Eat Like a Local The Sarasota-Manatee
A Guide to Independent, Locally Owned Restaurants
ood restaurants can
be found in almost any city, but when it comes to cuisine, the Sun Coast of Florida is widely known as a center of both creativity and excellence. Nowhere else in the state is the sense of independence and quality more important than the Sarasota-Manatee area. Within a 20-mile radius of downtown Sarasota there are more Florida
Let this handy booklet be your guide to the dining delights that await you. Tuck it into your beach bag, briefcase or purse, and youâ€™ll always be prepared to make the most of what the SarasotaManatee Originals have to offerâ€” anytime, anywhere.
Trend and Zagat top-scoring restaurants than any other place in the state. Every one of these award winners is independently owned. In fact, our area possesses an especially unique culinary
over 50 independent restaurants with a passion for great dining experiences and treasure in a group of
for this region where we live. Inspired by the beauty that surrounds us, the sophisticated diners who live and visit here, and bountiful fresh produce and seafood, these restaurateurs celebrate and continuously reinvent local flavors. Their deep
local roots and world-class talent have led to some of the most diverse, original and creative restaurants anywhere. In 2003, they came together to form the
Sarasota-Manatee Originals. No matter where you dine along our shoreline, youâ€™ll find surprises and satisfaction at restaurants owned by members of
dishes that embody the flavors, color and culture of Floridaâ€™s west coast, including locally caught or the Originals. These restaurateurs are famous for
farmed seafood, fresh, just-picked fruits and vegetables and ever-inventive use of the best ingredients produced right here at home by chefs with a commitment to their suppliers, their customers and their craft.
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Inside The Originals List
Mouthwatering descriptions of the food and atmosphere youâ€™ll find at each Originals restaurant to get you started.
The Originals Map
All the information you need to continue your dining journey, with a pullout map and helpful cross-index pages set up by location, type of cuisine and price range.
Ask the Originals
Answers to your most frequently asked questions about specific dining needs and occasions.
Our directory of associate members and partners.
Forks & Corks
How the Originals focus on charitable giving, especially with the popular annual Forks & Corks food and wine festival.
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15 South Ristorante offers authentic Italian cuisine, an impeccably displayed wine collection and an incredibly enticing atmosphere. The skilled international staff provides a sophisticated fine dining experience, and the soft sound of nightly musicians in the background adds to the exquisite ambiance. $$$
15 South Boulevard of Presidents St. Armands Circle (941) 388-1555 15southristorante.com
Andrea’s, winner of Sarasota Magazine’s Best of the Best award, is a real gem on the Sarasota scene. The menu changes often, as Andrea follows his inspiration and what the growing season has to offer. Andrea visits the fish market each morning for his fresh catch of the day. Andrea’s also offers over 340 wines and a cheese trolley with eight to 10 different cheeses. Andrea’s—the art of food and wine. $$$
2085 Siesta Drive Sarasota (941) 951-9200 andreassarasota.com
We’re more than just oysters. Anna Maria Oyster Bar features the freshest seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken dishes and so much more! If you are looking for a terrific Florida seafood restaurant, family dining and reasonable prices, you’ve found the place. Our fun, relaxing atmosphere and great service will make your dining experience even more enjoyable. $$
6906 14th St. W. Bradenton (941) 758-7880 oysterbar.net
Great Food, Great Beach, Great Fun! The BeacHhouse Restaurant is located on Anna Maria Island at the west end of Cortez Road. It’s the perfect place for family dining with plenty of room for the kids to play on the beach. Enjoy your meal inside the dining room or on the 650-foot waterfront deck with your toes in the sand. Voted favorite waterfront restaurant, favorite outdoor dining and best view. $$
200 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach (941) 779-2222 groupersandwich.com
The Bijou Café, a downtown “Sarasota Original” since 1986. Zagat’s top rating for the Gulf Coast, Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” and Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s “Best Continental Restaurant.” Our chef brings his passion for farm-fresh food and locally caught fish to new culinary heights in the Bijou kitchen. Sarasota’s No. 1 choice for power lunches and intimate fine dining. $$$
Blu Que Island Grill & Bar offers smokeinfused cuisine featuring hardwood grilled favorites cooked low and slow over hickory and applewood. Our menu offers a vast selection of steak, chops, foul, fresh seafood and authentic BBQ. And of couse, we didn’t forget the accompaniments: Crisp salads, savory soups, mouthwatering side dishes and a delicious selection of home-style desserts are not to be misssed! $$
1287 First St. Sarasota (941) 366-8111 bijoucafe.net
