Best of Sarasota

The Best of Sarasota 2024: Readers' Poll

We polled our readers about their favorite shops, services and more. Here’s what you had to say.

May 1, 2024 Published in the May-June 2024 issue of Sarasota Magazine

You voted Palm Avenue Deli "best new deli" in our 2024 Best of Sarasota readers' poll.
You voted Palm Avenue Deli "best new deli" in our 2024 Best of Sarasota readers' poll.

Image: Tim Robison

We polled our readers about their favorite shops, services and more. Here’s what you had to say. 

Food & Drink

Best New Local Restaurant


Kolucan Mexican Bar and Grill; Samurai Japanese Fusion; Osteria 500

Best Waterfront Dining


Dry Dock Waterfront Grill; Ophelia's on the Bay; Marina Jack

Best Outdoor Dining

Evie's on the Bay

Owen's Fish Camp; Shore; Jack Dusty 

Best Date Night Restaurant    


State Street Eating House + Cocktails; Michael's on East; Indigenous

Best Breakfast Spot

First Watch

The Breakfast House; Station 400; Millie's

Best Brunch


First Watch; Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie; State Street Eating House + Cocktails 

Best Lunch Menu

Connors Steak & Seafood

Gecko's Grill & Pub; Green Zebra; Anna's Deli

Best Kids’ Menu

Gecko's Grill & Pub

Fins at Sharky’s; Pop’s Sunset Grill; Brick's Smoked Meats

Best Deli

Palm Avenue Deli

The Original Wolfie's & Rascal House; Southside Deli; Meshugana Deli

Best Seafood Restaurant 

Walt's Fish Market Restaurant & Tiki Bar 

Owen's Fish Camp; Brine Seafood & Raw Bar; Duval's

Best Sushi


Pacific Rim; Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill; Kojo

Best Italian Restaurant

Cafe BarBosso

Napulè; La Violetta Rustic Italian Restaurant; Chianti Ristorante Italiano

Best Pizza

Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Cafe

Rico's Pizzeria; Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria; Asaro's Pizzeria Ristorante

Best Burger

Gecko's Grill & Pub

Patricks 1481; Shakespeare's; Made

Best Tacos

Screaming Goat Taqueria

Kolucan Mexican Bar and Grill; Rocco's Tacos; Reyna's Taqueria 

Best Barbecue

Brick's Smoked Meats

Stottlemyer's Smokehouse; Sonny's BBQ; Mission BBQ

Best Amish Food

Yoder's Restaurant & Amish Village

Der Dutchman; Detwiler's Farm Market

Best Local Steakhouse

Connors Steak & Seafood

Alpine Steakhouse; Summer House; Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Best Vegan Menu 


Green Zebra; Ionie Organic Cafe; Ka Papa Cuisine

Best Gluten-Free Menu 

Green Zebra

Beckham's Bar & Grill; Gecko's Grill & Pub; Kolucan Mexican Bar and Grill

Best Venice Restaurant

Fins at Sharky’s

Cassariano Italian Eatery; The Crow's Nest; Dockside Waterfront Grill

Best Bradenton Restaurant

Château 13

Pier 22; Anna Maria Oyster Bar; Michael John's French-American Steakhouse

Owen's Fish Camp in Lakewood Ranch

Image: Chad Spencer

Best Lakewood Ranch Restaurant

Owen's Fish Camp 

Grove; Korê; Osteria 500

Best Food Truck

The Maine Line

Hamlet's Eatery; Mouthole BBQ; Peachey's Baking Company

Best Local Bakery 

Bread Bandits 

Rendez-Vous French Bakery; Paisano's Italian Bakery; C'est La Vie!

