Restaurants - The Originals

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals organized in September 2003 with a passionate desire to celebrate and preserve our community’s culinary “sense of being”. Today there are more than 50 member restaurants. Within a twenty-mile radius of downtown Sarasota, there are more Florida Trend Award and Zagat top-scoring restaurants than any other area of the state and every one of these award-winners is independently owned.

We’re obsessed with the flavors that define our region and are always looking for ways to incorporate interesting styles of cuisine from around the world into our own brand of Sun Coast dining. We devote our time and energy to providing you with the best dining experience your money can buy. We live here, work here and play here. We’re a part of the community that embraces the exceptional quality of life the Sarasota-Manatee region is known for. We appreciate your business and enjoy being your neighbors.

We promise to serve you only the freshest food available. Our long-standing relationships give us the distinct advantage to offer you meals prepared within hours of harvest from fields & waters close to our kitchens. Many of us have been delighting locals & visitors for twenty to thirty years and have established a culinary heritage that simply can't be replicated in the corporate kitchens of Chicago, Los Angeles or Dallas. Fresher is better and freshest is the best. We are truly fortunate to live amidst such delicious bounty.

From casual beach dining to an exquisite night on the town, we guarantee that the meals you eat are freshly prepared using the best local ingredients combined with the heritage flavors the Sun Coast is famous for. You have our word on it.

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15 South Ristorante
15 South Boulevard of The Presidents
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 388-1555
15 South Ristorante offers authentic Italian cuisine, an impeccably displayed wine collection and an incredibly enticing atmosphere. The skilled international staff provides a sophisticated fine dining experience and the soft sound of nightly jazz musicians in the background add to the exquisite ambience.

5 One 6 Burns
516 Burns Lane
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 9061884
5ONE6 BURNS Restaurant, an enchanting neighborhood restaurant, located under a magnificent Bayan tree. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, with brunch on Sunday. The menu features high-end urban cuisine, with an emphasis on organic and creative southern food, all presented with an unpretentious premium customer service.

Bella Roma Ristorante
5239 Ocean Boulevard
Siesta Key Florida 34242
Phone: (941) 349-0995
Siesta Key's best kept secret since 1991, Bella Roma Ristorante serves superb Italian cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. Menu includes homemade pasta, fresh seafood, veal, lamb, homemade bread and dessert. Bella Roma Ristorante also has an extensive wine list and catering is available. Open daily for dinner.

Bijou Cafe
1287 First Street
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 366-8111
Fax: (941) 366-7510

Bogey's Restaurant & Sports Bar
652 East Venice Avenue
Venice Florida 34285
Phone: (941) 488-9156

Broadway Bar
1001 Cocoanut Avenue
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 953-4343

Cafe Baci
4001 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Florida 34231
Phone: (941) 921-4848
Fax: (941) 923-8643

Cafe Venice
116 West Venice Avenue
Venice Florida 34285
Phone: (941) 484-1855
Fax: (941) 484-1508

Canvas Vafe
239 South Links Avenue
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 366-2233

69 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 951-0866
For more than 16 years the Caragiulo brothers have made a name entertaining Sarasota locals with their unique formula: simple yet wonderful Italian-American sould food, a charming atmosphere and a humorous light-hearted style of service. The food is straight out of Grandma's kitchen and the service straight from the heart. Favorisca! Come join us!

China Palace Express
3558 Clark Road
Sarasota Florida 34231
Phone: (941) 926-9366
Fax: (941) 921-5998
Sarasota's best Oriental food! Serving Sarasota/Bradenton's finest since 1988. Thai, Cantonese & Szechuan cooking! Dine in, take out and catering available, ample parking. Daily lunch specials. FREE delivery with $10.00 minimum for order.

Ciao Italia
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key Florida 34228
Phone: (941) 383-0010
Have a taste of Italy in LongBoat Key. Ciao Italia serves up a casual dining experience with superb brick oven pizza and other classic Italian dishes such as Veal Marsala, Tortellini Carbonara and Bruschetta Siciliana.

