The quest for good food and great ambiance is endless. And in Sarasota and Manatee, where the restaurant scene changes constantly, we’re always in search of the new and the better. From French to American to Vietnamese, there’s something for every palate in town. Here are our 3 of our favorite restaurants from its vibrant dining scene. Feeling hungry? Good. There’s plenty for everyone.
Owens Fish Camp
Located in Downtown Sarasota, Florida, this whitewashed ferryman’s shack designed space is hard to miss in historic Burns Court. Luring in customers with their bright atmosphere, it has both indoor and outdoor dining options.
The warm ambiance of the indoor seating area instantly relaxes you, with four to six-seater tables situated further in which are perfect for families or parties. Decorated with vintage-looking white chairs and tables, the walls are covered with a fishing enthusiast’s paraphernalia.
The exterior seating area is given shade by tall trees whose branches hang low, keeping the space cool. With an extensive menu, there is nothing here that doesn’t tease a food lover’s senses. Try one of the plates that are nothing short of a truly American meal, finish it off with an Apple Pie or Root Beer Float.
For seafood lovers, this is the perfect restaurant to kick back in during your summer getaway and enjoy great Southern music with some chilled brew to wash away the COVID blues.
516 Burns Court, Sarasota
Oak and Stone
Are you tired of cooking the same dull meals every week? Do you want a change of taste and scenery? Are you an artisanal pizza and craft beer aficionado?
Have you heard of Oak and Stone?
If you haven’t, consider it 2020’s best news! Situated in downtown Bradenton, Florida, Oak and Stone promises not only an exquisite view of the marina and the Manatee river from its rooftop seating area but menu items that will have you forgetting any diet plan you’re on.
You can build your own pizzas for $10 and pepper in a delicious selection of toppings from blue cheese to charred pineapple. For vegans, they also offer a gluten-free crust and vegan mozzarella.
They also have the region’s largest self-serve beer wall with touchless RFID technology, so that every pour is safe and you can enjoy it without COVID anxieties.
In fact, if you’ve been missing sports events, bring your buddies down to your nearest Oak and Stone to watch your favorite team play on 20 large flat-screen TVs with a beverage in one hand and a stone-baked pizza in another!
Their craft cocktails, apart from the home-made brews, have names and combinations that draw you in to try at least once even if you’re a beer-loving person. You can also sign-up for promotional deals by joining their loyalty program which rewards you with one point for every dollar spent.
102 Old Main Street, Bradenton
Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
Despite its name, Rusty Bucket is anything but that. An idea between three friends that grew into a whopping 22 locations over the course of 18 years, this tavern is built for socializing.
Located in UTC with cozy settings and amiable staff, the hospitality makes you feel like you’re drinking at a friend’s house. Rusty Bucket’s vision is to provide a place for friends and loved ones to visit, whether to share good news or to simply enjoy each other’s company.
The Kids menu offers simple dishes that children love. Mac n cheese and chicken fingers with fresh fruits or sticky rice as sides keep the young ones full on a healthy meal.
For adults, there is a massive range of food and drinks to choose from. Burgers, pastas, power bowls for the health-conscious or Tavern food with Attitude’ – what will you choose? Margaritas, draft punch, or wine – the options are enough for you to schedule a second visit.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to put Rusty Bucket on your trusty bucket list!
257 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota