Yes, we care about politics, art, world peace, traffic, real estate prices, homeless people, charitable giving and rising sea levels. But in our brainy, sophisticated city, no question sparks more passionate debate than the one that comes up at nearly every cocktail party or family gathering: Where should we go to dinner? Luckily for all of us, there have never been so many good answers to that question as we have right now. Fueled by across-the-board population growth, from well-heeled retirees and hungry millennials to record numbers of tourists, new restaurants keep adding to our already vibrant dining scene. We challenged our food critics, bloggers and insatiable editors to choose the very best, from fine-dining classics and cozy Italian trattorias to trendy farm-to-table hotspots. Here they are, in no particular order: our top restaurants of 2017.
Work your way through Sarasota’s top dining spots by downloading our new restaurant app, Gastronaut, available in the App Store and in Google Play.