added sushi, but has morphed into a a more sophisticated Thai/Sushi restaurant with its remodeling several years ago. The food is outstanding and everything we ordered for our dinners was delicious. One of our favorite sushi rolls is "The Sexy Man", but we frankly like quite a few of them. The rolls might seem a little more pricey than at some restaurants, but they are large, often 10-12 pieces or more per roll. And when they have their special lobster roll, which is expensive, but it is, in effect like getting 3 separate sushi rolls and it's fabulous. For our dessert, we ordered their sliced mango with black sticky rice and coconut milk. If you've never tried that before, I highly recommend it. As our friends told us, they were a little skeptical when we told them to order it, but once they tried it, they absolutely loved it. For one thing, it's not overly sweet. Each couple shared a dessert order. Drunken Poet in Downtown Sarasota on Main St. is definitely a must visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for a Date, Healthy, Hot Spot, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This was our 2nd time in the same week as the food and service were both excellent our very first time here. What changed dramatically this 2nd visit was the service. Apparently they did not expect 2 huge birthday parties and were short service and kitchen staff. We paid the price for this big time. We had been sitting for an hour before getting drinks and our first app. Dinner DJ ally came an hour and a half after we sat down. The whole time our waitress did not apologize nor give us much information except they were very busy and the big tables were in front of us. We only found out about the staff shortage after the older gentleman refilling water explained things to us and said “all they could do was apologize”. The fact that they couldn’t have done this an hour earlier nor give us free dessert or maybe 10% off the bill means we won’t be going back soon. Cheap is one thing, cheap and inconsiderate is another.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I enjoyed the evening, restaurant and loved the food.. Note I did get a table with not enough lighting but I was also a little late.... Looking forward to dinning there again......

Romey

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service. The food was delicious with some unusual choices on the menu

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great Thai food, loved the overall feel of the place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Delicious!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It had been awhile since I last dined there and was as good as I remembered. The selection was extensive and the food very good. Wait staff was attentive and very pleasant.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My favorite place for sushi! The food is always amazing and everyone is always very polite and friendly.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Best sushi and fabulous service! They went above and beyond to make my birthday special. Thank you so much!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Slow service overprice appetizer are small ! Curry very small not good at all bitter vegetables and raw

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It's a bit unfaitrto judge a restaurant on a single meal, especially so when my wife's dish --vegetable tempura--was handsomely presented and consumed with relish. Not so my beef massaman, a curry dish and Thai staple I've enjoyed many time elsewhere. The dish arrived as a smallish bowl filled with the appropriate ingredients (rice on the side) but the brown beef swam in a too thin broth. If there was coconut milk present, it was barely so. And the thinness of the broth made the peanuts and potatoes seem like ingredients hastily added. rather than important contributors to the dish. The waitress was charming, and having part of the menu on a mini pad with illustrations of various dishes was both novel and helpful. Certainly worth another try by me, and probably by you as well.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always an enjoyable dining experience! Food is fresh, delicious and presented beautifully. One of our favorite restaurants!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 8, 2017

excellent sushi but quite expensive

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food is always wonderful and I love the ambiance!!!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Way too expensive for what you get!
The food was meager and not great.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 20, 2017

As someone who has been coming here for years, I was genuinely appalled by what happened last night at dinner. I brought a friend who had never been and ordered the same order I have had several hundred times. The sexy man roll didn't taste the way I've had it hundreds of times before and I asked my waitress if perhaps they didn't make it with tuna because it tasted terribly (it was a pale pale pink). She told me it was tuna and set it back down. Luckily, someone else came and took it away and replaced it and there was a noticeable difference (in taste and color) . I would've been perfectly fine with that but then our waitress had the audacity to bring out two pieces of sashimi as if to educate me better. Congratulations Drunken Poet, you've lost a longtime customer and someone who has frequently brought people to try out your food. To say I'm disappointed with this incident would be an UNDERSTATEMENT. Shame on you for treating me this way. If I could attach pictures, I would show you the distinct differences.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food is authentic and excellent, and the staff is particularly warm, welcoming and friendly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Below average service. Very slow kitchen. Served Black Tea and had to request Green Tea after being told we were served Green Tea. Do Servers not know the difference? Mushy vegetables in every dish all appeared to be precooked or reused from another day. My father requested to speak with the chef who failed to acknowledge his feedback and did not even make eye contact - wow! We only booked because my son wanted Thai for his graduation dinner. Our venue was changed to Sarasota and regrettably we picked here. Never again. Plenty of other food options in Sarasota.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 19, 2017

This is my favorite downtown place to dine. Eat there at least once a week.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Spring Rolls were very disappointing! Pad Tai was quite tasty! Make sure on a scale of 1-5 for heat, you stay at 1, unless you like hot!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Food was bad. Soups were sweet like a syrup. When we asked the waiter he said they add sugar to their soups. Chicken satay was hard and dry. When the waiter told us that all their curries also have sugar we decided not to order the main course. I am a big fan of THAI food and have visited Thailand many times. Never heard of a Thai curry with sugar in it. This used to be a good place. The waiter told us they have a new chef.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Terrible Thai Spareribs. Not worth the money and inedible. Basically boiled, gray ribs and only about 4 of them.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We arrived for our reservation on time and seated. 20 minutes went by and we finally got water. 10 minutes late a guy came out and asked if we had ordered and we said no and had not made a drink order. He was to get someone. 10 minutes later we walked out. The place was not busy enough to be that inefficient. Place was chaos mode or in the weeds per restaurant talk. We are done, will not be back and make sure everyone knows. Open table should take them off the program as there is NO EXCUSE.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 3, 2017

The owner really has put her heart into the restaurant and it shows. The food is very good and is very good value for money. The atmosphere is good and there is a feel good energy. One of the best restaurants on Main Street and in Sarasota.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Incredible food and service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Great place! Using open table was great. But, they don't check it after 5:00. So call to confirm. Food is fantastic and our server was great and very funny. A must dine in Sarasota.

Tags: Casual, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 21, 2017

The service is usually SO good but I had to listen to staff complain about lack of tips...

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Extremely slow service; food not worth the wait. Took us 40 minutes for the salads and soups to arrive and another 45 minutes to be served the entrees. Small portions for money charged. Preparation attractive but not great.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Nice night out with my fiance. We definitely recommend the Pad Thai.

Tags: Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2017

The food is excellent but the service is very slow . Waiters confused , the Thia food was not warm enough, we had to ask for warming it up

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Seafood main dish served in 1/2 cocoanut was terrific! Would return to try other dishes on the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2017

In the past I've loved their tempura shrimp - most recently I love the new décor and had the best Pad Thai ever.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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