149 Avenida Messina Siesta Key (941) 346-0738 bluqueislandgrill.com
The Bridge Street Bistro on Bradenton Beach, just north of Longboat Key, offers spectacular views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The atmosphere is refined and the attire is resort casual. Dine al fresco on the third floor and enjoy the amazing sunsets while relaxing to tropical breezes and sounds of the surf. $$$
111 Gulf Drive S. Bradenton Beach (941) 782-1122 bridgestreetbistroonline.com
The Broken Egg has been a breakfast and lunch tradition since 1985. We are family-owned and operated. Youâ€™ll enjoy fabulous egg creations made from the best locally farmed eggs from Sutterâ€™s Egg Farm in Sarasota, plate-filled colossal pancakes and freshly squeezed juices. Coming for lunch? Come hungry for the best savory sandwiches and sensational salads in the area. $
4031 Clark Road Sarasota (941) 922-2868 thebrokenegg.com
A contemporary cosmopolitan Sarasota restaurant in the heart of the downtown historic and arts district. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus that are PanMediterranean and also feature American favorites enhanced by international wines. Dine inside or under shade on the streetside patio and savor the lively ambience of Sarasota’s historic Five Points and the city’s arts district. $$
Voted “Best Italian Restaurant in Sarasota” since 1995 by Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Sarasota Magazine, Café Baci ensures a pleasurable dining experience, providing guests with original family recipes. Specialties range from fresh, succulent seafood dishes to homemade pastas to traditional veal recipes. $$
1409 Main St. Sarasota (941) 365-1026 cafeamericanosrq.com
4001 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota (941) 921-4848 cafebacisarasota.com
A fine dining gem featuring authentic Italian cuisine and a world-class selection of wine. Café Gabbiano pairs excellent service with a wine cellar atmosphere nestled within Siesta Key Village. We offer an extensive dinner menu, specialty wine pairing menus, corporate event packages, monthly special events and live music. Dine indoors or out. Reservations recommended. $$$
Savor the old-world charm of Café L’Europe on St. Armands Circle. Since 1973, known simply as L’Europe, this iconic fine dining restaurant continues to wine and dine guests with classic European cuisine, award-winning wines and outstanding service. Unique dining opportunities, including signature dishes prepared tableside, prix-fixe menus and daily specials make us one of Sarasota’s dining destinations. Enjoy our patio seating, or relax in the cool comforts of our dining room. $$$
5104 Ocean Blvd. Sarasota (941) 349-1423 cafegabbiano.com
431 St. Armands Circle St. Armands Circle (941) 388-4415 cafeleurope.net
Café Venice offers both a casual lunch and fine dining atmosphere, located downtown on the historic island of Venice. Come and enjoy our fabulous fusion cuisine and wine bar. Voted “Best of Venice-Café” the past six years by the Gondolier, and “Best Romantic Restaurant” 2009 Readers’ Choice in the Herald-Tribune. We offer off-site, full-service catering. $$$
116 W. Venice Ave. Venice (941) 484-1855 cafeveniceontheisland.com
For more than 24 years the Caragiulo brothers have made a name entertaining Sarasota and Bradenton locals with their unique formula: simple yet wonderful ItalianAmerican food, a charming atmosphere and a humorous, light-hearted style of service. The food is straight out of Grandma’s kitchen and the service straight from her heart. $$
69 S. Palm Ave. Sarasota (941) 951-0866 caragiulos.com
Cedar Reef Fish Camp: 2 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU A quaint and comfortable neighborhood restaurant with an emphasis on fresh, homemade and affordable seafood. Chef Deanâ€™s specialties include lobster lasagna, cedar plank salmon, garlic crusted grouper, fish tacos, crab cakes, oysters 7 $$ ways and more!
Open for Lunch and Dinner
7240 55th Avenue E Bradenton (941) 896-9656 4167 South Tamiami Trail Venice (941) 451-8564 cedarreef.com
Have a taste of Italy on Longboat Key. Ciao! Italia chef-owner Carmine serves up a casual dining experience with superb brick oven pizza and other classic Italian dishes such as veal marsala, tortellini carbonara and bruschetta Siciliana. $$
Cosimoâ€™s offers a warm and upscale Italian trattoria atmosphere. The restaurant blends classic and new world Italian comfort food with a multicultural twist, featuring homemade signature pastas, refreshing salads, tantalizing desserts, and incredible woodfired gourmet pizzas. Extensive gluten-free menu is available. Takeout service, party platters, and catering is also offered. $$
Ciao! Italia 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key (941) 383-0010
5501 Palmer Crossing Circle Sarasota (941) 922-7999 cosimos.net
Venice’s waterfront landmark since 1976. The Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant features casual fine dining for lunch and dinner overlooking the Venice Inlet. Fresh-caught seafood, steaks and chops. Award-winning wine list; gorgeous sunsets. Dockage available. $$
1968 Tarpon Center Drive Venice (941) 484-9551 crowsnest-venice.com
