It’s common knowledge that Sarasota is naturally revered, with outstanding beaches, beautiful weather year-round, and, many recreational events and cultural exhibitions. With over 800 restaurants in Sarasota County Florida, You’re sure to find the perfect spot to dine.
Downtown Sarasota may be home to many businesses, including Attorneys, Medical Companies, and, Tech Firms, but Sarasota thrives as a tourism hotspot in Florida and is well known to be the Cultural Capital of Florida.
With Downtown Sarasota, only a fifteen-minute drive south of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), and the abundance of entertainment and activities in Sarasota County and the surrounding area, The demand is great locally owned and operated restaurants are growing substantially.
We will touch on five of the best places to grab lunch in Downtown Sarasota Florida in this piece.
Boca is one of the best food destinations in Downtown Sarasota. The restaurant’s farm-to-table focus makes it a suitable destination for fresh, locally inspired cuisines. They have great lunch recipes, and you may opt for one of their salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, burgers, soups. If you feel dangerous or in the mood to get creative, you may decide to combine items on the menu.
The restaurant offers takeout, sit-down dining, indoor dining, and outdoor seating options, with a lively ambiance that makes the experience even better. The restaurant also has a bar right in the center of the dining area, allowing you to order your favorite wines and cocktails to go with your lunch.
However, the location of the bar could be both a gift and a curse. It can get a little noisy inside when you have a full bar, messing with the earlier mentioned ambiance of the restaurant. Boca-Sarasota has two levels, with a lot of seating space, making it a brilliant choice for hangouts and small parties. Boca is also a safe destination for eating, in the light of the pandemic, because they strictly adhere to all safety measures.
While there is a slew of cuisines on the Boca-Sarasota menu, the “Skirt Steak” seems to be the standout dish on the menu. Many people who tried Boca’s Skirt Steak do not fail to mention how perfectly cooked and well-seasoned it is.
Boca is at 19 S. Lemon Ave. Sarasota FL 34236, one minute away from Lemon Avenue Mall. You can make reservations through their website.
Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood
For Sarasota residents who are suckers for fresh, tasty seafood, Duval’s has got you covered. Duval’s is a neighborhood restaurant known for its gorgeous seafood, inventive drinks, great wine, and stylish service.
Deciding what to eat for lunch at Duval’s may be quite a task because of the restaurant’s wide variety of dishes. However, you are free to choose from the array of desserts, daily lunch specials, handheld and entrees, salads, etc. You can find their full lunch menu on their website. They also offer free delivery when you order online.
The interior design at Duval’s is spectacular, and the atmosphere is quite comfy, suitable for when you want to dress up or dress down. They offer delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, sit-down dining, indoor dining, outdoor seating, and heated outdoor seating.
Out of the plethora of dishes at Duval’s, the “Lobster Bisque” seems like the fan favorite, a portion costs $11.50. Give it a shot when you decide to grab lunch at Duval’s for the first time, and you would most likely never regret it.
Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood is at 1435 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236, opposite the historical SH Kress & co building on Main Street.
1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails
1592 is not just one of the best lunch places in downtown Sarasota; it also offers one of the best deals compared to other eateries in the area. For as low as $14, you can get two meal course, making 1592 the suitable option for people on a budget who just want to enjoy a decent meal in a decent restaurant.
The atmosphere at 1592 is informal, chic, and cozy, with fascinating décor. The bar is vibrant and beautiful.
The cuisines are primarily Greek/Mediterranean and contemporary, but the owners have expanded the menu to fit more global cuisines over time. Check out their menu and learn how to make reservations on their website.
1952 is located at 1592 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236, just two minutes walk from the Sarasota city building department on S Orange Ave.
Caraguilos should be your number one stop if you are looking for the best Italian-American cuisines and ambiance in downtown Sarasota.
Established by Italian chef Tony Caraguilo and his five sons, Caraguilos is the perfect pizza-pasta place. They maintain their ultimate Italian experience with vintage Italian movie posters, an exhaustive Italian-American menu, and generous portions.
You can take a tour of the Caraguilos restaurant on their website to virtually get a feel of the place. There is a small bar inside, where you can have the bartenders whip you cocktails to go with your favorite Italian dish.
So if you’re considering having delicious fresh baked bread, meatballs, and homemade mozzarella in downtown Sarasota, then you should consider Caraguilos.
Caraguilos is conveniently located at 69 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236. Two minutes drive from the Sarasota Herald Building.
The last name on the list, but not a result of any science, is Made. Made is an acronym for Modern, American, Delicious, Eats. When you look at this restaurant’s menu, you would feel that this restaurant is made to cater to everyone because the menu contains a blend of street food and fancier dishes.
While there are many amazing dishes on the menu at Made restaurant, the double-dipped fried chicken with collard greens, cornbread, and white truffle parmesan mashed potatoes is something everyone needs to try. The drinks at Made are also quite innovative.
Made recipes are primarily classic American cuisines with chef Mark Woodruff’s fun twists, served in an airy, colorful setting with a spacious patio.
Made is located at 1990 Main St., #112, Sarasota, FL 34236. About four minutes drive from the historical S. H Kress and Co. Building.
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