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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Sarasota / Bradenton

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Sarasota / Bradenton? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue- Sarasota restaurant
4.9
4.9 (723)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Sophie's offers globally influenced yet decidedly American cuisine in a luxurious intimate setting featuring an outdoor terrace, open kitchen and private dining area. Sophie's dining experience captures the style and elegance of Saks Fifth Avenue, with a passionate focus on outstanding food and drink. Sophie's Chef Andrew Thompson changes his innovative menu seasonally using the best locally-sourced ingredients. The menu is complemented by a selection of craft cocktails and a thoughtfully curated wine list.
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lesann
Dined 6 days ago
Always good-great service and a variety of choices on their menu
A photo of Roessler's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1787)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!
PLEASE NOTE WE CAN NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS FOR OUTSIDE DINING, PARTIES OVER 6, OR HOLIDAYS THROUGH OPEN TABLE. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT IF YOUR TIME IS NOT AVAILABLE. THANK YOU!!! 941 966 5688

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The perfect amount of waiter’s attention. Wonderful meal. A little noisy tonite. Some voices carry more than others.
A photo of Green zebra cafe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (81)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Green Zebra Cafe on Main offers a warm, casual atmosphere, exceptional service and delicious food to share with family and friends. With a focus on pure, wholesome, and locally-sourced ingredients, both of our Brunch and Dinner menus are carefully crafted to reflect our customers dietary requirements.

Our everyday Brunch menu features a long list of all time favorites such as, Omelettes Your Way, Italian Benedict, Our Famous Raw Pancake, and our Lavender-Blueberry pancakes. As well as, organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls.

Our dinner menu highlights both plant-based cuisine as well as dishes with ethically raised meats and sustainable seafood. Some of our most popular dishes are the Salt-roasted Golden Beets for starters, Chicken Veloute or the Raw Vegan Lasagna as Entrees, and our mouth watering gluten-free vegan cheesecakes for dessert.

Look forward to seeing you!

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KimP
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Wonderful evening. Food was delightful. Lighting was A bit bright for evening dining. Acoustics were good for performance. We will definitely be going back 🙏💕
A photo of Ophelia's on the Bay restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6151)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Siesta Key
About the restaurant
Ophelia's on the Bay is one of Sarasota’s premier fine dining waterfront restaurants. Enjoy beautiful vistas of Little Sarasota Bay, from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the dining room. Or join us for al fresco dining on our open-air patio, as the dolphins and manatee swim by. Winner of many awards both locally and nationally, including an Excellence rating from Zagat as well as being listed as the number one restaurant in America in Power and Motoryacht Magazine for dock and dine. Ophelia's on the Bay has also been voted most romantic, best waterfront and best restaurant with a view by its loyal customers. The menu changes nightly using fresh and seasonal ingredients, fresh fish flown in from all over the world and specialty meats. There is certainly something for every palate! We feature an extensive wine list, specialty martinis, as well as a full bar. Family owned and operated for over 22 years, we have an experienced staff that prides itself on exemplary service.
Top review
Brianvip
Dined 3 days ago
We celebrated our 4th anniversary at Ophelia’s this evening ~ and while one should never “expect” excellence, truthfully, we have come to expect it here ~ and we were once again, not disappointed! 5 stars all the way!!!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Many thanks to the outstanding Ophelia’s team, for a perfect evening!
A photo of Lila restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1169)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Lila (pronounced lee-lah) means creative play. Lila is a spontaneous, playful, organic, healthy, mostly vegetable restaurant which does serve sustainable meats.
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RobGvip
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
I love Lila!! I always find it so difficult to decide what to have. The food is always fresh and tasty. The portion sizes are always spot on. The clever thing about Lila is that you can choose your base dish and add protein or leave it as vegetarian. I always enjoy every morsel of food. And to top it off the service is the best in Sarasota.
A photo of Michael's On East restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5453)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Serving "inspired cuisine" since 1987, the celebrated Michael’s On East restaurant takes fine dining to another level, offering award-winning cuisine and outstanding service, in an exceptional 1940s supper club atmosphere. Michael's On East has been inducted into Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame and recently received their 32nd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award. The 350+ bottle wine list has been awarded the Best of Award of Excellence by the Wine Spectator!

Upon entering the dining room, you are immediately dazzled by the plush design and inspired décor. The restaurant’s intimate aura, along with its contemporary flare, world-class wine cellar and incomparable service, create an unparalleled dining experience.

Michael's Lounge, complete with a grand piano, is a guest favorite with its signature cocktails and award winning wine selection.

Michael’s Atrium for outdoor dining is a stunning glass-covered, plant-filled courtyard with a beautiful flowing fountain.

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eguarivip
Dined 3 days ago
Service as well as the dinner were outstanding. Kristine had the right attitude and personality.
A photo of Libby's - Sarasota restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3873)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Open in Sarasota since May of 2019, the Libby's space is open, modern & minimalist. Delicious menu items, sophisticated wine and daily specials are at the core of all that we do! Cozy bar area, weekday happy hour specials, and a private dining room are some of the unique features at our Sarasota location.
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LucaN
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
I local favorite and our go to place always consistent
A photo of MADE restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1735)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
At Made we offer a unique and upscale take on American comfort food at an approachable price. We are committed to providing service reminiscent of excellent old-school hospitality.

Executive Chef Mark Woodruff, 2006 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, prides himself on selecting humanely raised meats, local produce, dairy, and seafood to create a truly unique and flavorful menu.

Our goal is to become an iconic Sarasota restaurant, meeting place and destination for all to enjoy!

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Reba
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Great food! It looked like they were short staffed, so our waitress was very busy and unfortunately forgot refills.
A photo of The Park Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (225)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Discover the crown jewel of the University Park Country Club, The Park Grille, where you can indulge in gourmet dining while enjoying stunning views of the 9th and 18th greens and a serene, shimmering lake. Celebrated by Sarasota Magazine as the "Best of the Best Restaurant with a View," The Park Grille's renowned Sunday Brunch Buffet has also been honored by Sarasota Magazine, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and SRQ Magazine readers.

Dining Options:
Lunch: Open to the public daily from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please note that Mondays feature a lunch buffet only.
Sunday Brunch Buffet: Available every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

**Dinner service is exclusively for MEMBERS.**

Dress Code:
To ensure an elegant dining experience, proper attire is required. Blue denim, cut-offs, tank tops, and workout attire are not permitted in the dining room.

Top review
Stevevip
Dined 6 days ago
Food was very good except for the escargot. The mushrooms were very large and there was no taste except the mushrooms and the abundance of their juice. If there was garlic butter as stated on the menu could not taste or find. Not an item representative of the normal quality food.
A photo of 481 Gourmet restaurant
4.7
4.7 (543)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Sarasota
About the restaurant
For a truly memorable dining experience, cuisine and atmosphere are paired as thoughtfully as food and wine.
481's fresh prepared Seafood, pastas, and other favorites from the continent create an artful experience in the famous Rosemary District of Sarasota.
Enjoying a world class selection of wines and Chef Spenser McKenna's daily specials make 481 Gourmet a truly memorable experience that you'll want to keep secret but you wont, as you'll want to bring your friends.
481's outdoor dining patio offer truly elegant dining regardless of the temperature as you can sit among the stars and enjoy the very best of Sarasota.

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sailor08
Dined 6 days ago
Our server, Adam, took wonderful care of us throughout the meal. He explained the menu with expertise. The watermelon feta salad was out of this world! As was the beef pot pie and chicken cordon bleu. We would gladly return. Thanks!
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