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 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)

8 Nellie's Deli, Market and Catering
Whether you are a health fanatic or a lover of all foods (despite the fat grams), this deli has something for you. Soups, salads, and an endless list of sandwiches make up the extensive menu. A "favorites" section is included, with uniquely named choices like the Baked Hamwich or the Turkey Kirby. Nellie's Deli doesn't stop at just serving excellent meals. Visitors are also encouraged to browse at the fresh produce offered in Nellie's Market and to ask about their catering services as well. (941-924-2705)

7 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)

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 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)

4 Yoder's
Amish home cooking, a relaxed ambience, and reasonable prices are what one can expect from this local favorite. The menu items include such tantalizing dishes as Mom's Meat Loaf, Roast Beef Manhattan, or chopped veal Parmesan. Daily specials are added to make your selection even more difficult, but never disappointing. Few diners can resist ordering dessert — Mrs. Yoder's pies are deservedly famous (favorites include the peanut butter cream, Southern pecan, and Dutch apple varieties). (941-955-7771)

3 Il Panicifio
Diners can choose to sit inside or out when visiting this quaint establishment. The menu selections include a number of Italian favorites, which are made with the freshest of ingredients and baked in brick ovens. Pizza, focaccia, and calzones are among the tasty choices. (941-366-5570)

2 Mediterraneo
Elegant table settings with bud vases in the center will catch your eye upon first entering this elegant establishment. The menu selections are comprised of a variety of Northern Italian cuisine. Air-dried beef with white beans and onions is an example of the appetizers served, while linguine with mixed seafood is among the entrée choices. The essence of Florence is unveiled as each skillfully prepared dish is served. Service is attentive and prices are reasonable. (941-365-4122)

1 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)


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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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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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Nellie's Deli, Market and Catering 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Kosher, Take Out
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN PLAZA
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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First Watch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
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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Yoder's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN PLAZA
COST: $
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Il Panicifio 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: KRESS PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS
COST: $
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Mediterraneo 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: KRESS PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS
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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