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Events:

Restaurants:

  • Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse


    Cuisine: American upscale, Fine dining, Steak house
    Features: Date night, Outdoor seating, Upscale

    Sarasota: 35 S Lemon Ave., Sarasota, 34236

    Following in the footsteps of its namesake restaurants in Ohio (Columbus, Akron and Cleveland), New York (Buffalo), Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) and Daytona Beach, it's a super-swank steak house with all the archetypal bells and whistles. A crackerjack waitstaff glides through a dining room of polished woods and deep ruby fabrics (seared-steak colors, natch). That's not to say it's predictable: Its "chef-inspired" dishes lend elegant nuances to classics, from a petit tenderloin wrapped in bacon and then capped with bordelaise and melted bleu cheese to another tender filet mignon given a glisten of shallot-cabernet butter. Prime meats hardly require a lot of adornment, but Hyde Park's skills with timeless sauces (bearnaise, bordelaise, horseradish cream) render them de rigueur.

  • Libby's Cafe and Bar


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Catering, Date night, Happy hour, Upscale

    Sarasota: 1917 S Osprey, Sarasota, 34236

    In charming Southside Village, this sprawling place has been swamped since its opening. Owned by the Seidensticker family, who cut their chops at the fabled Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande, this is a paean to the good old U.S. of A. At lunch, think dazzling BLTs and burgers served with fries and housemade ketchup that can cause compulsive behavior. At dinner, simple grilled fishes and steaks satisfy and leave space for desserts that make you feel like a kid: tall and fluffy key lime pie decorated whimsically with gummy bears or a gargantuan, just-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookie topped with softly melting vanilla ice cream. Its generous French doors thrown open to the street, Libby's has the bustle of an urban hot spot, crowded with families, business folk and Hillview neighborhood scenesters. The lively bar and spacious dining rooms get a little moodier at night, sidewalk tables still the hottest commodity after the dusk cools.

  • MoZaic


    Cuisine: Fine dining, Mediterranean, Seafood upscale
    Features: Takeout

    Sarasota: 1377 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    MoZaic was on the horizon for ages, the promise of exciting French-Moroccan fare taunting locals for months before it actually opened. As with so many good things, it was worth the wait. Chef Dylan Elhajoui's vision is a stunning addition to the downtown scene. The restaurant itself houses a few tables downstairs and an intimate dining room above, all spare yet charming. Elhajoui and co-owner John Anderson have wisely decided to leave the lion's share of the drama to what arrives on the plates: Moist, flavorful duck leg confit on a puddle of risotto dotted with peas and ribbons of orange zest, or wide pappardelle crowded with fresh rock shrimp, fluffs of blue crab and perfectly seared scallops, all kissed with a bit of cream. It's an indulgent menu, surely, but one that lingers on exotic veggies (try the braised cardoons).

  • Selva


    Cuisine: Latin American
    Features: Date night, Outdoor seating, Upscale

    Sarasota: 1345 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    Peruvian nightlife comes to downtown Sarasota thanks to chef Darwin SantaMaria. He turns out stunning ceviches and a beautiful version of old Peruano favorites lomo salteado, cod stews and purple potatoes. Plus venison, osso bucco and sassy cocktails.

  • Michael's on East


    Cuisine: American upscale, Fine dining
    Features: Date night, Piano bar, Upscale

    Sarasota: 1212 East Ave. S, Sarasota, 34239

    It’s won best-of-Florida accolades from nearly everyone since its opening at the beginning of the 1990s — and it’s kept up with all the newcomers, consistently pushing the envelope and wowing diners with its “New American” take and opulent decor. During the day it’s a power-lunching crowd enjoying Wendy's warm chicken salad with dried cranberries, goat cheese and candied pecans in honey-lemon-basil vinaigrette and a big bottle of bubbly water; at night, romantic dinners a deux include a grilled duck breast paired with Bermuda onion and shiitake fondue, and fig and pecan risotto, all flavors elegantly showcased with a gorgeous big-ticket Burgundy or California pinot noir.

Bars:

  • Libby's Cafe and Bar


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Catering, Date night, Happy hour, Upscale

    Sarasota: 1917 S Osprey, Sarasota, 34236

    In charming Southside Village, this sprawling place has been swamped since its opening. Owned by the Seidensticker family, who cut their chops at the fabled Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande, this is a paean to the good old U.S. of A. At lunch, think dazzling BLTs and burgers served with fries and housemade ketchup that can cause compulsive behavior. At dinner, simple grilled fishes and steaks satisfy and leave space for desserts that make you feel like a kid: tall and fluffy key lime pie decorated whimsically with gummy bears or a gargantuan, just-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookie topped with softly melting vanilla ice cream. Its generous French doors thrown open to the street, Libby's has the bustle of an urban hot spot, crowded with families, business folk and Hillview neighborhood scenesters. The lively bar and spacious dining rooms get a little moodier at night, sidewalk tables still the hottest commodity after the dusk cools.

