Best of Sarasota 2020

Readers’ Choice: Best Date Night and Special Occasion Restaurants

Our readers share their favorite places to dine when you want a special treat on a big night out.

April 30, 2020

Save the Date (Best Date Night) 


1345 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 362-4427selvagrill.comFacebookTwitter

Closed temporarily, but when Selva does reopen, it’ll be time for a date night. In the meantime, check out its carry-out options as of April 17.

Indigenous Restaurant

239 S. Links Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-4740, indigenoussarasota.comFacebook

This charming Towles Court gem is taking orders at 3 pm. Call (941) 706-4740 for pick up between 5 p.m.–8 p.m. New menu posted daily on Facebook. Open Wednesday through Saturday. 

Ophelia's on the Bay

9105 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, (941) 349-2212, opheliasonthebay.netFacebook

Temporarily closed.

Star Thai & Sushi

240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, (941) 217-6758, starthaiandsushi.comFacebook

Delivery or carry-out. New hours: 12-9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Delivery available via Uber Eats, Door Dash or Bite Squad.


19 S. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 256- 3565, bocasarasota.comFacebook 

Temporarily closed.

Party Like It’s Your Birthday (Best Special Occasion Restaurant)

Michael’s On East

1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-0007, bestfood.comFacebookTwitter

Order Michael’s At Home, available for no-contact curbside pickup or delivery. Missing happy hour? Michael’s wine cellar is open for all of your wine and spirits needs. Check out the website for special deals on ordering and gift cards.


1345 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 362-4427, selvagrill.comFacebookTwitter

Closed temporarily, but when Selva does reopen, every night will be a special occasion.  In the meantime, check out the carry-out options as of April 17.

Ophelia’s On the Bay

9105 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, (941) 349-2212, opheliasonthebay.netFacebook

Closed for now, but we can’t wait until they open to enjoy delicious cocktails and food as we look out over Sarasota Bay.


4910 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota,  (941) 552-9465; 5459 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, (941) 342-6600; FacebookTwitter

While we all miss “dinner and a show” at the hibachi tables, you can still order many of your favorite menu items for take-out or delivery. Check Facebook for discounts. 

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