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Celebrate The Holiday Season With These Local Favorites

Cheers to the holidays!

Want to know the best places to dine this holiday season? Or would you like to have your holiday event catered by one of your favorite local restaurants?  Sarasota-Manatee Originals has exciting news for you!!!  Our Members are offering some amazing holiday dinner options!  From Christmas treats and the best seats for New Year’s Eve - you can start your holiday planning right here!

 CGabbiano Holidays

Café Gabbiano

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching and Café Gabbiano is thrilled to be part of your holiday celebrations!  They are now accepting reservations for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's. Secure your preferred date and time to ensure a memorable dining experience with family and friends. From their festive Christmas and New Year's offerings, they promise a culinary journey that will delight your senses. Also, you can shop at Café Gabbiano for the Holidays! Curated Glass and Wine Baskets are now available. 
Take a look here: Café Gabbiano ( and click on the WINE tab.

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Café Venice Restaurant & Bar

Let your holiday festivities be a breeze and dine at Café Venice.  Need your holiday event catered?  They've got you covered!  Plus, they can deliver too!  For more information on holiday dining and catering, click here.  

Planning on ringing in the New Year at Café Venice?  There will be live music brought to you by Nor Easter!  They can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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Cassariano Italian Eatery

Cassariano invites you to ring in the New Year the Cassariano way!  They will feature their exclusive New Year's Eve menu and delight you with some Cassariano magic.  Call 941.786.1000 to make your New Year's Eve reservation.  Please note they will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.



Duval’s is the place to be this Christmas Eve!   Their Christmas menu is sure to impress (above).  This menu is only available on 12/24 - regular menus will not be available after 3:00 p.m.  Make your reservations here.  Plus, this menu is available for takeout and free local delivery.

Looking ahead to New Year's Eve? Duval's invites you to ring in the new year with a delightful 3-course dinner featuring highlights such as Filet Marsala, Chef's Fresh Catch, and an Ocean Platter showcasing a delectable array of scallops, crab-stuffed lobster, and more. 

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El Melvin

Ready to ride into 2024 in epic style!?  El Melvin is bringing back Sarasota's biggest block party this New Year's Eve!!! 🎶 🎶 🎶 SRQ Beats is providing the music that will keep you going right up to the ball drop! (Word is they'll be dropping a few surprises on you that night too! 😈

🍾 Limited VIP tables are available! Text 717.725.7476 for more info. 


Euphemia Haye

Let Euphemia Haye prepare your Christmas dinner for you!  They will be open on Christmas Eve, from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m, and on Christmas Day, they will be open from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  For both evenings, in addition to their full à la carte menu and nightly specials, they will be serving their popular Bavarian-Style Roast Goose dinner (pending availability) – sliced roasted goose with giblet gravy served with a German potato dumpling and sweet & sour red cabbage.

This is a tradition and Euphemia Haye has become a tradition with a number of their guests, that join them every year. We recommend making reservations early. To-go pie orders for Christmas must be prepaid and placed by 4:00 p.m. December 16th.

What better way to celebrate the New Year than celebrating the Euphemia Haye way?  For New Year’s Eve, all of their reservations are prepaid reservations.  There is a minimum of $125.00 per person which includes your food, beverage, dessert, tax, and gratuity.  They will be serving their full à la carte menu along with their nightly specials and Chef Ray will also create an extra special treat. To make a reservation for New Year’s Eve, please call Georgette at 941-383-3633 between the hours of 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

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Gulf Drive Cafe & The Kokonut Hut

Ready for a night of pure celebration in VIP style? Bradenton Beach's Gulf Drive Cafe is offering an exclusive New Year's Eve VIP Party package including a delectable all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet and access to an open bar from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Get ready for an unforgettable night featuring a mesmerizing ball drop, a dazzling mini firework show, and a top-notch photo booth capturing your best moments. Dance the night away on our open floor, sip on chilled champagne, and groove to live band tunes from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Then, our fantastic DJ takes over from 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., ensuring the party vibes continue into the early hours. Call now to secure your VIP spot (limited spots available): 941.778.1919


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Harry's Continental Kitchens

Harry's is here to help ensure delicious and simple festive feasting with Baked Ham or Roasted Turkey dinners to go (plus all your favorite holiday sides.)  Call 941.383.0777 and place your order today for your stress-free holiday hosting!


