5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Cuisine: Fine dining
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Manatee beaches
Opened in 1975 on Longboat Key, the restaurant has marched to the beat of its own drum, serving wildly sophisticated and far-reaching food in a lush garden setting. It always wins top honors from local magazines and national food mags as well, and you need only to try the smoked salmon on buckwheat crepes, fried green tomatoes or signature crisp roasted duck with seasonal fruit sauce to see why. The wine list is broad, with good depth at every price point. Prices are high and dishes are rich in the restaurant, so you can try the lighter/cheaper fare upstairs in the HayeLoft if you feel inclined. Chef/owner Raymond Arpke also offers cooking classes at the restaurant.