Chef Derek Barnes' focus is on rustic, coastal cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The dining experience is fresh, new, and casual with a fun Southern twist. The menu will change often ensuring guests an exciting change on their many visits. Drawing from a rich blend of culinary styles and traditions, Derek is committed to bringing pleasure to all five senses when you dine at Derek’s. $$
5516 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34209 (941) 794-1100 dereks-bradenton.com
Join us for a culinary adventure without ever leaving Sarasota. We serve everything from fabulous Thai food to the freshest sushi in a unique and inviting atmosphere…never has sophisticated dining been so much fun. $$
1572 Main St. Sarasota (941) 955-8404 drunkenpoetsarasota.com
“Seafood so fresh you ought to wear your swimsuit!” Voted the best seafood restaurant in Sarasota, Top 10 Notable Wine List and Top 10 Fit for Foodies. A favorite neighborhood gem tucked in among the trendy boutiques and stylish condos of downtown Sarasota’s Main Street, Duval’s offers an executive 16-minute lunch, monthly wine pairing events and bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. $$$
1435 Main St. Sarasota (941) 312-4001 duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com
One of Americaâ€™s top 200 most romantic restaurants, Euphemia Haye continues to create memorable dining after 30 awardwinning years. For a lighter fare, upstairs at The Haye Loft choices abound with an abbreviated menu, gourmet pizzas and salads, top shelf spirits, delectable hand-made desserts, exotic coffees and live music nightly. $$$$
5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key (941) 383-3633 euphemiahaye.com
The cure for the common salad. At Fast N Fresh, your choices are endless to create your own signature salad. We offer over 50 toppings, so grab a clipboard and get creative. You can also choose from our delicious, chef-designed salads, paninis, wraps and soups off our menu. Two locations now available! Dine-in, carry out and catering available. $
8105 Cooper Creek Blvd. University Park 8138 Lakewood Main Street Lakewood Ranch (941) 462-2650 eatfastnfresh.com
Located on Venice Island, Gold Rush is one of the most popular eateries in town. Dine in or carry out; Gold Rush also provides catering. You’ll understand why they’ve been voted Best BBQ for 11 years. $$
661 S. Tamiami Trail Venice (941) 483-3137 goldrushbbq.com
Spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico served up daily! Located on Bradenton Beach, The Gulf Drive Café + Tiki is family-friendly eatery on a beautiful white sand beach. Dine on fresh Florida seafood while watching the sun set over the shimmering Gulf; or linger over Sunday breakfast while watching the dolphins play. Serving generous portions, fantastic cuisine, and cheerful service in a comfortable beach atmosphere. $$
900 Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach (941) 778-1919 gulfdrivetiki.com
Half Shell Seafood House is a new place with a classic feel and some good-old Southern hospitality. Come in and try our fresh, handshucked oysters charbroiled over an open flame, Rockefeller Orleans-style, on the half shell and much more. We offer a wide variety of seafood specialties, steaks, pasta, po-boys and salads. $$
5231 University Parkway #109 Sarasota (941) 952-9400 halfshellseafoodhouse.com
Harry’s Continental Kitchens features globally inspired coastal cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an emphasis on local seasonal flavors and served in a beautiful garden setting. Harry’s restaurant, gourmet deli, catering and corner store all hold the Harry’s standard of true epicurean excellence. $$-$$$
5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key (941) 383-0777 harryskitchen.com
We offer a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes along with mind-blowing sushi and kitchen creations. Let our experienced and innovative chefs design a magnificent meal for you and your family all while being in the care of our lively and hospitable staff. Whether it's traditional fare, sushi or tempura you crave, we can handle your hunger and give you several reasons to keep coming back for more! $$
3 Paradise Plaza Sarasota (941) 954-5726 jpanrestaurant.com
Located on Siesta Key in beautiful Sarasota, Fla., we bring you the finest tastes of New England. Enjoy a delightful dining experience in our main dining room or our patio. Open for lunch and dinner. $$ 5157 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key (941) 349-2323 sarasotalobsterpot.com
Sisters Ethna and Chris Lynch bring the real spirit of Ireland to St. Armands Circle by serving great foodâ€”from delicious sandwiches and salads to authentic Irish dishes like Cork cottage pie and Irish stewâ€”in a friendly, neighborhood pub atmosphere. $$
19B N. Boulevard of Presidents St. Armands Circle (941) 388-5550 lynchespub.com
Featuring Sunday brunch, this casual seafood restaurant also serves premium hand-cut steaks, pasta, salad and sandwiches. Extensive menu options and specials in a fun, family-friendly environment. An outdoor patio as well as a full bar. $$
4059 Cattlemen Road Sarasota (941) 377-3474 madfishgrill.com
â€œWhere should we eat?â€? This handy pull-out map and helpful cross-reference index of restaurants offers 55 answers to that burning question!
