Downtown Sarasota Restaurant Guide

Selva GrillThanks to its numerous restaurants and food-themed events and festivals, the downtown Sarasota Florida area is world-renowned for its excellent dining opportunities. From the Taste of Sarasota, which takes place each November, to the Forks and Corks Wine and Food Festival in January, you are almost guaranteed to find some sort of food-related event taking place in Sarasota at any time of the year.

Known primarily for its wealth of restaurants featuring international cuisine, downtown Sarasota offers visitors and residents an escape from the ordinary. On Main Street, in a section that runs from Orange Avenue west to Gulfstream Avenue, international dining opportunities include Chinese, French, Fusion, Greek, Italian, Pan-Asian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese and American.

After taking in a show at the Sarasota Opera House or the Florida Studio Theater on First Street, live theatre enthusiasts can grab a bite to eat at restaurants such as the State Street Eating House, Selva Grill or Bijou Café. The Whole Foods Market Centre, which includes the Whole Foods Café, is also situated on First Street. Featuring an indoor café, a food bar and outdoor seating, many consider the café to be one of the best places to grab a bite to eat while soaking in the downtown scene.

Those who like to grab a variety of fresh foods to eat may want to venture down to Lemon Avenue from First Street to State Street. Here, the Downtown Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM. With approximately 50 vendors selling their wares each week, the market typically includes fresh baked goods, fruits, meats and cheeses. Gluten-free foods and prepared takeout meals are also regularly available.

From elegant sit-down establishments to quick, takeout restaurants, downtown Sarasota is sure to have a dining opportunity to suit anyone’s needs.

Downtown Sarasota Restaurant Directory

Barnacle Bill's Seafood Restaurant (1526 Main Street, 941-365-6800)

Bijou Café (1287 1st Street, 941-366-8111)

Cafe Amici Ristorante Italiano (1371 Main Street, 941-951-6896)

Cafe Epicure (1298 North Palm Avenue, 941-366-5648)

Cafe Palm (1341 Main Street, 941-914-9411)

Caragiulos Italian Restaurant (69 South Palm Avenue, 941-951-0866)

C'est La Vie (1553 Main Street, 941-906-9575)

Clasico Cafe Bar (1341 Main St., 941-957-0700)

Darwin’s on 4th  (1525 Fourth St., 941-343-2165)

Drunken Poet Cafe (1572 Main Street, 941-955-8404)

Duval's Fresh Local Seafood (1435 Main Street, 941-312-4001)

El Greco Mediterranean Cafe (1592 Main Street, 941-365-2234)

First Watch (1395 Main Street, 941-954-1395)

Louies Modern (1289 N. Palm Ave. 941-954-6973)

MADE Restaurant (1990 Main St., 941-953-2900)

Marina Jacks (2 Marina Plz.,  941-365-4232)

Mattisons City Grille ( 1 North Lemon Ave., 941

Mediterraneo Italian (1970 Main St., 941-365-4122)

Melange (1568 Main Street, 941-953-7111)

Mozaic Restaurant (1377 Main Street, 941-951-6272)

Mozzarella Fella (1668 Main Street, 941-366-7600)

Nancy's BBQ (301 S. Pineapple Ave.,  941-955-3400)

O'learys Tiki Bar & Grill (5 Bayfront Dr., 941-342-8875)

Owens Fish Camp (516 Burns Lane, 941-951-6936)

Patellini's Pizza (1429 Main Street, 941-957-6433)

Patricks 1481 (1481 Main Street, 941-955-1481)

Pho Cali Vietnamese Noodle House (1578 Main Street, 941-955-2683)

Pomona Bistro & Wine (481 N Orange Ave, 941-706-1677)

Salute! Restaurant (23 North Lemon Avenue, 941-365-1020)

Selva Grill Nuevo Latino (1345 Main Street, 941-362-4427)

Social on First (1219 First St., 941-444-7072)

State Street Eating House (1533 State St., 941-951-1533)

Station 400  (400 N Lemon Ave., 941-906-1400)

Tropical Thai (1420 Main Street, 941-364-5775)

Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill  (100 Central Ave.,  941-366-1288)

Two Senioritas Mexican (1355 Main Street, 941-366-1678)

Yume Sushi (1537 Main Street, 941-363-0604)

Z's Restaurant & Bar (1454 Main Street, 941-554-8586)