Tired of the same old food? Although Sarasota is a hub for some of the state’s most delicious cuisine, it might be time to try something a little different. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest new Sarasota restaurants that you just have to try—here are our top six picks!
Even if you aren’t an adventurous eater, it’s easy to fall in love with Selva’s unique takes on Peruvian cuisine. This one-of-a-kind eatery serves everything from ceviche to seafood paella risotto, and you’ll find plenty of diners flocking to their rooftop cocktail bar. The New York Times even called Selva one of the best restaurants in Sarasota, which truly makes it worth a visit.
Oak & Stone Bradenton
If you’re a Sarasota native, you probably know the impact Oak & Stone has had on our community—but it’s still worth driving to Bradenton to experience their newest concept restaurant. Oak & Stone Bradenton, also known as The Deck, offers diners an unforgettable experience. Reviewers adore their expansive menu, as well as the self-serve drink taps.
Shore Longboat Key
After the closure of thirty year old Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, Shore Longboat Key aims to bring some newfound flair to the local pier. This bayside favorite boasts a perfect costal location, as well as a 300-foot dock for boaters. Their menu features plenty of unbeatable plates, including mouthwatering sirloin caprese and kung pao calamari.
Looking for an upscale dining experience dotted with historic touches? Then Sage might be your new go-to spot. The multi-level dining room adds a luxurious vibe, which makes it easy to enjoy their ever-changing international menu. Head to the Sarasota Times newspaper building on First Street to see what all the buzz is about!
Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie
The Sarasota area has plenty of spots to grab a quick bite, but none of them can hold a candle to Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie. Diners have fallen in love with Libby’s refined community vibe, as well as their delicious plates. This new Lakewood Ranch favorite has something for everyone—even if you’re a picky eater. Be sure to try the “Moody Blue” kettle chips or the Oahu tuna poke!
Although many restaurants have tried to make it next to Sarasota’s Opera House, it’s safe to say that Umbrellas 1926 will be a staple for years to come. This speakeasy-esque eatery offers fine dining with a twist, making it perfect for date night. Wondering which dishes you won’t want to miss out on? Locals have been raving about the lamb ragu and chipotle salmon.
More New Sarasota Restaurants Await…
If you’re ready to learn about some of the best new Sarasota restaurants, we’d love to offer some recommendations! The Kotaska Team knows the ins and outs of everything SRQ, so just give us a call to get started—your new home could be waiting!