Siesta Key Dining – Waterfront Restaurants

Breakfast on Siesta Key is always good at The Broken Egg where maple syrup is “real” and a dollop of butter melts into a plate-size buckwheat pancake.

For dining on the water, Ophelia’s on the Bay is perfect for that special occasion. You may even notice Stephen King (author of The Shining) seated in a remote location.
Did you know he lives on Casey Key?

Turtles Restaurant has great early bird specials and fabulous views of Sarasota Bay.

Miguels, Javier’s and Blase Café are also good choices.

Off Island

Hillview Avenue – on the way to downtown

Going north on Osprey from the north bridge is an “in-crowd” pocket of chic restaurants at Southside Village, located on Osprey and Hillview Avenues. Pacific Rim, Veronica’s and Libby’s are the most popular with all three offering outdoor dining.

Downtown Sarasota’s Main Street has plenty of action with eateries, bars and nightlife. Places like Mattison’s City Grill and The Blue Rooster offer great food and live entertainment while The Social Eatery, and Award winning Bijou Cafe continue the trend on… First Street.
Other good eating establishments are Mediterraneo, Selva Grill, Caragiulo’s, Barnacle Bills, Café Epicure, Patrick’s and C’est La Vie.

Looking for water views?

Marina Jack’s is right on Sarasota’s bay front with a spectacular second floor view while the Ritz Carlton features a less expansive view at Jack Dusty’s outdoor patio lounge.

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar is a great place to mix and mingle to the sounds of island vibes along Centennial Park’s bayfront.

Westin’s Rooftop Bar is another fabulous spot for panoramic views.

Plan to spend at least a few evenings at St. Armand’s Circle, on Lido Key. It’s fun, safe and shops stay open for that after a good meal…stroll. Enjoy a cocktail and listen to piano tunes at Crab and Fins patio lounge. An established landmark for years, the Crab and Fin and Café L’Europe excel in food, service and ambiance and the Columbia with comfortable outdoor seating offers excellent Spanish food.  Le Colonne’s northern Italian offerings as well as Shore’s southern comfort cuisine are equally good choices.

Continue your evening with live jazz and dancing at 15 South Restaurante Enoteca.

Taking the south bridge off Siesta, go right on Tamiami Trail and make a left at the first traffic light to Gulf Gate Drive.
Gulf Gate with offshoots on Superior, Gateway and Mall Drives feature a fantastic selection of eateries and haunts. Ranging from pub food, French, Italian to Japanese and Vegetarian, there’s Oh Mamma Mia, Kazu’s Sushi, Sarasota Brewing, Word of Mouth Veg, and so much more.