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the Ringling Grillroom, Sarasota, FL

the Ringling Grillroom

4.5
4.5
180 Reviews
$30 and under
American

The Ringling Grillroom is a Modern American restaurant and a favorite go-to for special occasions and casual lunch get-togethers alike. ​​ Located on the ground floor of the McKay Visitor's Pavilion at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, we are open to visitors of the museum as well as the general public. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 360-7390

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Curtis Hawk

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

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  • Chef's "Artfully" Inspired Daily Flatbread

    Created Daily with the Freshest Ingredients from the Market

    • Crispy Sicilian Calamari$16.00

      Red Pepper, Pepperoncini, Lemon, Sweet Chili Sauce and House-Made Marinara

      • House-Made Meatballs$13.00

        Creamy Polenta, Mascarpone, Eggplant, Tomato Caponata Ragu

        • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake$18.00

          Jumbo Lump Crab, Old Bay, Arugula, Grapefruit & Pickled Red Onion Salad, Horseradish Aioli

          • Southern Heirloom Tomato$12.50

            Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadew, Quinoa, Pickled Watermelon, Watermelon Radish, Lemonette, Aged Balsamic

            • Ahi Tuna Poke*$16.00

              Ahi Tuna, Hawaiian Style, Avocado-Wasabi Creme, Teriyaki, Scallion, Wonton

              • Spring Roll$14.00

                Grilled Steak, Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Habanero Peach Jelly

                Crisp Cool Salads

                • G-Room Salad$9.00

                  Baby Artisan & Boston Bibb Lettuces, Radishes, Shaved Carrots, Granny Smith Apples, Crisp Celery, Spiced Toasted Seeds, Crumbling Feta, Sweet Herb Dressing

                  • Crusted Ahi Tuna Nicoise*$18.00

                    Field Greens, Peruvian Purple & Fingerling Potatoes, Tiny Beans, Blistered Grape Tomatoes, Egg, Nicoise Pesto, Citrus Vinaigrette

                    • Knife & Fork Caesar$10.00

                      Crisp Hearts of Romaine, Baby Kale, Egg, Parmesan, Caesar Dressing, Crisp Ciabatta, Parmigiana Reggian

                      In Season Ringling Favorites

                      • Jr's Crisp Y Chicken$18.00

                        Pan Seared Chicken, Cauliflower Puree, Shaved Asparagus, Dorati Tomatoes, Roast Chicken Glace

                        • Classic Pappardelle$20.00

                          Fresh Egg Pappardelle, Summer Squashes, Wild Mushrooms, Blistered Grape Tomatoes, EVOO, Confit Onion Veloute, Parmigiana Reggiano

                          • Steamed Trigger Fish$27.00

                            Bamboo Steamed, Lemongrass, Hong Kong Sauce, Spinach, Artichokes, Parselied Basmati Rice

                            • Grilled Center Cut Filet*$32.00

                              Crispy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Red Wine Shallot Demi Reduction

                              • Grilled Atlantic Salmon$24.00

                                Basmati Risotto, Braised Leeks, Asparagus, Kohlrabi, Local Greens, Parmigiana Reggiano, Chive Oil

                                • Steak Frites*$38.00

                                  Cracked Pepper, NY Strip, Tiny Green Beans, G-Room Steak Fries, Wild Mushroom Cognac Peppercorn Gravy

                                  • Farfalle Aglio Olio$24.00

                                    Seared Shrimp, Spinach, Kohlrabi, Dorati Tomatoes, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Lemon, Parmigiana Reggiano, EVOO

                                    Big Top Sandwiches

                                    With Your Choice of A Three Ring Side

                                    • Grilled Vegetable Panini$12.00

                                      Summer Squashes, Roast Red Pepper, Japanese Eggplant, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil Aioli, Focaccia

                                      • G-Room Burger*$16.00

                                        Perfectly Seasoned Burger, Portobella, Caramelized Onions, Swiss Cheese, House-Made "Steakhouse" Sauce, Toasted Brioche Bun

                                        • Grilled Chicken Panini$13.50

                                          Grilled Chicken, Arugula, Roma Tomato, Provolone, Basil Aioli, Toasted Focaccia

                                          • Sarasota-Bay Fish Tacos$16.00

                                            Caribbean Spiced Mahi, Red Cabbage, Key Lime & Jicama Slaw, Black Bean Corn Salsa, Smoked Chili Cream, Warm Corn Tortillas

                                            • Banh Ml Chicken Wrap$12.50

                                              Grilled Chicken, Napa Cabbage, Carrot, Cucumber, Cilantro, Vietnamese Sweet & Spicy Firecracker Sauce, Grilled Tortilla

                                              Three Ring Sides

                                              All $6

                                              • Hand-Cut Crispy Potatoes

                                                • Nice Small Salad

                                                  • Tiny K & F Caesar

                                                    • Chef's Daily Vegetable

                                                      • Basmati Rice Pilaf

                                                        • Grilled Asparagus

                                                          +$1

                                                          Sweet Tastes

                                                          • Classic Crème Brûlée$7.50

                                                            House-Made with Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Crispy Sweet Crust

