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Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar

121 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Thai, Japanese Speciality, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(941) 955-8404
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Orange Street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Private Room, Wine
What 121 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Love their Sushi!!

vipPolarBearMom (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipelliej (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  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.

SkinnyLizard (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

wineandine (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

SRQKraftiGal (Tampa)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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......


OpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on November 16, 2017


foodfan (Tampa)
4.0  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.