As an avid traveler, you have the incredible opportunity to sample the finest eats at the hottest restaurants. Sarasota, home to our very own Sun Outdoors Sarasota, is buzzing with praise for its incredible array of restaurants and boasts impressive options for even the most selective foodies.
To help you decide where to dine, we've narrowed down five of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota.
Located in downtown Sarasota, Owen's Fish Camp is an ode to old Florida living. This cozy establishment is tucked in the trees on historic Burns Court, where the pastel buildings shine under the Sarasota sun.
This venue exudes relaxation from the Banyan tree out front to the tire swing out back. If the atmosphere isn't enough just wait until you taste the food. The menu is chock full of delicious fresh seafood brought in from the local Bay each day and prepared into modern southern dishes. Sink your teeth into a fresh Fish Tacos or dive into Mussels and Clams with spicy tomato sauce, garlic, wine, and angel hair pasta. No matter what you choose, your palate is sure to be satisfied.
If you're looking for a local, al fresco dining experience, Shore Restaurant has you covered. From the first sip of one of their signature cocktails to the last bite of their Key West Shrimp and Scallop Risotto, it offers creative recipes and local favorites. This mid-century eatery also provides open air dining that leaves guest feeling like they're still at the beach.
The menu offers small plates and sharable items that pack a punch (literally). Favorites like the Kung Pao Calamari and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes are perfect for the table. Taste your way through favorites that are both "on or off" shore, such as the Pan Seared Local Snapper or the Shore Burger. With so much to choose, Shore Restaurant is sure to be a repeat visit while you vacation.
History buffs rejoice because Columbia Restaurant is one of Florida's oldest remaining restaurants!
Still owned and operated by fourth and fifth generations of the founding family, its Spanish-inspired menu will have your taste buds traveling back to 1905 when the restaurant first opened.
Start your meal with traditional tapas, such as Black Bean Cakes, Croquetas de Pollo, Gambas "Al Ajillo," or Shrimp and Crabmeat Alcachofas. Move on to a main course like Picadillo "Criollo," and finish with a slice of Florida's pride and joy, classic Key Lime Pie. Is your mouth watering yet?
Want to keep the vacation going? Stop in at Good Liquid Brewing Company for locally brewed beer, chef-inspired dishes, and lakefront dining.
Take your pick of their variety of burgers that include seafood, chicken, beef and veggie options! Try the Blue Crab and Shrimp Burger or give in to your taste buds and try the Buffy Chic, a crispy buffalo chicken burger that's sure to leave you satisfied. Craving pizza? The venue's Wood Grilled Brewzettas are perfect for sharing. Other menu items include the sizzling Hanger Steak Chimichurri and the Thai Glazed Salmon. Plus, with four different fries on the menu, you're going to want to add on one (or two!) to your order.
Don't forget to top things off with the delectable Strawberry Shortcake or crispy Mango Churros.
Craving seafood? Burgers? Tacos? Mac ‘n' cheese? It's all here at Made Restaurant. Offering award-winning, modern American cuisine – you'll have plenty of menu items to choose from. Added bonus? The charming, cozy atmosphere is the perfect place to end (or start!) your day. With a selection of brunch, lunch, and dinner options – it's easy to stop in at Made at any time of the day.
Kick off your meal with starters like Cheesy Tots, Fried Tomatoes, and two types of mac-n-cheese. Popular main courses include Not Your Mama's Pot Roast and Double Dipped Fried Chicken. In the mood for a burger or sandwich? Try local favorites like the Cluck, or the award-winning Made burger. Don't forget to cool off with one of Made's cocktails such as the Sunshine State of Mind or Man-Mosa. This is a must-stop on your visit.
Now that you're equipped with a list of Sarasota's best restaurants, it's time to start tasting. If you like what you're munching on, tell your friendly neighbors, or share this post, and let the good food vibes flow!