                                                            • Key Lime Tart$8.00

                                                              Toasty Meringue, Graham Cracker

                                                              • Warm Chocolate Cake$8.50

                                                                Molten Chocolate Cake, Fresh Whip Cream, Powdered Sugar

                                                                • Sweet Treat

                                                                  Created Daily with the Freshest, Sweet Ingredients

                                                                  • PD

                                                                Last updated: February 15, 2022

                                                                What 180 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
                                                                • 4.5Food
                                                                • 4.6Service
                                                                • 4.5Ambience
                                                                • 4.3Value

                                                                NoiseModerate

                                                                Loved For

                                                                • Sarasota / Bradenton

                                                                  Great for Lunch

                                                                • Sarasota / Bradenton

                                                                  American

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                                                                1. CH

                                                                  CHS1

                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                  38 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  38 reviews

                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                  A lovely, tasteful atmosphere, excellent service, and an interesting and tasty menu. Would definitely recommend for a lunch or snack while visiting the Ringling.

                                                                2. A

                                                                  Annie

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  109 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  109 reviews

                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                  A must go to in Sarasota. Menu is small but food is prepared perfectly. The staff is friendly and really knows the menu well. We will make this a frequent dining spot.

                                                                3. BS

                                                                  BeccaS

                                                                  New Orleans

                                                                  54 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  54 reviews

                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                  Very good dinner. Had a pasta shrimp dish that was excellent. Very good service.

                                                                4. VR

                                                                  ValR

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Nice sized portions; fresh and tasty; attractive presentation.

                                                                5. C

                                                                  Clarkie

                                                                  Louisville

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Great experience! Excellent food, great service & ambiance!

                                                                6. KH

                                                                  KevinH

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The wonderful service added to the delicious food and pleasant experience. We sat outside and enjoyed the view.

                                                                7. J

                                                                  Joane

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  37 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  37 reviews

                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Always a pleasure eating here. Food presentation is always visually pleasing and different. Service is friendly and informative.

                                                                8. MK

                                                                  MarleneK

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  47 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  47 reviews

                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Great for before theater

                                                                9. GA

                                                                  GinaA

                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Beautiful environment. Delicious food. Great service. A gem!!!!

                                                                10. JH

                                                                  JeffreyH

                                                                  Orlando

                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Superb service with friendliness from all staff! Food was fabulous, expertly prepared and exactly to my order!!! Perfect spot for a great evening repast or meal before a show. One of Sarasota's quiet gems!!!

                                                                11. CM

                                                                  CMSgt

                                                                  Naples

                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  NIce and convenient during a tour of the grounds. Good was good but priced high.

                                                                12. RC

                                                                  RobertC

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  A jewel that needs to be advertised but not too much do we can keep it close.

                                                                13. M

                                                                  Mac4104

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  126 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  126 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The Ringling Grill Room was fabulous! We ate dinner before our show at The Asolo! We ordered drinks and two entrees front he menu! Each dish was sublime, our server was excellent and attentive, thank you! We will go back!!

                                                                14. BS

                                                                  BeverlyS

                                                                  Naples

                                                                  31 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  31 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Very accommodating. We decided the weather at our requested outside table was just too hot. we were moved indoors and the staff was so gracious about it. Our waiter was so friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items we had questions about

                                                                15. MM

                                                                  MarkM

                                                                  Naples

                                                                  42 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  42 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  This was our first visit to the Ringling Grill Room, and we were very impressed! The ambience was very pleasant, the food was great and our server was top-notch. The only glitch is that the restaurant doesn't serve bread, but that's only a minor issue. We'll be back!!!

                                                                16. j

                                                                  jamesn

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                  overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                                  I never can get 5:30 pm. , so I had to mtake 5:00 pm, asI had the ASOLO Play at 7:00 pm. SO!!~ The Terrace had only TWO tables occupied at 5:30 PM, SO WHY could I not have 5:30PM. This nis the SECOND time this has happened. I come with guest at 5:00 pm, YET at 5:30 the Terrace had only two tables occupied!!!

                                                                17. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The restaurant was open and bright, seated without delay. The food was delicious, well spiced roasted vegetable panini. Service was excellent.

                                                                18. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                  Three out of four dishes were overly salty.

                                                                19. IG

                                                                  IndiraG

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Elegant, courteous staff. Tasty food. Very nice experience in our visit.

                                                                20. SC

                                                                  SheliaC

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                  Food is generally fresh and plated well. So nice to sit outside and enjoy the view.

                                                                21. SK

                                                                  SusanK

                                                                  Naples

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  We always get the Member discount. We were not informed that it would not be honored on Mother’s Day until we asked if our server wanted to see our card before or after meal. Not a huge amount of money but the principle of the issue.

