Restaurants - Old Florida

Old Florida restaurants are locally owned and operated and ultra-friendly. These spots offer good food at a good value and they have character that can't be duplicated. If you want fresh seafood, fried seafood, Spanish or Cuban specialties or roadside burgers, fries and shakes, we can serve it up. These restaurants are nearly always crowded and most wouldn't dream of taking a reservation. 

Authentic Florida restaurants are one of a kind and we locals love 'em. Some lucky tourists discover them too ...and that's about the time they make the decision to live here.

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Casey Key Fish House
801 Blackburn Point
Osprey Florida 34229
Phone: (941) 966-1901
You can visit a little piece of old Florida for lunch or dinner at this relaxed restaurant. Come by land or sea, 7 days a week, to enjoy vast array of fresh fish and seafood, salads, sandwiches or entrees, either dockside or inside.

411 St. Armands Circle
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 388-3987

Farlow’s on the Water
2080 South McCall Road
Englewood FL
Phone: 941-474-5343

Combine a chef/owner from St Croix and his wife/co-owner from Kentucky and you get Englewood’s Best Rstaurant for many years running. Inside or out, the food is amazing.

Hob Nob Drive In
1701 N. Washington Blvd
Sarasota FL 34234
Phone: 941-955-5001

J.R's Old Packinghouse Cafe'
987 South Packinghouse Drive
Sarasota FL 34240
Phone: 941-371-9358

Acoustic Folk, Blues, Bluegrass
Known for good food, cold beer and live entertainment; it was used for packing locally cultivated celery beginning in the 1920's.
South of the Border offerings complement sumptuous southern dinners. A large variety of sandwiches are available, some prepared with "jerk", a semi-mild Jamaican spice. And don't forget to try the home made desserts, especially the bread pudding and key lime pie.

Levoie's Salads
2241 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota FL 34237
Phone: (941) 366-4408

Marina Jack
2 Marina Plaza
Sarasota FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-4232

Marker 4 Oyster Bar
505 North Tamiami Trail
Venice Florida 34285
Phone: (941) 484-0344

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!

O'Leary's Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Bay Front Park
Sarasota FL
Phone: 941-953-7505

Old Salty Dog - City Island
1601 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 388-4311

Old Salty Dog - Siesta Key
5023 Ocean Boulevard
Sarasota Florida 34242
Phone: (941) 349-0158

Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar
5353 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Florida 34231
Phone: (941) 925-4444

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

Spanish Pointe Marina Inc.
135 Bayview Dr
Osprey FL 34229
Phone: 941-966-5746

Stump Pass Grille
260 Maryland Avenue
Englewood FL
Phone: 941-697-0859

Lat. 26* 54.350 North
Long. 82* 19.696 West
ICW Marker 17A
Great food, docking, come by boat, live music and voted “Best Tiki Bar in Englewood”. Need we say more?

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 Main Bar Sandwich Shop
1944 Main Street
Sarasota FL 34236
Phone: 941-955-8733

Walt’s Fish Market
4144 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL
Phone: 941-921-4605

Founded in 1918, Walt's Fish Market not only sells the freshest fish, but cooks it up and serves it to you in its nautical themed restaurant. Don't let the paper plates and plastic forks fool you, Walt's knows seafood. Enjoy the freshest mullet, gator bites, snapper, oyster stew and King crab legs in a laid-back atmosphere.

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