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Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

Impress your date by taking them to one of our favorite Sarasota restaurants.

By Lauren Jackson February 2, 2024

From breakfast to late-night romantic dining, there's something for everyone on Valentine's Day.

Whether you're celebrating love or celebrating food (or both), our local restaurants have some extra-special Valentine's Day plans in store. Here are some of our favorites.

Pop's Sunset Grill

112 Circuit Road, Nokomis, (941) 488-3177,

On Feb. 13, Pop's continues its annual Galentine's celebration. You and your favorite gal pals can expect to be treated to great food, wine and live music. Guests will also have the unique opportunity to watch local artist Lipstick Lex create a custom piece of art that will be available for purchase after dinner. Tickets start at $95 and can be purchased here.


1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 413-7425,

Fried oysters, roasted lamb shank and chocolate pots de crème are just a few menu items diners can expect on Valentine's Day at Tzeva (inside the Art Ovation hotel). The prix fixe dinner starts at $105 per person. We love this local gem.


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

Don't feel like fighting the crowds on Feb. 14? Boca's V-Day menu will be served Feb. 9-18. Guests can choose from creatively named dishes like "My Maine Squeeze Lobster Bisque," "Hooked on You Halibut," and "Loving You is a Piece of Cake Chocolate Opera Cake."

Michael's on East

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

Ever the romantic Sarasota destination, Michael's on East will likely be busy this coming Valentine's Day. Make your reservation early and get ready for filet mignon tartare, bouillabaisse or mushroom risotto, to name a few. Or, head over on Feb. 13 for a Galentine's Day happy hour, starting at 5 p.m.

Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie

1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 236-5826; 8445 Lorraine Road, Sarasota, (941) 357-1570;

Libby's Valentine's menu is also available for an extended time, from Feb. 7-14. You can indulge in its "Love at First Bite" menu, which includes shrimp with white barbecue sauce, macadamia-crusted chicken or surf-n-turf fondue. 'Due yourself a favor by trying these offerings.

Château 13

535 13th St. W., Bradenton, (941) 226-0110,

Bradenton's best fine-dining restaurant, Château 13 has a special menu for this upcoming Valentine's Day. Highlights include caviar, halibut and beef tenderloin. While we might be missing the restaurant's signature mussels, we know chef Greg has something special in store.

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