Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Sarasota

Whether it’s a romantic night on the town or celebrating a special occasion, sometimes it’s good to treat yourself to a fine dining experience.  Luckily, Sarasota has plenty of options when it comes to indulging in culinary delicacies that can satisfy everyone’s palate.  Here is our list of the best fine dining restaurants in Sarasota.

Michael’s on East

1212 East Ave. South, Sarasota 34239

(941) 366-0007

Set in a 1940s supper club atmosphere, Michael’s on East has been serving award-winning cuisine with outstanding service since 1987.  An AAA Four-Diamond Award restaurant, Michael’s menu keeps guests coming back.  Their steaks are hand-cut, USDA Certified prime, and aged a minimum of 25 days.  Their seafood is always fresh and meticulously prepared.  Lobster Pot Fridays have always been a great way to celebrate the end of the workweek.


1345 Main Street, Sarasota 34236

(941) 362-4427

Dining at Selva is like being immersed in a dream.  This restaurant is beautifully elegant and the Nuevo Latino cuisine is delicious.  The best way to describe the Nuevo Latino menu is classic Peruvian favorites fused with American style and presented as a work of art.  It truly is an experience rather than a meal.

Café L’Europe

431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota 34236

(941) 388-4415

Café L’Europe has been serving continental cuisine in Sarasota for over 45 years.  The restaurant was designed with old-world charm in mind.  Their menu features longtime favorites like Lobster Bisque, French Onion soup served in a large sweet onion, potato-crusted grouper, and many other delicacies.  They also have a large selection of award-winning wines.

Bijou Café

1287 1st Street, Sarasota 34236

(941) 366-8111

Located in the theatre and arts district of downtown Sarasota, the Bijou Café is known for its nostalgic elegance and Continental-American cuisine.  The award-winning restaurant has grown from a small 50-seat restaurant to 140 seats in three separate dining rooms because of its popularity.

Ophelia’s on the Bay

9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key

(941) 349-2212

This romantic seaside restaurant has been featured on MTV’s “Siesta Key” and has won numerous culinary awards.  Breathtaking views and continental fine dining make for one of the most romantic dining spots to be found anywhere.  It is also known as one of the premier locations for a wedding.

Antoine’s Restaurant

1100 North Tuttle Ave., Sarasota 34237

(941) 331-1400

Antoine’s serves artisanal continental cuisine.  Their mussels are considered the best on the Gulf coast.  They also serve hard-to-find Steak Tartare, Duck Breast and Filet Mignon en Croute, and a twist on Beef Wellington.  They proudly prepare everything in-house and just may have the best fries in Florida.

When it’s time to splurge, the above restaurants are ready to satisfy your appetite and create an environment that creates a special experience for every guest.  Whatever your occasion, celebrate with a fine dining experience.

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