Lime Time

Where to Find Sarasota’s Best Margaritas, Just in Time for Cinco De Mayo

A great margarita will never go out of style. Here are some of our favorites.

By Megan McDonald, Allison Forsyth, and Lauren Jackson April 25, 2023

You could celebrate Cinco De Mayo without margaritas, we guess, but we're not sure why you'd want to. Here are some of our favorites.

Casa Maya

8126 Main St., Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-9449,

Two words: margarita pitcher. Why have one margarita when you can share a pitcher with friends? Bring a crowd and stay for live music while the drinks keep flowing.


1435 Second St., Sarasota, (941) 253-0978,

We know, we know. Why would a spot that advertises itself as a taco and bourbon joint have a margarita worthy of this list? Trust us—it does. Order one by the glass with several flavor options, or bring some friends and order a margarita jug.

El Melvin Cocina Mexicana

1355 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 366-1618,

El Melvin's hot and spicy menu, prime location and bumpin' music add up to Cinco De Mayo perfection. Try the "Sarasota Sunset" margarita, with orange agave nectar and passion fruit. The "El Diablo," mixed with red wine, is another nice option.

Jack Dusty

1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2266,

Looking for a refreshing, delicate drink? The reddish-hued Italian liqueur Casoni makes Jack Dusty's marg pretty in pink—and lovely to drink.

Mi Pueblo

8405 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, (941) 359-9303; 4436 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, (941) 379-2880; 530 U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice, (941) 486-0005,

You'll find 10 margarita options at Mi Pueblo, from one with orange and cranberry juices to one with mint leaves and even one with powdered sugar.

Mr. Tequila

3969 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 312-5110; 491 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, (941) 751-9006,

Grab a pitcher to share at this Mexican joint. From frozen to flavored to mixed with a splash of sweet sangria, there's something for everyone.

The Old Salty Dog

1601B Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, (941) 388-4311; 5023 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 349-0158; 1475 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, (941) 483-1000,

Blue skies, sunshine, a salty breeze—we'd be hard-pressed to find a better place in Sarasota to kick back. And the Grand Marnier floater on this 'rita only adds to the bliss.

Reyna's Taqueria

935 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, (941) 260-8343,

This taqueria may only have one marg on the menu, but one is all it needs. No wonder "reyna" translates as "queen." The house-made lemon-lime margarita reigns in our book.

Rocco's Tacos

243 N. Cattleman Road, Sarasota, (941) 477-8226,

With more than 300 tequilas to choose from, you're guaranteed to find just the marg for you at Rocco's—or you can opt for one of the 11 margaritas from the cocktail list. If you’re feeling margarita-ed out, try the “Coco Cabana,” a spin on the classic painkiller made with plenty of coconut and blanco tequila.

State Street Eating House + Cocktails' margarita.

State Street Eating House + Cocktails' margarita.

Image: Chad Spencer

State Street Eating House + Cocktails

1533 State St., Sarasota, (941) 951-1533,

Tequila that's barrel-aged in-house and mixed with fresh lime juice, Bauchant orange liqueur, a secret simple syrup recipe and fancy peach salt from Australia make State Street's margarita a winner.

The Grasshopper

7253 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 923-3688,

They say never mix beer and liquor, but sometimes you have to break the rules. Have some fun with the Coronarita, made with tequila and a  7 oz. cold Corona beer.

Wicked Cantina

1603 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 706-2395; 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, (941) 281-2990,

As its name implies, you're guaranteed a wicked time at this cantina, which serves nine different margs. Kick back with the "Sweet Heat," made with mango purée and muddled jalapeño, or the "Tiki," made with Don Julio Blanco tequila, triple sec and pineapple.

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