Vacations can often be casual times when you want to stay in shorts and flip-flops and beach fare is the norm. However, it is also nice to get dressed up once in a while and enjoy a really good steak. Luckily, Sarasota has a number of great restaurants that serve up juicy steak that can be savored and enjoyed at your leisure. When you feel you want a better cut of meat, it’s time to herd your friends or family to one of these steakhouses in Sarasota.
149 Avenida Messina, Sarasota 34242
This is one of the best places to dine on Siesta Key and one of the best steakhouses in Sarasota. Their certified 100% true Angus steaks and chops are aged for 40 days in order to maximize tenderness and flavor. All of their steaks are carefully sourced through boutique Midwest family farms that encompass responsible agricultural practices. The atmosphere is relaxed, yet elegant.
35 South Lemon Ave., Sarasota 34236
This classic steakhouse, located just minutes from Siesta Key, won’t disappoint. It has a romantic, cozy atmosphere with friendly staff and a great menu. For steaks, choose from filet mignon, 36-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye, steak cabernet, and more. They also serve lobster, seafood, and double-cut lamb chops as well as an extensive wine list and happy hour.
Hyde Park features a fireplace for cool winter evenings and a covered outdoor dining terrace with a sidewalk café atmosphere.
3501 South Tamiami Trail, Ste. 1165, Sarasota 34239
Connors uses wood-fired grills for a unique and sophisticated dining experience. The restaurant prides itself on having its steaks cooked to perfection, from their dry-aged cuts to their well-marbled ribeyes, every steak is prepared to the customer’s satisfaction. They also have an extensive seafood menu as well, plus chicken entrees and sandwiches, and burgers for the kids.
6700 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34231
Ruth’s Chris serves only the finest cuts of USDA prime beef, cooked in an 1800° custom broiler, then served on a 500° sizzling plate. The customer service is always top notch and their sides are equally as good as their tender steaks. The perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or the end or the end of a great vacation.
2001 Siesta Dr., Sarasota 34239
If you asked the locals for the best steakhouse in Sarasota, it’s a good bet many would list Fleming’s as their favorite. From great steaks to an attentive staff, Fleming’s prides itself on making your dining experience special. Their prime steak is one of the best around and they also offer innovative plant-based options to suit everyone’s taste.
4520 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota 34231
This may not look like your average steakhouse, but many people claim to have had the best steak of their lives in this quaint little butcher shop, restaurant, and small specialty grocery. The father-son team prides themselves that virtually nothing comes out of a box or is shrink-wrapped. Everything is homemade from scratch. The restaurant features prime dry-aged steaks as well as seafood, chicken, lamb, and crab cakes, along with Japanese Kobe burgers, cheese steaks, and German specialties. They also serve fine wines and more than 60 imported beers.
When you are ready to splurge a little and enjoy a fine steak, all of the restaurants on this list will be a great dining experience. The hard part will be deciding which steakhouse to choose.