A QUICK GUIDE TO RESTAURANTS BY LOCATION Anna Maria Sandbar Seafood & Spirits
The Waterfront Restaurant
Bradenton Anna Maria Oyster Bar Cedar Reef Fish Camp Derek's Michael John's Restaurant Ortygia Restaurant Pier 22 Restaurant Primo! Ristorante SoMa Creek Side
Bradenton Beach BeacHhouse Restaurant Bridge Street Bistro
Cosimo’s Restaurant & Catering Drunken Poet Café Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood. JPAN Restaurant Madfish Grill Michael’s On East Pacific Rim Roessler’s Restaurant Salute! Ristorante The Savory Street
Siesta Key Blu Que Island Grill
Gulf Drive Café + Tiki
Ophelia’s On The Bay
Fast N Fresh
Lobster Pot Siesta Key Oyster Bar
Polo Grill & Bar
St. Armands Circle
Ciao! Italia Euphemia Haye Harry’s Continental Kitchens Mar Vista Pattigeorge’s
15 South Ristorante Café L’Europe Lynches Pub & Grub
University Park Fast N Fresh Half Shell Seafood House
Riverhouse Reef & Grill
Andrea’s The Bijou Café The Broken Egg Café Americano
Café Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar Cedar Reef Fish Camp The Crow’s Nest Gold Rush BBQ Sharky’s On The Pier
A QUICK GUIDE TO RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE AND PRICE American
Lynches Pub & Grub
Blu Que Island Grill
Bridge Street Bistro
The Broken Egg
Cedar Reef Fish Camp
Michael John's Restaurant $$$ Ophelia's On The Bay Ortygia Restaurant
Fast N Fresh
The Waterfront Restaurant $$$
Gulf Drive Café + Tiki
Polo Grill & Bar
Italian 15 South Ristorante Café Americano
Drunken Poet Café
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Cosimo's Restaurant & Catering
BBQ Gold Rush BBQ
Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. $$$ Michael's On East
The Savory Street
Seafood Anna Maria Oyster Bar
The BeacHhouse Restaurant $$ The Crow's Nest
Half Shell Seafood House
The Bijou Café
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub
Pier 22 Restaurant
Riverhouse Reef & Grill
The Sandbar Restaurant
Sharky's On The Pier
Siesta Key Oyster Bar
SoMa Creek Side
Global Eclectic/Fusion Andrea's $$$ Euphemia Haye
Harry's Continental Kitchens $$$
Eat Like a Local The Sarasota-Manatee Originals now boast more than 50 active members located between Anna Maria Island at the northernmost point and Venice at the southernmost point. From a casual meal on the beach to an exquisite four-course fine dining experience, we guarantee the meals you eat at member restaurants are freshly prepared using the best local ingredients combined with the famous heritage flavors of the Sun Coast. It’s what makes us The Originals! PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
And Such a Deal!
Originals Choice certificates are good at your choice of
over 40 participating member restaurants. Buy now, decide where to dine later! Originals Choice certificates can be printed in the denomination of your choice right at your desk. They also make wonderful gifts!
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside BeacHhouse Restaurant The Bijou Café Bridge Street Bistro The Broken Egg Café Americano Café Gabbiano Café L'Europe Café Venice Caragiulos Cedar Reef Fish Camp-Bradenton Cedar Reef Fish Camp-Venice Cosimo's The Crow’s Nest Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood. Euphemia Haye Fast N Fresh Gold Rush BBQ Gulf Drive Café and Tiki Half Shell Seafood House Harry’s Continental Kitchens Lobster Pot Lynches Pub & Grub Madfish Grill Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant mí Pueblo Michael John's Restaurant Michael’s On East Pattigeorge’s Pier 22 Restaurant Polo Grill and Bar Riverhouse Reef & Grill Roessler’s Restaurant Salute! Ristorante Sandbar Seafood & Spirits The Savory Street Siesta Key Oyster Bar SoMa Creek Side Village Café
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COME FOR THE MEAL...STAY FOR MORE The areas and communities where The Originals’ restaurant members are located are as unique and “original” as the restaurants are themselves. Here are some suggestions of things to do when visiting them.
Bradenton-Palmetto Don’t miss the South Florida Museum, Bishop Plan-
etarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium, better known as the home of Snooty the manatee. Other places to stop: Village of the Arts, DeSoto National Memorial, Gamble Mansion and McKechnie Field, where the Pittsburgh Pirates train in the spring.
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach A quaint barrier island in the Gulf
of Mexico, this seven-mile stretch is home to Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. Old Florida charm can still be found alongside its beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Take time to wander the inviting business districts.
Longboat Key Drive or bike along the spectacular Gulf of Mexico Drive.
You’ll travel alongside 12 miles of unforgettable pristine beaches and clear water dotted by wonderful and unique Originals restaurants. Longboat can be reached by bridge from either end of the island.
Lido Key and St. Armands Circle Connected to the mainland by the John Ringling Causeway, St. Armands and Lido Key are the perfect blend of nature, beaches, residences, restaurants and shopping. St. Armands Circle is a famed collection of fine shops, gourmet restaurants and nightlife.
Venice Designated a Florida MainStreet City, Venice offers more than 100
shops, salons and restaurants located in the charming downtown and on the Gulf of Mexico as well. Some of the best shelling is found on Venice’s seven miles of beach, including Caspersen.
Lakewood Ranch and University Park One of the fastest-growing
areas in Southwest Florida, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more than 15,000 residents and offers championship golf, Sarasota Polo Club and its own Main Street with theaters, shops and restaurants. The Nathan Benderson Park hosts international rowing regattas.
Siesta Beach was ranked No. 1 beach in America in 2011 By Dr. Beach. And there’s more than just beaches and water here. Visit Siesta Key Village, with shops and restaurants perfect for the island lifestyle. At the south end of Siesta you’ll find more restaurants, shops and public beaches.
