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Top Luxury Dining Options in Sarasota Florida

Whether you are on vacation in beautiful Sarasota Florida, or are considering whether or not you should call our slice of paradise your new home, finding the best restaurants to indulge in culinary delicacies is vital.  Because if you’re going to have reservations, they should be in one of our top fine dining restaurants and not about your decision to move or vacation here.

Sarasota Florida is a vibrant and beautiful city with just enough of the city life to keep you moving, but not so much where you feel as if the hustle and bustle is overwhelming. You’ll be able to experience the best in shopping, arts, and entertainment, but still enjoy the boundless natural beauty of Florida from the pristine, powder-soft beaches of the Sarasota Keys to offshore and flats fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. 

Luxury living in Sarasota Florida also comes with award-winning restaurants that offer a taste for every palate. Satisfy your craving for high quality plates of every flavor by visiting some of our top dining options in Sarasota, Florida.



With a wonderful location downtown—in the old Sarasota Times Newspaper building—and a gorgeous dining room, Sage offers global cuisine prepared masterfully by Executive Chef Christopher Covelli. Sage is truly a fine dining experience with decadent dishes that have all the critics raving, having wan multiple 'Best of SRQ' Awards in 2020.

Be sure to make a reservation as a seat at Sage is one of the most sough-after in town.

Ophelia's On the Bay

Showcased on MTV's Siesta Key, Ophelia's on the Bay is a romantic seaside restaurant on Siesta Key that provides stunning views and a fantastic menu of fresh seafood and classic American cuisine prepared by Chef Daniel Olson.

Open for brunch and dinner, there's never a bad time to enjoy a meal at Ophelia's and, if you absolutely love it, you can even get married on-site with food catered the restaurant's kitchen.

Indigenous Restaurant

The Indigenous Restaurant features a seasonal menu of American cuisine and each of their dishes  is a product of conscientious sourcing and peak ingredient availability.  The menu changes throughout the year based on the season.  The Indigenous Restaurant can be found at 239 S Links Ave and was restored to blend in with the historic Towles Court district in downtown Sarasota Florida.

Michael’s on East

Michael’s on East, Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant, is celebrating 30 years of award-winning cuisine and outstanding service this year. Their 1940s supper club atmosphere and dedication to superior quality cuisine has allowed them to be continually recognized for excellence, being one of only ten restaurants in the nation to be inducted into the Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame, considered the Oscars of the restaurant industry, along with their 24th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award.

A mainstay in Sarasota dining, Michael's on East is a must-try.


Another noteworthy restaurant in Sarasota, Florida is Selva Grill, where you can dine on delicious Nuevo Latino food in a chic and elegant environment.

The Selva Grill, located downtown (and soon at the University Town Center) has received accolades from across the country, including the New York Times, which said Selva is serving possibly the best food in Sarasota. 

Their food is a combination of Peruvian favorites fused with American style, which is then thoughtfully served and presented as works of art; this isn’t just dining, it’s a true experience.

These are just some of the outstanding restaurants available to those who call Sarasota home. If you decide you’d like to live in sunny Florida, contact us to learn more about how you can find the perfect luxury home in Sarasota.


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