From casual to fine dining, here are five of Sarasota’s most famous restaurants that you have to check out!

1. Bijou Cafe
If you want a classic Downtown Sarasota experience, plan to stop at The Bijou Cafe before catching a show afterwards. This fine-dining spot is located right next to the Sarasota Opera House. Featuring delicious menu options such as bijou crab cakes, tuna tartare, tagliatelle pasta, and lamb shank, Bijou Cafe has experienced many talented chefs over the years. 

2. Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
If you’re looking for something more casual, grab a grouper sandwich at Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. Enjoy your sandwich and the weather with a fantastic view of Sarasota Bay. You won’t regret it.

3. Ophelia’s on the Bay
Perfect for couples seeking romantic dining on the water, Ophelia’s features two glass-walled dining rooms and patio seating with beautiful views of Little Sarasota Bay. The menu is printed daily and features local seafood fishes and Florida-grown fruits and vegetables. Imagine enjoying mahi mahi with a coconut macadamia crumb crust, tropical fruit jam, and sriracha potatoes. Yum! 

4. Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Phillippi Creek offers a classic, Old Florida waterfront dining experience. You can arrive at this casual restaurant by land or water. The menu includes a large variety of seafood options. The most popular dish, the King’s Seafood Boil, includes king crab, shrimp, lobster tails, mussels, potatoes, corn, and garlic bread. 

5. Walt’s Fish Market, Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Sarasota is all about fresh, local seafood, and Walt’s Fish Market delivers. On a regular basis, they offer grouper, red snapper, flounder, cobia, mahi, and more. In addition to the market and restaurant, Walt’s has a tiki bar that opened a few years ago.