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Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar co-owner and chef Arthur Lopes shows off a plate of Berry Napoleon. (HT Archive)

Now that the mass of seasonal visitors has departed our sunny shores for homes in cooler climates, it’s time to reward ourselves. How about a nice meal?

The irony is, Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week (June 1-14) – now in its sixth year – is designed to bring visitors back to the area and provide a little off-season boost before the slow summer months set in for local restaurants. But from the very beginning, it has been a boon for local food fans who want to sample cuisine that their budgets might not normally allow.

It’s a simple formula: the restaurants that sign up for Savor provide special three-course menus for just $15 at lunch and $29 at dinner. No tickets are necessary, diners just show up and take advantage of the deal at the more than 40 participating spots (although you might want to make some reservations, just to be sure). Let’s do the math. Savor Sarasota’s “week” is actually 14 days long, so if you eat out for lunch and dinner every day you’ll spend approximately $600, not including tax, gratuity, drinks and other sundry expenses. It sounds like a lot, but considering the quality of the restaurants and the menus they have on offer, it’s the dining deal of the year.

Of course, most of us will spread our dining (and spending) out a bit – it’s about savoring, not gluttony, after all. And with so many restaurants on the Savor Sarasota roster this year, you might want a little guidance when it comes to planning your dining schedule. We’ve picked out some of the highlights in a Savor Sarasota Top 10, based on what you’ll get for your money and how interesting the menus are.

But don’t take our word for it – Savor Sarasota is all about trying out new and interesting spots. Regardless of our highlights, no matter which restaurants you try you’ll likely find a tasty and satisfying deal.

OTHER SAVOR SARASOTA RESTAURANTS
62 Bistrot
1962 Hillview Street, Sarasota, 954-1011, bistrotfl.com

Barnacle Bill’s Seafood
Bring a friend and share a bottle of wine for an extra $1.
1526 Main St., Sarasota, 365-6800, barnaclebillsseafood.com

Blue Rooster
1525 4th St., Sarasota, 388-7539, blueroostersrq.com

BluQue Island Grill
149 Avenida Messina, Sarasota, 346-0738, bluqueislandgrill.com

Café Amici
1371 Main Street , Sarasota, 951-6896, cafeamicisrq.com

Cafe Baci
4001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 921-4848, cafebaci.net

Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar
116 W. Venice Avenue, Venice, 484-1855, cafeveniceontheisland.com

Caragiulos
$9 wine pairing (select two, 4-ounce pour)
69 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, 951-0866, italiansoulfood.com

Chart House
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive , Longboat Key, 383-5593, chart-house.com

Cosimo's Restaurant & Catering
5501 Palmer Crossing Circle , Saroasota, 922-7999, cosimos.net

Currents Restaurant
1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, 363-2615, sarasota.hyatt.com

Darwin's on 4th
1525 4th Street, Sarasota, 343-2165, darwinson4th.com

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
412 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 383-0102, drydockwaterfrontgrill.com

Duval's New World Cafe
1435 Main Street, Sarasota, 312-4001, duvalsnewworldcafe.com

Eat Here
1888 Main Street, Sarasota, 365-8700, eatheresarasota.com

Euphemia Haye
Enjoy a 4-ounce pour of wine with your appetizer and your entree for an additional $14.00.
5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 383-3633, euphemiahaye.com

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
7001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, 358-9463, flemingssteakhouse.com

H20 Bistro
Lunch includes coffee, tea or soda. At dinner, add a glass of house merlot or chardonnay for $4.00.
1223 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, 487-3815, srqhotel.com

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
35 South Lemon Avenue, Sarasota, 366-7788, hydeparkrestaurants.com

Mattison's City Grille
1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota, 330-0440, mattisons.com

Mattison's Forty-One
7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 921-3400, mattisons.com

Michael's On East
Specialty drink and wine pairings: $5 per paring during lunch, $10 per pairing during dinner.
1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 366-0007, bestfood.com

Miguel's
6631 Midnight Pass Rd. , Siesta Key, 349-4024, miguelsrestaurant.net

Ophelia's On The Bay
9105 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, 349-3776, opheliasonthebay.net

Pattigeorge's
4120 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, 383-5111, pattigeorges.com

Polo Grill and Bar
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 782-0899, pologrillandbar.com

Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar
481 North Orange Ave., Sarasota, 706-1677, pomonabistroandwine.com

Roessler's Restaurant
2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, 966-5688, roesslersrestaurant.com

Salute!
23 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, 365-1020, salutesarasota.com

Sangria Tapas Bar
1532 Main Street, Sarasota, 955-8272, sangriatapasbar.com

Selva Grill
1345 Main Street, Sarasota, 362-4427, selvagrill.com

Siesta Key Oyster Bar
5238 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, 346-5443, skob.com

Super Nova Cafe
1900 Main Street , Sarasota, 366-6610, supernovacafesarasota.com

Ziti
3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 706-1281, zitisarasota.com

 

Savor Sarasota
June 1-14
savorsarasota.com


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