The Best Restaurants in Sarasota, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Sarasota has become a popular vacation destination in the United States. Located on the west coast of Florida, about an hour south of Tampa, the city offers gorgeous white sand beaches, historic landmarks, and world-class golf courses. With attractions like the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, Historic Spanish Point and the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, people of all ages can find something to enjoy. Sarasota is also home to year-round festivals like the Water Lantern Festival and the Country Music Festival. When it comes to dining options, Sarasota has it all, from family favorites and locally-owned cafes to amazing beach treats. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Check out our Tastemaker 20 List to find out the best restaurants in Sarasota.

Restaurants:Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue- Sarasota, Maison Blanche, Sardinia Sarasota
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, French, Italian
Neighborhoods:Sarasota, Longboat Key

Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue- Sarasota

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
427 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
Located on the 2nd floor of Saks Fifth Avenue in The Mall at University Town Center, Sophie’s is a casual elegant spot to go for globally influenced American cuisine. Diners can enRead more
100% recommended
Great for Lunch in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Maison Blanche

$$$$·French·
Longboat Key
1,038 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Foodies and visitors alike consider Maison Blanche one of the best restaurants in Sarasota. Located right on Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Longboat Key neighborhood, they serve conteRead more
98% recommended
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Sardinia Sarasota

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
615 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located on Tamiami Trail near the Phillippi Estate, Sardinia is a fine dining restaurant known for the purity of fold and flavors. The restaurant ensures an authentic dining experiRead more
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in Tampa / Central Florida West

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
1,555 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano is a modern but classic Italian restaurant with an emphasis on artisanal and contemporary Northern Italian Style. Many think of it as one of the beRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Tampa / Central Florida West

Melange

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
176 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Located on Orange Avenue in Sarasota, is a classy restaurant with sidewalk tables, a classic dining room with a velvety smooth urban edge and a new food bar bordering the open kitcRead more
100% recommended
Best Food in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Blu Kouzina

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Sarasota
638 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Blue Kouzina, located on St. Armand’s Circle, opened up after the first location in Singapore became such a hit. It has a beach theme with an open kitchen and crisp blue and white Read more
91% recommended
Kid Friendly in Sarasota / Bradenton

Bijou Cafe

$$$$·Continental·
Sarasota
1,383 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
The Bijou Cafe, located in the heart of Sarasota’s prestigious Theatre and Arts District, is one of the best restaurants in Sarasota and possibly all of Florida. Chef-owner Jean-PiRead more
93% recommended
Romantic in Sarasota / Bradenton
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Flavio on Main

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
600 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Beaulah, named after the owner’s ancestors, is a truly special family-owned operation that serves some of the best Contemporary Italian food in the city. Located on Main Street, riRead more
91% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West

Michael's On East

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
3,234 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located on East Avenue South in Sarasota since 1987, Michael’s on East is one of the city’s top fine dining restaurants. They feature award-winning cuisine and outstanding service Read more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Tampa / Central Florida West

Lila

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sarasota
725 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Lila means creative play and that is what the kitchen aims to do here. It’s a spontaneous, playful, organic and healthy menu comprised mostly of vegetables and sustainable meats. LRead more
100% recommended
Healthy in Tampa / Central Florida West

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

$$$$·Seafood·
Sarasota
1,301 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
Jack Dusty is the new restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton and both locals and visitors consider it one of the best restaurants in Sarasota. Jack Dusty is the short-hand term for the navRead more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Tampa / Central Florida West

Selva Grill

$$$$·Latin / Spanish·
Sarasota
3,618 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Conveniently located on Main Street in Sarasota, Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes that come out as works of art. Definitely one of the best restaurants in SarasRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in Sarasota / Bradenton

Cassariano Italian Eatery

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
571 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Cassariano Italian Eatery, located on Cattlemen Road, provides a casual, relaxed atmosphere for diners looking for a great meal after a day at the beach. The restaurant’s name is aRead more
96% recommended
Good for Groups in Sarasota / Bradenton
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Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar

$$$$·Thai·
Sarasota
294 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
Located on Main Street near Orange, the Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro and Sushi Bar is an exciting reinvention of Japanese and Thai cuisine. It has a bustling atmosphere and warm aRead more
94% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Tampa / Central Florida West

Overture Restaurant-Art Ovation Hotel

$$$$·Cuban·
Sarasota
193 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
Art Ovation Hotel’s signature restaurants are always impeccably decorated and Overture in Sarasota is no exception. Wood floors and chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows, electric greenRead more

Social Eatery & Bar

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Sarasota
1,031 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Located on First Street, just across from Bayfront, Social Eatery and Bar features unforgettable globally inspired food in a unique indoor/outdoor setting. It has a refined yet casRead more
86% recommended
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Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

$$$$·Seafood·
Sarasota
3,038 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
For some of the freshest seafood in the city, come to Duval’s. It’s an eclectic eatery with a passion for stunning seafood and superb service. They serve the freshest fish in town Read more
93% recommended
Seafood in Tampa / Central Florida West

element: steak. seafood. pasta.

$$$$·Steak·
Sarasota
888 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Element is a modern Mediterranean Grill with a focus on steak. Located on Main Street, they have a swanky interior with a warm and plush ambiance that is both casual and elegant. TRead more
90% recommended
Best Ambiance in Sarasota / Bradenton
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Pino's Italian Restaurant - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
296 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
Pino’s, located in the Granada neighborhood at the Shops at Siesta Row, is the place to go for casual Italian dining. Pino Luongo is the beloved chef from the island of Ischia and Read more
81% recommended
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Muse at the Ringling

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
1,222 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Muse, located on Bay Shore Road, is an elegant eatery serving upscale local cuisine with international flair. As the name suggests, Muse treats food as art and introduces new flavoRead more
97% recommended
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