900 University Pkwy.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: (941) 359-8558
Fax: (941) 359-8749
Bars & Cafes
Blue Rooster celebrates Southern joie de vivre in the heart of Sarasota. This rustic-chic restaurant serves up delicious Southern American comfort food with signature cocktails and spirits. Savor Crazy Cajun Shrimp, Blue Rooster's Famous Fried Chicken and Creole Pappardelle Pasta on their community tables and enjoy the live entertainment. The best of its kind in town, their eclectic schedule features Gospel nights, country music gigs and more by local talent and touring acts.
Highly acclaimed The Bijou Cafe is a well known name in the culinary circles of Sarasota. The French restaurant is a must visit for its food, wine and the cozy environment it offers. Dining here one can also pick up a lot of information about the goings-on in the area. Bijou's Famous Pepper Steak, as the name suggests is a popular dish and worth tasting for its unbeatable flavor and spices. Other outstanding dishes include the Chicken Paillard, Mushroom Ravioli and Bijou's Famous Pommes Gratin Dauphinois. The service is top-notch and welcoming enough to make the diner want to return again and again.
The brick-fronted entrance to Sarasota Vineyard, hidden between the colorful facades of other eateries on either sides, is easy to miss if not for the black canopy, boldly advertising its presence. Step inside, and the exposed brick-wall theme follows, now blending beautifully with the woodwork on the interiors and thoughtful lighting accentuating it. The eclectic wine bar and restaurant, established in 2008 delights with its selection of close to a 100 wines, and a revolutionary self-serve wine dispensing system that lets patrons enjoy practically any selection from their list by the glass. The wine menu throws up some great choices and should excite everybody from casual drinkers to wine lovers. The delectable food menu is built around wines and has varied European influences. From cheese and charcuterie platters to hearty bistro-style plates, the menu offers quite a lot. Regular live music is a delight in the evenings. Check website for more.
With sweeping views of the Sarasota Bay, The Old Salty Dog is a popular bar and restaurant that serves American cuisine. Enjoying a loyal patronage of locals, it is a busy place with diners crowding the tables, enjoying the delicious burgers and hot dogs. Feast on the Admiral's Platter that contains fried shrimp, oysters and fish and chips, and wash it down with the chilled beer. The City Island Po'Boy is another fond favorite of diners. Try to get a seat at the patio and bring your pet along to enjoy the fresh breeze.
This beautifully decorated intimate venue provides a classic dining experience in the heart of Sarasota. The traditional Spanish cuisine offers diners a chance to partake of the exotic dishes that are lovingly prepared by the chefs. It serves delicious salads and sangria that are the highlight of the menu. Another favorite is the Spanish Bean Soup. There is a full tapas menu too, that one can explore. A part of the chain of Columbia Restaurants in Florida, it maintains the same degree of excellence in its service and food. There is an outdoor patio for basking in the gentle sun. Do not miss out on exploring the on-site gift shop to pick up some interesting souvenirs.
Enjoy great food in a friendly neighborhood pub atmosphere at Lynches. Available menu selections include buffalo chicken wings, fried mozzarella sticks, Irish stew, salads, corned beef hash, Atlantic salmon, sandwiches, and fish & chips.
A casually upscale eatery, Libby's Café + Bar has some delicious American fare on its lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus. This spacious restaurant has many dining areas you can pick from; wherever you choose to sit, you are bound to have a good time. Small plates of deviled eggs, meatloaf sliders and pigs in a blanket make way for more filling offerings from the land and the sea. Blackened jumbo shrimp, grilled mahi crispy tacos, rotisserie half chicken and veal marsala are a few of the entrées to enjoy. There are two bars where you can sit back with a drink and catch the live sporting action.
Situated across South Packinghouse Drive, the J.R's Old Packinghouse Cafe is a local cafe. Earlier in 1920s, it was a packing house for celery and now it has been completely transformed into a swanky dining establishment. It serves excellent short eats like sandwiches and tasty meals complete with desserts; and you need not worry about your kids as it has a special menu for children. Apart from good food and great atmosphere, this cafe is known for its live music concerts that features local artists and at times even enthusiastic diners who try their hands at singing. For more details, call ahead.
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Located on the Clark road, Jake's Tavern is not your typical watering hole. Here, one can listen to performances of independent artists/ bands on one night, dance to the music churned out by the DJs and participate in karaoke events on other nights; all of this without missing out on your favorite games in action. The drinks on offer ranges from locally craft beers to delightful cocktails and martinis. Shoot down a glass of tequila or sip on the tasty bottomless mimosas with your friends. A number of pool and foosball tables, dart boards and a juke box machine are there at Jake's Tavern to keep one occupied. Call ahead to know more.
The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is a celebrated restaurant site in Florida's Longboat Key vicinity. It was built in 1920 and occupies great historic importance. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and encompasses a land cover of 1.1 acres (0.45 hectares). The site is also known as the Ruffus P. Jordan House and operates successfully as a food joint. It provides for great Florida seafood with a fine ambiance.
Available menu items include crab rolls, jumbo chicken wings, potato skins, quesadillas, beer battered fried mushrooms, chicken & mushroom pie, cornish pastie, Irish fish & chips, liver & onions, chicken cordon bleu, "sandwedges," burgers, filet medallions & shrimp, salads, wraps, and pizza.