Rod and Reel Pier Restaurant and Bar ($ - $$)

With old Florida charm and a fantastic view of Tampa Bay, the Rod and Reel Pier Restaurant appears on my Sarasota Restaurants Dining Guide for a number of reasons including its unique setting. There's a plentiful menu of delicious food in various price ranges from sandwiches to seafood specialties. You can dine out on the deck or inside and you'll go away not only satisfied but also with a memorable experience.

Rotten Ralphs ($ - $$)

This location on the Bradenton Beach City Pier closed in 2013 and moved to 5942 34th St. W. in Bradenton and is now simply known as "Ralphs." Looking for waterside Anna Maria Island Restaurants to try? Check out Rotten Ralphs on the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. With an outdoor deck and great views of the harbor and intracoastal water way, Rotten Ralphs has a menu with enough variety and price spread to please almost any taste.

The Sandbar Restaurant ($ - $$)

The Sandbar Restaurant on north Anna Maria Island is set right on the beach. At some tables you can even swirl your toes in the sand. With lunch, dinner and deck menus, a bar from which you can order everything from Margaritas to Tropical Breezes, along with a terrific vantage point to keep your eye out on the beach, you'll think you're in paradise. From sandwiches to creative entrees, there's a lot to choose from.


The Linger Lodge ($ - $$)

Hidden away off the beaten path and maybe a little hard to find is a 1940s era restaurant and bar that originally started out as just a campground. The Linger Lodge is an old style, old Florida place on the banks of a branch of the Braden River. You won't find gourmet food at ridiculous prices here. You'll find standard fare, decent prices and a fabulous view and fun experience. 


Casey Key Fish House ($ - $$)

The Casey Key Fish House is a laid back, casual and tasty dining spot with one of the best views of Dryman Bay and the Intercoastal Waterway, along with reasonable prices, friendly staff and good service. Whether you order a beer and burger or a seafood specialty and wine, you'll have a delicious meal and view. Don't miss the Shrimp Scampi and the Tiki Hut Bar here.


Mama Leones ($ - $)

One of my favorite Sarasota Restaurants is Mama Leones for their delicious Italian Cuisine. I go there as a special treat from time to time. There are delicious Italian specialties and traditional dishes that will leave you stuffed. Mama's is a sparkling clean Italian-Mediterranean restaurant with good service, great food and reasonable prices, just a few minutes drive south of Sarasota. 

Pops Sunset Grill ($ - $) 

One of only a few waterside Sarasota restaurants, Pops Sunset Grill is right on the Intracoastal Waterway and provides gorgeous water and sunset views along with delicious meals. There's a wide ranging menu that includes seafood and steam pots, burgers, steaks, chicken, a grouper Reuben and many other delights and sandwiches. You can get a tasty dish and a taste of what's left of Old Florida.

The Saltwater Cafe ($ - $$) 

The Saltwater Cafe has over 300 items on their menu! Surely you'll be able to find something to tickle your taste buds. From less expensive sandwiches, soups and salads to pricier gourmet meals of seafood, steak, veal, duck and lamb, you're bound to find something tasty in this far ranging menu. There are even two types of pizza! Once you have a meal here you'll see why it made my Sarasota Dining Guide. 


Rosebuds Steak and Seafood House ($ - $) 

The Rosebud Restaurant serves Angus beef, fresh seafood, and veal, chicken, pasta and more along with homemade, warm, baked bread on your table. Is your mouth watering yet? This is one of my favorite Sarasota restaurants. I like to treat myself to dinner at Rosebuds on special occasions. They offer full bar service, wine, delicious food, excellent service and rose-adorned dining rooms.


Turtle Beach Pub - Now Turtle Beach Grill ($) 

Another of my favorite Sarasota restaurants, Turtle Beach Pub is on the south end of Siesta Key, a stone's throw from Turtle Beach, so you can walk over for a bite or a full meal after spending time at the beach. With an outdoor patio-deck, hearty pub style food and a fun and light atmosphere, Turtle Beach Pub is a place where you can relax and get a great burger, grouper sandwich, a steak or chops, even pub pizza!

Turtle's on Little Sarasota Bay ($ - $$) 

Consistently voted "Best Outdoor and Waterfront Dining," in local popularity polls of Sarasota restaurants, once you visit Turtle's on Little Sarasota Bay you'll easily see why. With the most beautiful bay views, an inside dining room and two outside decks, the views are gorgeous and the food delicious. From seafood specialties to land lover delights, you're bound to find something on the menu to please.

The Daiquiri Deck ($ - $$$)

The Daiquiri Deck in Siesta Key Village is a fun Key West style restaurant and bar with a large and varied menu. Walk up a few steps from the sidewalk to the open air deck and enjoy a cold drink and view the activity in the village from your table and then enjoy a delicious meal. From burgers to Surf & Turf, the Daiquiri Deck has you covered!Venice

Old Salty Dog ($ - $$) 

The Old Salty Dog opened a third suncoast location in Venice in 2015. In a marina at the intracoastal waterway with great nautical scenery, they offer both indoor and outdoor dining. Their varied menu offers everything from Clam Chowder and Fish Gumbo to salads, Traditional Fish n Chips and their famous "Salty Dog" hot dog as seen on TV's "Man vs Food." There are many more tempting treats to choose from. 


Sharkys on the Pier ($ - $$) 

Sharkys on the Pier is the only outdoor restaurant and bar on the Gulf of Mexico in Venice, Florida. This hot spot on the beach is popular because of its great views, its good food, service and fun atmosphere, which often times includes live entertainment on the outdoor deck. If you're looking for a place with a Tiki Hut Bar, this is it! 

Snook Haven ($ - $$) 

Off the beaten path and tucked away in a little corner of Sarasota County is a backwoods, on the river restaurant and nature retreat called, "Snook Haven." This is one of those places you might want to put on your list of Sarasota area things to do. It's more than just food. It's an adventure. Food, fun, often times live entertainment and beautiful scenery.

TJ Carney's Irish Pub & Grille ($ - $$) 

TJ Carney's Pub & Grille in Historic Downtown Venice offers both outdoor cafe and indoor seating. The cuisine ranges from Irish, with real Irish Lamb Stew, to American and a little bit in between. I've dined here numerous times for lunch and have always enjoyed the experience, whether inside or out. There's a varied menu, reasonable prices and a professional service staff.

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