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Fall In Love With Our Originals

Fall In Love With Our Originals

Let the embers of Valentine's Day love linger a little longer! Extend the romantic spark and create memories that last with a special date night at one of Sarasota-Manatee Originals' captivating restaurants. Beyond the ordinary, each establishment within our group promises an unparalleled dining experience, woven with exquisite cuisine and settings that set the stage for an unforgettable evening. So, if you're seeking to reignite the flames of passion or simply bask in the warm glow of togetherness, join us on a culinary journey where romance takes center plate. Dive into our list and discover the perfect Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant to whisk you and your sweetheart away on a delightful escape, long after the February 14th dust settles.

Amore Restaurant

Experience an enchanting fusion of traditional Italian and authentic Portuguese cuisine at Amore restaurant, where Chef & Owner Tito Vitorino's culinary artistry takes center stage. With an upscale yet cozy ambiance, glass panels offering a view of the chef at work, outside patio seating, and live entertainment, it's the perfect spot for a romantic dinner to create cherished memories.

Beach House Waterfront Restaurant

A visit to the Beach House is essential for an unparalleled romantic dining experience. The casually chic beachfront eatery is just steps from the sun-kissed sands and breathtaking sunset views. With a menu designed to delight all palates, ranging from savory seafood dishes to mouthwatering steaks and fresh salads, there's something to please everyone’s taste.

Bevardi’s Salute!

Bevardi's Salute! Restaurant in downtown Sarasota offers an enchanting blend of Tuscan-themed "al fresco" and elegant indoor dining. Their authentic Italian cuisine features house-made pasta, cured meats, and cheeses, all lovingly prepared by a Chef-owned and operated establishment. With live music to enhance the experience, guests can enjoy creative, fresh, and delicious "Cucina Italiana" in a charming setting that captures the essence of Italian hospitality.

Bijou Garden Café

Bijou Café in downtown Sarasota offers a charming blend of nostalgic elegance and modern European-inspired cuisine. Since 1986, it has been a beloved fixture in the Theatre and Arts District, known for its award-winning wine selection, impeccable service, and eclectic menu. From romantic dinners to corporate events, Bijou Café provides personalized attention and private rooms for special occasions.

Café Gabbiano

Café Gabbiano on Siesta Key offers an authentic Italian dining experience just a short walk from Sarasota's beautiful beaches. With indoor and outdoor seating options, personalized service, and a curated wine selection, guests can enjoy fresh and seasonal dishes crafted from family recipes. Don't miss the opportunity to take a romantic beach stroll before or after your meal.

Café Venice Restaurant & Bar

Embark on a romantic dining experience at Café Venice Restaurant & Bar featuring exotic tapas like escargot and duck potstickers, followed by entrees such as crab-stuffed flounder, filet mignon, and veal medallion. Indulge in homemade sauces and delectable desserts like vanilla bean crème brulee and key lime pie. Their expanded wine list, including a reasonably priced Specialty Reserve selection, enhances the evening's charm.

Cassariano Italian Eatery

Cassariano Italian Eatery embodies the essence of "Contemporary Italian Cuisine," blending rich bistro flavors, fine wine, and a relaxed atmosphere to create unforgettable dining experiences. Inspired by the tables of Northern Italy, they passionately prepare authentic dishes with love and dedication. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion with a large group or seeking a quiet evening with your loved one, Cassariano offers the perfect setting for exceptional Italian cuisine and cherished memories.


The Château

The Château offers a unique blend of American boldness with French-inspired cuisine, featuring fresh fish, prime cuts of Colorado and Iowa Beef, and chef selections. With meticulous attention to detail, impeccable cleanliness, and an inviting atmosphere, it promises an exquisite dining experience for any occasion, from afternoon leisure to dinner with friends or a romantic date night.

element: Steak. Seafood. Pasta

Element offers a unique dining experience that combines classic dishes with modern twists, creating a timeless yet contemporary atmosphere. With an extensive wine list that pairs perfectly with a romantic evening, along with a cocktail bar, outdoor terrace, and private dining room, it's the ideal venue for intimate gatherings and special events, where every detail is meticulously crafted to exceed expectations.

Euphemia Haye

Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key is a renowned dining destination praised by Frommer's and Zagat. Chefs Raymond and D'Arcy Arpke blend classical training with fresh ingredients to create exceptional dishes like their signature Caesar Salad and Crisp Roast Duckling. The Haye Loft and Dessert Room offers a delightful array of desserts, exotic coffees, and premium spirits to end your evening on a sweet note.

