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Old 06-05-2008, 07:09 PM
 
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We are headed down there in a week or so. Can you locals please weigh in on the best restaurants in the area? Nothing overly fancy (as this will be a true "family vacation") and does not have to be seafood (but some seafood is good!). Would love to hear about everything from local dives to relatively nice (but family-friendly) restaurants.

Thanks in advance folks! Really appreciate it.

w
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Old Packing House Cafe is kind of a quirky, out of the way place in Sarasota. The Melting Pot is another place that's kind of neat. There are also lots of restaurants up and down Main St in Sarasota that are very good. Everytime the kids and I venture up that way we try a different restaurant. If you wanted to venture as far down is Venice, Sharky's on the Pier is pretty good and kid friendly. Here's a list of from my website of many of the restaurants in Sarasota. Many of them are not that kid friendly though:

Sarasota
Alpine Steakhouse
German
941-922-3797
4520 S Tamiami Trl
Sarasota, FL

Bijou Cafe
American
941-366-8111
1287 First St.
Sarasota, FL

Broccolini’s
European-Italian
941-926-8525
6525 Superior Ave.
Sarasota, Fl

Cafe Baci
Italian
941-921-4848
4001 S Tamiami Tr.
Sarasota, FL

Cafe on the Bay
Island Mediterranean Flair
941-383-0440
2600 Harbourside Dr.
Longboat Key, FL

Cafe Epicure
Italian Dining
941-366-5648
1298 Palm Ave
Sarasota, FL

Caragiulo's Restaurant
Italian
941-951-0866
65 S Pam Ave
Sarasota, FL

Casey Key Fish House
Waterfront dining/Seafood
941-996-1901
801 Blackburn Pt Rd
Osprey, FL

Charley's Crab
Seafood
941-388-3964
420 St Armands Cir
Sarastoa, FL


Chart House
Seafood
941-383-5593
201 Gulf of Mexico Dr.
Longboat Key, FL

Christopher's
Continental
941-388-5608
700 Ben Franklin Dr.
Sarasota, FL

The Colony
American
941-383-5558
1620 Gulf of Mexico Dr.
Longboat Key, FL

Columbia
Spanish
941-388-3987
411 Saint Armands Cir.
Sarasota, FL

Daiquiri Deck
Beachfront Dining
941-349-8697
5250 Ocean Blvd
Sarasota-Siesta Key, FL

DaRuMa Japanese Steak House
Japanese
941-342-6600
5459 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota Crossing
Sarasota, FL

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
Seafood/Waterfront dining
941-383-0102
412 Gulf of Mexico Dr
Longboat Key, FL

El Habanero Restaurant
Cuban
941-362-9562
417 Burns Ct
Sarasota FL

Euphemia Haye
Tropical, romantic setting-Fine Dining-American
941-383-3633
5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr
Longboat Key, FL

Fred's (broken link)
American
941-364-5811
1925 South Osprey
Sarasota, FL

Harry's Continental Kitchen
Continental
941-383-0777
525 St Judes Dr
Longboat Key, FL

Hemingway's
American/Island seafood
941-388-3948
325 Ringling Blvd
St Armands Cir, FL

Hillview Grill
Gourmet dining
941-952-0045
1920 Hillview St.
Sarasota, FL

Lobster Pot
Seafood
941-349-2323
[5157 Ocean Blvd
Siesta Key, FL


Maison Blanche
French
941-383-8088
2605 Gulf Of Mexico Dr.
Longboat Key, FL

Marie's Italian Kitchen
Italian
941-923-1000
5767 Beneva Rd
Sarasota, FL


Marina Jack
American/Seafood-Waterfront dining
941-365-4232
2 Marina Plz.
Sarasota, FL

MarVista Restaurant
Seafood/Waterfront dining
941-383-2391
760 Broadway
Longboat Key, FL


Mediterraino
Fine Italian Dining
941-365-4122
1970 Main St.
Sarasota, FL

The Melting Pot
American dining/fondue
941-365-2628
1055 Tamiami Tr S
Sarasota, FL

Michael's on East
American/ Voted "Most Popular Restaurant of Florida Gulf Coast"
941-366-0007
1212 S East Ave.
Sarasota, FL

Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant
Seafood
941-383-1748
800 Broadway
Longboat Key, FL

