Pitched somewhere between Sarasota School of Architecture and Old Florida, Summer House’s design includes tall windows that allow Village people-watching, comfortable Mad Men-worthy chairs, an amatory bar and playful fish camp artwork. There may be no better place on the key to hoist an Old Fashioned with a date or celebrate a promotion with friends.
Steaks sit in the literal center of the Summer House menu, with filet mignons, New York strips, sirloins, ribeyes and a 40-ounce porterhouse for two. The chef’s skill with meat extends to a roasted half-chicken ($29). Fish, lobster, scallops, lamb and pork round out the entrée options. Sides are straightforward and well-executed. The bar’s cocktails, meanwhile, are refined and spirit forward, and the wine list offers by-the-glass options you won’t find anywhere else in Sarasota. Oysters served raw or roasted with spinach, a bacon fondue and bread crumbs ($17) are an excellent way to kick off your meal; the restaurant’s Key lime torte is a popular way to end it.