Our Top 5 Favorite Restaurants in Sarasota, FL

January 8th, 2019 by

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With access to both land and sea, Florida offers countless options for delicious dining. We’ve curated our top 5 favorite restaurants in Sarasota, so whether you’re looking for southern comfort food, Asian fusion, or fresh seafood, there’s something for every Sarasota taste bud!

Owen’s Fish Camp

Fresh seafood and an ode to old Florida meet at Owen’s Fish Camp. This local casual eatery serves up southern hospitality with an extensive menu full of your favorite southern classics, including jambalaya, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits, not to mention fresh mussels, clams, and king crab legs. Finish the night with a slice of bourbon pecan pie, and we know you’ll want to come back for more.

Mandeville Beer Garden

Mandeville Beer Garden serves over 150 bottles and 30 taps of beer, ranging from ciders, pale ales, IPAs, and more. This family and dog-friendly spot welcome the community to come in, relax, and enjoy good times with good food and drink. In addition to their menu of sandwiches, small plates, and burgers, they regularly host a variety of nighttime events and private parties.

The Cottage

Visit The Cottage for an appetizing array of flavors from all around the world. Using local farms and sustainable meats and seafood, this inventive restaurant changes their menu seasonally, meaning there’s always something new to try. Combining old Florida charm with modern twists, The Cottage offers a unique dining atmosphere inspired by island living.

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

If you love great seafood and waterfront dining, you’ll want to explore Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. Located at the Longboat Key boathouse marina, this restaurant serves up the best grouper sandwiches on Florida’s west coast, with equally delicious views. Three available wet slips allow guest to arrive by boat, the perfect way to grab some grub when you’re out on the bay.


Shore is an inviting, open-air restaurant ready to delight your palate with its fresh, creative flavors. Key West shrimp, scallop risotto, and ahi tuna mignon are some classic dinner options, while Sunday brunch serves up crab cakes, kung pao calamari, and crunchy challah french toast. Grab some friends and enjoy the beachy vibes at Shore.

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Cox Mazda loves being part of the local Bradenton community, and we’re here to help with any of your Tampa driving needs. Need recommendations for family-friendly excursions in Tampa? Want to know about the amazing Bradenton Motorsports Park or beaches near Tampa? We’ve got you covered! Contact us today! We’d also be glad to help you learn about celebrating Christmas in Sarasota!

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