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 Lists. Our team has reviewed dozens of places to find the best seafood restaurants in Sarasota, Florida. Book a table tonight!

Restaurants:Sardinia Sarasota, Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails, Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Sarasota

Sardinia Sarasota

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
642 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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
96% recommended
Best Service in Tampa / Central Florida West

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

$$$$·Seafood·
Sarasota
1,330 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sarasota / Bradenton
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Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

$$$$·Seafood·
Sarasota
3,082 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sarasota / Bradenton

Cafe Amici

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
522 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Notable Wine List
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
100% recommended
Notable Wine List in Tampa / Central Florida West
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The Capital Grille - Sarasota

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Sarasota
1,679 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Tampa / Central Florida West

Speaks Clam Bar SAC

$$$$·Seafood·
Sarasota
272 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
96% recommended
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Shore St. Armands

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
2,709 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
99% recommended
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Ophelia's on the Bay

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Siesta Key
4,025 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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
Contemporary American in Tampa / Central Florida West

Pascone's Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Lakewood Ranch
353 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
96% recommended

Cafe Baci

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
2,564 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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
98% recommended
Best Food in Tampa / Central Florida West

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Longboat Key
3,607 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
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
98% recommended
Scenic View in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Cafe Gabbiano

$$$$·Italian·
Siesta Key
1,750 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
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
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in Tampa / Central Florida West

Chart House Restaurant - Longboat Key

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Longboat Key
4,530 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
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
Scenic View in Tampa / Central Florida West

Clayton's Siesta Grille

$$$$·American·
Sarasota
987 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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
90% recommended

Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach

$$$$·Seafood·
Bradenton
1,876 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
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
96% recommended
Seafood in Tampa / Central Florida West
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Riverhouse Waterfront - Reef & Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Palmetto
798 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Lunch
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
100% recommended
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The Crow's Nest

$$$$·Seafood·
Venice
2,065 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • 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
97% recommended
Scenic View in Tampa / Central Florida West

Connors Steak & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Siesta Key
3,017 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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
Steakhouse in Tampa / Central Florida West

Fleming's Steakhouse - Sarasota

$$$$·Steak·
Sarasota
1,400 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
88% recommended
Best Service in Tampa / Central Florida West

Pino's Italian Restaurant - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Sarasota
296 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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
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