Restaurant Review

Even After a Major Overhaul, Mar Vista Retains Its Old Florida Bona Fides

Mar Vista's updates include a state-of-the-art kitchen, an outdoor fireplace and a revamped dining room and bar. What hasn’t changed? The magic.

09/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Chef Wei Ren Brings His Ramen to Bradenton

Ren serves up spectacular ramen at Mitaka Japanese Ramen House in Bradenton.

08/01/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Lemon Tree Kitchen Serves 'Clean' Cuisine in the Former Louies Modern

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love Lemon Tree, but the menu is stocked with great vegetarian options.

06/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Review

Umbrellas 1296 Delivers Affordable Eats in a Fashionable Downtown Space

The restaurant's menu covers the globe.

05/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Review

Sage Brings New Energy to a Historic Downtown Address

Owner Sharon Carole purchased the property for $2.1 million in 2014; it opened in January this year.

04/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Grove Serves Up Good Food and Good Times in Lakewood Ranch

After Polo Grill closed last April, Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell, the partners behind Bradenton’s Pier 22, took over the space and gutted the building.

02/28/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Rudolph's, a Hip Restaurant and Bar, Enlivens the Stylish New Sarasota Modern Hotel

The restaurant is gorgeous—and the food matches the look.

01/28/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

After a Rocky Start, The Overton Finds Its Footing

The Overton has established itself as one of the city’s best hangouts.

12/26/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

At His Darwin Evolutionary Cuisine, Chef Darwin Santa Maria Has Found a New Home

The menu is an Endless Summer of flavors and techniques the chef has become known for.

08/31/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Review

Summer House Is the Best New Restaurant on Siesta Key

Summer House pays homage to a Siesta Key legend while charting a new course.

07/25/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Review

Restaurant Review: Michael John's

A little bit French, a little bit steakhouse at Bradenton's Michael John’s.

04/26/2018 By Marsha Fottler

Review

Restaurant Review: Element

Marsha Fottler samples modern Mediterranean at downtown’s new Element.

02/28/2018 By Marsha Fottler

Modern Sizzle

Restaurant Review: Connors Steak and Seafood

At Connors, beef is beautiful.

12/27/2017 By Marsha Fottler

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Review: Italian Tradition Opens in the Rosemary District

Italian Tradition takes over the space formerly occupied by Pomona.

09/27/2017 By Marsha Fottler

Review

Restaurant Review: Summer Fun at Farlow’s

Tropical flavors shine at Farlow’s.

06/28/2017 By Marsha Fottler

Review

Restaurant Review: Prime Serious Steak

Prime is, indeed, serious about steak.

05/24/2017 By Marsha Fottler

Restaurant Review

Restaurant Review: Little Italy, Big Taste at Cafe Barbosso

The food at Cafe Barbosso has attitude.

03/01/2017 By Marsha Fottler Photography by Chad Spencer

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Restaurant Review: Oak & Stone

Oak & Stone is a modern tavern that aims at a wider audience.

09/28/2016 By Marsha Fottler

Siren Call

Restaurant Review: Veronica Fish & Oyster

At Veronica Fish & Oyster, seafood shines.

08/30/2016 By Marsha Fottler

Restaurant Review

At CinéBistro, Have Dinner and a Movie in High Style

CinéBistro is the modern way to enjoy dinner and a movie.

07/29/2016 By Marsha Fottler