The Best of Sarasota 2022: Readers' Choice

Each year, we give our readers the chance to tell us about their favorite restaurants, shops and services around Sarasota-Manatee. Here’s what you selected.

May 13, 2022 Published in the May-June 2022 issue of Sarasota Magazine

Banyan Tree chocolates

Banyan Tree chocolates

Image: Tim Robison

Food & Drink

Best New Local Restaurant

Brine Seafood & Raw Bar

Opus Restaurant and Lounge


Best Waterfront Dining

Ophelia's on the Bay


Marina Jack

Best Outdoor Dining

Ophelia's on the Bay

The Rosemary & Thyme

Mattison's City Grille

Best Special Occasion Restaurant

Michael's On East

Ophelia's on the Bay

Summer House, Indigenous (Tie)

Best Breakfast

First Watch

Station 400

Peach’s Restaurant 

Best Lunch

First Watch

Connors Steak & Seafood

Green Zebra

Best Kids' Menu

First Watch

Gecko's Grill & Pub

Pier 22

Best Seafood

Walt's Fish Market

Owen's Fish Camp

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

Best Sushi

Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill



Best Italian Restaurant



Caragiulos, Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria (Tie)

Best Pizza

Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria

Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Cafe

Rico's Pizzeria & Pasta House

Best Tacos

El Melvin Cocina Mexicana


Guerrero’s Bakery and Mexican Restaurant, Screaming Goat Taqueria, Reyna's Taqueria (Tie)

Best Burgers

Patrick's 1481

Gecko's Grill & Pub

Ford's Garage

Best Barbecue

Brick’s Smoked Meats

Stottlemyer's Smokehouse

Nancy's Bar-B-Q

Best Amish


Der Dutchman

Dutch Valley Restaurant

Best Steakhouse (Chain)

Connors Steak & Seafood

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Best Local Restaurant for Steak

Alpine Steakhouse

Summer House

Michael's On East

Best Vegan Restaurant


Green Zebra


Best Restaurant Wine List

Michael's On East

Cooper's Hawk

Pier 22

Best Cocktail

State Street's Blackberry Bramble

Jack Dusty's Siren

Selva Grill’s El Santo

Best Venice Restaurant

Sharky's on the Pier

Café Evergreen

Made in Italy, Cassariano Italian Eatery (Tie)

Best Lakewood Ranch Restaurant


Lucky Pelican Bistro

Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie, Cassariano Italian Eatery (Tie)

Best Bradenton Restaurant

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Pier 22

Château 13

Best Food Truck

The Maine Line

Fire Tacos

Polpo Pizza Co., Deli Deli (Tie)

Best Brewery

Big Top Brewing Company

Calusa Brewing

Motorworks Brewing

Best Bakery



Publix, C'est La Vie! (Tie)

Best Coffee Shop

The Clever Cup


Project Coffee, Rise & Nye’s (Tie)

Shops & Services

Best Specialty Grocery

Morton's Gourmet Market

Trader Joe's

Detwiler’s Farm Market

Best Chocolate Shop

Banyan Tree Chocolate

Norman Love Confections


Best Place to Buy Wine

Total Wine & More

Michael's Wine Cellar

Sarasota Wine & Spirits, Norman's Liquors & Fine Wines (Tie)

Best Local Butcher Shop

Alpine Steakhouse

The Butcher's Block

Southern Steer

Best Women's Clothing

L. Boutique


Foxy Lady

Best Men's Clothing

The Met

Tommy Bahama

Blend Fashion House

Best Swimwear

Swim City/Swim Mart



Best Consignment Shop

The Exchange

Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel

Laura Jean’s Consignments

Best Eyewear Store

Eyeglass World

Soto’s Optical Boutique

Center for Sight

Best Jeweler

Diamond Vault

Coffrin Jewelers

McCarver & Moser

Best Vintage Store

Canned Ham Vintage

Bon Bon Vintage, Creative Hands of Sarasota (Tie)

Sarasota Architectural Salvage

Best Gift Shop

Molly's Boutique, Elysian Fields (tie)

The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime

Artful Giraffe

Best Art Gallery

State of the Arts Gallery

ArtCenter Manatee, Creative Liberties (Tie)

Art Uptown Gallery

Best Home Accessories

Blu Interiors

Charlotte’s Grace

Copenhagen Imports

Best Fine Furniture

Robb & Stucky

Norris Furniture & Interiors

Matter Brothers Furniture

Best Contemporary Furniture

Copenhagen Imports

Soft Square

Home Resource

Best Rugs

Rugs as Art

Art to Walk On


Best Boat Dealer


Galati Yacht Sales

Erickson Marine

Best Spa

L. Spa

The Ritz-Carlton Spa

The Met

Best Hair Salon

Nuovo Salons

Cutting Loose Salon

James Griffith Salon

Best Barbershop

Burns Court Barbers, American Shave (Tie)

The Barbershop 941

Deborah's Barber Shop at Palmer Ranch

Best Pet Boarding/Grooming

Bayside Pet Resort

Beverly Hills Dog

Dave's Grr-Ooming, PetSmart (Tie)

Best Fillers/Injections

Elite Medical Spa

SkinSmart Dermatology

Rita Medical Elite,  Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center (Tie)

Best Florist

Beneva Flowers

Flowers by Fudgie, Sarasota Florist (Tie)

Victoria Blooms

Best Retirement Community

The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch

Aviva Senior Living

Plymouth Harbor

Best Home Health Care

Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care

A Caring Soul Home Care

Youthful Aging Home Care

Best Home Concierge Service

Key Concierge

Castle Concierge

Best Custom Builder

John Cannon Homes

Lee Wetherington Homes

Voigt Brothers Construction

Best Interior Design

Studio G

Blu Interiors

Lancaster Interior Design

Things To Do

Best Golf Course

University Park Country Club

TPC Prestancia

Laurel Oak Country Club

Best Yoga Studio

Pineapple Yoga + Cycling Studio

The Yoga Shack


Best Fitness Studio

Gym SRQ Fitness & Fuel

Scorch Fitness

10Ten Fitness

Best Place to Take Kids

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Nathan Benderson Park 

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Visitors

Siesta Key Beach

The Ringling

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, St. Armands Circle (Tie)

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