Dive in and get ready to devour the best seafood in Sarasota! We’re spoiled here along the Gulf Coast with all sorts of options to satisfy our cravings for fish and shellfish. Whether you’re looking for fancy artisan cuisine or down-home comfort dishes, you can’t go wrong with these prime seafood restaurants in Sarasota. Do we have you hooked? Read on to find out which places made our list.
Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill
Its storefront may be small and tucked away in Buccaneer Plaza, but Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill is worth a trip if you’re looking for fresh, perfectly cooked seafood. The lobster bisque is a local favorite and the smoked Mahi Mahi fish spread is delicious! You can find a variety of dishes at this family-run restaurant, from soups and salads to grilled plates and homemade key lime pie for dessert.
Walt’s Fish Market
You know you’re in for amazing seafood when you eat at a fish market, and another popular one in Sarasota is Walt’s Fish Market. Famous for its fresh shrimp and oysters, Walt’s doesn’t do fancy – just good portions of fresh seafood served just the way you like it. Treat yourself to a fried basket, steamed shellfish, or a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads. If you visit during happy hour (4-6 p.m.), be sure to try a Pirate Margarita!
Owen’s Fish Camp
Located in the heart of Burns Court, Owen’s Fish Camp is an ode to old Florida living. Out front, a Banyan tree welcomes visitors in to sample the restaurant’s Southern Hospitality. Owen’s brings in local fish from the Bay every day and serves it up in starters, salad, soup, sandwiches, baskets, and even as a low country boil. Wash it all down with a pint of craft beer or glass of wine, and save room for dessert – the Bourbon Pecan Pie is too delicious to resist!
You might not expect to find fine dining in a shopping plaza, but that’s exactly what Antoine’s Restaurant offers. The restaurant serves elaborate seafood specials that revolve around different preparations of mussels. Everything from the bread to the dressings is prepared in house, and the fish is sourced from the local fish markets. Settle in for an eating experience and savor seafood at its finest!
Monk’s Steamer Bar
Monk’s Steamer Bar is a dive bar with great seafood. Locals pull up a seat for cold beer, oysters, and peel and eat shrimp. The low-key spot resembles an old-school sports bar with its simple menu and pool tables. This is one of the best raw bars in town, serving raw oysters, steamed oysters, and other shellfish appetizers. Try the popular dish, “Monkfellas,” which is oysters steamed on the half with garlic butter and mounds of parmesan cheese.
Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood
Date nights call for dinner at an upscale seafood restaurant, and Duval’s is the perfect choice. The restaurant serves seafood dishes and choice meats sourced from local fisherman and farmers. The eclectic menu features a wide variety of innovative seafood recipes that even the most adventurous palates will find surprising. If you’re not sure what to order, opt for one of the most popular dishes on the menu: The daily special fish, seafood bouillabaisse, or scampi pasta.
Lucky Pelican Bistro
Some of the best seafood can be found where you least expect it. That is the case with Lucky Pelican Bistro, a relaxed eatery located in a strip mall that has a raw bar and some of the freshest fish around. The gulf shrimp and fish tacos are must-haves for any seafood lover. Don’t miss out on the drinks featuring locally made spirits – don’t forget to try the cane vodka with cranberry!
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