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Artisan Cheese Company

1310 Main St.

This downtown shop offers hand-cut-to-order artisanal and farmhouse cheeses from across the region, country and Europe. Test out cheeses with the expert chee...

Cha-Cha Coconuts

$$ Seafood 417 St. Armands Circle

A carefree island atmosphere fills this colorful tropical café.

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Columbia Restaurant

$$$ Spanish 411 St. Armands Circle

A Florida dining tradition that started in Tampa’s Ybor City way back in 1905.

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Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina

$ Seafood 12507 Cortez Rd W

A fresh fish sandwich and a cold beer at a picnic table overlooking Sarasota Bay—it doesn’t get much better, whether you’re a tourist or a local.

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Cafe Barbosso

$$ Italian 5501 Palmer Crossing Circle

     

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Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

$$$ Steakhouse 35 S. Lemon Ave

This clubby downtown hotspot is a refreshed version of the classic American steakhouse offering steaks, chops, seafood and fish.

Gecko's Grill & Pub

$$ American Multiple Locations

Another of southwest Florida's homegrown restaurant/sports bar franchises, Gecko's combines above-average American fare with sports-tuned TVs in the bar as w...

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

$$ Seafood 5238 Ocean Boulevard

A lively, beachy atmosphere and a location minutes from Siesta Beach.

O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill

$ Seafood 5 Bayfront Drive

The vibe is laid-back but the menu is packed

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Marina Jack

$$$ American, Seafood 2 Marina Plaza

Marina Jack is often the first place new arrivals choose for a meal, and it’s a favorite spot for locals to take tourists.

Café Amici

$$ Italian 1371 Main Street

This intimate Main Street ristorante offers fine Italian dining with family recipes handed down for generations.

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Nancy's Bar-B-Q

$$ Barbecue Multiple Locations

At barbecue maven Nancy Krohngold’s popular outposts, meat is the star of the menu and reads like a Q lover’s dream.

J.R.'s Old Packinghouse Cafe

$$ American, Burgers, Cuban 987 S. Packinghouse Road

J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Café is not the first place you might think of for Cuban food—but it serves up hearty, authentic fare, including burgers, wings, sala...

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Crab & Fin

$$$$ Seafood 420 St. Armands Circle

Set on a bustling corner of St. Armands Circle and featuring a cool, modern look, this landmark restaurant changes its lunch and dinner menus daily in order to present to you the freshest seafood available.

Toasted Mango Café

$ American, Breakfast/Brunch 430 N Tamiami Trail

This popular breakfast and lunch spot serves eggs, waffles, pancakes and breakfast wraps, as well as hearty sandwiches and salads.

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Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

$$ Seafood 5353 S. Tamiami Trail

Come by land or sea to this casual waterfront eatery and enjoy fresh seafood, burgers and sandwiches.

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The Table Creekside

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

High-level creativity is the hallmark of The Table.

Patrick's 1481

$$ Burgers 1481 Main Street

A wide-ranging menu of casual comfort foods and a friendly atmosphere have made Patrick’s 1481 a favorite of locals for 29 years.

Mandeville Beer Garden

$$ American, Burgers 428 Lemon Ave.

Mandeville Beer Garden is modeled on a European beer garden, where families come to meet friends and relatives to relax and catch up. There are games like pi...

Polo Grill and Bar

$$$ New American 10670 Boardwalk Loop

Casual American cuisine with global soul, a hopping lounge area, and live entertainment.

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Owen's Fish Camp

$$ Seafood, Southern 516 Burns Lane

Located in a historic Burns Court cottage, Owen’s presents Southern-style cuisine with an emphasis on seafood.

Daiquiri Deck

$$ Seafood Multiple Locations

After the beach, there’s nothing better than a handcrafted daiquiri, something from the raw oyster bar or one of the Daiquiri Deck’s famed “snacketizers.”

Buddy Brew Coffee

$ Coffee 1289 N. Palm Ave.

Tampa-based Buddy Brew offers craft coffee at its downtown Sarasota location.

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Made

$$$ New American, Southern 1990 Main St., #112

The acronym stands for “Modern American Delicious Eats,” and that’s what you’ll find at Made, opposite Hollywood 20 on Upper Main Street.

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Piccolo Italian Market and Deli

$ Italian 6518 Gateway Ave.

The sandwiches at this Gulf Gate market and restaurant are legendary, thanks both to their girth (think actual submarine), as well as the plethora of cured m...

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Oak and Stone

$$ American, Burgers, Pizza 5405 University Parkway, #101

Oak & Stone is a cavernous but comfortable new place that’s a little bit sports bar, a little bit beer garden, and somewhat of a pub.

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Louies Modern

$$$ New American 1289 North Palm Avenue

This handsome downtown focuses on farm-fresh, sophisticated American cuisine as well as craft beer and handcrafted cocktails.

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Libby's Cafe + Bar

$$ New American 1917 S. Osprey Ave.

Libby’s Cafe + Bar has a fashionable, big-city energy and is always bustling.

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Perq Coffee Bar

$$ Coffee 1821 Hillview St.

Great coffee is both art and science, and it’s a combination you’ll find at Perq, where caffeine technicians engineer ultra-palatable pour-overs, lattes and ...

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Shakespeare's English Pub

$$ Beer, Burgers 3550 Osprey Ave.

Shakespeare's burgers have been helping locals soak up the beer selection at Shakespeare’s for more than a decade. Of particular note: the caramelized onions...

Brick's Smoked Meats

$$ American, Barbecue, Mexican 1528 E. State St.

Brick's pays homage to the food of central Texas, referencing the smoked meat traditions of Central European immigrants, as well as the influence of Mexican cooking.

Five-O Donut Co

$ Bakery, Coffee 2241 Ringling Blvd.

This new downtown doughnut shop serves a mix of yeast doughnuts, croissant doughnuts and cake doughnuts, with gluten-free and vegan options, as well. Topping...