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Savor Sarasota

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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.

SAVOR SARASOTA RESTAURANT WEEK
June 1-14
Participating restaurants offer three-course $15 lunch and $29 prix fixe dinner menus. Check restaurants for hours.
Go to savorsarasota.com for complete details.

SAVOR SARASOTA RESTAURANTS

62 Bistrot
1962 Hillview St., Sarasota, 954-1011, bistrotfl.com

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

Bijou Cafe

Bijou Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caragiulos
69 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 951-0866, caragiulos.com

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

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

Crow's Nest

Crow's Nest

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

Currents
1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, 953-1234, sarasota.hyatt.com

Darwin’s on 4th
1525 4th St., Sarasota, 343-2165, darwinson4th.com

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

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

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

Euphemia Haye

Euphemia Haye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inkanto
4141 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 924-6410, inkantoperu.com

Jalea
1532 Main St., Sarasota, 955-8272, jaleasarasota.com

Lavanda

Lavanda

Lavanda
1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota, 366-0070, lavandasarasota.com

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

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

Made
1990 Main St., Sarasota, 953-2900, maderestaurant.com

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

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

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

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

Miguel’s
6631 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, 349-4024, miguelsrestaurant.com

Mozaic

Mozaic

Mozaic
1377 Main St., Sarasota, 951-6272, mozaicsarasota.com

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

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

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 and Wine Bar

Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

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

Roast
1296 1st St., Sarasota, 953-1971, roastsarasota.com

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

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

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

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

Savory Street

Savory Street

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

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

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

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

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

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

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