The Best Seafood Restaurants in Sarasota

The OpenTable Team

Sarasota, Florida offers a cultural haven and a beach lover’s paradise. The pristine waters of Sarasota Bay attract as many fishing boats as they do pleasure boats, making Sarasota home to some of the finest seafood in Florida. Head to upmarket Italian venues in Granada for sautéed mussels, dripping in olive oil and just the right amount of garlic. Enjoy nautically themed cocktails and “drunken” octopus salad at one of Florida’s top hotels, right on the water’s edge. The iconic Florida Stone Crab comes in a dozen different ways, while shrimp and grits never go out of fashion. But where are the savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker 20 list. Our team has reviewed dozens of places to find the best seafood restaurants in Sarasota, Florida. Book a table tonight!

Restaurants:Pino's Italian Restaurant, Sardinia Sarasota, Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Italian, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Sarasota
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Pino's Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
292 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
Pino’s is the brainchild of successful chef Pino Luongo and his wife Kim who runs front of house and bakes delectable flourless chocolate cakes. Everything is proudly made in-houseRead more
81% recommended

Sardinia Sarasota

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
548 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
Sarasota’s Sardinia might be a long way from its namesake in Italy but diners who shut their eyes while dining here might find it hard to tell. Sardinia’s menus and ethos revolves Read more
98% recommended

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

$$$$·Seafood·
Sarasota
1,136 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
There’s nothing quite like eating a wonderful seafood meal whilst gazing out to sea. Jack Dusty’s is one of the best spots to do just that. As part of Sarasota’s Ritz Carlton, luxuRead more
82% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Tampa / Central Florida West

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

$$$$·Seafood·
Sarasota
2,771 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Anniversaries
With a name like that, what else can diners expect but the best seafood in Sarasota? Perfectly placed in bustling Downtown, Duval’s is famous with locals for both classic and intriRead more
84% recommended
Seafood in Sarasota / Bradenton
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Cafe Amici

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
480 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
A Downtown institution offering authentic Italian cuisine for many years, Amici is a family run restaurant built on pure Mediterranean passion. That passion extends to the menu, whRead more
90% recommended

The Capital Grille - Sarasota

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Sarasota
1,445 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Sometimes a chain restaurant comes along that’s more than just a franchise. It turns out, Capital Grille has so many branches because its menu is so ridiculously tasty and it offerRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Tampa / Central Florida West

Speaks Clam Bar SAC

$$$$·Seafood·
Sarasota
205 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Speaks has a fascinating history, hailing back to Little Italy in New York and the simple times of a menu offering clams and a choice of three authentic sauces. Today, St Armand’s Read more
89% recommended
Good for Groups in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Shore St. Armands

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
2,575 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
St Armand’s is a beautiful, vibrant spot right on the water, making it a great place to find some of the best seafood in Sarasota. The aptly named Shore combines American coastal fRead more
96% recommended
American in Tampa / Central Florida West

Ophelia's on the Bay

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Siesta Key
3,521 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
New American is a term that’s becoming more and more common, but here at Ophelia’s, it means exquisite ingredients cooked expertly and with a sense of invention. Right on the waterRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Tampa / Central Florida West

Pascone's Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Lakewood Ranch
253 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
This award winning restaurant on University Parkway prides itself on authentic, Italian regional cuisine. The interior is a nostalgic mix of green leather and dark wood, relaxing dRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sarasota / Bradenton

Cafe Baci

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
2,382 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
The Mei family welcomes diners into their Northern Italian influenced restaurant, recommended frequently and with gusto by Sarasota locals. With a restaurant history spanning Rome,Read more
94% recommended
Best Value in Sarasota / Bradenton

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Longboat Key
2,508 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
What better place to enjoy some fresh fish than the heart of Sarasota Bay? Take a boat across the bay to Longboat Key and sit out on the beautifully decked patio, sipping a Shark LRead more
99% recommended
Seafood in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Cafe Gabbiano

$$$$·Italian·
Siesta Key
1,463 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Authentic
Elegant and refined, yet with a sense of rustic charm on the menu, Café Gabbiano manages to combine all the finer points of Italian dining. Vibrant and bright in the main dining arRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in Sarasota / Bradenton

Chart House Restaurant - Longboat Key

$$$$·Seafood·
Longboat Key
4,055 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Longboat Key restaurants are all about great views and great seafood. Chart House has taken both these key aspects and made them even better. The outdoor patio stretches along the Read more
84% recommended
Scenic View in Sarasota / Bradenton

Clayton's Siesta Grille

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
882 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bright, colorful and welcoming, Clayton’s is an art-inspired place perfect for drinks and seafood after exploring the joys of Siesta Key. A staunch member of the community, this reRead more
95% recommended
American in Sarasota / Bradenton

Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach

$$$$·Seafood·
Bradenton
1,656 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bradenton Beach is a popular hotspot in Sarasota, and Blue Marlin has brought even more flavor and entertainment. The nautical theme in blue and wood is cool and welcoming, and gueRead more
89% recommended
Seafood in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Riverhouse Waterfront - Reef & Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Palmetto
781 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
There are lots of seafood restaurants in Sarasota, Florida, but not too many that simply float right out there on the water all by themselves. Guests access Riverhouse on the ManatRead more
91% recommended
Scenic View in Tampa / Central Florida West
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The Crow's Nest

$$$$·Seafood·
Venice
1,688 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Right at the northern tip of Sarasota’s Venice is a landmark restaurant that’s kept diners coming back for over 40 years. Beautifully situated right in the marina, Crow’s Nest is aRead more
96% recommended
Scenic View in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Connors Steak & Seafood

$$$$·Steak·
Siesta Key
2,363 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Connor’s is one of those steakhouses that’s managed to put itself ahead of the pack and stay there. This is definitely helped by the local, quality seafood of Sarasota and a relaxeRead more
97% recommended
Steak in Tampa / Central Florida West

Fleming's Steakhouse - Sarasota

$$$$·Steak·
Sarasota
1,343 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
One of the joys of eating out where fresh fish is always available is that even a classic steakhouse transforms into one of the finest seafood restaurants in Sarasota, Florida. FleRead more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Sarasota / Bradenton
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