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11 Best Restaurants in Siesta Key That You Must Try

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February 9, 2022

Are you looking for a list of the best restaurants in Siesta Key to visit while you’re in the area or on vacation there?

Despite that Siesta Key is a small 8-mile long barrier island, there is no shortage of fun and amazing places to eat in Siesta Key!

Your final selection will come down to the availability of a table (especially when visiting during months with peak crowds) and whether or not you’re looking for fine, casual, or waterfront dining.

Either way, here is a complete breakdown of the best restaurants on Siesta Key for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as ideas on what to order!

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Best Restaurants in Siesta Key

As one of our favorite places to vacation, our 6-day Siesta Key itinerary includes the absolute best things to do in Siesta Key for both kids and adults.

Along with its powdery, white-sand beaches, the following restaurants in Siesta Key, Florida make this city into the slice of paradise that it is!

Though there are dozens of places to eat in Siesta Key, we return to these ones time and time again.

For additional tips on selecting restaurants on Siesta Key, take note of the Siesta Key restaurants with outdoor seating as well as the best Siesta Key seafood restaurants that are supplied by local fishermen.

These are just some of the highlights that make Siesta Key dining so enjoyable and memorable!

1. Another Broken Egg Cafe

140 Avenida Messina (Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village.)

The best breakfast in Siesta Key can be found at our favorite, Another Broken Egg Cafe!

Offering both indoor and outdoor seating on its large covered patio, Another Broken Egg serves up traditional southern-inspired breakfast entrees and delicious breakfast/brunch-inspired cocktails.

Favorite here include The Bourbon Street Pancakes, Smoked Salmon Benedict, and their many combinations of omelets and scramblers.

If you’re heading there for brunch, be sure to compliment your meal with a house-made bloody mary or one of their 6 flavors of hand-crafted mimosas!

Another Broken Egg Cafe has a large and delicious gluten-free menu too!

2. Sun Garden Cafe

210 Avenida Madera (Locaed in the heart of Siesta Key Village.)

Another awesome place to eat breakfast in Siesta Key is the Sun Garden Cafe!

Sun Garden Cafe is a bit of a hidden gem and is known for its friendly service, delicious and somewhat unique menu (served in generous portions), and cozy umbrella-covered patio.

Menu favorite includes Ashley’s Avacado Toast, Helen’s Biscuits and Wavy Gravy, and their many flavors of Benedicts.

Sun Garden Cafe serves consistently good food and should definitely be on your list of places to eat breakfast in Siesta Key!

The Cottage is one of the best restaurants in Siesta Key, Florida!
Photo courtesy of The Cottage

3. The Cottage

153 Avenida Messina (Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village.)

I cannot say enough good things about the great atmosphere, friendly service, and delicious food at The Cottage restaurant in Siesta Key!

Frequently voted as the absolute best restaurant in Siesta Key, The Cottage offers an eclectic, tropical dining experience inspired by the flavors of the world with American and Japanese influence.

The Cottage has indoor seating along with 2 outdoor patios and live music daily!

With both a lunch a dinner menu, popular favorites include the Grouper Sandwich, Billionaire Burger, Short Rib Tapas, and Truffle Fries among other seafood staples.

Although they have a more compact menu, they specialize in absolutely everything that they make!

4. Summer House Steak & Seafood

149 Avenida Messina (Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village.)

If you’re looking to experience the best seafood in Siesta Key, head to Summer House Steak & Seafood which is located right next to The Cottage restaurant listed above.

We absolutely love this Siesta Key restaurant for its contemporary chic atmosphere (including its 1,000-gallon tropical fish tank), incredible food, and 5-star service.

Their huge lobster tails, perfectly cooked steaks, and signature French Onion Soup go perfectly with the warm bread and butter that is offered at each table.

As one of the restaurants that offer fine dining in Siesta Key, I do recommend dressing up a bit (polo shirt and slacks or shirt for men, and a sundress or nicer outfit for women) when visiting here.

And lastly, though we always walk or bike when we visit Siesta Key, many people appreciate the valet parking that is offered here as Siesta Key Village is notoriously known for being difficult to find parking.

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5. Ophelia’s on the Bay

9105 Midnight Pass Road (Located three miles south of the Stickney Point Bridge on Siesta Key, or via water.)

As one of Siesta Key’s fine dining experiences, Ophelia’s on the Bay has been voted most romantic, the best restaurant in Siesta Key on the water, and best restaurant with a view by its loyal customers

Ophelia’s features two glass-walled dining rooms and an outside open-air patio that provide an eye-level view of Little Sarasota Bay (Siesta Key’s bayside off of Midnight Pass Road).

Along with its beautiful views of the bay, Ophelia’s is known for its fine wines and nightly printed menu, as their globally-inspired offering rotate daily.

They feature fresh and seasonal ingredients, fresh fish flown in from all over the world, and specialty meats.

If you’re looking for a high-end experience, this is a Siesta Key, Florida restaurant you don’t want to miss!

Additional planning tip: The only other Siesta Key restaurant that is actually on the water is Turtle Beach Grill. We have yet to eat there, but it appears to be super casual, has a tiki patio deck, and is open for lunch and dinner.

