Top Choice Southern US in Sarasota

Owen's Fish Camp

The wait rarely dips below an hour at this hip, Old Florida swamp shack downtown. The menu consists of upscale Southern cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, including whatever's fresh, and solid regular dishes like …
Top Choice Modern American in Sarasota


Focusing on the popular farm-to-table and hook-to-fork movements, chef Steve Phelps whips up innovative American creations such as Parmesan beignets with honey, pears and thyme, and an ever-popular wild mushroom bis…
Top Choice Bakery in Sarasota

Jim's Small Batch Bakery

Real small-batch, scratch baking makes Jim's a delicious stop for breakfast and lunch. All-butter hand-laminated croissants, candied bacon BLTs, creamy quiches, and cups of soup for $3.50.
Grill in Sarasota

Mattison's City Grille

Healthy salads and hearty sandwiches (using fresh homemade bread) are the order of the day at central Mattison's. The outdoor dining area doubles as a bar that gets going each evening with live music, giving the pla…
European in Sarasota

Antoine's Restaurant

Newly relocated to an otherwise unexciting strip mall, Antoine's is a French bistro serving elegant dishes such as scallop risotto with a candied, tangerine sauce. But this isn't faddish fusion food: the owners hail…
Market in Sarasota

Farmers Market

This farmers market is one of the best in the state.
Seafood in Sarasota

Marina Jack's Restaurant

Anchoring the marina is this well-loved multilevel, multivenue eatery that offers something for everyone, but most especially that quintessential harbor-at-sunset ambience. Be serenaded by steel drums in the relaxed…
Fusion in Sarasota


The dull decor doesn't wow but the excellent food certainly does at one of downtown Sarasota's most popular dinner options. Taking the idea of fusion food very literally, there's a mix of Latin America meets the Uni…
French in Sarasota

C'est La Vie

Start your day with an authentic croissant or baguette sandwich at this French-owned downtown cafe and bakery. The crepes are tasty and filling, but save space for one of the decadent, delicious cakes, lined up behi…
Seafood in Sarasota

Monk's Steamer Bar

Order a spicy oyster shooter (a Bloody Mary with an oyster in it) or oyster 'Monkafellas' (baked with signature toppings) and watch bar staff expertly shuck the gnarly shells in front of you. Or guzzle 2lb of sweet,…