Morels Restaurant
American Continental/Fine Dining
941-927-8716
3809 S. Tuttle Ave.
Sarasota, FL

Nellie’s Deli
Catering, Kosher deli
941-924-2705
3688 Webber St.
Sarasota, Fl

Old Packinghouse Café
Homestyle cookin’
941-371-9358
975 Old Packinghouse Rd
Sarasota, FL


Ophelia's On The Bay
Continental
941-349-2212
9105 Midnight Pass Rd.
Sarasota, FL

Pan e Vino
Italian/Spanish/Seafood
941-951-0740
1532 Main St.
Sarasota, FL

Patrick's
Casual dining with a New York Flair
941-952-1170
1400 Main St at five points
Sarasota, FL

Pattigeorge's
Fine Coastal Cuisine
941-383-5111
4120 Gulf of Mexico Dr
Longboat Key, FL

Phillipi Creek Village Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Seafood
941-925-4444
5353 S Tamiami Tr
Sarasota, FL

Pho Cali
Vietnamese
941-955-2683
1578 Main St
Sarasota, FL

Poseidon
941-383-2500
3454 Gulf of Mexico Dr.
Longboat Key, FL

Primo!
Pizza, appetizers, pasta
941-359-3690
8076 N Tamiami Trl
Sarasota, FL 34243

Roessler's Restaurant
American
2033 Vamo Way
941-966-5688
Sarasota, FL

Rosebud's
American
918-8771
2215 Tamiami Trl S
Nokomis, FL

Siam Orchid Restaurant
Thai Cuisine
941-923-7447
4141 Tamiami Tr
Sarasota, FL

Siesta Key Oyster Bar
Seafood
941-346-5443
5328 Ocean Blvd
Siesta Key, FL


Silver Cricket
Tapas
941-955-9179
1923 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL

Sofia's International Restaurant
Italian, French, Russian
941-371-4195
5013 Ringwood Mdws.
Sarasota, FL

Turtle’s
Waterfront dining
941-346-2207
8875 Midnight Pass Rd
Siesta Key, FL
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Southwest Florida
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Salty Dog on SK....
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:47 AM
 
Location: SWFL
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Ceviche in DT Sarasota is awesome. It's not super fancy, and it's a true tapas restaurant, so it's fun for kids. It's very popular, so if you plan to go, make reservations. As for "dives", I like Casey Key Fish House (listed by SoFLGal) and the Salty Dog that is on the way to Longboat Key.
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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We are headed down there in a week or so. Can you locals please weigh in on the best restaurants in the area? Nothing overly fancy (as this will be a true "family vacation") and does not have to be seafood (but some seafood is good!). Would love to hear about everything from local dives to relatively nice (but family-friendly) restaurants.

Thanks in advance folks! Really appreciate it.

w
Check out Troyer's and Yoder's on Bahia Vista. Plain restaurants but great food, terrific salads and be sure to save room for the great desserts. Very interesting area. Troyer's has an amazing bakery.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:25 PM
 
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You can hit some of the places on St Armands too, ChaCha Coconuts is a little pricey but has a nice atmosphere...
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Southwest Florida
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You can hit some of the places on St Armands too, ChaCha Coconuts is a little pricey but has a nice atmosphere...
Sorry but Cha Cha's is one of the least expensive places on the circle....Pricey would be: The Columbia, Cork, Hemingways, 15 South, Crab & Fin & Cafe L'Europe....
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Old 06-11-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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Sweet Tomatoes, Gecko's (in Proctor strip mall)
and no one has mentioned
Bangkok Restaurant
4791 Swift Rd, Sarasota, FL
(941) 922-0703

best mexican - Mi Pueblo on Bee Ridge @ McIntosh
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Sweet Tomatoes, Gecko's (in Proctor strip mall)
and no one has mentioned
Bangkok Restaurant
4791 Swift Rd, Sarasota, FL
(941) 922-0703

best mexican - Mi Pueblo on Bee Ridge @ McIntosh
Good suggestions! I vote for all of them My kids love Sweet Tomatoes.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:22 AM
 
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Siesta Key - Capt Curts

Sarasota - Mattisons City Grille

Anna Maria Island - Beach House

Beach House is fantastic..... you can eat right on the beach and they have a sunset contest everynight where if you guess the right time you get a free bottle of wine.

Last edited by EG27; 06-13-2008 at 06:37 AM..
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