Mainland and Downtown Sarasota Off the islands, Sarasota is de-
fined by a rich arts scene that belies the size of the city. Besides the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art there’s also a vibrant gallery scene showcasing talented artists both local and international. Live performances include the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet and Sarasota Orchestra and national touring shows at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. There are also three different theater companies all within a mile of each other. Don’t miss these areas right off downtown: Burns Court, the Rosemary District and Towles Court. And for great strolling, visit Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.
Mar Vista, a taste of real, authentic Florida, is located on the bayside of North Longboat Key. Enjoy a delicious meal in our quaint dining room, on the covered outdoor deck, or under the 100-year-old buttonwood trees overlooking Sarasota Bay. Voted most romantic restaurant, best Key lime pie and favorite place for boaters to dock and dine. (ICW Marker #39). $$
760 Broadway St. North Longboat Key (941) 383-2391 groupersandwich.com
Truly a local favorite! Voted Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Margarita, mi Pueblo offers Mexican food and atmosphere featuring two menus: a traditional Mexican cuisine menu and an organic, vegan, living food menu complete with organic juices, smoothies, super-food salads, tacos, burritos and desserts with Mexican flavor. Join us Monday night for live Mariachi music. $$
University Walk 8405 Tuttle Ave. Sarasota (941) 359-9303 mipueblomexican.com
Michael John’s, or MJ’s, as known by its local following, is an informal French-American steakhouse that serves beer, wine and hearty delicious food. One of Manatee’s best restaurants, MJ’s prepares house aged USDA Prime cuts of beef and incredibly fresh local seafood. At Michael John’s it’s about the food and company — and the enjoyment of both! Bon Appétit! $$$
Celebrating more than 26 years, this contemporary fine dining restaurant ensures every meal is a special occasion. Michael’s awardwinning cuisine, world-class wines, innovative hand-crafted cocktails, exceptional service and unique supper club atmosphere were recently recognized with the restaurant’s 24th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award. A 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame Inductee. $$$
Michael John’s Restaurant 1040 Carlton Arms Blvd. Bradenton (941) 747-8032 y
1212 East Ave. S. Sarasota (941) 366-0007 bestfood.com
Opheliaâ€™s on the Bay is Siesta Keyâ€™s premier fine dining waterside restaurant, featuring seating outside on a dockside terrace as well in the glass-walled dining rooms overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. A variety of continental dishes are prepared by Chef Dan Olson, including selections of seafood, beef and poultry for the menu that changes daily. $$$
9105 Midnight Pass Road Siesta Key (941) 349-2212 opheliasonthebay.net
Join Chef Gaetano Cannata for an authentic Sicilian experience. Voted # 1 restaurant in Bradenton by Trip Advisor for two years running. Chef Guy invents unique fusions of French and Sicilian recipes from the Monzu period in Sicilian history. Using the freshest ingredients from Florida and Sicily; be prepared to enjoy a dinner you will never forget. $$
1418 13th St. W. Bradenton (941) 741-8646 ortygiarestaurant.biz
Pacific Rim Restaurant is an Asian fusion cuisine, specializing in sushi and Thai. We use only the freshest foods and ingredients to bring you creative and innovative dishes. Our goal is to provide you exceptional service in a great atmosphere for all ages and to serve you excellent food. $$$
1859 Hillview St. Sarasota (941) 330-8071 pacificrimsarasota.com
PGâ€™s waterfront dining draws inspiration from coastlines around the globe, bringing together American regional favorites, exotic flavors and exciting Caribbean and Latin American nuances. Combined with the great seafood bounty of our own local waters, PGâ€™s menu is designed to please modern palates. Open daily at 5:30 p.m. $$$
4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key (941) 383-5111 pattigeorges.com
This sophisticated casual restaurant located on the Manatee River offers indoor and outdoor waterfront dining with an extensive menu ranging from sushi, fresh fish, choice steaks and wild game. Reservations are accepted for parties of 2-300. $$
1200 First Ave. W. Downtown Bradenton (941) 748-8087 pier22dining.com
Locally owned and operated, Polo Grill and Bar pairs creative food and wine with comfortable surroundings and exceptional value. Delight in locally sourced steaks and fish as well as organic fruits and vegetables. Our menu specializes in American regional cuisine with a global soul. Youâ€™ll love FĂŞte Catering & Ballroom, our catering business, focused on customized private events, corporate functions, weddings and more. $$$
a new breed of american eatery
10670 Boardwalk Loop Lakewood Ranch (941) 782-0899 pologrillandbar.com
Join us for dinner and choose from our extensive menu, meet friends for a drink in our lounge, or have our fabulous pizza from Primo’s famous wood-burning oven. There’s always something special cooking at Primo! Primo! offers you a delightful combination of fine food and a relaxed casual atmosphere. $$
8076 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota (941) 359-3690 primo-ristorante.com
