Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Sarasota dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Sarasota Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

9 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)

8 Moore's Stone Crab
The exterior may look like a packinghouse, but once inside the aroma of broiled and fried oysters fill the air. The menu offers a choice of salads and sandwiches, but the special is the locally caught oysters. Moore's has a great view of the mangrove islands. (941-383-1748, 888-968-2722)

7 Hillview Grill
With a cordial ambience and an impressive wine list, the Hillview Grill is a local favorite. Located in Southside Village, it's the ideal setting for a relaxed and casual meal. The cuisine ranges from Creole to pasta, and the menu features options like lamb chops in minted rosemary sauce and Macadamia encrusted amberjack. (941-952-0045)

6 Da Ru Ma
This restaurant offers Teppen-style Japanese cooking. Da Ru Ma, named for the father of Zen, offers a traditional Japanese steak, seafood, and sushi menu. Da Ru Ma, which is renowned for its tableside cooking, has a spacious decor and windows that offer a great view of the bay. A skilled chef prepares and cooks dinner as guests watch. Menu items include appetizers like Seaweed Salad and tuna tataki and entrée combinations like New York Strip Teriyaki and shrimp tempura. (941-951-2440, 941-342-6600)

5 Bijou Café
An innovative menu offers a variety of Continental cuisine. The lunch menu includes such dishes as shrimp and crab bisque, grouper sandwiches, and handmade ravioli. The dinner menu is equally impressive and includes escargots bourguignon, roast duckling, grouper scaloppini royale, or filet mignon Parisienne. A wine list is available with a large selection of South African wines. (941-366-8111)

4 Café L'Europe
Thousands of palates have been pleased with the creative new European cuisine this dining establishment has been producing for over 35 years. From the Colorado rack of lamb to the succulent breast of chicken stuffed with feta, spinach and crab, all is satisfying. The dessert menu features both light and fruity selections and decadent chocolatey creations. Valet parking is available. (941-388-4415)

3 Euphemia Haye
Excellent service, skillfully prepared meals, and an intimate setting create the perfect combination for a pleasant dining experience. A wide range of choices is provided on the thoughtfully selected menu. Meat-lovers will find the Euphemia Prime Peppered Steak a delight. Grilled vegetables, fresh salads, veal, and poultry are also available. The extensive wine list offers a variety of wines by the glass or bottle. (941-383-3633)

2 Morel
Black and white tiled floors guide guests into this charming establishment. Chef/owner Fredy Mayer has created an innovative menu with such selections as potato and leek latkes with house smoked salmon, grilled veal chop in tomato basil coulis, or glazed Chilean sea bass. The attentive service is as impressive as the elegant atmosphere. "Early bird" prix fixe, served between 4:30 and 5:30pm, features soup or salad, main course and coffee for $17. (941-927-8716)

1 Ophelia's
Guests may choose to dine outside on the waterfront terrace or in the lovely atmosphere of the inside dining rooms. The establishment is known for its superbly prepared seafood dishes. Wine connoisseurs will be impressed with the carefully chosen selection on the extensive wine list, and Sunday brunch is not to be missed. (941-349-2212, 877-229-9601)

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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
COST: $$
Moore's Stone Crab 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - SRQ
COST: $$
Hillview Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Creole, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
Da Ru Ma 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: MIDTOWN PLAZA
COST: $$
Bijou Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
Café L'Europe 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Continental
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
Euphemia Haye 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Eclectic, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Live Music, Pastry Chef, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - SRQ
COST: $$$
Morel 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN SOUTH
COST: $$
Ophelia's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Regional
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN SOUTH
COST: $$