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Things to do in Downtown, Sarasota

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Seafood Restaurant
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“Seafood spot with an outdoor raw bar patio, upstairs dining room, piano bar & water views. A nice place to walk around the boat marina and enjoy the day/evening. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“7030, 516 Burns Ct. Bustling locale in the heart of the historic Burns Court area of downtown serving fresh seafood, freshly caught fish and oysters in an eclectic southern fish camp atmosphere.”
  • 75 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“O’Leary’s is downtown (near Marina Jack’s) and is a great place to dig your toes in the sand, look out onto Sarasota Bay, and enjoy some live music on the weekends. They usually have reggae or island type music. They also serve food, but I recommend more for a quick bite than your main meal. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Another one of Sarasota's long established nightclubs. Live bands every night.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Opera House
“The only place where every note Verdi wrote was performed. A tour of the opera house is also worth wile”
  • 24 locals recommend
Theatre
“If you can, check out a show at the Florida Studio Theatre. Its a great way to spend an evening downtown.”
  • 24 locals recommend
South American Restaurant
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“Selva’s Latin Fusion cuisine represents the marriage of exotic flavors from Latin America and the United States. Our special emphasis on Peruvian dishes recognizes the contribution of Asian immigrants to Peru, who deliciously fused their cuisine and techniques with that of the locals. We are know for our ceviche!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Cinema
“The best movie seats and screens in town. If you feel like going out to a movie this is the place. Park in the free parking garage connected to it. After the movie walk around the shopping and restaurants of main st. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Indie Art House movie theater. See a movie before heading next door to Owen's Fish Camp!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Outdoor Farmer’s Market featuring organics produce (October-April), cage-free eggs, grass fed beef and chicken, honey, crafts, tea, fish, and so much more. A morning of walking and enjoyment! Saturdays from 7:30-noon)”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Great location close to downtown. Terrific spot to catch a sunset. Every year, Sarasota Bayfront (Island) Park displays larger than life statues for everyone to admire. In the park, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, go for long walks. There is a huge playground for children to play. Want to venture out to the Gulf? Sightseeing cruises, deep sea fishing and sailboats are available. Hungry? Have a delicious meal at Marina Jacks or O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“Varied New American menu, cocktails & live music presented outside in a tiki-inspired setting.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The city of Sarasota is a scene of eateries, theaters, shopping boutiques and artist enclaves. Running through the heart of downtown is Main Street, and branching off this main drag are colorfully named streets such as Pineapple, Orange, Lemon and Palm. More shops and colorful bungalows turned into bakeries, galleries, salons and yoga studios surround central downtown and are divided into five districts: Burns Court, Towles Court, Rosemary District, Historic Palm Avenue and Gillespie Park. Even more is waiting to be discovered at Bayfront Park, Southside Village and other nearby locales.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
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“Good night spot for dancing, drinks and fun! Close by to your Airbnb home. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Comedy Club
“It is always fun to laugh. Some great comedians - two item purchase minimum, though.”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“NOt only that it's Voted #1 restaurant out of the Top 50 Best Restaurants in Sarasota Magazine November 2019, This special and intimate place continues to deliver one-of-a kind gulf fish plates for the last 9 years. On Wednesday you can find a casual sandwich night offer one of the best dining deals in town: a delicious and creative handheld, a side and a glass of wine or beer for just $18 :-) ”
  • 27 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Seafood spot with an outdoor raw bar patio, upstairs dining room, piano bar & water views. A nice place to walk around the boat marina and enjoy the day/evening. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“7030, 516 Burns Ct. Bustling locale in the heart of the historic Burns Court area of downtown serving fresh seafood, freshly caught fish and oysters in an eclectic southern fish camp atmosphere.”
  • 75 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“O’Leary’s is downtown (near Marina Jack’s) and is a great place to dig your toes in the sand, look out onto Sarasota Bay, and enjoy some live music on the weekends. They usually have reggae or island type music. They also serve food, but I recommend more for a quick bite than your main meal. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
South American Restaurant
“Selva’s Latin Fusion cuisine represents the marriage of exotic flavors from Latin America and the United States. Our special emphasis on Peruvian dishes recognizes the contribution of Asian immigrants to Peru, who deliciously fused their cuisine and techniques with that of the locals. We are know for our ceviche!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
“Varied New American menu, cocktails & live music presented outside in a tiki-inspired setting.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
“Good night spot for dancing, drinks and fun! Close by to your Airbnb home. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“NOt only that it's Voted #1 restaurant out of the Top 50 Best Restaurants in Sarasota Magazine November 2019, This special and intimate place continues to deliver one-of-a kind gulf fish plates for the last 9 years. On Wednesday you can find a casual sandwich night offer one of the best dining deals in town: a delicious and creative handheld, a side and a glass of wine or beer for just $18 :-) ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Wonderful farm-to-table food and cocktails. Acoustics can be loud on busy nights.”
  • 17 locals recommend

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