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Dine & Drink in Downtown SRQ | Sarasota, Florida

Downtown Sarasota is in the heart of culture and entertainment.  #DowntownSRQ

Louies Modern Downtown Sarasota
Louies Modern, Downtown Sarasota

Bijou Café

The Bijou Cafe is a charming Continental-American restaurant located in the heart of Sarasota’s downtown Theatre & Arts District just two blocks from the Ritz Carlton. Over the years our cuisine, award-winning wine list and exemplary unobtrusive service have set the standard for dining on the Sun Coast and established us as one of Sarasota’s most sought after fine dining destinations.
Since 1986, Chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife Shay have owned and operated The Bijou Café. It has grown from a small 50-seat restaurant to a seating capacity of 140 people in three separate dining rooms. The enchanting décor you’d expect in a quaint, but modern European café surrounds you with French windows and doors throughout, sparkling glassware, bouquets of freshly-picked flowers and the soft glow of candlelight.  Wonderful wait staff, lunch specials, happy hour, bar and dog friendly outdoor dining.

Buddy Brew Coffee Lounge

Louies Modern & Buddy Brew are in the same location with a lovely cafe and outdoor lounge.  Buddy Brew is a specialty coffee craft roaster with a crazy passion to Brew Good and Do Good. We believe coffee should be extraordinary. We believe in challenging the status quo. Our coffee is carefully selected from farmers who diligently grow and process the beans to their highest quality, and treated with tremendous care by artfully hand roasting each bean to its individual perfection. We believe coffee is best enjoyed when it is freshly roasted and meticulously prepared.

Cafe Epicure 

Cafe Epicure is the first place to go and it’s in the heart of downtown.  An authentic Italian trattoria sitting on the corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue in Sarasota, FL. It’s one of the most authentic and detail oriented outside of Italy and the prices are extremely reasonable for such a high standard of quality.

Cafe Amici on Main Street

When you’re in the mood for good times and great Italian cuisine, Café Amici is the place to be!

Café Amici on Main Street in Sarasota, Florida has been a local favorite for fine Italian Cuisine for many years.  Our family offers a variety of flavorful pasta, seafood and meat dishes using only the finest imported ingredients available.  Guests enjoy our family recipes handed down for generations!  Our desire is to provide the best dining and great hospitality in Sarasota, and that is what makes Café Amici unique!  Our great staff will do everything possible to make your dining experience memorable.  You will enjoy our fantastic wine selection and full bar selections.


Clasico offers a comfortable place to eat and drink well, commune with your friends, connect with your business, and indulge yourself.  The corner of Main and Palm has been a long time gathering spot for Sarasotans and we have revived the energy and opened our doors, welcoming you back. Unpretentious, yet interesting and delightful at the same time, our Contemporary American cuisine, full bar, and dinner/late night offerings will be sure to satisfy.  Clasico has a menu of comfort food with a healthy twist. Lunch begins at 11:30 AM.  Hungry after hours?  Try our amazing late night fare from 11 p.m. to close.  Luxurious outdoor seating with the best view of downtown Sarasota will be the perfect landing for an afternoon coffee.  Welcome back to the best corner in Sarasota.

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse – Downtown Sarasota, FL  

Hyde Park – Sarasota sits at the corner of Lemon Avenue and State Street, ½ block south of Main Street; minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and St. Armand’s Circle. Hyde Park is located near the Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Hotel Indigo, and Lido Beach hotels.  Upscale bar and dining with a late night happy hour menu.

  • 3 private rooms accommodating groups from 6 to 60 guests
  • Covered outdoor dining terrace with sidewalk café atmosphere
  • Cozy fireplace for cool winter evenings
  • Creative small-plate bar menu
  • Sarasota’s Best Happy Hour with martinis, cocktails, and bar plates starting at $5 in the bar
  • Extensive wine list with 30 wines by the glass
  • Complimentary valet parking (with validation)

Jack Dusty

Inside the Ritz Carlton Sarasota.  Where Mixologists merge with Culinarians.  Cocktails include Sippers (cocktails to be sipped and savored), Gulpers (long, refreshing and swiggable beverages) and Sandy Bottoms (big punches for sharing).  Style, substance, but not stuffy.  Linger over cocktails and bites in the lounge or bar accented by wood-paneled millwork, comfy leather seating, a rustic stone raw bar and warm and inviting wine library.LouiesModern ext

Louies Modern

Downtown Sarasota’s newest dining hotspot on the street level of the modernistic, award-winning Palm Avenue parking complex, pays homage to the Seidensticker family’s father and his provocative era, when well-mixed cocktails, sophisticated food and good company were status quo. As Libby’s Café + Bar pays tribute to the family matriarch and her come-as you-are nature, Louies Modern honors the father, Louie, who was passionate about good food and drink and a self-taught culinary master.

