DINING on, or near, LONGBOAT KEY
off the coast of Sarasota in SW Florida
The vacation Travel Guide and Visitor Information to Longboat Key Florida
At the top of the Holiday Inn at Lido Beach is the Sand Dollar Restaurant; although it’s not flashy, trendy or hip,
the views are spectacular.
Another location with amazing views is Lido Beach Resort’s 8th floor bar & Grill Patrons of the bar are treated to Lido’s
beach and glimpses of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. After dark, the dining area offers a panoramic shot of
Sarasota’s lighted Downtown.
Families will be delighted to find a good selection of eateries on and off Circle that are very reasonably priced.
Sarasota’s Main Street has plenty of eateries, bars and nightlife. Places like Mattison’s City Grill and Divino
Restaurant offer great food while award winning Bijou Café is an excellent choice off the beaten path on
Other good establishments include Selva Grill, Caragiulo’s, Barnacle Bills, Café Epicure and Patrick’s.
Looking for waterfront? There are a few along Sarasota’s Bay-front. There’s Marina Jack’s spectacular second floor
dining or if you’d rather be cruising... their yacht is available for sunset buffets.
A burger and brew can always be found at O’Leary’s in Centennial’s Bayfront Park while the Ritz Carlton’s "Jack Dusty"
features outstanding fare and a partial view of the bay.
On Anna Maria Island...
With a slew of Zagat Ratings and Golden Spoon Awards, Anna Maria’s Beach Bistro is probably one to reserve for those
great impressions and special occasions. Arrive before sunset as the dining room is right on Holmes Beach.
The Waterfront Restaurant may not be on the water, yet it’s worth mentioning as the food is excellent and water is right
across the street. The same goes for the restaurant at Bridgewalk's Island Time Bar and Grill across from Bradenton Beach.
The legendary Sandbar Restaurant is a casual spot where indoor/outdoor beachside seating features perfect sunset watching.
That’s also true of the Beach House on Bradenton Beach. Both locations have access to sand for that balmy moonlit stroll.
On Siesta Key...
If you don’t mind the drive, there’s a great spot with excellent credentials... Ophelia’s on the Bay. Featuring dockside
dining on Little Sarasota Bay, this is where manatees and dolphins raise their young and where mangrove islands are
filled with shorebirds tending to their broods.
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