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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 resources, from the pristine, powder-soft beaches of the Sarasota Keys to offshore and flats fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay to the unspoiled landscapes of our parks and nature centers.  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.

Antoine’s Restaurant

Antoine’s Restaurant is located at 1100 N Tuttle Ave and features an intimate venue of refined Belgian, French, and Italian food.  They were recently named one of the seven best restaurants in Florida and all of their food, including their bread, pasta, dressings, and desserts, is prepared in-house.  However, you don’t want to miss their mussels prepared seven different ways and if you’re feeling especially hungry, visit them on Monday when you can enjoy All You Can Eat Mussels five different ways.  

Cafe L’Europe

Cafe L’Europe is a favorite among residents because of its mission for outstanding food, impeccable service, and the ultimate dining experience.  The restaurant was first opened in 1973 after originally being the real estate office of John Ringling (Yes, of the Ringling Bros) and aimed to bring classic Europe influence with old world charm to the area.  With its convenient location on St. Armands Circle, Cafe L’Europe is a popular destination for fresh Continental delights in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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 2009 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.  Head over to 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza and delight in culinary art and relax with a drink in their chic piano lounge.  This is a restaurant you do not want to miss.  

Selva Grill

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 at 1345 Main Street, has received accolades from New York Times, which said Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota” and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”  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 we have available in Sarasota Florida.  There’s a flavor for every tastebud and an atmosphere for every style.  Regardless of the restaurant you choose, you will be deliciously satisfied and ready to explore the amenities of our big little town.  And if you decide you’d like to live in sunny Florida, contact us to learn more about our Sarasota homes for sale.

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