Cosimo's Brick Oven
3501 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Florida 34239
Phone: (941) 363-0211

Cosimo's Too
8201 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Florida 34238
Phone: (941) 927-3845

Da Giorgio Ristorante
5702 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach Florida 34217
Phone: (941) 779-0220
Fax: (941) 779-0221

G's Pizzeria
1156 North Washington Boulevard
Sarasota Florida 34237
Phone: (941) 366-7492

Gold Rush BBQ
661 South Tamiami Trail
Venice Florida 34285
Phone: (941) 483-3137

Harry's Continental Kitchen
525 St. Judes Drive
Longboat Key Florida 34228
Phone: (941) 383-0777
Fax: (941) 383-2029

Knick's Tavern & Grill
1818 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota Florida 34239
Phone: (941) 955-7761
Knick's Tavern & Grill is a casual neighborhood retreat with ever engaging service, solid comfort cuisine, and a hand selected assortment of wines and beers. Located in Southside Village, Knick's is a true gem.

Libby's Cafe & Bar
1917 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota Florida 34239
Phone: (941) 487-7300

Lynches Pub & Grub
19B North Boulevard of Presidents
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 388-5550
Sisters Ethna & Chris Lynch bring the real spirit of Ireland to St. Armands Circle by serving great food in a friendly neighborhood pub atmosphere. Open daily 11am to midnight.

Marie's Italian Kitchen
5767 Beneva Road
Sarasota Florida 34233
Phone: (941) 923-1000
Fax: (941) 923-7677
Join Marie's award-winning romp through Italy's outstanding regional cuisine, and from our state of the art wine preservation system, enjoy one of the more than 50 wines offered by the glass.

MarVista Dockside Restaurant & Pub
760 Broadway Street
North Longboat Key Florida 34228
Phone: (941) 383-2391
MarVista, on the North End of Longboat Key is in the heart of historic Longbeach Village. Enjoy a delicious meal inside the quaint dining room or on the outdoor deck overlooking Sarasota Bay. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit!

Mattison's Forty-One
7275 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Florida 34231
Phone: (941) 921-3400
Chef Paul Mattison invites you to join us and experience Mattison's Forty-One with indoor, elegant, dining and a friendly, fun bar and lounge area. We also offer an outdoor, breezy and tropical terrace. Winner of Florida Trend Magazine's prestigious Golden Spoon Award the menu includes fresh seafood; Mattison's signature meat dishes like lamb, aged beef, and duck; we have a complete tapas menu, including sushi, calamari, Chef Paul Mattison's signature Artichokes Esther, fresh salads, and more. Mattison's Forty-One serves lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch (October through May). You can make reservations online at is live music and dancing every night along with nightly specials and events including Early Happy Hour, Girls Night Out, Wine-Pairing Dinners, Cooking Demonstrations and more. If you like dancing, join us from Thursday through Saturday night from 9pm for the ultimate dance club for those who enjoy watching Dancing with the Stars style dancers and anyone who loves to get out and dance. From 8:30-9pm, on Thursdays, join us for free dance instruction by DanceFuzion, Sarasota's leading dance studio. Studio 41 offers great drink, appetizer, and dinner specials and there is no cover charge for entry. The Galleria is our a beautiful, Italina-style private dining room, a complete catering facility seating up to 100 people, perfect for parties, business functions, events and galas. Mattison's Forty-One Restaurant and Catering - Award-winning comfortable elegance with Mediterranean flavors.

Michael's on East
1212 South East Avenue
Sarasota Florida 34239
Phone: (941) 366-0007
With its swirling 1940's style ambience, Michael's On East is not just a restaurant. It is a fine dining experience designed to pamper every guest. For more than 20 years, Sarasotans have come to expect an ever-changing eclectic menu offering tantalizing choices paired with a world-class wine cellar. At Michael's on East, our professional staff considers food preparation and presentation an art. Entrees are delicately prepared combining only the freshest and finest ingredients into a tapestry of flavor pleasing to even the most discerning of guests. In Sarasota, Michael's On East is the preferred destination for lingering social or business luncheons, intimate and romantic dining, as well as late night entertainment in its swirling 1940's piano bar, The EastSide Lounge. When it comes to good taste, Sarasota chooses Michael's.

