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JR's Lobster Roll - the Ringling Grillroom, Sarasota, FL

the Ringling Grillroom

4.6
4.6
888 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Sun 11:00 am–5:30 pm Tue–Sat 11:00 am–7:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 360-7393
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Whether it's a perfectly curated menu by our catering team for a graduation dinner or an order of the menu dinner for a birthday celebration, our private dining room is the perfect spot to celebrate all your special moments.
  • Neighborhood
    Sarasota
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 888 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for brunch

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    American

888 Reviews
  1. SusanS

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have deducted two stars for food because I ordered the Shrimp Tacos and it was not very appetizing. It seemed to be LOADED with garlic but not much pizazz. I have had the Chicken Milanese, Salmon and JR burger....all top-notch. Our waiter, David was also top-notch. It has been my go-to restaurant before the evening performances at the Asolo. Love the atmosphere!

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  2. FrequentDiner

    Tampa

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for pre-theater or after touring the Ringling museum. Lots of good choices and servers are always friendly and attentive. First time having the French Dip. It was very good. Table mate was able to add a protein to the pappardelle which is good on its own.

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  3. Lorry

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love dining here before going to a show at the historic Asolo theater. Service is always impeccable and the food is excellent. We like to stroll the grounds after dinner before going to the show.

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  4. MaryE

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jill was excellent waitress and love what she suggested! Dinner and dessert was excellent! Best key lime pie I have ever eaten!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I went in with a certain expectation and was sadly met with disappointment. First and foremost, the restaurant is very much in need of some TLC and a facelift. For the price point it should not be as run down as it is- the padded wall was fading, the paint was chipped, and the lamps looked like they hadn’t been dusted in years. The food itself was very bland and the portions were small. The fries were so burnt they were boarder line inedible. The steak ordered was hard and neither it not the calamari had any flavor. The salad had spoilt leaves and overripe tomatoes. I understand that it was Mother’s Day, however I go to a restaurant to enjoy my meal and company not to feel rushed out. Our waitress made several mistakes with our orders- including not bringing us a dessert we asked for- and then brought us the check without us asking for it. At no point were we asked if we wanted refills nor were we given any refills. A drink spilled over and it took a long time for anyone to come over to clean the floor, at which point we also noticed food from a previous diner that hadn’t been cleaned. Overall, the grounds of the museum are gorgeous but I’d recommend eating somewhere else

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  6. JamesA

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite Special Occasion place in Sarasota/Bradenton. The food is consistently excellent, with reasonable portions. The wine list is moderately priced. There is also a full service bar. The view from inside the restaurant of the water feature and the Ringling Museum is elegant and relaxing. Service is normally excellent, but on Mother's Day, all of the experienced table staff are given the day off. I will return and I fully expect to give 5 stars to all the categories,

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  7. Carlo999

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great ambiance and wonderful service. The nature setting is very relaxing and always makes for an excellent dining experience. Chef Pileggi's Mother's Day special were "molto delicioso"!

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  8. Gary

    Tampa

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pre theatre dinner. Great food and service. Highly recommend!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent , atmosphere great, we definitely will be back😀

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  10. CeeSee

    New York City

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    6 women to lunch???!!! After a wonderful gallery tour, it was perfect. Each one made a good choice and enjoyed the items ordered. Danielle made it so special as well. Crispy Calamares; tuna Nicoise , the hamburger with blue cheese, French dip, shrimp tacos and chicken panini were all served well and no one complained !!! Quite reliable….

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  11. Dinerouter

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Husband had the French dip. It was great! I had G’Room Salad with chicken. It was pretty good, as well.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we had a great lunch outside salads with chicken were delicious after walking the grounds of the museum

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  13. MeighanK

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to dine while visiting Sarasota and the Ringling Museum.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a delicious meal at the Grill. I look forward to my next visit.

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  15. AnnB

    Richmond

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very slow service. Water taste was not great. Salads were small for price (low value). Soup was good.

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  16. GEORGE

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was understaffed last night. The bizarre attitude of having a difficult time getting pepper to season my dinner. When I asked why there was such a problem and were people stealing the salt and pepper shakers ( which are teeny and cheap). They responded yes. How crazy is this as we have not experienced this in any other restaurant in Sarasota. Perhaps they should use cardboard containers for the spices.

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  17. JonR

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good and service was excellent…..real hidden gem most think you have to go to Ringling to eat here and it’s not the case! Plus 15% off for members love this place!

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  18. dkefaia

    Tampa

    116 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Martini’s served in wine glasses was a first for us. Not good. Would have appreciated being told do we could have changed our order!

