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Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar

4.5
136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
Perfect For:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
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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Cuisines
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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Private Room, Wine
What 136 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

The place was weak. Wouldn’t go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great sushi and a nice atmosphere! Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Delicious, fresh & timely

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My best friend and I love coming here!! The food is great and the service is as well! Such a cute place!!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The Pan Thai tastes truly authentic. The atmosphere is really cool; the library setting is very unique. Thank you for a great date-night with my husband.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We all thought it was fabulous and we will be frequent patrons.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

once seated, it was an enjoyable experience. Thai special with seafood filled coconut was excellent. Service was responsive and informative, with great food recommendations.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always love coming here for the Pad Thai. Authentic cuisine and great service - It's not the fastest service but I'm never in a hurry so that's not a big deal to me.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great food and really attentive service. Loved the lobster roll, Thai chicken wings and Thai salad.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Just took a chance on this place and had a very delicious dinner and very pleasant service. Will definitely go back again. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Drunkin' Poet is one of our favorite Sarasota spots.
We will be back again this week with 6 more friends!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious food, good service. Spicy tuna roll was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fantastic restaurant with a great background. The owner is involved in non profit organization (s) in Thailand. This isn't broadcasted though.

The food is top notch. I recommend the red curry, the lobster roll, the pineapple fried rice, as well as many others.

Restaurant is clean and relaxed.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

First time and loved it. The food was wonderful and everyone was great. Fried rice was just great and all the sushi we had very nice.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Drunken Poet is always reliable as far as caring about finicky diners. The wait staff is very attentive and ambiance perfect. My only compliant this time is my date's steamed shrimp and snow peas seemed to be small portion-wise for the price, but luckily it wasn't my hard earned money paying for it. My spicy basil salmon was perfect and had a lot of vegetables, scrumptious!

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Love their Sushi!!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Delicious!!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

excellent sushi but quite expensive

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on August 17, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

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

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