Thanks 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. For those who want to stay put in the downtown Sarasota area, however, there are plenty of restaurants to select from on every day of the week.
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 First Street Chop House, the Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant or the 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 Sarasota Famers 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.