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  19. LindaB

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not enough waitresses Hard to get enough good help in today’s market. Too bad. Nice restaurant, decent menu, hostess very nice Waitress over extended, but the “bus man” was very helpful with a great attitude & helpful with a smile, who we called in several times: for tea, ice, lemons, Salt & pepper. Food was very good & of high quality. Waitress did forget to ask if I wanted sparkling or still bottled water, but she was so over worked. God Bless her. She did the best she could under the circumstances. It is a good restaurant! I will come back.

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  20. VermontBud

    Tampa

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite for food, service and ambiance this local gem at the Ringling Museum and Campus is always a winner.

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  21. VermontBud

    Tampa

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food service and ambiance. The clam chowder and crab cake with arugula salad was amazing. Danielle was terrific server and the outside patio dining the best.

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  22. CSL123

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service but limited menu. Food could have been warmer but was OK. Delightful server.

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  23. LorraineR

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is great. Never disappoints.

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  24. EMBNY

    Naples

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is such a convenient place to eat if you are going to a show at the Asolo Theatre - a few minutes walk away! The menu is varied and not too pricey. I had a very nice salad with fresh seared tuna and my dinner companions were satisfied with their food as well. I’ll wait person was excellent – efficient and friendly. Thank you. We all had a good time last night.

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  25. CBB11201

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to the Ringling Grill several times with friends. We are always impressed with how good the food tastes. The Chef is outstanding. I recommend highly.

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  26. wendy

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful !! A great just lovely and the food was amazing ;)

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  27. Debbie

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch at Ringling is a treat. Very good food, an attentive staff, and ambiance awaits you. I highly recommend and look forward to returning.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent, courteous & expedient service Food was wonderful (Chicken Panini) Very good for conversation

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were all very pleased with our meals. The service was excellent which was important as we were headed to the Asolo. I had grilled salmon as did my friend. We were both happy and the salmon was cooked perfectly. My husband had the lobster roll and the sandwich had large chucks of lobster. His only comment was it had a little too much mayonnaise. We also had dessert a cheese cake and brûlée both were very good and disappeared quickly. We enjoyed our meal and made it to the Asolo with time to spare. We’d come again for another meal and play.

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  30. ErinC

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great casual spot. Great food and superb service.

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  31. Michael

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has become one of my favorite places in Sarasota. The menu is amazing and varied and the food is consistently great! Also love the general vibe of the place. Only request is for the restaurant to stay open later :)

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  32. Culinary55

    Edinburgh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not only a great location to dine before a performance at Asolo, but also a great place to dine anytime. Light, pleasant atmosphere with inside and out dining. Varied menu to please all appetites and tastes. From salads, burgers, tacos French dip sandwich to lovely entree choices. the Ringling Grillroom has never disappointed us. Service has been pleasant and prompt. Food is always attractively served and well-prepared. Delicious, a good value and reliable.

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  33. maryy

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best hamburger I’ve had in a long time. The salmon burgers were good too.

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  34. 2bigeaters

    Tampa

    448 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    448 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived early at 4:30 to an empty dining room. The young host insisted all window tables were reserved and the restaurant would be completely full. We were thus seated at a small table next to the door leading to the patio and adjacent to the bar. As it turned out, when we left at 6:15, a third of the room was still empty. Very poor treatment of regular customers. Otherwise, it was fine.

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  35. IndyLindy

    Naples

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasantly surprised to find this restaurant at Ringling Circus Museum. Had a great time with friends!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good choice before the theater. Colette the hostess and Bob our server were excellent.

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  37. ArthurM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this place far exceeded our expectations for a restaurant at the Ringling Museum !!! The friendliness of the staff started off with accommodating our requests was amazing! Then the waitress was efficient and friendly. The food? Awesome! I had the Grouper and it was the best I have had in a long time and I eat along the GULF all the time!!!!!!! The food wasn't overly done like most restaurants seem to feel they have to do!!!! The price was very reasonable! Highly recommend it, even if you're not visiting the Circus!

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  38. JRV6

    Atlanta Metro

    57 reviews

    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great setting. Ordered the shrimp tacos which were completely cold. Waitress was very nice, but apparently a little over extended and it took some time to get service and get the bill right. Will give it another try to see if it was just not their best day.

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  39. Disappointed

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. We eat outside in the shade. My wrap was fine but the french fries were a bit burned but still tasted okay. My friend's salad was made without kale as requested. Coffee and iced tea were fine.

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  40. moggiesue

    New York City

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent quality fish and salads. Portions were perfect - no leftovers!

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FAQs

the Ringling Grillroom offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 360-7393.

the Ringling Grillroom is rated 4.6 stars by 888 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for the Ringling Grillroom

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Sarasota
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Sun 11:00 am–5:30 pm Tue–Sat 11:00 am–7:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (941) 360-7393
  • Private party facilities
    Whether it's a perfectly curated menu by our catering team for a graduation dinner or an order of the menu dinner for a birthday celebration, our private dining room is the perfect spot to celebrate all your special moments.
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