Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Sarasota and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Café L'Europe thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Bayside Dining Room at Marina Jack, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Pastry Art
A combination bakery and café, this local establishment has been providing Sarasota with sweet treats for over a decade. Enjoy gourmet cookies, pastries, tarts, tortes, and cheesecakes. The café provides indoor and outdoor seating and has a nice selection of coffees and espressos. (941-955-7545)

9 Michael's on East
Whether it's traditional crème brûlée or a slice of chocolate Bing cherry cake with cognac ganache-filled cherries, if it's a decadent dessert you can find it here. Michael's on East has an elegantly modern bistro decor and a convenient location. The service is prompt and attentive and the ambiance trés chic. Probably one of the best restaurants in town, be sure to find the time to drop by, sip a drink, and indulge. They offer complimentary valet. (941-366-0007)

8 Columbia Restaurant
This restaurant offers Old World Spanish charm, and its patio seating is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Located in St. Armbands Circle, the Columbia Restaurant has exceptional cuisine and delightful desserts. The menu offers sweets like flan and guava cheesecake as well as Café con Leche pie, a Cuban treat. Complement dessert with a drink favorite such as Spanish coffee, a concoction that mixes Spanish brandy, Kahlua, and whipped cream. (941-388-3987)

7 Gulf Drive Café
This quaint beachside cafe enjoys immense popularity for its mastery of Belgian waffles, which are available throughout the day, as are the sandwiches, salads, and burgers. (941-778-1919)

6 First Watch
Planning on a shopping excursion on Main Street? Start your day off with a great breakfast at this local favorite. Options include omelets, an egg and vegetable skillet, apple and cinnamon oatmeal, sandwiches, and salads. First Watch fans are quite loyal and turn out in droves on weekend mornings, so plan accordingly, as reservations are not accepted. (941-954-1395)

5 The Broken Egg
This local favorite is noted for its massive pancakes, which are served with your choice of fruit. The first-rate lunch options and fresh baked desserts are equally impressive. The decor is something like an art gallery, boasting a fine selection of artwork, and there is lively ambience, thanks in part to the loyal brunch crowd. (941-346-2750)

4 Currents Restaurant
The popular brunch buffet is set up on the second floor lobby outside of the Scalini dining room and features a seemingly endless array of omelets, waffles, meats, and desserts. (941-363-2615)

3 The Hob Nob
Casual dining, with delightfully good food, are the hallmarks of The Hob Nob. The menu highlights include omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and pancakes. The breakfast special includes two eggs, toast, and choice of bacon or home fries. (941-955-5001)

2 Althea's
Enjoy hearty American options, with favorites such as banana pancakes, steak and eggs, and omelets. Outside patio seating is available. There's also a fine selection of burgers, sandwiches, and salads, as well as vegetarian entrées such as meatless moussaka with béchamel sauce. (941-484-5187)

1 Bayside Dining Room at Marina Jack
The elegant Bayside Dining Room at Marina Jack has spectacular panoramic views of the marina, downtown, and Sarasota Bay. The dinner menu includes seafood, prime beef, chicken, and pasta. One of the house specialties is Caribbean lobster tail. Divided into four sections, Marina Jack also has an open-air raw bar, piano lounge, and a casual dining room. They also offer complimentary valet parking. (941-365-4232)

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Pastry Art 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Pastry Chef, Take Out
Neighborhood: KRESS PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS
COST: $
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Michael's on East 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Cigar Friendly, Live Music
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN PLAZA
COST: $$
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Columbia Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Cuban, European, Latin, Mediterranean, Spanish
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Gulf Drive Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Burger
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - SRQ
COST: $
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First Watch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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The Broken Egg 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN SOUTH
COST: $
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Currents Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: KRESS PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS
COST: $$
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The Hob Nob 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Burger
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: KRESS PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS
COST: $
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Althea's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN SOUTH
COST: $
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Bayside Dining Room at Marina Jack 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: KRESS PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS
COST: $$
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