Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Sarasota

Ringling Museum Complex

The 66-acre winter estate of railroad, real-estate and circus baron John Ringling and his wife, Mable, is one of the Gulf Coast’s premier attractions and incorporates their personal collection of artworks in what is…
Top Choice Modern American in Sarasota


Focusing on the popular farm-to-table movement, chef Steve Phelps whips up innovative American creations such as American-harvested shrimp with grits lyonnaise (grits blended with caramelized onions, butter, eggs an…
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 a dollar.
Diner in Sarasota

Blue Dolphin

On St Armands Circle, this small, casual diner is a go-to destination for a prebeach breakfast or quick lunch.
Breakfast in Sarasota

Another Broken Egg Cafe

This chain, diner-style breakfast institution on Siesta Key is a social hub each morning. The menu is chock-full of scrumptious and creative breakfast fare (black bean benedict with chipotle Hollandaise!).
Sandwiches in Sarasota

Main Bar Sandwich Shop

The Main Bar is a Sarasota classic: an old-school, booth-filled, diner-style deli founded by retired circus performers whose photos blanket the walls. It offers a ton of sandwiches, but – no kidding – order the 'fam…
Market in Sarasota

Morton's Gourmet Market

This chichi grocery store is a must-stop for Siesta Key–bound gourmands dreaming of that perfect beach picnic: simply partake of Morton's unusually wide selection of takeout salads, sandwiches, sushi and mains. Abou…
Bar in Sarasota

Old Salty Dog

At the City Island marina across from the Mote, Old Salty Dog is a perfect end to a day or start to an evening. Unwind with a brew and some above-average fish and chips on the breezy outdoor deck (mains from $7 to $…
Italian in Sarasota

Blasé Café & Martini Bar

At the end of Siesta Village, Blasé combines the artful vibe of an urban wine bar with a seaside casual bistro. The menu of pastas and mains is fine, but taste much better with a dry martini or generous pour of Cabe…
Opera in Sarasota

Sarasota Opera House

This elegant, 1000-seat Mediterranean Revival venue was built in 1926, and the two-month winter opera season is a serious affair.