If you're looking for casual outdoor dining and live music offered nightly, then bring your post-beach appetite to Mattison's City Grille, located in the heart of downtown. For a more intimate downtown setting, the Bijou Cafe is located right next to the Sarasota Opera House and features delicious continental cuisine.
Have your view & eat, too
With so many beautiful beaches, it's no wonder Sarasota knows how to do waterfront dining. Ophelia's on the Bay - with front row seats to scenic Siesta Key - offers a blend of American, Asian and Italian cuisines. Another one of Sarasota's waterfront gems is the Lido Beach Grille, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Gulf Coast while dining on steaks, fresh fish and seafood appetizers.
Say "ciao!" to a number of wonderful authentic Italian restaurants run by Italian chefs with impressive culinary credentials. If you're in Siesta Key, don't miss Cafe Gabbiano, which offers a collection of more than 200 wines. If you're a little further south, try Cosimo's and its wood-burning oven pizzas. Downtown, try Cafe Amici on Main Street in Sarasota.
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