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Drift Kitchen & Bar at Lido Beach Resort, Sarasota, FL

Drift Kitchen & Bar at Lido Beach Resort

4.5
4.5
363 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Enjoy the spectacular views from the 8th floor of the Lido Beach resort at Drift Kitchen & Bar, Sarasota's newest restaurant is overlooking Lido Beach and the Sarasota skyline. Drift Kitchen & Bar offers coastal Italian cuisine and aromas from our homemade pizza will enhance your enjoyment of the panoramic views and spectacular sunsets, while watching your favorite team and enjoying a local brew or handmade cocktails.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 388-2161

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Desorcie

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    Garfield

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 363 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Ambiance

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Scenic View

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Ambiance

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Good for Groups

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Scenic View

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    American

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  1. C

    Clive

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Beautiful view of sunset over the gulf. The food was very hit or miss. Recommended for the ambiance but keep your expectations in check.
  2. G

    Gordy

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, view, and service!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with gorgeous sunset views!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is well designed, we had a terrific table with panoramic views of Lido Key beach , The Gulf of Mexico , Sarasota & Sarasota Bay. Service & cuisine were very good. This was our first visit and it will not be our last. Our anniversary dinner was just wonderful. The only missing item was that the restaurant did not acknowledge our special occasion and that was disappointing.
  5. JA

    JimA

    Savannah

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early so we stopped downstairs at the Tiki Bar for a drink. Staff was very friendly and drinks arrived promptly. We then went to the 8th floor to the restaurant. Greeted and sat promptly even though we were early and they really hadn't opened yet. No servers were had come to work yet, but the manager seated us and we a view of the beach and the Gulf. Fantastic is all we can say. Server arrived and we ordered a bottle of wine. We told her we were in no hurry to order, she smiled and left alone to chat and enjoy the wine and the view. The waitress also brought the bread tray, two different types of bread with two different butters and a nice oil and balsamic dip. We asked about the clam chowder and she recommended it. My wife wanted the chowder but also want the Shrimp Cocktail, so since this was her birthday they gave her a small cup of chowder on the house. Shrimp Cocktail was great, eight nice sized shrimp in a very nice sauce. The appetizers pretty much filled us up, so we ordered the Rustica 8 inch Pizza. It was delicious. We ordered the pineapple upside down cake for desert, which normally comes with ice cream. But since we were taking it home no ice cream (I'm so sad for missing ice cream). Had the desert for lunch the next day and trust me I need to go back and eat it with the ice cream, it was great. All in all a great experience enhanced by friendly staff. Highly recommend the place, we will be going back.
  6. JG

    JohnG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Our server was very nice and apologetic for a few issues. Says the kitchen was "transitioning " but that was all the info we received. When I did finally received my correct entrée it was very good, the lido key fettuccini. This way my second time dining here. Most everthing took a very long time to come out.
  7. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Great Atmosphere! We had poor luck of the draw with our waiter - he was rude and un-attentive.... Food was OK.
  8. HC

    HeatherC

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant with friendly staff and amazing food and drinks. I highly recommend the snapper and pineapple upside down cake for desert. The sunset view is great too.
  9. R

    Rebecca

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful remodel with a beautiful view from every table. This is my second time here, and I would say that neither time did the food blow me away, but the ambience honestly makes it worth coming back. Best view in Sarasota! The shrimp flatbread was the best thing we tasted. Runner up was the snapper dinner. Our waitress was phenomenal- friendly and attentive with a good sense of humor.
  10. MD

    MarianD

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was very nice, will be returning in the future.
  11. TN

    ToriN

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. We come every year!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Spectacular views - food not as good as the views. Nothing wrong with food just nothing outstanding Nice to have GF options
  13. JT

    JenniferT

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Bruno was very accommodating and attentive. The food was great and the view was lovely. We will be back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Saw a beautiful sunset and enjoyed my dinner!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was excellent along with staff. Food presentation beautiful and everything was better than delicious! Ranks as one of our all time favorites.
  16. D

    Diner

    Naples

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    What a pleasant surprise, beautiful views and decor, and food was very good. Lots of servers so no issues with service.
  17. C

    Clari

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was excellent, place was beautiful, the ocean view was breathtaking. However the food not that great we had the grouper which was spoiled we spoke to the manager who was able to get us another meal , we had the salmon it was good
  18. TS

