The Best Of Sarasota: 6 Exquisite Waterside Dining Experiences

The Best Of Sarasota: 6 Exquisite Waterside Dining Experiences

 

Whether your dream Sarasota vacation includes water activities, safari adventures, or relaxing by the waterside with a good book, you will want to make time to grab a bite at some of these six breathtaking waterside restaurants. If you want to make the most of your time in Sunny Sarasota, you’ve come to the right place! Below you will find Sarasota’s best waterfront restaurants; sit back, relax and enjoy Florida’s freshest bounties with serene saltwater on your horizon.

 

Fin’s at Sharky’s

Take a short trip to the south end of Venice Island, where you will find Fin’s at Sharky’s, the only local restaurant situated right on the Gulf of Mexico. Sip on a carefully crafted cocktail while drinking in the beauty of the Gulf. Famed for their Tuna Tacos and unbelievable view, Fin’s at Sharky’s will be a lunch or dinner treat to remember.

Old Salty Dog – City Island

Complete your Sarasota adventures with a lunch break at Old Salty Dog. Their namesake, Salty Dog, is a must try! This treat is a quarter pound hot dog deep fried to golden perfection and served on a toasty bun – the ideal Sarasota vacation isn’t complete without it! Also famed in Sarasota for their bloody marys, the “Spicy Mary” comes highly recommended to sip with your seafood.

Ophelia’s On The Bay

Looking to experience serene Sarasota in style? Stop by Ophelia’s On The Bay to enjoy their exclusive wine, fresh seafood and more! Be sure to reserve your seat at an outdoor table ahead of time.

The Crow’s Nest

South of Venice Island has all of the best-kept secret spots! Dock on the side of The Crow’s Nest for a relaxing midday meal. The crabcake is The Crow’s Nest’s famed meal – the most flavorful crab you’ll find in Sarasota!.

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

No Sarasota vacation is complete without dinner at Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. A local favorite for their classic lobster roll, this waterside dining spot will satisfy all of your seafood needs. If you’re not much of a lobster lover, their sandwich selection and pasta dishes provide a mouthwatering affair.

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill

If you are looking for a picturesque dining experience with unforgettable views, O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill is the place to be. This laid-back, fur-baby friendly grill is the perfect pit stop when exploring downtown Sarasota or end to an adventurous day. The outdoor picnic area is reminiscent of Sarasota’s glistening beaches with soft sands underfoot. Serving seafood classics such as fried shrimp and grilled Mahi Mahi, the tiki bar is a lively haunt, frequented by locals and tourists. Relax over dinner and drinks while gazing at the mangroves and Sarasota Bay, the perfect end to your day!

 

Regardless of where you spend your vacation in Sunny Sarasota, you will want to make time for a meal at one of these serene seaside spots!

 

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Dive Into Sarasota’s Tastiest Seafood Spots

Dive Into Sarasota’s Tastiest Seafood Spots

Dive Into Sarasota’s Tastiest Seafood Spots

By Hannah M.

 

Are you planning your Sarasota vacation and on the search for the best seafood spots? Southwest Florida has the freshest fish on the Gulf of Mexico! Take a look below at some of Sarasota’s favorite fish restaurants.

 

Walt’s Fish Market, Restaurant & Tiki Bar

4144 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Originally started as a fish market by the Wallin family, this restaurant took off in the 40’s when Tom Wallin began to cook up the catch of the day for local fishers. Since then, they have relocated and refreshed their entire business to include a full bar and a variety of fresh fish, including a rotating catch of the day. The grouper sandwich is a local favorite and said to be the best in the area!  

Crab & Fin

420 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

A fundamental pitstop on St. Armand’s Circle for over four decades, Crab & Fin is known for the freshest fish in the region. Serving seafood from near and far, this seafood spot is one of the tastiest around! Their menu features a variety of seafood, from mahi-mahi to crab claws; Crab & Fin will satisfy all of your seafood cravings.