Best Desserts

Morton's Gourmet Market

Beso; C'est La Vie!; Yoder's Restaurant & Amish Village

Best Chef

Drew Adams (Meliora)

Steve Phelps (Indigenous); Marcello Aquino (Marcello Ristorante Italiano); Andrea Bozzolo (Andrea’s)

Best Specialty Grocery Store 

Morton's Gourmet Market

Detwiler’s Farm Market; Trader Joe's; Fresh Market

Best Chocolate Shop 

Norman Love Confections

Läderach; Kilwins

Best Butcher Shop

The Butcher's Block

Alpine Steakhouse; Southern Steer; Geier’s Sausage Kitchen 

Best Wine List

Michael's on East

99 Bottles; Marcello Ristorante Italiano; Café Gabbiano

Best Brewery

Calusa Brewing

Big Top Brewing Company; Good Liquid; Motorworks Brewing

Best Beer List

99 Bottles

Yard House; Shakespeare's; Oak & Stone

Best Distillery

Siesta Key Rum

Loaded Cannon Distillery; Good Liquid

Best Cocktail Menu

State Street Eating House + Cocktails

Cask & Ale; Bar Hana; Kojo/Meliora (tie)

Best Cocktail

Bramble, State Street Eating House + Cocktails

The Siren, Jack Dusty; Black and Gold, Kojo; Mainland Margarita, Bar Hana; Pear Martini, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Project's Rosemary District location.

Best Coffee Shop


Breaking Wave Coffee; Rise up Cafe; Perq Coffee Bar

Best Wine Shop

Total Wine & More

Norman's Liquors & Fine Wine; Sarasota Wine Co.; Seagrape Wine Co.

Best Mixologist

Mike Miller, State Street Eating House + Cocktails

Dillon Murray, Bar Hana; Michael McDaniel, Dive; Shannon Illch, Cornerstone & Co.

Best Rooftop


Art Ovation; The Westin; Oak & Stone Bradenton

Best Place for Beer and a Game

Gecko's Grill & Pub

Food + Beer; Evie's; Miller's Ale House

Best Place to Sip Wine

99 Bottles

Cooper's Hawk; Fine Wine & Tastings; Vino Bistro 

Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks

State Street Eating House + Cocktails

Green Zebra; Gecko's Grill & Pub; Kolucan Mexican Bar and Grill 

Home & Real Estate

Best Fine Furniture Store

Clive Daniel Home

DutchCrafters; The Sarasota Collection Home Store; Soft Square

Best Home Décor Store

Clive Daniel Home

Blu Home Store; DutchCrafters; Pecky Interiors

Best Lighting Store

Bee Ridge Lighting

Franklin Lighting; Light up Your Life; Lyteworks

Best Contemporary Furniture Store


Copenhagen Imports; Soft Square; Clive Daniel Home

Best Architecture Firm

DSDG Architects

Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors; Halflants + Pichette/Hoyt Architects (tie)

Best Developer

John Cannon Homes

Medallion Home/Neal Communities/Nutter Custom Construction (tie) 

Best Closet Organization Company

California Closets

Closet Tec; More Space Place

Best Rug Store

Rugs as Art

Clive Daniel Home; Robb & Stucky Furniture/Shah Abbas Fine Rug Gallery (tie)

Best Windows and Doors

PGT Innovations

All Glass & Windows; Armorvue/Sarasota Glass & Mirror (tie)

Best Custom Home Builder

John Cannon Homes    

Trinity Custom Homes; Lee Wetherington Homes/Mason Martin Home Builders/Nutter Custom Construction (tie)

Best New Condo Project

The Ritz-Carlton

Obsidian; St. Regis/The Strand (tie)

Best Interior Designer

Clive Daniel Home

Lancaster Interior Design; Chic on the Cheap; Riley Interior Design/Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design (tie)

The new pedicure room at The Ritz-Carlton's spa.