Located waterfront on the Manatee River at beautiful Regatta Point Marina in Palmetto, Riverhouse Reef & Grill offers a stunning location with uncompromising cuisine. A unique blend of casual and elegant. Indoor and outdoor seating with plenty of free boat slips. Specializing in fresh seafood and Certified Angus steaks. Also the area’s premier waterfront wedding and banquet location. $$
995 Riverside Drive Palmetto (941) 729-0616 Riverhousereef.com
Roessler's is a local family owned restaurant, established in 1978, offering a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list, traditional continental cuisine with a commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients, and a dining experience of impeccable service. $$$
2033 Vamo Way Sarasota (941) 966-5688 roesslersrestaurant.com
Salute! Restaurant located in the heart of downtown Sarasota offers “al fresco” Tuscan-themed dining as well as elegant indoor seating for guests. The authentic Italian cuisine boasts handmade pastas, cured meats and cheeses. Visit Salute! Restaurant soon for a true taste of Italy. Salute! Restaurant is proud to serve creative, authentic, and delicious “cucina Italiana!” $$$
23 N. Lemon Ave. Sarasota (941) 365-1020 salutesarasota.com
The freshest seafood on the island! The Sandbar, on the north end of Anna Maria Island, has long been a favorite for locals and a great place to impress out-of-townguests. Enjoy the inside dining room or relax before sunset on the covered Gulf-front deck. Award-winning venue for weddings and special events. Voted Best overall waterfront restaurant, Best seafood restaurant, Best view and Best place to watch the sunset. $$
The Savory Street, voted one of the â€œBest New Restaurants in Sarasota,â€? offers fabulous breakfast, lunch and dinner. Starting at 5 p.m., Savory @ Night offers upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. From their in-house bakery, enjoy a delicious selection of handcreated pastries, international cuisine and traditional Latin-Mexican inspired dishes with European history. Enjoy their outdoor petfriendly patio and casual atmosphere time and time again. $$
100 Spring Ave. Anna Maria (941) 778-0444 groupersandwich.com
411 N. Orange Ave. Sarasota (941) 312-4027 thesavorystreet.com
We have been offering great seafood, pastas, and steaks garnished with superior service and the best Gulf view for 26 years. Live music, outdoor tiki bar, lunch and dinner served daily. Voted Florida’s Best Beach Bar. There’s no place in Florida like it! $$
1600 Harbor Drive South Venice (941) 488-1456 sharkysonthepier.com
Siesta Key Oyster Bar (or as the locals call it, “SKOB”) is a favorite hangout with a laidback atmosphere that will get you right into the Island Spirit. SKOB serves up awardwinning dishes from Executive Chef Douglas Jennings. Breakfast is served on Sundays, including two free drinks, and Oyster Happy Hour is daily from 3-6 p.m. A great place to dine before or after a day on Siesta Beach. $
5238 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key (941) 346-5443 skob.com
A charming restaurant set in downtown Bradenton, SoMa Creek Side offers an eclectic menu developed through the influences of Chef Dave Shiplettâ€™s extensive travels. Creative appetizers, salads and sandwiches for lunch, with internationally inspired main courses for dinner. $$
1401 Manatee Ave. West Downtown Bradenton (941) 567-4001 somacreekside.com
Great American cuisine and a casual beachy atmosphere make the Village CafĂŠ a great spot for breakfast and lunch in Siesta Village. Enjoy a fresh meal and great service; just a short walk to the beach. $
5133 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key (941) 349-2822 villagecafeonsiesta.com
Sitting on the north end of Anna Maria Island overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, the Waterfront Restaurant is a beautiful destination for anyone looking to enjoy great food, fine wines and world-class lagers and ales. $$$
111 S. Bay Blvd. Anna Maria (941) 778-1515 thewaterfrontrestaurant.net
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Ask the Originals
Need help finding the right spot to dine out? Our experts come to the rescue with answers to some frequently asked questions. (For more information on the restaurants mentioned here, look at the pages for their listings.)
Q: We just arrived in town from the Midwest and are craving some fresh seafood. Where should we dine? A: Put your toes in the sand and have some fresh seafood, including the famous grouper sandwich, at The Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island. Cedar Reef Fish Camp with locations in both Venice and Bradenton offers great fresh seafood at very reasonable prices, quickly becoming a true neighborhood favorite. If you happen to be on Siesta Key, stop into the Siesta Key Oyster Bar for amazing clam chowder and a happy hour that includes fresh oysters. Try Lobster Pot on Siesta Key for a taste of New England. If fresh New Orleans style seafood is what you’re craving, Half Shell Seafood House on University Parkway is for you!
only restaurant between Venice and Naples that’s been awarded the “Best of” Award of Excellence annually since 2004. At Michael’s On East you can order your wine from an iPad that holds their extensive hand-picked wine list. Overlooking the bay on Anna Maria Island, The Waterfront Restaurant is a great destination for fine wines and exquisite food. And Café Venice has a fabulous wine bar and casual patio dining on Main Street on the island in Venice.
