Best restaurants, foods in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Lakewood Ranch

Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota photographed from Bayfront Park.

Hugging the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota and Manatee counties contain some of the best beaches in the country, a bunch of great parks and nature preserves, lots of fun things to do each weekend and a vibrant arts scene. For many of us, though, the rich restaurant and bar scene is also a key reason we call this particular waterfront corner of sunny Florida home.  

Our celebrity chefs include James Beard nominees Steve Phelps of Indigenous in downtown Sarasota and José Martinez of Maison Blanche on Longboat Key. Maison Blanche has also been inducted to Florida Trend magazine’s venerable Golden Spoon Hall of Fame alongside Sarasota-Manatee standouts Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island, Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key, Michael’s On East in Sarasota, and Selva Grill in downtown Sarasota. 

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