Eat Here

5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach

If you are craving the most savory seafood tacos in Southwest Florida, Eat Here has it all!. Featuring fish tacos in a truly authentic setting, this fish taco restaurant brings only the best ingredients to your plate. Served with Sriracha and crunchy vegetables, this taco promises a mouthwatering fare no matter what you fill it with.

Indigenous

239 S. Links Ave., Sarasota

A go-to spot for Sarasota locals, Indigenous offers great meals and good times. While they serve a variety of local food, Indigenous is most renowned for their seafood specials. Chef Steve Phelps carefully crafts each plate to perfection and is devoted to promoting renewable species. This restaurant is a fundamental fishy spot for your Sarasota vacation!

Spearfish Grille

1265 old Stickney Piont Rd, Sarasota

Quaint and relaxing, Spearfish offers fresh fish, shellfish and more right from the Gulf while giving you an close perspective of local life. Serving some of the most scrumptious seafood in the area, Spearfish doesn’t focus on appearance, but rather being known for the freshest catch around.

 

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Exploring Sarasota’s Burgeoning Rosemary District

Exploring Sarasota’s Burgeoning Rosemary District

Exploring Sarasota’s Burgeoning Rosemary District

 

Take a day trip just north of downtown Sarasota to the Rosemary district, where you will find the peak of Sarasota’s culture. This vibrant coastal corner is Sarasota’s center of modern culture, local art and tasty cuisine!

 

Sarasota Modern

If you’re looking for the perfect quaint hideaway, Sarasota Modern is in the center of the Rosemary District and focuses on lavish living. This elegant hotel promises a relaxing stay to look forward to at the end of the day.

The Yoga Shack

What better way to start the day than by greeting the sunrise with a salutation? The Yoga Shack starts it’s schedule early, with a variety of classes to suit all levels of yogis.

Lolita Tartine

After your refreshing yoga session, take a short walk over to Lolita Tartine, a tasty, traditional French breakfast spot. Start off with something sweet, like their mouthwatering chocolate croissant or a crepe while you sip on your cafe au lait. For those who like a more filling meal to start the day, give the personal quiche a go with your espresso.

The Overton

Experience the Rosemary District and Sarasota culture up close during your lunch break at The Overton. This trendy lunch spot is named after Sarasota County’s first Black community, and is the heart of the Rosemary District. Meander around the neighborhood after lunch and take in the colorful murals, local art and intriguing history. The murals in the Rosemary District are reason enough to visit this charming location; the art found here draws in locals and tourists alike.

Mandeville Beer Garden & Rudolph’s

For some happy hour specials to kick off your evening, Rudolph’s offers a perfectly crafted cocktail. If a local brew is more up your alley, Mandeville Beer Garden keeps a rotating selection of local brewers, including the popular JDub’s Brewing Company.

The Rosemary

Head over to The Rosemary for dinner in classic Sarasota style. With delectable dishes like tuna tartare and duck a l’orange waiting to be enjoyed while watching the sunset, this restaurant is a key dining experience. Named after the Rosemary District, the cultural cuisine served here in a coastal setting is wonderful way to finish the day.

The Blue Rooster

For a lively way to end the evening, The Blue Rooster offers nightly blues entertainment. Featuring local and touring musicians, the soulful sounds found at The Blue Rooster is an esoteric experience.

 

The Rosemary district is one of Sarasota’s many historical locations! See here for more intriguing historical escapades to enjoy on your vacation.

 

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Top Ten Ways To Have Fun In Sunny Sarasota

Top Ten Ways To Have Fun In Sunny Sarasota

 

Are you looking for the most exciting adventures and activities to occupy your time on your Sarasota vacation? Here is a list of Sarasota’s best places to have the most fun on limited time!

 

Red Bug Slough Preserve

Explore Florida’s natural habitats at Red Bug Slough Preserve. The plethora of trails to choose from, ranging from short trips to long adventures, are perfect for a limited schedule!