                                                                22. GB

                                                                  Glad2BDone

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                  The Mother's Day specials were highlighted by the grilled salmon with thick cut bacon BLT. The salmon was grilled to perfection! I hope that they will keep this as a regular item on their menu and not just save it for special occasions. I would certainly make frequent return visits if I knew that it was on the menu! However, the accompanying "small salad" was comprised entirely of large, tough, dark green, odd-tasting leaves that might have been collard greens according to pictures I've seen online. Apparently they were labeled "mixed artisanal greens." They were AWFUL and should not be served!

                                                                23. MS

                                                                  MurrayS

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Very fine dining experience - plus a little extra for a birthday celebration!

                                                                24. NM

                                                                  NancyM

                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                  A very pleasant place to eat before the theatre. Good food choices/tasty.

                                                                25. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                  overall2food2service5ambience5

                                                                  I really miss THE MUSE, the previous Ringling Museum restaurant The food was always excellent. It was the perfect and very convenient place to dine before attending plays at the Mertz Theatre. Unfortunately, the RINGLING GRILLROOM’s chef tries too hard to be creative with odd combinations of ingredients which do not exalt the entree but merely muffle it. We ate only to quell our hunger and left with a disappointing taste in our mouths. Now my friends and I will choose a dining establishment further away before future performances at the Mertz. This will not be a hardship but a welcome addition to our night out.

                                                                26. TK

                                                                  TheresaK

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The whole experience was great,our guests from India enjoyed the food ,our waitress was very pleasant, friendly which made the dining even better 🙏🏻

                                                                27. SF

                                                                  SheilaF

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Delicious food with excellent service! Highly recommended before performances....

                                                                28. S

                                                                  Sandy

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  47 reviews

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  47 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience5

                                                                  Our first visit to the new Grill Room with the new decor and staff... Decor and view to the outside is very nice...The Menu is interesting and diverse.. I ordered my Burger Rare to Medium Rare...it came out medium to well!!! My husband order his Medium with no cheese and his came out medium Rare!! not consistent with what we ordered !! Did he get my Burger?? My Burger also had something very oily below the Burger over the "Greens"?? that was not needed..but the buns were tastey...my Mushroom large piece was a tougher end cap... The Fries were tasty but a bit limp and not as crispy as good be! It was positively empty with the rain, but our server took a long time after giving us water, and had to call for her...and afterward for our check... Oh Well...will try another time..

                                                                29. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New England

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                  Great first time experience

                                                                30. SS

                                                                  ShirleyS

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  3.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                  overall3food5service2ambience5

                                                                  Yes, The overall experience was very nice. The wait person we had was not attentive. We had to ask other wait staff to have her come to our table twice for service. Will try again. Crab cakes were the best part of the meal.

                                                                31. B

                                                                  Babsie

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  22 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  22 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                  The server ( Bob) was v

                                                                32. S

                                                                  Sandyinoneloudoun

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Great service good food!

                                                                33. s

                                                                  susanm

                                                                  Orlando

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Keep it up. Best crab cakes ever.

                                                                34. DM

                                                                  DianeM

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                  Good food, terrific waiter and lovely restaurant.

                                                                35. L

                                                                  Lewis

                                                                  New England

                                                                  24 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  24 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                  The reception and service were very welcoming. Unfortunately, we were placed next to a table that was celebrating a birthday. A quieter spot would have made the overall experience excellent. When visiting the museum or attending a performance at the Asolo Theatre, the spot is ideal. The service was very efficient and cheerful.

                                                                36. F

                                                                  Fran

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Excellent food and very friendly knowledgeable wait staff

                                                                37. JZ

                                                                  JaniceZ

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Excellent restaurant. Good food, beautiful decor, polite and efficient waiter and excellent hostess.

                                                                38. JK

                                                                  JulieK

                                                                  Tampa

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Our food was delicious, and the server, Amanda, did a great job. Would gladly eat here again!

                                                                39. JB

                                                                  JackieB

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Excellent service, beautiful view in the gardens while you eat. Food good

                                                                40. FF

                                                                  FoodieFan

                                                                  New England

                                                                  30 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  30 reviews

                                                                  Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Would recommend whether visiting the museum or not.

                                                                FAQs

                                                                the Ringling Grillroom offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 360-7390.

                                                                the Ringling Grillroom is rated 4.5 stars by 180 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                Booked 17 times today
                                                                Google Map for the Ringling Grillroom

                                                                5401 Bay Shore Rd Sarasota, FL 34234

                                                                Additional information

                                                                • Neighborhood

                                                                  Sarasota

                                                                • Hours of operation

                                                                  Daily 11:00 am–7:00 pm

                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                  American

                                                                • Dining style

                                                                  Casual Dining

                                                                • Dress code

                                                                  Business Casual

                                                                • Parking details

                                                                  Public Lot

                                                                • Payment options

                                                                  MasterCard, Visa

                                                                • Executive chef

                                                                  Curtis Hawk

                                                                • Additional

                                                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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