    TheSnowplow

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Great service. Good? Meh.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town visiting my cousins. Staying at Lido Beach Resort, 2nd time here. Food was fantastic service good and always beautiful and accommodating. Great drinks too
  20. SF

    StephenF

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Wanted to try it after renovation
  21. B

    Bigred

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and nice view of the beach. The service was quick and very friendly.
  22. MR

    MichelleR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Drift and had a fabulous experience. The service was top-notch! There were a couple of timing errors with our service, but they quickly corrected the situation and made sure we were all satisfied. We selected the restaurant for their gluten-free options, but those of us who didn't have GF needs also enjoyed our food! All of us either had pizza or a dinner salad and all were delicious. I'd also recommend the pina colada cheesecake. Aside from the service, the view was amazing. We were sad to have missed the sunset by minutes, it would've been a spectacular view. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend eating at Drift.
  23. EH

    EricH

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a quaint, bright, and airy restaurant in the boutique hotel. The food was excellent and Bruno, our server, was top notch, very engaging, and professional.
  24. K

    Kandiland

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Ambiance is stunning. Gnocchi dish had far too much pesto sauce & pasta had too much flour, gnocchi should be soft & fluffy not dry and crumbly. Timing between delivery and appetizers needs to be considered by server who should wait to enter mains into system for dinner service. Amazing bar tender Spencer !!! Toronto, CAD
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The view during sunset was awesome. I enjoyed the meal and the wait service was very attentive.
  26. LP

    LauraP

    West Palm Beach

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delightful menu, magnificent view And you can hear your loved ones while dining!
  27. a

    amysue

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the new decor and you can’t beat the view! Menu is outstanding!
  28. LB

    LynnB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone had an excellent meal except my husband. The manager was very responsive and made up for any issues. Beautiful atmosphere, great service!
  29. DP

    DavidP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect nothing can be improved on Value service and food quality was perfecr
  30. Q

    Quintus

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Steak tough and overcooked, other dishes unremarkable
  31. JH

    JonathanH

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and Great Staff. The view from any table is Amazing.
  32. CW

    CherieW

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole evening was exquisite - from the view to the food presentation and the staff. Very nice.
  33. j

    jonas

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    This is a restaurant we will give another try. The food was good. Well...mostly good. Half the table was good. The other half? Poor execution. Food brought out to different people at different times. A flatbread entree came out to one person as the rest of us were near finishing our entrees. I suspect that flatbread had been taken out as room service, came back, and sat under a heat lamp. Our server was good, but seemed to need more help. The busser, or back up server would remove things, but not replace them. Such as flatware, side plates. Hard to eat without flatware. We ordered drinks from their drink menu and it took an inordinately long time. I glanced at the bar and it looked like the bartenders were working to figure it out. It's their drink menu, not mine. Desserts were underwhelming. Apps were just OK. Salads and some entrees were delicious. Pasta dish needed work. The room is beautiful. The kitchen seems to be close to getting it right. But the service on the floor is in need of better training and overseeing. I watched the manager. He seemed not to notice what was happening around the room. Anyway, we won't rush back, but we will try it again. I want to give them some time to get it right.
  34. AC

    ArtC

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place. Hidden gem in Sarasota. Lovely resort as well
  35. LR

    LoriR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food pleasant atmosphere
  36. JS

    JillS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was good. A little over the top with accompaniments. I prefer a simple fish presentation with a good vegetable. Views were amazing! Ambience perfect!.
  37. p

    pacifictime

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Virtually any seat in this restaurant offers a view of the gulf shore from the 8th floor of this building. Watching the sun slowly drop to the horizon while feasting on delicious food was so pleasing. The food quality was outstanding, and was accompanied by quality service. Most people wore business casual attire, and some were more relaxed. We intend to return for another wonderful experience.
  38. ST

    SeanT

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very helpful staff. Awesome views, The food was really good too!
  39. BH

    BritHar

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service and menu insight. Was visiting for our honeymoon
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner...service and food was outstanding!

FAQs

Drift Kitchen & Bar at Lido Beach Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 388-2161.

Drift Kitchen & Bar at Lido Beach Resort is rated 4.5 stars by 363 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Drift Kitchen & Bar at Lido Beach Resort

700 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Garfield

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Desorcie

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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