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Where to eat: Siesta Key

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  • surfersandwich

    217 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key. 349-7790; surfersandwich.com

    ANNA'S DELI

    Anna’s is Siesta Village’s long-standing spot for hefty sandwiches.

  • bella roma

    5239 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-0995; bellaromaitalianrestaurant.com

    BELLA ROMA

    You’ll find traditional Italian cuisine, with an exceptional array of pasta and risotto, at this small Siesta Village restaurant.

  • big olaf

    5208 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-9392; bigolafs.com

    BIG OLAF

    For decades, this shop has provided cold treats to overheated locals and tourists, usually decadent ice cream piled into Olaf’s trademark waffle cones.

  • blase cafe

    5263 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-9822; theblasecafe.com

    BLASE CAFE

    This funky spot serves an array of interesting appetizers focused on seaside seafood, along with standard modern American fine dining entrées.

  • Blu Que Brisket Sandwich

    149 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key. 346-0738; blusmokeislandgrill.com

    BLU QUE ISLAND GRILL

    This restaurant features traditional barbecue mixed with interesting open-fire grilling, along with a variety of sides.

  • broken egg

    1140 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key. 346-2750; thebrokenegg.com

    BROKEN EGG

    Broken Egg caters to its devoted fanbase in the heart of Siesta Village, complete with cute outdoor dining carved on a deck that juts out into its parking lot.

  • gabbiano

    5104 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-1423; cafegabbiano.com

    CAFE GABBIANO

    Hearty, NY-influenced Italian fare has that distinctive balance of rusticity and elegance that is the hallmark of great Italian-American cuisine, the kind of elusive qualities that chains and even most independent places fail to replicate. The outdoor area is covered and elegant.

  • captain curt's

    1200 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key. 349-3885; captaincurts.com

    CAPTAIN CURT'S

    Award-winning clam chowder, live music and big plates of steamed seafood with sides of butter highlight this casual spot near Siesta’s south bridge.

  • clayton's siesta grill

    1256 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key. 349-2800; claytonssiestagrille.com

    CLAYTON'S SIESTA GRILL

    You can get three squares a day at Clayton’s — breakfast to dinner — all of it tailored to the elegant island setting that decorates this restaurant just off the south bridge to Siesta.

  • (Dec 9, 2010) (Sarasota Herald-Tribune photo by Dan Wagner) Mixed ceviche, including fresh fish, shrimp, mussels and octopus, in yellow pepper lime juice with cilantro, red onions, Cuzco corn and yam is served at The Cottage on the Key.

    153 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key. 312-9300; cottagesiestakey.com

    THE COTTAGE

    This tiny spot just off the main drag in Siesta Key Village features mostly small plates with big flavor.

  • daiquiri deck 2

    5250 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-8697; daiquirideck.com

    DAIQUIRI DECK

    It’s not all fried fish sandwiches and long rows of alcoholic slurpee machines at Daquiri Deck. Owners expanded the Deck a couple years back and added in an extensive raw bar menu to up the non-frozen options.

  • gilligan's

    5253 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 346-8122; gilligansislandbar.com

    GILLIGAN'S ISLAND BAR AND GRILL

    The usual lineup of bar food and boat drinks at a lively nightspot.

  • gsshubA

    5148 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-6800; thehubsiestakey.com

    THE HUB BAJA GRILL

    The Hub looks like a tourist spot thanks to acres of faux island décor. Still, it’s difficult to argue with a big, open-air covered deck that sits right on the sidewalk in the center of Siesta activity.

  • Javier's

    6621 Midnight Pass Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-1792; javiersrestaurant.com

    JAVIER'S

    Before the Peruvian invasion came to Sarasota in the form of Selva Grill and a handful of other restaurants, Javier’s was serving anticuchos and ceviche in a calm and elegant spot on south Siesta.

  • lelu

    5251 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 346-5358; lelucoffee.com

    LELU COFFEE LOUNGE

    Lelu is a full-service spot, with everything from breakfast sandwiches and a cup o’ joe to caffeinated martinis and blue cheese sliders.

  • lobster pot

    5157 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-2323; sarasota-lobsterpot.com

    LOBSTER POT

    Seems strange to head out to a Florida barrier island for New England-style seafood, but the absurdly rich lobster bisque and a bucket of steamers will quickly convince you that seafood has no borders.

  • miguel's

    6631 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. 349-4024; miguelsrestaurant.net

    MIGUEL'S

    Amid a sea of bar food and casual spots on Siesta, Miguel’s stands out as the most refined traditional restaurant on the island. Here you’ll find Continental classics with a focus on French cuisine.

  • napoli's

    5242 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 346-2452

    NAPOLI'S

    Great pies and standard casual Italian fare, with slices sold from the outdoor courtyard on busy nights.

  • old salty dog

    5023 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key. 349-0158; theoldsaltydog.com

    OLD SALTY DOG

    The grouper sandwich is very good, the beer is cold and domestic, but the biggest draw for the OSD can be summed up in six words: beer-battered, deep-fried hot dog.

  • ophelia's

    9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. 349-2212; opheliasonthebay.net

    OPHELIA'S ON THE BAY

    Most Siesta restaurants get away with either hiding away behind a strip mall façade or amping the village’s island-party theme for atmosphere. Ophelia’s, however, fits the island better than all the rest. The high-end food is elegant and composed, but the location — mere feet away from the mangrove islands of an Intracoastal offshoot — is fabulous.

  • SKOB Amberjack Sandwich

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

    SIESTA KEY OYSTER BAR

    SKOB is another spot that references the wood and surf theme common to Siesta Village pubs, but here it feels a little more natural, in large part to a staff that’s turned it into a popular haunt for regulars. The food is standard bar and Floribbean fare.

  • sun garden cafe

    210 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key. 346-7170; sol-food.net

    SUN GARDEN CAFE

    Owned by former downtown Sarasota restaurateurs Suzanne and Rick Monroe, Sun Garden stands out from the rest of the village’s many breakfast spots. The sweet potato pancakes — topped with sweet almond butter — will cause cravings, and the fried baloney sandwich ain’t far behind.

  • turtles

    8875 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. 346-2207; turtlesrestaurant.com

    TURTLES

    Across from Turtle Beach,  on the south section of the island, Turtles offers fresh seafood, a full bar and waterfront views. It has been a popular spot for nearly 30 years.

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