  • Bonefish Grill (Sarasota)


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale
    Features: Children's menu, Date night, Happy hour, Martini

    Sarasota: 3971 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34231

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, shareable dishes that don't require a lot of utensils. Something to nibble over drinks with friends, including a new American wagyu burger, Bang Bang shrimp tacos and tempura-battered fish and chips. As for the main entrees, Bonefish unfortunately hides its light under a bushel of sauces. But the concept is otherwise resoundingly contemporary. Its martini menu has stylish bells and whistles (house-infused pineapple tequila, Danish blue-stuffed olives, plenty of pomegranate juice), and a broad by-the-glass wine program is arranged lightest to most full-bodied, very user friendly.

  • Clasico Cafe & Bar


    Cuisine: Bistro, Breakfast or brunch, Sandwiches
    Features: Happy hour, Late-night dining, Outdoor seating

    Sarasota: 1341 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    At the corner of Palm and Main.Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Coach & Horses British Pub


    Cuisine: American casual, British, Pub

    Sarasota: 6240 N Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, 34243

  • Horse Feathers Grill & Lounge


    Cuisine: American upscale, Bistro
    Features: Catering, DJ/Techno, Happy hour, Ladies night, Live music, Private room

    Sarasota: 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 34236

Attractions:

  • Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse


    Cuisine: American upscale, Fine dining, Steak house
    Features: Date night, Outdoor seating, Upscale

    Sarasota: 35 S Lemon Ave., Sarasota, 34236

    Following in the footsteps of its namesake restaurants in Ohio (Columbus, Akron and Cleveland), New York (Buffalo), Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) and Daytona Beach, it's a super-swank steak house with all the archetypal bells and whistles. A crackerjack waitstaff glides through a dining room of polished woods and deep ruby fabrics (seared-steak colors, natch). That's not to say it's predictable: Its "chef-inspired" dishes lend elegant nuances to classics, from a petit tenderloin wrapped in bacon and then capped with bordelaise and melted bleu cheese to another tender filet mignon given a glisten of shallot-cabernet butter. Prime meats hardly require a lot of adornment, but Hyde Park's skills with timeless sauces (bearnaise, bordelaise, horseradish cream) render them de rigueur.

  • Libby's Cafe and Bar


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Catering, Date night, Happy hour, Upscale

    Sarasota: 1917 S Osprey, Sarasota, 34236

    In charming Southside Village, this sprawling place has been swamped since its opening. Owned by the Seidensticker family, who cut their chops at the fabled Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande, this is a paean to the good old U.S. of A. At lunch, think dazzling BLTs and burgers served with fries and housemade ketchup that can cause compulsive behavior. At dinner, simple grilled fishes and steaks satisfy and leave space for desserts that make you feel like a kid: tall and fluffy key lime pie decorated whimsically with gummy bears or a gargantuan, just-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookie topped with softly melting vanilla ice cream. Its generous French doors thrown open to the street, Libby's has the bustle of an urban hot spot, crowded with families, business folk and Hillview neighborhood scenesters. The lively bar and spacious dining rooms get a little moodier at night, sidewalk tables still the hottest commodity after the dusk cools.

  • MoZaic


    Cuisine: Fine dining, Mediterranean, Seafood upscale
    Features: Takeout

    Sarasota: 1377 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    MoZaic was on the horizon for ages, the promise of exciting French-Moroccan fare taunting locals for months before it actually opened. As with so many good things, it was worth the wait. Chef Dylan Elhajoui's vision is a stunning addition to the downtown scene. The restaurant itself houses a few tables downstairs and an intimate dining room above, all spare yet charming. Elhajoui and co-owner John Anderson have wisely decided to leave the lion's share of the drama to what arrives on the plates: Moist, flavorful duck leg confit on a puddle of risotto dotted with peas and ribbons of orange zest, or wide pappardelle crowded with fresh rock shrimp, fluffs of blue crab and perfectly seared scallops, all kissed with a bit of cream. It's an indulgent menu, surely, but one that lingers on exotic veggies (try the braised cardoons).

  • Selva


    Cuisine: Latin American
    Features: Date night, Outdoor seating, Upscale

    Sarasota: 1345 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    Peruvian nightlife comes to downtown Sarasota thanks to chef Darwin SantaMaria. He turns out stunning ceviches and a beautiful version of old Peruano favorites lomo salteado, cod stews and purple potatoes. Plus venison, osso bucco and sassy cocktails.

  • Sarasota: 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, 34236

    Adults: $7.50, Seniors: $7.75, Children: $7.75