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill

Check out the local’s favorite spot, O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill for an evening of live music in the tropics. If your schedule allows it, enjoy a cocktail from the bar after riding a paddle boat on Sarasota Bay.

Spa at The Ritz-Carlton

Whether you are in Sarasota for business or pleasure, some pampering at The Ritz-Carlton is a must! Treat yourself to a 45-minute thermal detox or an 80-minute massage.

Red Barn Flea Market

Dive into Red Barn’s bottomless treasures and hunt for souvenirs!

Venice Beach

Miles of glistening sandy beaches, layered with black shark’s teeth await you at Venice Beach, the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. A leisurely walk over the pristine sands will yield timeless treasures to remember your adventures by.

The Ringling

Are you an art lover? The Ringling is a necessary pit-stop for art appreciators of all kinds! Offering free admission on Mondays, this art haven is a must-see.

Yoder’s Amish Restaurant

Enjoy a slice of mouthwatering pie at Yoder’s Amish Restaurant & Amish Village…the classic double crust apple pie is a crowd favorite!

Smuggler’s Cove

Are you looking for family-friendly adventure options, but short on time? Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf offers the perfect family retreat. Feed the gators and if your schedule allows, get in a round of putt putt with the kids!

Mote Marine Aquarium

Mote Marine Aquarium is another intriguing, family-friendly venture! Moon over the manatees or head to the other side of the aquarium where the sharks are held for a little scare!

Historic Spanish Point

Take a historical journey through Spanish Point and learn all about the past of Sarasota! Visit their site to see the group tours offered or take a self-guided tour on your own time.

 

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The Complete Sarasota Road Trip Checklist

The Complete Sarasota Road Trip Checklist

The Complete Sarasota Road Trip Checklist

By Hannah M.

 

You’ve booked accommodations, you’ve planned out the perfect vacation itinerary, and you’re almost ready to hit the road to Sunny Sarasota! See below for your complete road trip checklist to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

 

1. Bring The Party Bus In For A Check Up!

To ensure you don’t hit any unforeseen mechanical bumps on the road, bring your car in for a tune up before leaving. If your car has recently been serviced, be sure to still fill up fluids and check tire pressures for a smooth trip.

2. Don’t Forget Your Paperwork

Don’t forget to bring any necessary paperwork you may need for the trip, such as hotel reservations and insurance information.

3. Emergency And First Aid Kit

Having an emergency kit on hand is a must for any road trip! See here for some ideas of what to include in your emergency road trip kit. You will also want to ensure that your car’s first aid kit is fully stocked and ready to go.

4. Snack Cooler

No road trip is complete without some sweet and savory snacks to munch on. Easy and tasty road trip snacks include: trail mix, cheese sticks, grapes and berries, cut fruit, and granola. Make sure you have plenty of water and choice drinks to stay hydrated with.

5. Pet Supplies

Doggie bags, a small treat bag stored in the glove compartment, and chew toys are all good ideas to bring along for your furry friends!

6. Map Out Route

Before heading out, you will want to print out your directions and research some stops or meal options for a seamless ride.

7. Car Games

8. Trash Bin

9. Tissues and Wet Wipes

10. Headphones/AUX and USB cables

11. Change For Tolls

12. Rain Jacket/Sweater/Extra Clothes

 

With this complete road trip checklist, you are ready to hit the road to sunny Sarasota this summer!

 

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7 Group Tours To Further Your Sunny Sarasota Explorations

7 Group Tours To Further Your Sunny Sarasota Explorations

7 Group Tours To Further Your Sunny Sarasota Explorations

7 Group Tours To Further Your Sunny Sarasota Explorations

Learn all about Sarasota’s rich history, taste the local brews and fully experience all of the breathtaking sights Sunny Sarasota has to offer with these 7 group tours!