Jack Dusty

Celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year at Jack Dusty!  They will be serving up festive dining at its finest.  Specially crafted holiday menus will have you coming back year after year. Reservations for the following festive Dining Experiences can be made by calling Holiday Special Events at 941.309.2401.

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER | Sunday, December 24th, 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Make Jack Dusty part of your holiday traditions and celebrate a specially crafted seasonal menu with all the trimmings your loved ones will savor.
Three-course pre-fixe menu; $110++ per adult, $40++ per child (12 and under)

CHRISTMAS DINNER | Monday, December 25th, 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate with friends and family and reflect on the memories you have made during the year.
Three-course pre-fixe menu; $110++ per adult, $40++ per child (12 and under)

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER | Sunday, December 31st, 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Ring in 2023 while enjoying water-front views, live entertainment, and a complimentary champagne toast.
Three-course pre-fixe menu; $150++ per adult, $40++ per child (12 and under)

NEW YEAR’S EVE COCKTAILS | Sunday, December 31st, 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
The Lounge at Jack Dusty is the perfect venue to ring in the New Year. Enjoy live entertainment in reserved lounge seating. Includes a bottle of champagne. The entire party must be 21 or older.
$400 for parties of up to four guests; additional guests at $100 per person

NEW YEAR’S DAY BREAKFAST & BRUNCH | Monday, January 1st, 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet, and 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. À la carte Brunch
Celebrate the New Year with a sumptuous breakfast or brunch featuring live entertainment.

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Ring in 2024 with your loved ones at Kolucan! They will be offering a very special NYE menu curated by Chefs Gino and Jose, as well as other delicious dishes from our regular dinner offerings. Reservations are encouraged. For more information and to book your table, click here.

Mattisons Holidays

Mattison's Restaurants

Join Mattison's Forty-One for an exclusive Feast of Seven Fishes Dinner. The delectable menu, handcrafted by Chef Pau Mattison himself is available on December 23rd and 24th, alongside a limited à la carte dinner menu. City Grille and Riverwalk Grille are also ready to serve you with a delightful à la carte dinner menu. Join them for a festive feast! get more information on the Holidays at Mattison's here.

Mean Dean’s

Indulge in an amazing holiday menu on Christmas Day from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Mean Dean’s.   If you are single, widowed, or for any reason anticipate being alone on Christmas Day and would like to sit with friends you haven't met yet, they have a table available for you! Give them a call and ask to be added to the "Frosty" reservation at 3:00 p.m. Find the details about their Christmas day menu here.  Call to make your Christmas Day reservation at 941.251.5435.


Michael's On East

Michaels On East is ready to celebrate the holidays with you!  They are open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve - so get ready to have some fun and dine in style.  You can find more details about their holiday offerings here. For reservations please call 941.366.0007. 



How does a New Year’s Eve candlelight dinner sound?  Ortygia is the place you will want to be this New Year’s Eve!  Seating is available from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Don’t wait, make your reservations today at 941.587.5678.

Pop’s Sunset Grill

Party with Pop’s this New Year’s Eve!  Full menu available, plus chef specials.  Enjoy cocktail and bottle specials along with special entertainment to help ring in the New Year!  Get more details here.

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State Street Eating House + Cocktails

Celebrate the arrival of 2024 in style at State Street Eating House! You are invited to an extraordinary dining experience on New Year's Eve, Indulge in exquisite cuisines and a delightful ambiance as you bid farewell to the past year and welcome in the new one, beginning with a complimentary glass of champagne.  (NOTE: Diners will also receive complimentary entrance to the Lounge.)
Secure your spot here.

The Chateau 

The Chateau can not wait to celebrate the holiday season with you!  They will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!  Their Sarasota location will be serving an à la carte menu from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Their kid's menu will also be offered.  

The Anna Maria location will be serving their dinner menu for Christmas Eve and traditional Christmas buffet with seating from 2:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. on Christmas.  Anna Maria Christmas Buffet $95 per person. $35 per person for kids 12 and under. Noon til 8:00 p.m.  To see their Anna Maria Christmas Day Buffet Menu click here

Want to celebrate New Year’s with The Chateau?  Enjoy a 3-course dinner on New Year’s Eve for $125 per person. More details will be posted here.

Holiday events and dining are meant to be delightful and enjoyable for all - not stressful.  Let making your restaurant selection be the most stressful thing you do this holiday season. 

Sarasota-Manatee Originals and its members wish you a safe and happy holiday season.  As always Eat Like A Local!  Cheers!