While Sarasota is mostly known for our beautiful white sand, our restaurants are also out-of-this-world. Ranging from classic All-American to authentic Indian cuisine, here’s a list of the best spots to hit during your stay.
Sun Garden Cafe – Siesta Key
The Sun Garden Cafe is the spot to go before a day at the beach. Their menu has a number of speciality items you’ll never see anywhere else, such as the “Bikini Bagel”, which consists of turkey sausage, avocado, dried figs, tomato and sprouts on a multigrain bagel beautifully slathered with basil pesto. Located in Siesta Key Village not far from The Inn, Sun Garden Cafe has a “beachy” feel that even makes locals feel like they’re on vacation!
Hours: 7:30AM-2:30PM Daily
Address: 210 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, FL 34242
One of the most popular brunch spots in Sarasota is Station 400. The original location by downtown Sarasota is actually a renovated train car, giving the restaurant and antique look. With a very unique menu, Station 400 has everything you could ever want, but with a little twist. For example, their Lemon Curd and Fresh Blackberry Pancakes topped with Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup is to DIE for. They also have a great selection of lunch items, such as their Candied Bacon Burger or their Lump Crab Cake Sandwich. Whatever mood you’re in, there’s always something delicious waiting for you at Station 400.
Original Restaurant Location Address: 400 N Lemon Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Hours: Mon-Sun: 7:30AM-2:30PM
Geckos Grill & Pub
Whether there’s a game on or not, Geckos is always a great place to grab a drink and get some delicious food. With multiple locations around Sarasota, Geckos is a must. Ranging from their fresh Ahi Tuna Nachos on crispy wonton chips drizzled with wasabi cream and sweet Asian sauce (trust me, they’re amazing), to their juicy Classic Burger, there’s something for everyone on the ridiculously extensive menu.
Address Closest to The Inn: 1900 Hillview St, Sarasota, FL 34239
Hours: Mon-Wed: 11AM-12AM; Thurs-Sat: 11AM-1AM; Sun: 11AM-12AM
If you’re a sushi lover, this is the place for you. Don’t let the size of the restaurant fool you, as it may not be the biggest, but it definitely is the best. Sake House has the freshest fish that melts in your mouth with every bite. They have a number of signature rolls, such as the Fried Lobster Roll and the Citrus Roll, both of which are something you won’t find anywhere else.
Address: 1987 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-10PM; Fri:11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-10:30PM; Sat: 5PM-10:30PM; Sun: 5PM-10PM
Screaming Goat Taqueria
Looking for some “hip” Latin Street Food? Look no further! One of the newer restaurants in Sarasota, the Screaming Goat Taqueria, is serving up fresh, speciality tacos that will really make you scream! Everything they serve is made from scratch daily in the kitchen, making the Screaming Goat Taqueria a great place for those with specific dietary needs, such as food allergies and vegetarianism/veganism. Most of their options are even gluten free (except for the flour tortillas used for burritos)!
Address: 6606 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34231
Hours: Sun-Mon: Closed; Tues-Sat: 11AM-9PM
Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar
Conveniently located in Siesta Key Village right next to The Inn, Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar is a great spot for a nice dinner. Their rustic restaurant offers amazing brick-oven pizza and entrees, as well as a SPECTACULAR tuna tartare appetizer. Their extensive wine list is bound to impress any diner, as well as their gluten-free options.
Address: 5239 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 4PM-10PM; Fri-Sat: 4PM-10:30PM; Sun: 4PM-10PM