 

Discover Sarasota

Discover all of Sarasota’s most intriguing stories and folklore aboard Discover Sarasota’s trolley tour. With multiple tours to choose from exploring every corner of Sarasota, you are in for an unforgettable adventure. “Love Stories of Sarasota” is a local favorite, with complimentary beer and wine offered prior to boarding. The sweet peak of this tour is certainly the stop at Peterbrooke Chocolatier, a chocoholic’s dream!

Sarasota Suncoast

Another tour that delves into the rich history of Sarasota, Sarasota Suncoast Tour is a creative’s ideal exploration. The “Gods, Goddesses, & Myths” tour is a wonderful way to learn about Sarasota’s folklore while viewing the local art.

Key Culinary

Key Culinary, run by the same management as Sarasota Suncoast Tours, gives a savory perspective of Sarasota’s tastiest spots. Sarasota is a foodie paradise and aboard Key Culinary you will experience all of the best flavors! Travel across the world on the “International Flavors” tour, which comes highly recommended.

SRQ Fun Trolley

Make sure to reserve your spot on SRQ’s Fun Trolley’s Sunday Tour for a fantastic day of fun around the town! Sample Sarasota’s microbreweries and local wine on this entertaining and relaxing Sunday afternoon tour.

Sarasota Bike Tours

Breeze by Sarasota’s most intriguing sights on Sarasota’s Bike Tours! All equipment for the tour is included, along with a tour guide to give you all of the interesting facts about the local area. With a plethora of different tours to choose from, Sarasota Bike Tours has something for everyone! The “Downtown Historic Tour” is a crowd favorite that runs year round.

 

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Spring Events In Sunny Sarasota

If you’ve been looking for the perfect spring adventure to explore Florida, Sarasota is full of fun to be had! Take a look at the exciting events below on sunny Sarasota’s schedule this spring.

Sarasota Garden Club

Experience Sarasota’s Spring season with all of it’s fantastic florals at Sarasota’s Garden Club. With a private garden tours following a Wedding Flower Show at the end of the month, Sarasota’s Garden Club offers a relaxing day venture for all. Featuring a breathtaking display of native and tropical plants on over an acre of beautifully maintained grounds, this spring paradise is an adventure you don’t want to miss.

Jewish Film Festival

Travel the world on your vacation to Sarasota this Spring at the Jewish Film Festival. Sarasota’s 10th annual Jewish Film Festival is held all throughout march, featuring many different films from all around the globe!

Ringling Underground

Running throughout March and April in the Ringling Museum Courtyard, Ringling Underground offers an serene evening under the stars, in addition to food, drinks, and local music. End the night while under Sarasota’s starry skies with this enchanting evening event.

Moon Over Myakka Concert

Head out to Myakka State Park for a captivating night away from Southwest Florida’s hustle and bustle. Moon Over Myakka on March 15th features Florida-based Eagles cover band, The Alter Eagles, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Soak Up The Sunshine: Brown Bag Lunch Concert

Take it easy in the sunshine at the Brown Bag Lunch Concert in Phillipi Park every Thursday this March. This is a relaxing way to spend the day for all, especially if you’re searching for family-friendly activities!

Sarasota County Fair

Check out Sarasota locals favorite place to have fun at the 83rd annual Sarasota County Fair! Get your fill of deep-fried foods, agricultural exhibits, along with carnival festivities March 15th – March 24th at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.

My Hometown Fest

March 23rd from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Nathan Benderson Park

Lastly, My Hometown Fest is a great way to experience Sarasota. Established in 2016 as a charity event to support the Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, which assists families with language disabilities. With craft beer, classic cuisine from local restaurants, live music and endless family-friendly fun, My Hometown Fest is undoubtedly a perfect way to spend the day.

