An Original Idea
It's been 20 years since the Sarasota-Manatee Originals was founded: a collaborative of independently owned and operated restaurants and culinary innovators committed to uniting the energies of local restaurants and celebrating the food and friendship that’s indigenous to our Gulf-coastal lifestyle.
Today the “Originals” are over 60 restaurants strong and provide diners with unique local flavor from the north shore of Anna Maria Island down to the southern beaches of Venice and every neighborhood in between.
By choosing to dine at an Originals restaurant you support the extraordinary efforts of these local restaurateurs who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to the communities in which they work and live. We thank you and encourage you to always “Eat Like a Local.”