As Valentine's Day approaches, couples start to look for that place to have the perfect romantic meal. While everyone has their own idea of what “romantic” means, there are a few things that are pretty standard for everyone. Fortunately, Sarasota happens to have a broad range of possibilities, and if you're wondering where you should go for your perfect dinner out, you may want to consider a few of these.
Indigenous – If you’re looking for local flair, you can't do better than Indigenous. The ambiance is quiet and quaint, and the food is delectable. Located in charming Towles Court, your meal of locally sourced food and sustainable seafood can be followed by a nice stroll, window-shopping the art galleries.
Shoogie Boogies – Also in Towles Court, The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies is one of those out of the way places that you may never find if you don't know about it. But once you find it, you'll feel like you've been whisked off to a bistro in gay Paris. Please note that they are only open for lunch, but this is a great place to start if you're looking to celebrate Valentine's Day throughout the day.
Veronica – Since oysters have been known to be aphrodisiacs, you may want to consider throwing some into the mix. A new fixture in the Southside Village on Hillview, Veronica is the newest restaurant by Mark Caragiulo and offers the same excellence in cuisine as Owen's Fish Camp, Shore Diner, and Caragiulo's, with a fantastic menu of seafood and more.
The Melting Pot – As chocolate has also been known to get those motors running, one of the most romantic ways to enjoy it is as fondue.The Melting Pot has been offering up romantic dinners for decades in Sarasota, and if you haven’t yet fondued as a couple, what are you waiting for? The experience is often mesmerizing and always memorable.
Andrea’s - If you want to celebrate the art of food and wine, but would prefer to have someone else cook it, you’ll find tastes you’ve never experienced before at Andrea’s. Whether you try their signature ravioli, duck, or rack of lamb, this Southgate bistro on Siesta Drive is sure to please.
The Starlite Room – Want to step back to a simpler time? The Starlite Room is ready to transport you to the New York supper clubs where Sinatra and the boys once crooned. The menu offers a great variety of choice, and it’s an excellent follow up to the Van Wezel if you're going to go seeNeil Berg's 108 Years of Broadway that evening.
Bob's Train – For something really out of the ordinary, and one of those other Sarasota treasures you'll never find unless you're in the know, have dinner onBob's Train and pretend you're travelling someplace fabulous. The two train cars are filled with circus memorabilia, and eating on a train is always a nostalgic experience.
Boca – If you're less about the quiet dinner for two, and you're one of those couples who cherish the community vibe, Boca may have just what you're looking for. A few steps from Main Street and across from the historic Gator Club in Downtown Sarasota, this new eatery is cozy, inviting, and the food is delicious. Once you're finished with dinner, walk across the street to the Gator Club or Mattison's for live music and dancing.
O`Leary`s - Downtown Sarasota has only one place you can go to have dinner on an actual beach, and if you’re up for live music by local musicians with your sandwiches and seafood, O’Leary’s Tiki Bar may just the right place for you. Plus, you get the added bonus of a romantic walk around Island Park afterward.
Ophelia's on the Bay – If Valentine's Day is that one night of the year that you really want to go all out, you can't do better than Ophelia's on the Bay. Located at the southernmost point of Siesta Key, this restaurant has a beautiful view of Sarasota Bay and a new menu every day.
For Valentine's Day, chances are good that each of these places will be busy. Be sure to call in as far advance as you can to ensure you get your reservations. Congratulations on being in one of the most beautiful places in the world to celebrate one of the most romantic days of the year.
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