Q: We’re looking for a restaurant that has an extensive wine list so we can enjoy some unique wines with our meal. Suggestions? A: The Crow’s Nest in Venice is the
Q: Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Where can I start my day off with a hearty meal? A: The Broken Egg, a Sarasota landmark since 1985, famous for
their family recipes. Just a short walk to Siesta Beach, Village Café is a favorite with locals. Q: We want to have a great view with our meal. Where can we dine on the water or with outstanding scenery? A: Voted best beach bar in Florida for 2013, Sharky’s On The Pier is a great choice for sunset cocktails or a full meal overlooking the water in Venice. Amazing views and delicious food are available at the Pier 22, on the Manatee River in Bradenton, or stop by the Gulf Drive Café + Tiki on Bradenton Beach for a cocktail or a delicious meal while watching the dolphins play in the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the ocean breeze and familyfriendly dining at The BeacHhouse Restaurant on Bradenton Beach. Offering spectacular views and a relaxed but refined atmosphere, The Bridge Street Bistro is another great dining choice in Bradenton Beach. Q: I really have a craving for authentic Italian food; are there any good Italian restaurants in Sarasota? A: Café Baci, serving homemade pastas and original family recipes, is consistently voted as Best Italian Restaurant in Sarasota. Located in Siesta Key Village, Café Gabbiano serves up Italian classics with an extensive wine list, including wine pairing menus. Family-owned and operated for more than 25 years, Caragiulos is a downtown favorite for classic Italian cuisine. Q: Can you recommend a good restaurant in the downtown area? A: The Bijou Café has been a favorite for many years with locals and tourists alike. Experience the true taste of Italy in the heart
of downtown Sarasota at Salute! Restaurant, with seating available “al fresco” on the large outdoor patio. A local favorite, Drunken Poet is sure to please with Thai and Japanese cuisine, including fresh sushi and a fun atmosphere. Café Americano is open for breakfast daily and known for their great pizza. Try the award-winning seafood or stop by for Sunday brunch at Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood. Q: We don’t always like to go out to eat but would like someone to cater a few private dinner parties at our house. Any ideas? A: Harry’s Continental Kitchen has a variety of catering packages available or can create a menu specifically for your event. Need a place for your event? Polo Grill & Bar offers private dining rooms and banquet rooms available as
well as off-premise catering. For any special occasion, including weddings, Primo! Ristorante or Madfish Grill will take good care of your guests.
Q: Our relatives are here for the season and staying in a condo on Longboat Key. Where should we take them to dinner? A: For a world-class dining experience, head to Euphemia Haye where you’ll enjoy fine cuisine and exceptional service. The global cuisine of Pattigeorge’s is sure to please everyone’s palate. On St. Armands Circle, Café L’Europe, open for over 40 years, is a legendary dining location and experience. If live jazz and gourmet Italian cuisine are more to your liking, 15 South Ristorante is a sure bet. Q: Boating is our passion! Are there restaurants available where we can dock and dine? A: Ophelia’s On The Bay is Siesta Key’s best-kept secret for fine dining on the dockside terrace or inside the restaurant. Overlooking Sarasota Bay, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is a great choice for boaters on Longboat Key. If you’re in the Manatee area, Riverhouse Reef & Grill is located on scenic Manatee River. Q: We are foodies and want to try something unique and personal. What are some hidden “gems” that we may not have heard of? A: Andrea’s serves up world-class Italian cuisine and fine wines, including a cheese trolley. In south Sarasota, Roessler’s Restaurant will please the most sophisticated palate with their exquisite continental cuisine and first class service. If you’re looking for traditional Japanese cuisine with friendly neighborhood hospitality, be sure to try JPAN Restaurant. In Bradenton, be sure to treat yourself to the rustic coastal cuisine served at chef owned Derek’s. At SoMa Creek Side, in the heart of downtown Bradenton, Chef Dave Shiplett has created a niche with his world-class cuisine. Off the beaten path you’ll find Michael John’s, a quaint little spot
with really, really good food! Q: We have a large family group, including kids. What’s a good place to accommodate different tastes? A: Visit Blu Que Island Grill on Siesta Key for a fabulous variety of smoke-infused dishes and fresh seafood. In Venice, try Gold Rush BBQ for a fun atmosphere and some of the best BBQ on the Gulf Coast. The menu at Cosimo’s Restaurant and Catering features incredible brick oven pizza, homemade signature pasta dishes and extensive gluten-free offerings. For great seafood and family dining at reasonable prices, try Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
Q: Where are some good places to dine for lunch? A: Fast N Fresh has made-to-order signature salads and creative paninis and wraps for your lunchtime meal. For a taste of Ireland, visit Ethna and Chris at Lynches Pub & Grub on St. Armands Circle. Fresh-baked pastries and international dishes are served up daily at The Savory Street, located near downtown Sarasota. Q: We’re tired of the same old continental American menu. Can you recommend some place with different ethnic foods? A: For great Mexican food and live mariachi music, head to mi Pueblo. Wildly popular, Pacific Rim specializes in Japanese Thai Fusion Cuisine and is known for their delicious selection of sushi.
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Good Partners, Good Friends
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals would like to thank its Associate Business Members, named below. Together with the restaurant members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, these companies are committed to promoting locally owned businesses. All have a vital connection to our mission of supporting local eateries.
