Unlike many other reviews these restaurants are actually on Siesta Key! not over the bridge. So many people vacation here that many forget there are many condos and single family homes that are purchased by year round residents. These people get to live everyday as if it’s a paradise vacation! In addition many northerners buy 2nd homes on the key. So if you’re a tourist, a part-timer or year round Sarasotan these are the places to go for best cuisine on the Key.
Ophelia’s on the Bay
Ophelia’s on the Bay is one of Sarasota’s premier fine dining waterfront restaurants. Enjoy beautiful vistas of Little Sarasota Bay, from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the dining room or dining on the open-air patio. The menu changes nightly using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Lunch is popular with boaters. Make reservations for sunset!
Some people have said “The best authentic Italian food in Florida” One thing is for sure when you sit to eat it is easy to forget you’re on Siesta Key and maybe not in Italy. Wine list may be the most impressive in all of Sarasota. Mangia!
Summer House Steak & Seafood
Steak Fans this is your spot! A top shelf steakhouse. When I think of steaks this good. I think business dinners in Chicago or NYC not on a laid back island. The hand cut steaks are specially selected, seasoned to perfection and cooked on the 1200-degree Montague Grill, simply outstanding in flavor and tenderness. The bar’s cocktails, meanwhile, are refined and spirit forward, and the wine list offers by-the-glass options you won’t find anywhere else in Sarasota.
Sun Garden Cafe
This is a great breakfast & lunch spot. Closes at 2:30pm and dog friendly. In Siesta Key Village a great place for a relaxing morning meal and coffee. The omelets are outstanding. Go early or late lunch. The places is always busy during high season, but it is worth the wait.
A Siesta Key favorite for outdoor dining and freshly crafted cocktails. It seems this would be where Jimmy Buffett would go for a good meal on Siesta Key. Walk in and from the looks of things its another beach pub to eat, which I assume means pub fare. It’s almost like its a set up because the food shouldn’t be this good when you’re eating in flip flops and a bathing suit. Liked so much by locals they will take the ride over the bridge in high season.
There are so many great places on Siesta Key. These are our favorite for top cuisine.