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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Sarasota / Bradenton

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Sarasota / Bradenton? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Amore Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (696)
$30 and under
Italian
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Completely renovated and elegantly reconfigured to offer both indoor dining and al fresco. Live entertainment (Friday & Saturday). Whether you’re dining out with friends and family or looking for the ideal place to host social event, Amore Restaurant is the place.

Top review
eguarivip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Our server was excellent. She knew when to come over, poured the water and served our wine. The food was very good, large portions, and very tasty. The dessert was excellent.
A photo of Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5704)
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art. Selva has earned raves from all
over the world, including from the New York Times, which write that Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,”
and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Our server Michael was awesome! The food was very good and the cocktails were delicious. We will definitely be back!
A photo of Bevardi's Salute restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2161)
$30 and under
Italian
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Salute offers five distinct areas for dining: Al Fresco, a casual Bar, Lounge, Wine Room, and Main Dining Room.

We also have a full Bar, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks to accompany your meal. Additionally, Salute imports Olive Oil and Wine from its own vineyards in Tuscany; which adds to the depth and authenticity of your dining experience.

The menu at Salute is varied and extensive, offering Bruschetta, Appetizers, Imported Italian Cheeses, Cured Meats, Salads, Pasta, and many other delicious entree choices.

With our nightly specials everyone is sure to find something to suit their taste.

While you are dining, don't forget to take a look at our menu of homemade desserts for something to finish out your experience.

Top review
Yegorvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Great service and excellent food. Highly recommended.
A photo of Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar - Sarasota restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4362)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment and good food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you’re on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life. For more information: www.tommybahama.com.
Top review
DebbieCvip
Dined 3 days ago
Food was excellent. Service was great. This is my favorite restaurant.
A photo of Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota restaurant
4.6
4.6 (10287)
$30 and under
Spanish
Sarasota
About the restaurant
Family-owned and operated for more than 116 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine.

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men in the dining room.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Roast Pork "a la Cubana,"and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil.

Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors on our patio, or inside our Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms.

We are a sister to the Columbia in Tampa's Ybor City, founded in 1905. Children's menu available. Open 365 days a year, including all holidays.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
I look forward to eating here. Columbia’s never disappoints.
A photo of Fuego Comida and Tequila restaurant
4.5
4.5 (393)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Lakewood Ranch
About the restaurant
At Fuego Comida & Tequila Lounge, every moment you spend with us should be something to remember – something special. From your first exhilarating sip to that savory bite, and every encounter with any of our team throughout, we strive to provide exceptional service, food, drink and memories that keep you coming back.
Top review
JillMvip
Dined 7 days ago
We had a wonderful dinner. It started where the hostess came to our car to help us in bc it was pouring outside. Then we had a delicious dinner and drinks.
A photo of Big Top Brewery restaurant
4.5
4.5 (42)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Fruitville, Florida
About the restaurant
When we started Big Top Brewing Company, there were no craft breweries in the Sarasota area and we set out to fix that. We wanted to compliment Sarasota’s historical associations with The Ringling Circus, performing arts, great architecture, the best art and design schools and world renown tourism.

The best way we could do that was to craft beer that our home town can be proud of. We plan to continue the tradition of the arts and help Sarasota add beer town to its identity. Come step under our big top and see for yourself. Big Top Brewing Company artistically crafts world class beers, inspired by our passion, integrity, and the history of our home town.

Top review
TENNANT42vip
Dined 4 days ago
The food arrived promptly and was impeccable. The service was top-notch. I highly suggest trying the bacon jam toast.
A photo of Motorworks Brewing restaurant
4.4
4.4 (216)
$30 and under
Brewery
Bradenton
About the restaurant
Built in 1923 as an automobile dealership, our 27,000 sq. ft. facility houses Motorworks Brewing’s full-production brewery and taproom, adjacent to a 22,000 sq. ft. beer garden: Florida’s largest. Relax in the shade of our majestic 250-year-old living oak tree and enjoy fantastic eats from local food trucks, the area’s best live music, over 30 craft beers on tap, and a full liquor bar. Be sure and stop by for corn hole, our weekly trivia night, biweekly salsa dancing, and monthly Yappy Hour Pet Extravaganza for our furry friends. Situated next to the Village of the Arts, LECOM field, and blocks away from downtown Bradenton and the Riverwalk, Motorworks Brewing is a dog-friendly and family-friendly environment suited for all occasions. Come try our award-winning craft beer!

For parties larger than 20, kindly call our office at (941) 209-5913.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was good! Drinks ok a bit weak. Band was amazing
A photo of Riviera Dunes Dockside restaurant
4.4
4.4 (907)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Palmetto
About the restaurant
Beautiful award-winning waterfront restaurant at the Riviera Dunes Marina in Palmetto next to the convention center. Featuring fresh seafood and other creative dishes in a casual setting, often with live music. Varied menu, affordable and with something for everyone.

Indoor and outdoor seating available. Our large patio is on the water at the marina and offers views of beautiful boats and sunsets. In addition to our reservable area is our large outdoor bar space with 1st come, 1st serve seating.

Inside are two dining rooms, another bar and a reservable "Captains Room" that seats 20 (Call for reservations on this)

We can accommodate groups of most sizes but please call for groups of 8 or more.

Top review
KathyPvip
Dined 5 days ago
It was great, had the Seafood Stirfry!!!!!! 👍👍👍Will be going back
A photo of Rocco's Tacos - Sarasota restaurant
4.2
4.2 (385)
$30 and under
Mexican
Lakewood Ranch
About the restaurant
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar Sarasota serves a diverse menu of authentic Mexican food in a vibrant, casual atmosphere, for locals and tourists alike. Rocco's passion for bringing the best of Mexico's flavor AND fun to life is felt as soon as you walk in the door. Our attention to authentic, fresh Mexican flavors and ingredients can be tasted in all our dishes - enjoy fresh guacamole prepared table side, house made margaritas, and Rocco's uniquely inspired signature tacos. From lunch to late night, for dinner or take out, there is something special waiting for you every day of the week. Be sure to stop in for our daily Happy Hour specials and our famous weekend Bottomless Brunch.
Top review
MariaV
Dined 5 days ago
Food and service are top notch! Can’t wait to return.
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