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Sarasota-Manatee’s Tastiest Taco Locations

Sarasota-Manatee’s Tastiest Taco Locations

Sarasota-Manatee’s Tastiest Taco Locations

Let’s not burrito round the bush…Sarasota is the tastiest taco location in Florida! Keep reading for some of Southwest Florida’s most exclusive taco stops.

 

Sarasota’s Best Taco

First opened over a decade ago, Melange is a local favorite; their tiny tacos are a delicious start to your meal! Famed for the curry-braised rabbit tacos topped with a piece of mango, Melange is Sarasota’s ultimate taco spot!

Best Shrimp Taco

Tacos – To Go’s specialty is the Honduran baleadas, a giant taco filled with spicy shrimp and layered with pico de gallo, guacamole and cheese. While their shrimp taco is the main attraction, the appetizing selection of Latin American specialties found at Tacos – To Go is unique to Sarasota.

Wicked Cantina

Tacos are a go-to meal anytime of day! Wicked Cantina is locally famous for their savory breakfast tacos, served in flour tortillas and topped with cholula, with an array of fillings to choose, from chorizo, avocado, bacon, and more. Wicked Cantina promises a scrumptious start to your day!

El Tio Carlos

Located inside the Red Barn Flea Market, this tasteful taco stand’s forte is roasted pork stuffed inside a thick tortilla, topped with a spicy red sauce. Well-known to Sarasota for their distinctive Middle Eastern take on traditional tacos, El Tio Carlos offers an enticing experience.

Poppo’s Taqueria

For the tastiest chicken taco you’ve tried yet, check out Poppo’s Taqueria. Chicken can be a predictable route to take when trying tacos, but Poppo’s Taqueria doesn’t let a single flavor go unused! Simmered down in ancho chili powder with endless topping choices, Poppo’s chicken taco is a tantalizing adventure for your taste buds.

La Brisa Tacos Y Mariscos

Are you looking for the yummiest carnitas in Southwest Florida? Head over to La Brisa Tacos Y Mariscos to satisfy your carnita craving! Tossed together inside of a corn tortilla and drizzled with homemade sauce, this taco is a must-try.

Fish Taco Frenzy

For a perfect pairing of seafood stuffed in tortillas, Eat Here is sure to be an impressive affair. The featured fish taco here changes daily to include the freshest catch; regardless of what’s on the menu, you’re in for a treat!

Best Vegetarian Spot – Taco ‘bout Tasty!

Are you looking for mouthwatering vegetarian-friendly taco spots? Birdrock Taco Shack has something for everyone. The “Avocado Banh Mi” is a favorite vegetarian option, filled with fresh fruit and jalapeno-pickled vegetables.

 

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Valentine’s Day In Sarasota: The Ideal Date Night!

Valentine’s Day In Sarasota: The Ideal Date Night!

Valentine’s Day In Sarasota: The Ideal Date Night!

By Hannah M.

Valentine’s Day In Sarasota: The Perfect Date Night!

Have you been searching for the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day on your Sarasota vacation? There are so many enchanting events to explore throughout the evening; read below for some ideas to get your Valentine’s Day ventures started!

 

H2O Bistro

H2O Bistro is one of the many restaurants in Sarasota that will be having Valentine’s Day specials. Seating from 4-10 on Valentine’s Day with a special price fixed menu, H20 Bistro is your go-to romantic date night.

JDubs Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a more laid-back Valentine’s Day date, head to JDubs Brewing Company for pleasant pairing of cheese, chocolate and beer. This intimate evening promises to be an appetizing affair!   

Marina Jack

Watch the sunset over the surf from Marina Jack II on their special Valentine’s Day sunset dinner cruise. Don’t forget to call (941) 365-4232 to reserve your spot on this romantic rendezvous for two.

Boca

Enjoy a picturesque picnic on the beach with your loved one for the perfect Valentine’s Day evening. Place your order at Boca ahead for two unique dining options: dine in with a bottle of Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries or order their take out menu, including a filet, lobster tail, and much more. Call ahead (941) 256-3565 for reservations!

