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Sarasota Restaurants & Bars

After a fun-filled day of outdoor activities and touring our local attractions, you'll definitely want to check out some of Sarasota's top local dining places. Whether your fancy is fresh seafood, Italian, traditional American cuisine or BBQ, you've got plenty of great choices to choose from. If you're seeking a waterfront sunset view while you dine, be sure check out Marina Jack or Oleary's Tiki Bar and Grill. For your convenience, we have listed many of the area's top local dining establishments below. Many of these places offer inside and outside seating options as well as live entrainment.
By Location: Downtown

Sarasota Downtown Restaurants

Marina Jack

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236  Map

Southwest Florida's Premier Marina-Based Hospitality Center and Waterfront Dining Destination since 1968. Marina Jack offers three unique dining experiences overlooking Sarasota Bay as well as Sarasota's best sightseeing and sunset dinner cruises aboard the Marina Jack II.


Oleary's Tiki Bar & Grill

5 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236  Map

Experience ocean breezes from the Gulf of Mexico as you enjoy our wonderful tropical drinks, wine and beer selections, and live music! Located in Island Park on Sarasota's Downtown Bayfront, we're open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Mattison's City Grille

1 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236  Map

Chef Paul Mattison invites you to join him at Sarasota's award-winning Mattison's City Grille where you will come for the atmosphere and stay for the food. Mattison's City Grille is located in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, late night dining or enjoying drinks at our outdoor, covered bar with live music.


Patricks 1481

1481 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236  Map

Welcome to a Sarasota Tradition, Patricks 1481, a visually stunning work of art with a big city flair, where we serve up great comfort food and libations. Our menu is wide ranging and award winning, consistently being named "Best American Restaurant", "Best Bar", and 29 years in a row "Best Burger". A must visit to Sarasota's "Cheers."


Nancy's Bar-B-Q

301 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236  Map

Nancy's Bar-B-Q is a locally owned, family-friendly fast casual bar-b-q joint serving Pulled Pork, Pulled and bone-in chicken, St. Louis Spare Ribs, Beef Brisket, Chilled Oak Smoke Fillet of Salmon, Texas Hot Link (all pork) Sausage, Brisket burnt ends in sauce and an entree-size chicken chopped salad and homemade side dishes.


Caragiulos Italian-American Restaurant

69 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236  Map

At Caragiulos, the food speaks for itself. Using the finest ingredients, Caragiulos has served easy- going, inventive Italian-American comfort food since 1989. The bread is baked on-site daily, the mozzarella is made fresh and the biscotti is still baked by Mrs. Caragiulo herself. Eating here is more like a gathering in the home of a good friend.