Savor Sarasota


savor-sarasota-restaurant-weekFor food lovers, the next two weeks signal the best time of the years to go out and sample Sarasota’s magnificent array of restaurants. It’s like Christmas mixed with Thanksgiving for anyone who likes to dine out, thanks to the open seats and empty parking spots left free by departing snowbirds and the beginning of Savor Sarasota.

Now in its ninth year, Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday, June 1 and runs until June 14. (Yeah, this “week” has 14 days, but who’s complaining?) Created by the Visit Sarasota County as a way to draw tourists, particularly day-trippers who live in Florida, to town to try out our local culinary scene during the start of the slower Summer season, Savor is also a huge boon to local diners.

Here’s how it works: The 42 participating restaurants will offer a three-course lunch menu for $15 (if they normally serve lunch) and a prix-fixe dinner menu for $29 throughout the two-week event. When you take into account that many of the restaurants have single entrees priced at those levels, Savor can be a great bargain.

And despite the price, the participating restaurants don’t tend to skimp on your options. That means a Savor lunch at Louies Modern could include Chilled Summer Corn Gazpacho, Flat Iron Steak Frites, and Tahitian Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee, while dinner at Bijou Cafe might be Beet and Arugula Salad, Crisp Roasted Duck, and Key Lime Panna Cotta. For $15 and $29, respectively, that’s an amazing day of dining.

Besides the cost-saving opportunity, Savor Sarasota is also a great excuse to go out and try restaurants that are outside your usual destinations. Sample Peruvian cuisine at Inkanto or Jalea, try out the new Fins at Sharky’s in Venice, or take a culinary tour of Longboat Key with Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Pattigeorge’s and Euphemia Haye.

Whatever you do, plan ahead. With 42 restaurants and only 14 days of Savor Sarasota, you won’t have the time – or even the appetite – to hit every one.

June 1-14
Participating restaurants offer three-course $15 lunch and $29 prix fixe dinner menus. Check restaurants for hours.
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62 Bistrot
1962 Hillview St., Sarasota, 954-1011,

Barnacle Bill’s Seafood
1562 Main St., Sarasota, 365-6800,

Bijou Cafe

Bijou Cafe

Bijou Cafe
1287 1st St., Sarasota, 366-8111,

Cafe Americano
1409 Main St., Sarasota, 365-1026,

Cafe Amici
1371 Main St., Sarasota, 951-6896,

Cafe Gabbiano
5104 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, 349-1423,

Cafe L’Europe
431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, 388-4415,

Cafe Venice
116 W. Venice Ave., Venice, 484-1855,

69 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 951-0866,

Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
8433 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota, 893-5955,

Chart House
201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, 383-5593,

Crow's Nest

Crow's Nest

Crow’s Nest
1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, 484-9551,

1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, 953-1234,

Darwin’s on 4th
1525 4th St., Sarasota, 343-2165,

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
412 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, 383-0102,

Duval’s New World Cafe
1435 Main St., Sarasota, 312-4001,

Eat Here
1888 Main St., Sarasota, 365-8700,

Euphemia Haye

Euphemia Haye

Euphemia Haye
5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, 383-3633,

Fins at Sharky’s
1600 harbor Dr. S., Venice, 786-3068,

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
2001 Siesta Dr., Sarasota, 358-9463,

Giuseppe Ristorante
1900 Main St., Sarasota, 366-6610,

H2O Bistro
1223 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, 487-3800,

Harry’s Continental Kitchens
525 St. Judes Dr., Longboat Key, 383-0777,

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
35 S. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, 366-7788,

4141 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 924-6410,

1532 Main St., Sarasota, 955-8272,



1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota, 366-0070,

Libby’s Cafe + Bar
1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 487-7300,

Louies Modern
1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 552-9688,

1990 Main St., Sarasota, 953-2900,

Mattison’s City Grille
1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, 330-0440,

Mattison’s Forty-One
7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 921-3400,

The Melting Pot
1949 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 365-2628,

Michael’s On East
1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota, 366-0007,

6631 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, 349-4024,



1377 Main St., Sarasota, 951-6272,

Off the Hook Seafood Company
6630 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, 923-5570

Oh Mamma Mia
2324 Gulf Gate Blvd., Sarasota, 706-2821,

4120 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, 383-5111,

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

Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar
481 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, 706-1677,

1296 1st St., Sarasota, 953-1971,

2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, 966-5688,

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion
2001 Siesta Dr., Sarasota, 952-0109,

23 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, 365-1020,

Sam Snead’s
1830 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 906-7771,

Savory Street

Savory Street

Savory Street
411 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, 312-4027,

Selva Grill
1345 Main St., Sarasota, 362-4427,

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

Table Creekside
5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 921-9465,

Wave Grill
425 U.S. 41 Bypass N., Venice, 308-7700

3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 706-1281,


Brian Ries

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Last modified: June 2, 2014
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