Social Eatery & Bar

Social on First is one of our personal favorites.  Social Eatery & Bar takes an inventive and original approach to Italian-American cuisine that emphasizes fresh-made and local ingredients in a unique and memorable indoor-outdoor setting. If you are looking to experience an elegant and contemporary style of dining that is casual and often party-like in its atmosphere, Social Eatery & Bar is the spot for you. Here you can enjoy fine dining in a fashionable but relaxed environment where you can take in the natural beauty of Sarasota. You can dine al fresco in our garden patio courtyard amidst sunshine and greenery. A state of the art retractable roof protects you from inclement weather, and outdoor air conditioning units and space heaters keep our customers comfortable year round.Our outside bar and lounge provide a lively and magnificently stylish open space. Enclosed fire pits rise up from coffee tables surrounded by long sofas to create a stunningly sublime setting for enjoying a cocktail or a glass of wine.

Marina Jack


Beautiful Bay Views…The Marina Jack Dining Room is located on the second floor of Marina Jack, The Dining Room features an award winning wine list and an exceptional menu featuring the regions finest steaks, seafood and pasta. Open daily for lunch, Plated Sunday Brunch Dinner the Dining room is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your dining experience overlooking the inter-coastal waterway of Sarasota. The Executive Chef also has provided Gluten Free and vegetarian menu items in all menu areas.  The Dining Room has a complete offering of cocktails and spirits to compliment your meal and our Wine List acknowledged by Wine Spectator will compliment every part of your experience! No formal dress code is required come and let our professional staff make your experience exceptional!

The Blue Shine Patio has live music and casual water-front dining.  Relax and unwind to the ocean breezes from the Gulf of Mexico. Open daily starting at 11:15AM the Recently renovated Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill features your way to dine al fresco in a family friendly environment while enjoying your favorite tropical beverage.  The Patio menu features a variety of Appetizers, Salads, Soups and Sandwiches including special Gluten Free selections.

The Deep Six Lounge features your favorite casual setting open daily starting at 11:15AM.  Choose from an array of favorite menu items for lunch such as Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell, Crispy Calamari served with Marinara Sauce and Beef Tenderloin Sliders served with Portobello Mushrooms.  Soups and Salad selections include our Navy Bean & Ham, New England clam chowder and Seafood Chowder.

MADE Restaurant

One of our favorite places to go on a Sunday.  They are located right across from the movie theater on Main Street/ S. Washington Blvd.   They have outdoor dining so bring your furry friends!

​At Made Restaurant they offer a unique and upscale take on American comfort food at an approachable price.  They are committed to providing service reminiscent of excellent old-school hospitality.  Their goal is to become an iconic Sarasota restaurant, meeting place and destination for all to enjoy!  MADE Restaurant proudly supports local farmers, growers and ranchers fielding the best in fresh, natural, local dairy and produce. We proudly use produce from Worden Farms, Kinsey Produce, Chef’s Choice dairy and produce, and Dakin Dairy.  They are committed to making the world a better place.

Mattison’s City Grill (live music & tiki torches)

Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Mattison’s City Grille is the perfect place to enjoy comfortable outdoor dining and is the spot to be for live music nightly.

Oleary’s Tiki Bar & Grill

Open daily starting at 8AM and serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner the menu features your favorite appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees at family friendly prices. On the menu you will also find our burger menu which features a variety of choices such as Bleu Cheese & Bacon, Swiss & Mushroom, Bacon & Cheese, Works with Mushrooms, Bacon and Cheese, Turkey & Cheese and Vegetarian Burgers!  Relax and unwind to the ocean breezes from the Gulf of Mexico as you enjoy our wonderful tropical drinks, wine and beer selections.

Owen’s Fish Camp

Located in the heart of Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota, Owen’s Fish Camp is an ode to old Florida living.  From the looming Banyan tree out front, given to Sarasota developer Owen Burns by Thomas Edison, to the tire swing out back, it is a restaurant full of history and Southern Hospitality.  The casual atmosphere allows guests to relax and enjoy what makes Florida so special.  It wouldn’t be called a fish camp if we weren’t bringing in the Bay’s local fish every day. Not only do we have fresh seafood but accompanying southern classics with a great craft beer and wine selection.  Our friendly staff strives to match the delicious food with exceptional service to assure your visit to Owen’s Fish Camp is second to none .

Selva GrillStateStreet

Selva’s Nuevo Latino cuisine represents the marriage of exotic flavors from Latin America and the United States.  Our special emphasis on Peruvian dishes recognizes the contribution of Asian immigrants to Peru, who deliciously fused their cuisine and techniques with that of the locals.  Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art.  We’ve earned raves from all over the world, including from the New York Times, which said Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,” and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”

Sol’s NYC Deli

Delish, casual & authentic NYC Deli.  By the movie theater on Main Street/ S. Washington Blvd.

State Street Eating House & Cocktails

Enter State Street and in an instant you’re in a Mid-Century Industrial Chic eating-house!
The space, that was recently a defunct bakery has been restored to its Mid–Century bones. To the original walls we have added distressed brickwork, and yes, elegant wallpapers!  From the utilization of  its original exposed rafters to the use of reclaimed lumber, iron and concrete features, the eatery is a testament to urban cool meets green building!
Our fare is fresh, innovative and down right delicious. At State Street you will go beyond the food to the experience which has earned accolades of “Best New Restaurant”, “Best Cocktail” and “Best Burger”.

State Street Lounge + Package
State Street Lounge + Package
State Street Lounge + Package
State Street Lounge + Package
State Street Lounge + Package
State Street Lounge + Package