Restaurants

Beach Bistro – The Finest Dining On Anna Maria Island

By | March 2, 2012

For more than 26 years, the Beach Bistro has been Anna Maria Island’s most romantic fine-dining destination. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the scenic backdrop and spectacular sunsets make it the perfect place to celebrate special occasions or simply relax after a long day.

The Beach Bistro boasts the highest Zagat ratings for food and service in the state of Florida and is enthroned in Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame and has been awarded numerous Wine Spectator awards for having “one of the best wine lists in the world.”

The mission of the bistro is simple: to provide you with one of the best dining experiences that you have ever had. Offering superior service, the Beach Bistro is where fine dining, culinary excellence and a spectacular Gulf view, meet.

The Beach Bistro is located at 6600 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34218. Hours of operation are daily from 5-10 p.m. Reservations can be made by phoning 941-778-6444.

Get more information online at www.BeachBistro.com.

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New Pass Grill & Bait Shop

By | March 1, 2012

New Pass Grill & Bait Shop

Do you want the best cheeseburger in probably the whole state of Florida? We found it! It is even served in one of those old-fashioned wax paper wraps that gets good and greasy! This old-Florida (circa 1929) outdoor restaurant is window service only. The restaurant is open as early as 7AM to feed the fishermen breakfast as they head out to the Gulf through New Pass. They also serve beer and wine and doggy-dining is allowed. Their award-winning cheeseburger with a side of fries is only 7.99 and the view of the pass and New Pass bridge is second to none. They also serve hot dogs, delicious fish sandwiches, subs and more. Right next door is a full bait shop so come by car or by boat and enjoy this local eatery (and let’s try and keep it that way…) Come and relax here for breakfast or lunch on your way out to Mote Marine. You won’t be sorry! Address: 1505 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. New Pass Grill Website

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Fun Spot for a Monday Night

By | February 24, 2012

If you’re looking for something fun and casual on most Monday evenings, check out O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill on City Island right on the Bay in Sarasota. Enjoy cocktails in paradise while listening to the feel good island music of singer-songwriter Mike Sales. (5-9 p.m.) This video was recorded at O’Leary’s.

I think you’ll agree, it doesn’t get much better than this!

 

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Gecko’s Grill & Pub: Great Food, Great Spirits, Great Fun!

By | February 20, 2012

Gecko’s Grill & Pub has been a favorite for locals and tourists alike since 1992!  Whether out on your own, with your family or joining a group of friends, Gecko’s Grill & Pubs are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of a favorite neighborhood grill and sports bar.

Serving lunch, dinner and a complete late night menu, Gecko’s features American pub food with a gourmet twist, nightly chef’s specials and a full bar featuring 2-4-1 Happy Hour drinks ALL day EVERY day with the coldest beer and the smoothest spirits…not to mention the friendliest bar and wait staff around.

With lots of televisions and the latest satellite and sound systems to watch your favorite sporting event, Gecko’s is open 7 days a week in 5 convenient locations. For hours and locations of the Gecko’s nearest you check out www.geckosgrill.com or find them on Facebook Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Landings * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Hillview * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Clark Rd. * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – SR 64 * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – SR 70

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O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill at Island Park in Sarasota

By | November 5, 2011

Welcome to our waterfront tiki bar complete with a huge palm-frond covered deck and waterfront tiki bar! O’Leary’s has been around for years and is situated right on Sarasota Bay overlooking the water on Island Park in Sarasota. The restaurant is quite casual with window service only. It has waterfront picnic tables and is dog-friendly.

O’Leary’s features a guitar player (at least every time we go there) singing beach tunes. The energy and setting is great, the beer and wine is priced ok, and the food is, well, what you’d expect for window service. O’Leary’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and dinners usually run between $6-12. A pitcher of domestic beer is around $9. They have a full bar too.

We love O’Leary’s for its casual, waterfront atmosphere and because it is, unfortunately, one of the few remaining waterfront restaurants still around. Don’t forget, many people bring their dogs because it is very dog-friendly, so come and walk Island Park and settle in for some tunes at O’Leary’s, enjoy some average food and a great Sarasota waterfront lifestyle-if only for an hour or so. Oh yeah, you can come by boat as well but docking is limited and is adjacent to Enticer Watersports where they rent jet-ski’s and power boats, etc. O’Leary’s is calling your name and is located at 5 Bayfront Dr. on Island Park near Marina Jack’s in Sarasota.

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Best Raw Bar in Sarasota

By | October 15, 2011


If you are in the mood for some delicious oysters, shrimp, or mussels do I have the spot for you… Monks Steamer Bar located in Sarasota’s Gulf Gate area (the corner of Superior and Gulf Gate Drive). This locally owned pub specializes in serving up oysters any way you like em. My favorite are the Monkefellas, which is their version of the Oysters Rockefeller.

The raw bar sits in the middle of the huge horse-shoe shaped bar so patrons can chat with the always friendly staff. There are pool table, lots of TV’s always showing various sporting events, and even a old fashion juke box so that you can play your favorite tunes. Monks is open every evening and is an over 21 establishment.

They offer their seafood wholesale, so if you would like to take home the delicious seafood stop in and pick some up for your next party. If you are on the hunt for a true local Sarasota hang-out look no further!

For more information Click Here!