Ophelia's on the Bay
9105 Midnight Pass Road
Siesta Key Florida 34242
Phone: (941) 349-3328
Fax: (941) 349-2212

4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key Florida 34228
Phone: (941) 383-5111
Fax: (941) 387-6454
Pattigeorge's draws its culinary inspiration from coastlines around the globe, bringing together American regional favorites, Italian traditions, exotic Asian flavors and exciting Caribbean and Latin American nuances. Combined with the great seafood bounty of our own local waters, grilled and barbecued meats, sizzling stir-frys, crisp greens and house-baked desserts, PG's offers guests a way of eating designed to please modern palates.

Sarasota Olive Company
500 Central Avenue
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941)366-2008
The leading purveyor of Extra Virgin Olive Oils, also carrying a wonderful selection of pastas, tapenades, cheeses, chocolates, coffees, teas and olives. Hungry? Enjoy a panini or coffee at our espresso bar.

Sharky's On The Pier
1600 Harbor Drive South
Venice Florida 34285
Phone: (941) 488-1456
Fax: (941) 486-6682

Siesta Key Oyster Bar
5238 Ocean Boulevard
Siesta Key Florida 34242
Phone: (941) 346-5443
In the perfect island setting, The Siesta Key Oyster Bar serves up fantastic food and drink in a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Live music nightly, sing, dance and enjoy the outdoors at SKOB!

Solorzano's Italian Restaurant
2117 Siesta Drive
Sarasota Florida 34239
Phone: (941) 906-9444

The Blase Cafe
5263 Ocean Boulevard
Siesta Key Florida 34242
Phone: (941) 349-9822

The Broken Egg
6115 Exchange Way
Lakewood Ranch Florida 34202
Phone: (941) 388-6898
Fax: (941) 388-9257

The Broken Egg
140 Avenida Messina
Siesta Key Florida 34242
Phone: (941) 346-2750
Fax: (941) 346-0898
Dine at an award-winning restaurant in a casual indoor/outdoor tropical setting. Enjoy dining where Sarasota locals begin their day. Purchase art & treasures from the gift shop.

The Colony Restaurants
1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key Florida 34228
Phone: (941) 383-5558
Sparkling beach views whet your appetite for the Gulf Coast's most sumptuous Continental cuisine. For more than 35 years, The Colony has set the standard for fine dining in Sarasota, and continues the tradition with innovative menus, signature dishes, impeccable service and one of the nation's finest wine lists. Menu highlights include: Double Thick Colorado Lamb Chops, Grilled Prime New York Strip and the famous Snapper Colony. Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch - voted The Best Brunch in Sarasota.The Monkey Room, Monkey Room Patio & Bar is The Colony's fun and casual indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar featuring creative dishes with island influences and amazing views of the Gulf. Live entertainment nightly. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breathtaking Gulfront setting is also a premier destination for weddings, group functions and catered affairs.

The Crow's Nest
1968 Tarpon Center
Venice Florida 34285
Phone: (941) 484 -9551
Fax: (941) 485-9154
Venice's waterfront landmark since 1976, The Crow's Nest features casual fine dining overlooking the Venice Inlet and intra-coastal waterway. Best of Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator for the Cellar Wine List

The Lobster Pot
5157 Ocean Boulevard
Siesta Key Florida 34242
Phone: (941) 349-2323
Located on Siesta Key in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, we bring you the finest tastes of New England. Enjoy a delightful dining experience in our main dining room or our patio. Full lunch and dinner menu.

Village Cafe
5133 Ocean Boulevard
Siesta Key Florida 34242
Phone: (941) 349-2822

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