Best of Sarasota 2017

Best of Sarasota 2017: Readers' Poll

Drumroll, please: here are the results of our annual readers' poll.

By Staff April 26, 2017 Published in the May 2017 issue of Sarasota Magazine

Best Amish Restaurant


Der Dutchman

Miller’s Dutch Kitchen 

Best Japanese Restaurant

DaRuMa Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge


Pacific Rim

Best French Restaurant

C’est La Vie

Maison Blanche

Rick’s French Bistro

Best Latin Restaurant



Mi Pueblo

Best Italian Restaurant

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Café Amici


Best Mexican Restaurant

Mi Pueblo

Two Senoritas

The Grasshopper

Best Seafood Restaurant

Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood.

Owen’s Fish Camp

Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant

Best Sushi Restaurant


Pacific Rim


Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Veg & Grill


Simon’s Coffee House

Best Venice Restaurant

Sharky’s On the Pier

Fins at Sharky’s

Made in Italy

Best Manatee Restaurant

Popi’s Place

Apollonia Grill

Pier 22 

Best Hotspot

Red Clasico Sarasota

Mattison’s City Grill

Social Eatery & Bar

Best Breakfast

First Watch


Station 400

Best Brunch

Libby’s Café + Bar


The Park Grille at University Park Country Club

Best Romantic Restaurant

Ophelia’s On the Bay

Maison Blanche

Michael’s On East

Best Thai Restaurant


The Drunken Poet

Isan Thai Restaurant 

Best Brewery

Big Top Brewing Company

Calusa Brewing

JDub’s Brewing

Best Waterfront Restaurant

Marina Jack

Chart House

Ophelia’s On the Bay

Best Steak (chain)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Capital Grille

Outback Steakhouse

Best Steak (nonchain)

Michael’s On East

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

The Waterfront, Sarasota

Best Wine List

Michael’s On East

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Café Amici

Best Burger

Patrick’s 1481

Five Guys

Square 1 Burgers & Bar

Best Barbecue

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

Alday’s BBQ

Sonny’s BBQ

Best Caterer

Michael’s On East

Innovative Dining

Morton’s Gourmet Market 

Best Coffee

Perq Coffee Bar

The Clever Cup

Pastry Art 

Best Special Occasion Restaurant

Michael’s On East


Ophelia’s on the Bay

Best Dessert

Euphemia Haye

Cheesecake Factory


Best Pizza




Best Sandwich

Anna’s Deli (The Surfer)

The Corkscrew Deli (Cuban)

Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood. (shrimp po’ boy) 

Best Gourmet Store

Morton’s Gourmet Market

The Fresh Market

Whole Foods 

Best Place to Buy Wine

Total Wine

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

Michael’s Wine Cellar 

Best Bakery


C’est La Vie


Best Sports Bar

Gecko’s Grill & Pub


Harry’s Sports Bar & Grille 

Best Cocktail

Jack Dusty (Siren)

Louies Modern (North Palm)

State Street Eating House + Cocktails (Blackberry Bramble)

Best Happy Hour Menu

The Table Creekside

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Libby’s Café + Bar

Best Mixologist

Christopher Nalefski, State Street Eating House + Cocktails

Michael Pleas, Jack Dusty

Derek Lane, University Park Country Club

Best Festival or Special Event

Chalk Festival

Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix

Thunder by the Bay 

Best Fund-raising Gala

SPARCC Amazing Raise

Wine, Women and Shoes

Key to the Cure

Selby Gardens Orchid Ball

Best Performing Arts Group

Florida Studio Theatre

Asolo Rep

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe 

Best Place to Hear Local Bands

The 5 O’Clock Club

The Gator Club

Blue Rooster

Best Place to Meet Singles

Red Clasico Sarasota

The Gator Club

Libby’s Café + Bar

Best Hangout for Millennials

Red Clasico Sarasota

Mandeville Beer Garden

Smokin’ Joe’s

Best Place to Buy Women’s Shoes


Designer Shoe Warehouse

Peltz Shoes

Best Hair Salon

Cutting Loose


Yellow Strawberry

Best Spa

Ana Molinari Salon and Spa

L Spa

The Met

Best Place to Buy Lighting

Franklin Lighting

Light Up Your Life

Bee Ridge Lighting

Best Place to Buy Floor Covering

Rugs As Art

Art to Walk On

Chappie’s Carpet and Floors

Best Place to Shop for Antiques

Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota


Sarasota Architectural Salvage

Best Art Gallery

TIE: Dabbert Gallery, State of the Arts Gallery

Palm Avenue Fine Art

Wyland Galleries

Best Men’s Clothing Store (chain)



Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Women’s Clothing Store (chain)

Saks Fifth Avenue



Best Men’s Clothing Store (nonchain)

The Met

Marcello Sport

Martin Freeman

Best Women’s Clothing Store (nonchain)

La Femme Fatale

Foxy Lady

L Boutique

The Met 

Best Women’s Formal/Cocktail Attire Store (chain)

Saks Fifth Avenue



Best Women’s Formal/Cocktail Attire Store (nonchain)

La Mariée Haute Couture

Foxy Lady

L Boutique

Best Swimsuit Store

Swim City


Swim Mart

Best Jeweler (chain)

Kay Jewelers


Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Jeweler (nonchain)

Diamond Vault

June Simmons Jewelry

Carats Fine Jewelry and Watches

Best Florist

Beneva Flowers & Gifts

Bee Ridge Florist

Flowers by Fudgie

Victoria Blooms

Best Home Accessories Store (nonchain)

Melange Home Décor

Black Bird Home Gallery

Marianne E

Best Furniture Store (chain)

Kane’s Furniture

Baer’s Furniture

Robb & Stucky 

Best Furniture Store (locally owned)

Home Resource

Pamaro Shop

The Sarasota Collection

Best Contemporary Furniture Store

Home Resource

Copenhagen Imports

Best Consignment Store

Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota

Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel

Laura Jean’s Consignments

Best Gift Shop

Crowder’s Gifts and Gadgets

Elysian Fields

Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique 

Best Retirement Community

The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch

Plymouth Harbor

Sunnyside Village

Best Home Health Care

Bright Day Home Healthcare

Approved Home Health

Take Care Home Health 

Best Landscaping Company

ArtisTree Landscape

Grant’s Gardens

Michael A. Gilkey

Best Place to Play Golf

University Park Country Club

Bobby Jones Golf Club

Laurel Oak Country Club

Best Place to Play Tennis

Laurel Oak Country Club

Bath & Racquet

University Park Country Club

Best Tourist Attraction

Siesta Key Beach

Mote Aquarium

The Ringling 

Best Local TV Personality

Bob Harrigan

Judi Gallagher

Scott Dennis 

Best Controversy

The presidential election

Downtown development

Parking meters

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