Its coastal location on Florida’s Gulf Coast means that Sarasota has a plentiful supply of fresh and seafood. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that seafood features on the menus of most restaurants in this area or that many restaurants specialize in serving seafood. The seafood restaurants vary significantly from cheap and cheerful establishments that serve crowd-pleasing dishes, to fine dining restaurants that serve upscale cuisine. To help you decide which restaurants to try, here are the 10 best seafood restaurants in Sarasota.
10. Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar
Oysters lovers flock to Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, which is open for lunch and dinner service seven days a week. This family-run restaurant serves oysters served in multiple ways, with both hot and cold options available. There is also an extensive menu that predominantly features seafood, although there are also steak options available. There is a large selection of both imported and draft beers to accompany your meal. Guests can enjoy the waterfront view and the outstanding customer service.
9. Captain Brian’s Seafood Market & Restaurant
Both local and internationally sourced fresh seafood are available at this restaurant and from its attached seafood market. One of the fish that this restaurant prides itself on the most is its swordfish, although clams and oysters also feature highly on the menu. The restaurant has a traditional and welcoming style, with a focus on providing a high-quality dining experience for guests. You will find this restaurant on North Tamiami Trail, and it is open for lunch and dinner from Monday through to Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
8. Connor’s Steak & Seafood
If you have a mixed party of meat lovers and seafood enthusiasts, then this restaurant is a good option as it has something for everyone. It is a smaller restaurant with an intimate feel, so it is best suited to small gatherings or couples dining out together. The seafood dishes are made using the freshest seafood. There is an extensive wine and cocktail list, and the staff is more than happy to help you with your selection.
7. Owens Fish Camp
For those who want to enjoy a laid-back meal in a restaurant with a great ambiance, then Owens Fish Camp is a good choice. The restaurant exudes Southern charm, and this is also reflected in the menu. Some of the most popular options on the menu are the lobster and soft shell crab dishes. Not only is this restaurant noted for its unforgettable seafood dishes, but it is also known for the wide range of craft beers served.
6. Marina Jack’s
Marina Jack’s offers two completely different dining experiences, says Dine Sarasota. If you sit inside the restaurant, there is a slightly formal feel that is perfect for special occasions and you can enjoy stunning water views. ON the other hand, al fresco dining has a relaxed atmosphere that reflects the Sarasota lifestyle, and guests can enjoy the live music that is played daily. The menu consists of all the traditional seafood options you would expect to find at a decent seafood restaurant.
5. Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood
Only the top quality ingredients are used to create the dishes at Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood. These ingredients are prepared in some creative ways to keep things interesting. The staff at this restaurant to make the customer experience as enjoyable as possible, and there is also a takeout option. An interesting feature of this restaurant is that they offer a free shuttle service to locals, so they can order their favorite dishes and then catch a lift to enjoy the food in the comfort of their own home.
4. Barnacle Bill’s Seafood
This is both a restaurant and a seafood market, so guests can choose ingredients directly from the display to have them cooked to their preference or buy ingredients to take home. The fresh catch of the day is served in platters, and there are also meat or surf and turf options on the menu. You will find this restaurant on Main Street and it is open for lunch and dinner daily, except on Sundays when it is open from 4 pm to 9 pm.
3. KaCey’s Seafood and More
Loved by the locals, KaCey’s Seafood and More has a lively and casual vibe. This is one of the busiest restaurants in Sarasota, so you may need to queue for a table. However, it is worth the wait and the service is fast. Diners have the option of eating in the restaurant or al fresco in the outdoor seating area. The menu is diverse and includes some crowd-pleasers such as fish and chips or lobster bisque. Despite the excellent quality of the food, this is an affordable place to eat, so it is ideal for those on a budget.
2. Crab & Fin Restaurant
You will find Crab & Fin Restaurant at 420 Street, Armands Circle. The menu at this restaurant changes daily according to the availability of local seafood. They only ever use ecologically responsible fisheries as sources for the seafood they use in their dishes. The chefs take care not only to cook the food in a way that the flavors tantalize the tastebuds, but also so that the food is visually appealing on the plate. In addition to the seafood dishes, there is also homemade pasta, bread, and pastries available.
1. Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant
According to Trip 101, the top seafood restaurant to visit in Sarasota is Walt’s Fish Market. Not only do they serve locally sourced seafood, but they also source fresh seafood from international waters, and have it flown in daily. The food is served in creative ways, and guests can choose how they would like the catch of the day cooked. This restaurant has earned a reputation not only for the high quality of its food but also for the excellent customer service.
Written by Dana Hanson
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