Our Story

About the Sarasota-Manatee Originals

Good restaurants can be found in almost any city, but when it comes to cuisine, The Suncoast of Florida is widely known as a center of both creativity and excellence. In 2003 members of the local restaurant community worked to unite independently owned restaurants and identify our region as a culinary destination. By bringing together restaurants through membership, we showcase the best of our collective culinary offerings to a broader audience.

Today, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals consist of over 60 locally owned restaurants from Anna Maria Island to South Venice, who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community. Inspired by the beauty that surrounds us, the sophisticated diners who live and visit here, and bountiful fresh produce and seafood, these restaurateurs celebrate and continuously reinvent local flavors. Their deep local roots and world-class talent have led to some of the most diverse, original and creative restaurants anywhere.

No matter where you dine along our shoreline, you’ll find surprises and satisfaction at restaurants owned by members of the Originals. These restaurants are famous for dishes that embody the flavors, color and culture of Florida’s west coast.

As our local small businesses are able to grow together, they’re empowered to give back to their community in even greater measure. Working together toward collective success, the Originals proudly feed the reaped rewards back into their community. An independent, locally-owned restaurant nourishes its surroundings, not just by serving meals that bring people flocking from around the corner and the four corners to boot.

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Sarasota-Manatee Originals
1215D S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239