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

the Ringling Grillroom

4.5
4.5
853 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 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 853 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Great for brunch

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Healthy

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    American

853 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. ArthurM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. JRV6

    Atlanta Metro

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  4. Disappointed

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  5. moggiesue

    New York City

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  6. Mac4104

    Tampa

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, service was great! A perfect place to fine before a play at the Asolo!

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  7. Elizabeth

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our drinks (wine and an old fashioned) and the meatballs appetizer as our meals. It was all enjoyable. Such a beautiful setting and the service was wonderful. We especially enjoyed Collette, the hostess. She is lovely and engaging. The wines by the glass list is very nice.

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  8. Wayne

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They serve a perfect Lobster Roll Connecticut style (warm with butter) or New England style ( cold lobster salad). We thought we were back in Maine!

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  9. DonnaS

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our food!! Excellent service too!! Thanks for being there Wonderful experience

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  10. Sophie

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The hamburger was burned on the outside, making it just ok. The salmon BLT was delicious. Our server did not check on us or ask for refills. She did bring us what we asked for. Experience was just ok.

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  11. JuliaH

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first visit there and it was perfect! We even got to meet the executive chef--always a treat when you're having a wonderful dining experience. My friend had the pappardelle dish, which she loved, and I completely enjoyed the salmon BLT! Highly recommend this spot!

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  12. KarenM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had to ask server for drink refill instead of being offered.

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  13. Annie

    Tampa

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently excellent!! Great service and menu has great options.

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  14. debra

    Orlando

    153 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chicken Milanese and Grill-room Salad with Salmon...both delicious! Super atmosphere and attentive staff

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  15. GerryK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely lovely dining experience. Menu items are varied with great presentation.

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  16. GPEM

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good value for money, professional staff, and innovations that taste great.

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  17. chefrufus

    New York City

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Desserts feel ‘outsourced’. Chocolate cake and whipped cream on chocolate cake not homemade. Otherwise a lovely venue, good menu.

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  18. pingpong

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy taking friends from out of town there. The menu has been updated and improved. We are repeat customers and will be back.

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  19. Larry2225

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my first and my wife’s second time dining at the Ringling Grillroom. It was a thoroughly delightful experience for us, beginning with the hostess seating us, who was very pleasant and upbeat and quite professional in her handling of patrons. Our server, Bob, was a real highlight. He was friendly and incredibly helpful to us in navigating both the food and wine menus and we commend him for helping to make this a terrific experience for us. Finally, the food also was very good. My wife had the Key Lime grouper and said it was one of the best preparations she had ever had. I chose the chicken Milanese, which also was quite tasty. Overall, we highly recommend the Ringling Grillroom and hope they will continue to provide great experiences for those dining there.

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  20. Dinerouter

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband had the Steak Frites and I had the G-Room salad with chicken. We both enjoyed our meal very much but waiter did not clear in a timely way. And it was difficult to get his attention.

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  21. RituAnand50

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous meal & Courteous service. The servers are personable and anticipate their customer’s needs.

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  22. PeterB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    All pretty good. Scallops were overcooked. Crab cake was quite good.

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  23. Anaguib

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience! The server was incredibly professional, and helped make our day! They will one day be a Future CEO and deserve a promotion!

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  24. JaneS

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter Brunch was fantastic! This is our second Easter at the Ringling Grill. We ate outdoors overlooking the ponds. Great food, great server, and great friends. We'll be there again next year, if not sooner.

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  25. SusanL

    London

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a lovely meal and a lovely day at the Ringling. Thank you!

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  26. Maplewood

    New York City

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Chicken Milanese! Server was lovely and it was a relaxing evening.

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  27. Stephanie

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really a treat to dine with our kids on the Ringling grounds in a calm space with healthy choices, reasonable prices and exceptional service.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good and service at table were terrific. Only complaint is that no one answers phone or calls back. Since online reservations are strictly limited, even though the restaurant was very empty at 7:39, I was not able to make a reservation any later than 6 pm.

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  29. SarasotaCarlosG

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Carol is a treasure! She was so well informed about the menu and was delightful to work with. The food was tasty. The room was a bit loud, but we find that in most restaurants in Sarasota. Little is done by any establishment to absorb sound. Just hard surfaces for the sound to bounce off. We’ve enjoyed many visits to the Grillroom, and this was another great experience.

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  30. Pops

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have lunch here before heading to the airport. The grill room never disappoints. We had the knife and fork Cesar with blackened shrimp, and the salmon BLT. Both were delicious, and graciously served by Becky. Highly recommended.

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  31. maple

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Robert. . He did an amazing job! Very attentive! The food was delicious and very imaginative. I had the papardelle with grilled shrimp. The food looked beautiful and tasted even better! Pasta was cooked nice and al dente. We always have a great time and great meal whenever we come to the Grill room. We usually go before a show. They get you out in a timely manner.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    New fish dish in three menu was poor. Outside seating too hot

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  33. ChrisN

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. Nice atmosphere, especially outside. Inside a little sterile.

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  34. Debra

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It took forever to get our drinks. The hummus platter stated that it included brussel sprouts and cauliflower; there were exactly two brussel sprouts when it was served. The portion of hummus was also paltry. Overall a very underwhelming experience.

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  35. AnnH

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a beautiful spot to have lunch or dinner. Menu offers lots of great choices.

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  36. KathyH

    Tampa

    88 reviews

    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed fish tacos and veggie wrap. Food always excellent, with many choices. Service is efficient and pleasant. The view from the patio is beautiful.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable evening with delicious food, comfortable environment and great service prior to the show at the Asolo theater.

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  38. Gardern55

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Pretty big miss during our visit, the food took 50 minutes to arrive and was barely warm. Recipies and plating looked great it’s too bad the dishes sat for a long period of time.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Grill is an ideal place to dine before or after an exhilarating Ringling experience. Over looking the grounds, seated outside on a typical Sarasota sunny day, and enjoying the fine lite fare is truly worthy of social media post. Reservations recommended.

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  40. reddevil

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Ringling grillroom was so accommadating. Thank you for giving us a table for 10 to celebrate a birthday. we had such a terrific time at the museum and then gathering for lunch. Service was impeccable, food was delicious. Didn't realize that we could make reservations in advance on Open Table. We even bought season passes to the museum because it was such a wonderful experience.

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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 4.5 stars by 853 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 27 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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