Shops & Services

Best Women's Clothing Store


Darci/Foxy Lady/L. Boutique (tie)

Best Men's Clothing Store


The Met; Tommy Bahama; Shore

Best Swimwear Store

Swim City

Beach Bazaar/Compound Boardshop/Dive in Style/Splash (tie)

Best Consignment Shop

The Exchange

Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel; Laura Jean's Consignments; Designing Women Boutique

Best Eyewear Store

Soto Optical Boutique

Spectacle Gallery; iOptics Eyewear; Moon & Co Eyewear

Best Vintage Shop

Canned Ham Vintage

Bon Bon Vintage; Creative Hands of Sarasota; The Exchange

Best Jewelry Store

Milans Jewelry

Sarasota Watch Company; Diamond Vault; Coffrin Jewelers    

Best Gift Shop    

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

Molly's; Elysian Fields; Garden Argosy

Best Place to Buy Artwork

Art Avenue

Chasen Galleries/Creative Liberties/State of the Arts Gallery (tie)

You chose Cannons Marina as best boat dealer in our 2024 readers' poll.

Best Boat Dealer

Cannons Marina

Galati Yacht Sales; Ingman Marine/Nautical Necessities (tie)

Best Florist

Beneva Flowers    

Flowers by Fudgie; Suncoast Florist; Victoria Blooms

Best Bike Shop

Popcycles Trek Sarasota

Village Bikes; Ryder Bikes/Trek (tie)

Best Place to Buy a Kayak or Paddleboard

Economy Tackle    

Compound Boardshop; REI; Vanhunks

Best Spa

The Ritz Carlton

L. Spa; The Met; Sirius Spa, Salon & Medspa

Best Hair Salon

Nuovo Salon Group

Cutting Loose Salon; Yellow Strawberry; Shine Hair Design Studio

Best Barbershop

American Shave    

APX Barber Co; Barber Chair Barber Shop/Gulf Gate Barber Shop (tie)

Best Hair Colorist

Nuovo Salon Group

Cutting Loose Salon; Yellow Strawberry; HairGem/Kelly Blanch HairArt Studio LLC (tie)

Best Med Spa

Sirius Spa, Salon & Medspa

Elite Medical Spa; Florida Plastic Surgery & Med Spa; Marlow Med Aesthetics/Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center (tie)

Best Tattoo Shop

Oddity Tattoo

Mockingbird Tattoo Company; Seven Sins Tattoo; Trap Ink Tattoos 

Best Manicures and Pedicures

Paint Nail Bar    

Nuovo Salon Group; A J Nails; Blossom Nail Spa

Best Massages

Massage Envy 

Sirius Spa, Salon & Medspa; Essentials Massage and Facials; L. Spa

Best Facial

L. Spa

Sirius Spa, Salon & Medspa; Massage Envy; Nuovo Salon Group

Best Wax

European Wax Center

American Shave; L. Spa; Sirius Spa, Salon & Medspa

Best Lash Services

Lash Boutique

The Brow House; Salted Beauty Co.; Beauty by Iveta

Best Pet Boarding Service

Bayside Pet Resort

Ace Pet Resort/Doggy Resort SRQ (tie); Just 4 Paws

Best Pet Daycare

Bayside Pet Resort    

Doggy Resort SRQ; Ace Pet Resort

Best Retirement Community

The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch

Plymouth Harbor; Sarasota Bay Club; Del Webb

Best Home Health Care

Take Care Home Health

Home Helpers Home Care; Sarasota Memorial BayCare HomeCare; Home Instead

Best Concierge Service

Castle Concierge

Key Concierge/Welcome Home Concierge/Home Watch (tie)

Best Financial Planner

Rochelle Nigri, Morgan Stanley

James Morrison, Edward Jones/Aimee Cogan, Morgan Stanley (tie); Michael Calamaras, Northwestern Mutual

Best Law Firm

Berlin Patten Ebling

Williams Parker Attorneys at Law; Fergeson Skipper Attorneys at Law/Shapiro Law Group (tie)

Best Art Gallery

Wyland Galleries

Art Center Sarasota/Palm Avenue Fine Art/State of the Arts Gallery (tie) 

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