Pier 22

Head over to Pier 22 for a heavenly house-made roll of sushi, New Zealand rack of lamb, or their mouth-watering wasabi-crusted ahi tuna. Try out their special Valentine’s Day cocktail menu or end the evening with one of their scrumptious desserts. Call (941) 748-8087 to reserve your place ahead of time.

Date Night On The Town: Sarasota Opera House

Are you searching for some after dinner activities to complete the night with your sweetheart? Spend Valentine’s Day on the Sarasota Stage for an elegant experience you won’t want to miss! With several different shows to choose from, ranging from comedies to dramas, Sarasota Opera House is reputed for their stunning shows and sure to be an entertaining evening.

 

Make This Valentine’s Day One To Remember in Sarasota!

From simple and special Valentine’s Day plans such as picnics on the beach, to lavish cruises over the water; there are so many ways to celebrate love in Sarasota this year. Get ready for an adventurous Valentine’s Day date night on the town with your significant other!

 

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Staying Safe While Having Fun on Vacation!

Staying Safe While Having Fun!

By Hannah M. 

Southern Florida is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Renowned for the alluring natural habitats, gleaming white sand beaches, calm rivers, and especially the intriguing wildlife. During your relaxing vacation in Southern Florida, you’re sure to run into the indigenous inhabitants- alligators. Below are some safety tips to keep in mind for an enjoyable vacation.

Sharing is Not Caring!

The most essential rule to keep in mind regarding alligators is to keep your food stored away. Do not feed them! Alligators have an instinctive fear of humans, which is favorable for us, as people are natural prey in the wild. Sharing your food can be dangerous, as it emboldens the alligator, and in turn, may look for other people in search of food. A good rule of thumb is to not feed any wildlife you may encounter.

Alligator Mating Season

Spring and Summer is alligator mating season in Florida, so be extra careful during these times. Alligator nests may also be found more frequently, so if you happen to run across one, do not disturb it. Mother gators are always nearby, so just keep in mind to give the alligators their space! Their temperament may change erratically, and you may see larger gators than normal – the best thing to do is not interact with them in anyway and give them plenty of space.

Keeping Your Furry Friends in Mind

It’s not the complete vacation without Man’s Best Friend! Everyone loves to bring their pet along for a cruise on the river or to splash in the waves. It’s easy to keep your best bud safe by keeping them leashed the entire time. Headed for a lazy day on the river? Make sure to keep your dog leashed when you dock, especially during alligator mating season.

Stay Away!

These magnificent creatures may appear passive and idle, but they move rapidly. A good rule is to always keep 60 feet between you and the alligator. If they hiss or lunge at you – back up! That’s a warning sign you’re too close.

Safety while Swimming

St. John’s River is a prime destination for boating, fishing and lovely water views. From the deck, under the warm Florida rays, you may be tempted to take a quick dip in the waters. A key safety rule to keep in mind on your vacation is this: If you can’t see your feet or arms while in the water, do not swim!

Swimming where you cannot see your arms or legs should be avoided, as gators frequent these areas.

There are many gorgeous, crystal clear springs that are accessible from St. John’s River, including Silver Glen Springs. The water is shallow and alligators are rare. Make sure to visit one of these breathtaking spots during your fishing trip!

Fishing Safety

Be careful where you pick your fishing spots – some gators will be attracted to the fish on a hooked line and may grab it. Fishing in areas that are heavy in vegetation or near the water’s edge is discouraged, as those are popular gator hang outs. If you’re fishing for a fresh catch for dinner and don’t want any surprise bites, just stay in open, clear water.

Have a Safe Vacation!

Geared with these quick and easy safety tips, you’re ready for your vacation on the river! Castaways on the River can help you plan for your essential vacation. With many different rental boats to choose from in the marina directly outside your hotel room or cottage door, relaxing on the river is a Florida Must-Do!

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