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Devotees of rich, dark duck legs with crispy skin, delectable confit or rose-red duck medallions know that in Sarasota duck dishes are treated royally by experts waiting to delight with both classic and innovative preparations.

Ophelia’s on the Bay 

The kitchen does two preparations of white Peking duckling on an impressively composed plate. A duck breast is seared and lightly cloaked in apricot glaze and plated with fresh berry gastrique. Snuggled next to that is a crispy duck leg confit. The side is truffle potato. So luxurious. 9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, (941) 349-2212.

Euphemia Haye 

A partially deboned duckling is filled with flavorful bread stuffing and served with a tangy-sweet seasonal fruit reduction. This is roast duckling done in the classical Continental manner. 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-3633.

Drunken Poet Cafe

The Asian-inflected crispy duck here is unafraid to appear rare and rosy. It’s ideally seasoned and paired with house-made chili or tamarind sauce. The Asian chef/owner is rigorous about getting Asian duck right. 1572 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 955-8404.

Lolita Tartine

In the Perigourdine salad, medium-rare medallions of smoked seared duck breast are arranged over crunchy field greens tossed with tomatoes, walnuts, tiny croutons and—here’s the delicious kicker—sweet-tangy onion marmalade. 1419 Fifth St., Sarasota, (941) 952-3172.

The Table Creekside

Take a flight of fancy with Peruvian crispy duck for two. A whole roasted duck comes to the table carved with a side mélange of Peruvian kimchee, shishito remoulade, soy vinaigrette, crispy yucca wedges and pork-belly chaufa rice.  5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-9465. 

Bijou Café

The roast duckling here is enriched with a fruit stuffing and served with caramelized shallot and plums. Very rich. But don’t let that stop you from ordering the Pommes Gratin Dauphinois to share. Might as well go all the way. 1287 First St., Sarasota, (941) 366-8111.

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Bijou Cafe

$$$ European, French 1287 1st Street

A fine-dining tradition in the heart of downtown Sarasota’s arts district since 1986

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The Table Creekside

$$$ New American, Seafood 5365 S. Tamiami Trail

High-level creativity is the hallmark of The Table.

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Lolita Tartine

$$ Coffee, French 1419 Fifth St.

As its name implies, Lolita Tartine features traditional French open-face sandwiches.

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Drunken Poet Cafe

$$ Asian, Sushi, Vegetarian 1572 Main St.

Thai and other Asian delectables are expertly prepared in the small kitchen by the female owner/chef.

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Euphemia Haye

$$$ New American 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Located in a historic wooden cottage, Euphemia Haye is one of the area’s most romantic fine dining destinations

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Ophelia's on the Bay

$$$ New American, Seafood 9105 Midnight Pass Road

Romantic, intimate and perched on the pretty Intracoastal water at the southern end of Siesta Key.

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