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
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St Armands Circle
Locally grown veggies, freshly caught fish and farm fresh eggs are what’s cooking at the Blue Dolphin Café. (Longboat Key)
For waterfront dining, the Gulf Drive Café is right on Bradenton Beach serving freshly squeezed O.J. and Belgian Waffles.
Word of Mouth at 711 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota features fresh eggs and locally grown veggies with homemade 7 grain bread.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is one of Sarasota’s best kept secrets...
Troyer’s Dutch Heritage Restaurant on Bahia Vista. Every morning, there’s all-you-can-eat eggs, waffles, pancakes
and muffins while lunch and dinner offer exceptional broasted chicken, cobblers and more. It’s well worth a little drive.
On Longboat Key...
Three restaurants come to mind when looking for something casual and on the water. The Dry Dock, at 412 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, features superb views from the second floor restaurant and waterside covered patio. At the north end of the
island is Mar Vista neighborhood bar and restaurant with spectacular views.
Moore’s Stone Crab is right around the bend facing mangrove islands and the longest view of Sarasota Bay. This
family owned fishing/restaurant harvests the stone crab claws and catches fresh offerings for every plate. With crunchy
hushpuppies and homemade slaw, it’s good eating and a perfect setting.
Watching a sunset from the Chart House is spectacular yet, the Lazy Lobster at 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive has excellent
fare and lush patio gardens.
Longboat has two Zagat rated restaurants ... Euphemia Haye and Pattigeorge’s with Maison Blanche soon to be included among
St. Armand’s Circle is a perfect spot for people watching and most shops stay open for that after a good meal.. stroll.
While listening to piano and song, start the evening with a refreshing cocktail at Crab and Fin’s sidewalk lounge. Stay
for their succulent seafood or head to Café L’Europe for superb intimate dining in temperature controlled indoor/outdoor
spaces. Award winning Spanish cuisine is on the menu at Columbia’s wide corner location with open-air and sidewalk
Attn. Intl. Visitors
(listed north to south)
Anna Maria Island
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 and Maximo’s are excellent choices off the beaten path on
Other good establishments include Darwin’s on Fourth, Selva Grill, Caragiulo’s, Barnacle Bills, Café Epicure, Patrick’s
and Cerviche’s tapas and rooftop bar, Savory Street and Pomona Grill.
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 Burger Bar
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.
Rotten Ralphs is located on the pier at the end of Bridge Street and is a great local favorite.
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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