Squeezing the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota and Manatee counties contain some of the best beaches in the country, a bunch of large parks and nature reserves, lots of fun things to do every weekend and a vibrant art scene. For many of us, however, the rich restaurant and bar scene is also one of the main reasons we call this particular beachfront corner of sunny Florida.
Our Celebrity Chefs include James Beard nominees Steve phelps Aboriginal people from downtown Sarasota and Jose martinez from White House on Longboat Key. White House was also inducted into Florida Trend magazine’s venerable Golden Spoon Hall of Fame alongside the stars of Sarasota-Manatee Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island, Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key, Michael’s On East in Sarasota and Selva Grill in downtown of Sarasota.
But that’s just the start of great options in the area, which is why we regularly feature our favorite local restaurants in various food guides related to vacations, neighborhoods, foods, and trends.
We released each of those listed below in 2020-21. Now they are all gathered in one place before enjoying breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner or maybe a late night breakfast in destinations such as Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice, Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton or Anna Maria Island. .
Iconic restaurants in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and more
Restaurants come and go faster than probably another business. For these four stories, we focused on the ones that have served great food in Sarasota and Manatee counties for decades. From fine dining to casual flip flops, these are certainly among our favorites.
10 Famous Sarasota County Restaurants Everyone Should Visit
10 Famous Manatee County Restaurants Everyone Should Visit
Waterfront restaurants in Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria and more
With many Sarasota and manatee communities located directly on the Gulf of Mexico – and with Bradenton, Palmetto, and Ellenton with the mile-wide Manatee River flowing into the Gulf – we have plenty of properties right on the Gulf of Mexico. ‘water with many exceptional restaurants and bars dotted around it. Here is the series of guides we have written on the best in Sarasota-Manatee offering alfresco dining by the water.
Neighborhood restaurant guides for Siesta Key, Sarasota, Bradenton and more
In addition to showcasing our favorite waterfront restaurants, we also regularly share neighborhood guides. Here are three that we released this year.
Best burgers in Sarasota
Every year in May, which is National Burger Month, we share our selections of the best burgers found at local restaurants (no national chains!). We had to skip 2020 due to the pandemic, so we came back big this year with a two-part series with Sarasota County in May and then Manatee County in June.
Vegan Restaurants in Sarasota-Lamantin
From casual dining spots to more upscale eateries, some of our favorite local eateries offer all or mostly vegan menus.
Vegan favorites:15 great vegan restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties
Romantic Restaurants in Sarasota-Lamantin
Every year, before Valentine’s Day, suggest our favorites for a romantic dinner. Here is our latest.
Best Irish pubs in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte
Every year before St. Patrick’s Day we update and share our list of the best Irish pubs. These are restaurants and bars where you can pair a perfectly poured pint of Guinness with a serving of comforting shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash or maybe fish and chips.
The best cafes in Sarasota-Manatee
Each year, we also provide an updated guide to the best coffee shops in Sarasota-Manatee.
Best barbecue restaurants
For this story, we’ve rounded up the best barbecue restaurants and food trucks in all of Florida.
Restaurant openings and closings
We spend a lot of time at the Herald-Tribune, and Ticket in particular, writing about restaurant news in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Here are the stories of the biggest restaurant openings and closures, with a link to bookmark all of our restaurant news and reviews.
15 largest restaurant, bar openings of 2019 in Sarasota-Bradenton
Bookmark this page for the latest news and reviews on Sarasota-Manatee restaurants
Wade Tatangelo, Entertainment Editor of The Herald-Tribune, can be contacted by email at [email protected] Support local journalism by subscribing.