Harry's Continental Kitchens

Indulge in a romantic culinary journey at Harry’s, where seasonally inspired cuisine is paired with creative libations and an award-winning wine list. Dine in their intimate dining room that offers garden views, while their al fresco patio sets the stage for a cozy outdoor dining experience, perfect for sharing intimate moments with your loved one.


Marcel DW

Experience culinary magic at Marcel DW, the newest sensation in Sarasota's bustling food scene. Led by acclaimed chefs Jeremy Duclut and Jonathan Warfield, Marcel DW guarantees a dining adventure that awakens the senses and transports you to a realm of culinary bliss—making Marcel DW a perfect choice for date night.


Michael John's

Michael John’s brings the simplicity of an American Brasserie with a romantic French twist to their upscale yet relaxed establishment. Indulge in simple yet exquisite fare, crafted with the finest ingredients and served with impeccable service in a casual, inviting atmosphere. Their signature dishes, including Michael's French Mussels and Prime Delmonico Ribeye, promise to ignite your taste buds and create unforgettable moments with your loved one. Make plans for an enchanting dining experience where every dish is a culinary delight and every moment is filled with romance.

Michael's on East

Michael’s On East is where fine dining reaches new heights amidst a backdrop of timeless elegance reminiscent of a 1940s supper club. Renowned for its award-winning cuisine and impeccable service, Michael’s On East is a beacon of excellence in the culinary world. Recognized as one of the nation's finest establishments, it holds the prestigious honor of being inducted into the 2009 Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame. Let Michael’s On East sweep you away on a romantic culinary journey unlike any other, where every moment is infused with sophistication and charm.


Since 1983, Miguel Garcia and his sons have been dedicated to bringing the finest culinary traditions of Europe to Siesta Key and beyond. At Miguel's, you'll experience award-winning cuisine crafted with love and creativity, specializing in homemade French and continental delicacies that delight every palate. Indulge in our extensive wine selection, tableside prepared dishes, and Chef's daily features, all served with impeccable service in an upscale and intimate setting.  Allow Miguel's to set the stage for your evening of romance, where each dish embodies a commitment to passion and culinary excellence.

Ophelia's on the Bay

At Ophelia's on the Bay, savor a captivating culinary journey amidst picturesque surroundings. Executive Chef Daniel Olson's innovative menu blends classic American cuisine with international flavors, featuring the freshest ingredients sourced locally and flown in daily. You will love this truly unforgettable dining experience, perfect for lingering over dinner and creating cherished memories.


Ortygia is where the enchanting flavors of authentic Sicilian cuisine await to tantalize your senses. Prepare to be surprised and delighted as Ortygia takes you on a journey through the rich culinary heritage of Sicily, presenting you with the finest in regional Italian cuisine. With a dedication to authenticity, our restaurant brings you flavors that rival and often surpass those found in Sicily itself. Experience the artistry of the Monzu and let Ortygia be the setting for a romantic culinary adventure unlike any other.


Established in 1978, Roessler's is a beloved family-owned restaurant renowned for its traditional continental cuisine and impressive Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list. Situated amidst lush gardens and a picturesque lake with a bridge and gazebo, it is hailed as one of the most romantic dining destinations on Florida's west coast.


Nestled in a historic Mediterranean-style building, Sage offers an eclectic dining experience while preserving the charm of the original Sarasota Times Newspaper building. With a multi-level dining room featuring a vintage copper cocktail bar, 3400 sq. ft. of private event space, and a covered rooftop lounge boasting 360° views of downtown Sarasota, Sage is the epitome of sophistication.

 Led by a world-class team, Sage showcases their culinary talents in this historic setting. Their menu emphasizes bold, bright flavors that complement the warm weather, highlighting seasonally sourced vegetables and light proteins. With a seasonal and globally inspired menu, Sage caters to both vegan and gluten-free diets, ensuring options for everyone to enjoy.

Sandbar Seafood & Spirits

Enjoy the breathtaking sunset at the iconic Sandbar, renowned for its commitment to serving the freshest gulf-to-table seafood, farm-to-fork produce, and pasture-to-plate fare. Culinary creativity flourishes as the menu highlights sustainable products, ensuring a dining experience that is both delicious and environmentally conscious. Guests return to the Sandbar time and time again to relive cherished memories created by the professional staff, delectable meals, and spectacular views. It remains a favorite among locals, who proudly bring their out-of-town guests to impress them with the finest offerings the island has to offer.

These are just the beginning! Check out even more amazing restaurants whose unique menu options and romantic ambiance add to the magic of a special date night by clicking here.

As always, Eat Like A Local