Shore on Longboat Key
Photography by Dan Goltz
At Shore, the mid-century modern ambiance is reason enough to stop in for a cocktail and a meal. The upper-deck restaurant provides a view of the St. Armands Circle streetscape, but in the back part of the dining room, the ceiling retracts so you can suddenly find yourself eating under stars. American coastal bistro food (Key West shrimp, scallop risotto, local red snapper, tuna tartare) is served informally but attentively, and much of it is sourced from nearby farms and the Gulf. The bar is a great place to mingle; try the house cocktail, which mixes gin, elderflower, cucumber and mint for the ultimate refresher after a day on the beach. Shore conjures up a carefree vacation attitude, and you don’t have to be a tourist to celebrate it. A stunning second location opened on Longboat Key in 2019.