Brian Palmer, CPA, PA
Certified Public Accountants Our mission is to help small and medium size businesses in the Sarasota/ Manatee County area to succeed. We work with clients to increase their understanding of the financial data that is available from their transactions so they can become more successful. The client determines the level of service they need; from limited consultation to consistent reconciliation and review, or full financial outsourcing including check writing and payroll. If you are successful, we all benefit! bpalmeraccounting.com
Datum Corporation is a global technology consulting firm specializing in solutions-based technology leadership, infrastructure management, compliance and regulation needs. Datum supports clients in all 50 states from their headquarters in Sarasota, Fla. As a managed technology services organization, Datum provides a single point of contact for all aspects of technology to its clients. datumcorporation.com
Design Works is Florida’s premier statewide resource with over 40 years in business specializing in kitchen and bathroom design and remodeling. We provide state of the art tile, natural stone, captivating granite and quartz countertops, an alluring array of cabinetry, and enticing hardware. Our design staff, with their expertise, can assist you in designing the per-
fect kitchen, bathroom, or furnishings for your home or office. Design Works has showrooms throughout Florida; the resources you need are never out of reach. At Design Works, we look forward to making your vision become your reality. Infinite Possibilities – One Source. floridadesignworks.com/
Florida Hospitality Insurance Agency is a niche provider in the food service and hospitality industry for the state of Florida. With almost 20 years of experience and highly educated in the service industry, Florida Hospitality Insurance Agency has the ability to custom tailor programs from a number of Class A carriers to suit your individual business needs. “Insurance with a Personal Touch”. fhi-agency.com
Icard, Merrill was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has grown along with Southwest Florida and now also has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, offering expertise in business, banking, commercial and construction law and related litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning. The firm has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, with members involved in numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, education, health and human services. icardmerrill.comSysco is the local leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to area restaurants. More chefs turn to Sysco than to any other brand in the world to deliver the freshest and highest-quality products for their restaurants. sysco.com
Good Partners, Good Friends Peter Acker has been a full time professional photographer since 1996. From his base in Sarasota, he shoots nationally and internationally for a variety of corporate clients. Locally he covers events around Sarasota, shoots commercially for several high profile organizations, and he is a regular contributor to Edible Sarasota Magazine as well as the official photograph for The Sarasota-Manatee Originals packerphoto.com
Sarasota Magazine is the areaâ€™s leading lifestyle magazine, publishing for more than 35 years and reaching an affluent, sophisticated readership that enjoys the best in lifeâ€”shopping, arts and culture, travel, and, of course, fine dining. The magazine regularly runs restaurant reviews and features on the local restaurant/ dining scene and is proud to educate the community about the importance of supporting local eateries. sarasotamagazine.com
Suncoast Motorsports is a Premier Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen dealer and part of the Sunset Automotive Group located in Sarasota, Fla. Suncoast Motorsports is a major contributor to the local nonprofit and arts community and supports other local area businesses with partnerships such as the one with The Originals. With three luxurious showrooms, the dedicated staff is trained to fulfill motoring dreams of new and pre-owned vehicles as well as service, parts and an Automotive Boutique serving Sarasota and the nation. suncoastmotorsports.com
Sysco is the local leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to area restaurants. More chefs turn to Sysco than to any other brand in the world to deliver the freshest and highestquality products for their restaurants. sysco.com
Think Donson is committed to helping businesses establish their brand. From logo design, copywriting to website development and SEO, Think Donson is focused on helping your business succeed. Partners Gary and Felicia Rothberg-Donson provide exceptional customer service, offering your business the best marketing strategies â€“ online and offline. Think Donson embraces an alternative agency model, strategically partnering with some of the finest talent in the area, without the traditional agency markup. The result is competitive pricing, transparent collaboration and direct communication between clients and creative talent. thinkdonson.com
US Foods offers more than great products and local service ingenuity. They also provide unmatched food safety and quality, giving customers better solutions and value through utilization of their extensive global and local resources as well as specialty food products.
For information on becoming an Associate Member of the SarasotaManatee Originals, contact Kate Atkin at (941) 365-2800 or email kate@ freshoriginals.com.
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Forks & Corks The Originalsâ€™ community spirit shines in the annual Forks & Corks food, wine and beer festival, which brings together Originals restaurants and top international winemakers for a food and wine loverâ€™s fantasy weekend. The proceeds benefit area charities. To date, Forks & Corks has generated more than $250,000 for our charitable partners.
Make plans now to take part in the 2016 Forks & Corks events. Winemaker Dinners at various Originals restaurants Friday, Jan. 29th, and Saturday, Jan. 30th.
Forks & Corks University, Saturday, Jan. 30th. Recognized wine experts lead interactive seminars and master classes; a lavish multi-course lunch is included.
2015 Nov. 9,
takes place from
noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31st, in The Ringling. For regularly updated information, keep checking back at dineoriginal.com/ forksandcorks.
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A guide to independent, locally owned restaurants (January 2015)