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Waterfront Dining on the Manatee River

By | October 4, 2011

With the arrival of cooler fall temperatures we decided to head to a waterfront restaurant with outdoor dining this weekend. The Riverhouse Reef & Grill in Palmetto provided the perfect spot. Located on the north side of the Manatee River in the Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, this place had everything we were looking for: outdoor tables on the dock overlooking the river, great fresh seafood, attentive service and one beautiful sunset!

The dining room at the Riverhouse has an aquatic-modern motif, but what makes it distinct is an interior that opens completely to the waterfront, bringing the outside in. Every table offers a view of sensational sunsets, glimpses of ocean life and yachts harbored in the anchorage.

They are open for lunch and dinner. The dinner menu had a good variety of choices with an emphasis on fresh fish prepared a number of ways with several sauces/salsas to choose from. We started with the Crab & Lobster Corn Chowder which was creamy and loaded with seafood. I ordered the mussels which were prepared in a light wine, lemon and garlic broth with fresh tomatoes and basil and they were cooked to perfection. My husband ordered grilled redfish with tropical salsa. It was excellent. Even though it was a busy night our server Theresa was very attentive.

You can access the restaurant by boat or car. Personally I loved the scenic view as we walked down the dock, but for customers who need assistance, a chauffeur in a golf cart makes regular trips back and forth from the roundabout in the parking lot to the dining area. Boaters can access the Riverhouse though the Regatta Pointe Marina opening near marker 19, just west of the Green Bridge. Slips are free, plentiful and readily available around the Riverhouse for restaurant guests.

The Riverhouse has an upstairs hall for banquets and weddings and is large enough to accommodate 350 people. The elevated view of the Manatee River is a breathtaking backdrop for any event. It just so happened that a wedding reception was being held there while we dined and photographs were being taken overlooking the water at sunset. I can’t imagine a more beautiful setting.

We will definitely visit the Riverhouse Reef & Grill again and highly recommend it. Just one more thing to love about living in the Sarasota/Bradenton area!

For more information check out their website: www.riverhousereef.com

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Great New Pub in Sarasota

By | August 29, 2011

I had heard through the grapevine that Jimmy’s Sand Trap had the best pastrami sandwich in town and since my husband has been on a quest to find just that, we stopped in there for lunch recently. Marty confirmed that it is the best he’s had in Sarasota. I ordered a BLT which was loaded with Applewood smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and nicely ripe tomatoes. Each sandwich comes with a Half-Sour pickle and one side. The menu has a wide variety of choices and ours were delicious. They have a selection of over 100 beers to choose from on draft and in bottles including many microbrews as well as a full bar. Daily happy hour is from 4-7pm.

One thing I particularly liked about the place was the pub atmosphere without the smoke (it is a non-smoking establishment). The decor is tastefully golf themed and seating is comfortable. Jimmy’s is located in the shopping center in the southeast corner of Webber and Beneva and is open for lunch and dinner during the week and for dinner on Saturdays.

If you’re looking for a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner, owner Jimmy Galanis will warmly welcome you and serve up a great meal. And if you, like Marty, have been looking for the best pastrami sandwich, you should definitely give Jimmy’s Sand Trap a try.

 

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Blu Smoke Island Grill on Siesta Key

By | August 13, 2011

Siesta Key Village has many eateries to choose from; we recently decided to try Blu Smoke Island Grill for the first time. As we walked up to the restaurant, the delicious smells flowed from the large outdoor dining area. We were early to meet our clients so we had a drink at the bar. The bar area is comfortable with relaxing blue lighting, live music and a friendly bartender.

Once our clients arrived we sat down and studied the menu which had many items to choose from. The mouth-watering cuisine features steaks, seafood, chops and fowl all slow cooked over hickory and applewood. We had burgers and salads and both were delicious. Our service was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxing.

We will definitely return to Blu Smoke. Check them out…you’ll be glad you did!

www.blusmokeislandgrill.com

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New Waterfront Dining in Bradenton

By | July 23, 2011

We were happy to discover a new restaurant located right on the bank of the Manatee River in Bradenton. Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar has just been open a couple of weeks but judging by the crowd last night, people have already discovered this great spot for dining or just having a drink.

There is a dining area under cover with tables around a large bar as well as outside tables with umbrellas. Almost all of the seats have a view of the water. They are well prepared if the occasional rain shower rolls in as the restaurant has roll down plastic walls with windows to keep you dry. Even in the heat of the afternoon we were kept cool with the many fans fitted with misters. 

They are open for lunch and dinner and the menu has lots of variety so there is something for everyone. During happy hour (3-6pm) there are drink specials and bar bites at very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is very relaxed…it was like being on vacation for an afternoon!

Adjacent to the restaurant is a thatched roof tiki hut with another bar and lots of seating. They maximized the water views with bar/railing and stools all along the riverfront. If you’re up for an activity, there is a sand volleyball court and they have “cornhole” games set up between the restaurant and bar. And for the sports fan there are a number of big screen tv’s mounted in the tiki hut. Live bands perform every evening. It’s just a fun place so check it out if you’re in the area…you won’t be disappointed!

The location is just north of SR64 (aka Manatee Avenue) on 7th Street East next to the Manatee Landings Marina. If you prefer to come by boat they are at MM24 and have plenty of docking space.

 

 

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