If you’re heading to nearby Sarasota for some additional options to dine on the water, be sure to check out the best things to do in Sarasota while there – or, check out our detailed 6-day Sarasota itinerary!

If you're looking for casual dining, check out these restaurants in Siesta Key, Florida!
Photo courtesy of Siesta Key Oyster Bar

6. Siesta Key Oyster Bar

5238 Ocean Blvd. (Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village.)

Siesta Key Oyster Bar, otherwise known as “SKOB”, is a popular hotspot in Siesta Key Village.

Featuring the island’s only “Oyster Happy Hour” ($8 for 1 dozen oysters from 3 PM – 6 PM every day!) SKOB has awesome food, cold beer, and live music daily.

As one of the best Siesta Key restaurants in Siesta Key, Siesta Key Oyster Bar has both indoor and outdoor seating, however, it does get quite crowded there.

We love its central location in Siesta Key Village, its super fun and laid-back atmosphere, and its award-winning wings!

This is a place we definitely recommend eating at when visiting Siesta Key!

If you’re an oyster and seafood lover, consider checking out nearby Anna Maria Oyster Bar, which is always rated one of the best things to do on Anna Maria Island (only 25 miles away).

7. Island House Tap & Grill

5110 Ocean Boulevard (Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village.)

For the best lunch in Siesta Key, head to the Island House Tap & Grill!

Island House is a casual hangout with tasty food and cheap drinks, as well as an average-sized area of outdoor seating.

Though this is definitely a smaller and more casual venue compared to other restaurants on Siesta Key, they have a unique ‘scratch kitchen’ menu, a wide array of craft beers on tap, as well as unique canned beer varieties.

Features here include their Island House Bowls and Island House Tacos (both with Latin and seafood options) and the best Key Lime Cheesecake in town!

Additional planning tip: When considering what to pack for Florida, always bring along a lightweight sweater or sweatshirt to have on hand for Siesta Key’s plentiful patio dining!

Read here to find out our list of the best restaurants in Siesta Key, Florida!  From top US family travel blog, Travel With A Plan!

8. The Daquiri Deck

1250 Stickney Point Rd (Located south of Siesta Key Village.)

The Daquiri Deck has 5 locations in Florida, 2 of them being on Siesta Key!

We visited, and loved, The Daquiri Deck location in South Siesta Key as it was in the perfect location to unwind and have a cocktail after our awesome experience parasailing at nearby Siesta Key Watersports.

Read all about our adventure going parasailing in Siesta Key here!

The Daquiri Deck is known for its large selection of frozen daiquiris on tap, as well as its legendary happy hour from 3 PM until 7 PM daily at all locations!

Along with delicious cocktails, they have a regular and raw bar menu that features oysters, peel and eat shrimp, sandwiches, wraps, and salads, among others.

At night, the Daquiri Deck features live music, competitions like Beer Pong and Corn Hole, and lots of special events and drink specials.

9. Old Salty Dog

5023 Ocean Blvd. (Located on the northern end of Siesta Key Village.)

With locations in City Island (Sarasota), Venice Beach, and one in Siesta Key, Old Salty Dog is a ‘must-do’ when visiting the island!

Most known for their famous “Salt Dog” (a batter-fried hot dog) and beer-battered fish, this is another great place to grab the best lunch in Siesta Key.

The Old Salty Dog has a casual, British pub-like vibe and a dog-friendly outdoor patio.

There is nothing fancy about visiting the Old Salty Dog, so do set your expectations accordingly.

Additional planning tip: If you’re in the mood for pizza and are looking for yet another place to have lunch in Siesta Key, check out RipFire Pizza & BBQ. RipFire serves up the best pizza in Siesta Key and is in a central location with open-air seating.

Cafe Gabbiano is one of the best places to eat in Siesta Key!

10. Cafe Gabbiano

5104 Ocean Blvd. (Located in the heart of Siesta Key Village.)

A bit of a hidden gem, Cafe Gabbiano is another one of the best Siesta Key, FL restaurants!

Cafe Gabbiano is the only classic Italian restaurant in Siesta Key, and dining here is such a treat!

The restaurant is decorated with beautiful dark wood and vintage wine bottles and has a serene, yet casual atmosphere (Gabbiano’s has a climate-controlled patio as well!).

With an onsite certified sommelier and classic Italian dishes such as ravioli, lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and veal chops, this is the place to go if you’re looking for some of the best food in Siesta Key – and are craving Italian!

11. Miguel’s

6631 Midnight Pass Rd. (Located in southern Siesta Key close to Crescent Beach.)

Last but not least, Miguel’s is frequently rated as one of the best places to eat in Siesta Key by locals and tourists alike!

Miguel’s offers a fine dining experience with an impressive, romantic atmosphere.

Many tourists come here to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasions when staying in Siesta Key while on vacation.

Miguel’s specializes in French and continental cuisine and also has an extensive wine selection and a full bar.

Further, they pride themselves on serving complimentary sides with each entree and in having the best Caesar salad in town! 

Be sure to call ahead and make reservations when wanting to dine there.

*If you’re willing to travel a bit and are looking for restaurants near Siesta Key, check our links below to both nearby Sarasota, Fl, and Anna Maria Island.

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