Siesta Key Village is a popular tourist destination located in Siesta Key. The village has a charming, walkable area filled with shops, restaurants and entertainment. Of course it is close to Siesta Key Beach where you can enjoy its luxurious, white sand beaches. We explored the diverse restaurants in Siesta Key Village, including American, kids restaurants, budget, formal, outdoor, Italian, Mexican food, bars and beachfront.
If you're looking for classic American cuisine, Siesta Key Village has plenty of options to choose from. For a casual dining experience, try The Cottage Siesta Key, which is known for its delicious menu and its welcoming atmosphere. You can eat in the courtyard in the back. We had the soup and salad. Another popular option is Siesta Key Oyster Bar, which serves up a variety of American dishes, including burgers, tacos, and fried seafood. The noise level can get loud at Happy Hour but the service is outstanding!
Siesta Key Restaurants for Kids
The Old Salty Dog is not only kid friendly, but dog friendly too! Burgers, baskets and huge hotdogs make this place a great choice for any age. Of course there are seafood dishes like shrimp, fish, and crab cakes. The outdoor seating area provides a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, making it a great spot for a meal with friends.There's a restaurant located in Venice, Florida too.
Visitors to Siesta Key who are on a tight budget will find a variety of affordable dining options. That is, affordable for Siesta Key, which can be pricey. For a quick bite, there are a range of delicious meal choices near the beach. Eating near the beach is so convenient. See more below.
Here are some popular budget restaurants in Siesta Key Village:
Siesta Key Burgers
Burgers and beaches just go together! A variety of burgers can be found in Siesta Key, Lido Key or just over one of the causeways in Sarasota, about 15 minutes away. Source: DineSarasota.
Are you celebrating a special occasion while visiting Siesta Key? For a more formal dining experience, Siesta Key has a number of upscale restaurants to choose from. A popular choice is Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, known for quality signature steaks and service. Another option Ophelia's on the Bay has fine dining, a variety of delicious cocktails and upscale cuisine, including seafood, steak, and pasta dishes.
Outdoor & Beachfront Restaurants
Siesta Key Village is known for its beautiful weather, so it's no surprise that many restaurants offer outdoor dining options. For a laid-back, tropical experience, try Gilligan's Island Bar & Grill, which offers a variety of delicious drinks and light bites such as Mahi fish wraps. They also offer a homemade burger. It has two huge bars, live entertainment and can get a bit wild. If you love wild, then head over to their bar for live music and signature cocktails!
Captain Curt's Crab & Oyster Bar: Located a little further away, Captain Curt's is closer to Crescent Beach. If you happen to be in that area, this "old Florida" seafood restaurant serves up a variety of seafood dishes, including crab legs, shrimp, and oysters, as well as steaks, salads, and sandwiches. The outdoor seating area and "Sniki Tiki Bar" provides a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere making it a great family spot for a meal. Covered, shady and comfortable.
Cheap Eats on Siesta Beach
Everyone wants to eat with a beautiful view of the white sand beach, and many hotels offer beachfront dining options. One of the best options is Siesta Beach Eats, which serves up a range of dishes right on the Siesta Key Beachfront. Formerly a concession operation, it now has two pavilions that offer delicious snacks, sandwiches, salads, cold beer, frozen beverages and even breakfast with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. You can also access beach rentals like chairs and cabanas in the same location. So convenient!
Bars and Pubs
Siesta Key Village is known for its vibrant nightlife, and there are plenty of bars and pubs to choose from. For a casual drink, head to The Daiquiri Deck, which offers a variety of refreshing cocktails, including frozen daiquiris, margaritas, and mojitos. Another popular option is Siesta Key Oyster Bar (mentioned above) which serves up a range of beers, wines, and cocktails in a lively atmosphere.
Italian Restaurants in Siesta Key
If you're in the mood for Italian cuisine, Siesta Key Village has several options to choose from. Just a short walk from the beautiful beaches of Sarasota, Café Gabbiano offers authentic Italian dishes and intimate atmosphere. Another great option is Mediterraneo, which offers a variety of authentic Italian pasta, pizza, and seafood dishes. It is a busy, popular restaurant. Parking spaces on the street may be scarce but there is a municipal lot around the corner on Avenida De Mayo.
For a taste of Mexican cuisine, walk over to Siesta Key Village's The Hub Baja Grill, which serves up a range of traditional Mexican fare including Blackened Mahi tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, nachos and chimichangas. Enjoy happy hour cocktails and including margaritas. Just across the causeway near Lido Key is Circo, a Tex-Mex restaurant with great reviews. There is something there for everyone including chips and salsa, tacos and an el niño menu for the kids!
Asian Restaurant near Siesta Key Beach
Star Thai & Sushi Siesta Key has a big menu with a lot of selections from Sushi to Japanese and Thai food. They also have a full bar for refreshing cocktails and an impressive dessert menu. Fried ice cream or crème brûlée, anyone? Your 25 minute walk back to the beachfront can burn that dessert off!
Siesta Key Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the US, and Siesta Key Village is a nearby option for delicious food. You may not want to give up your beach parking spot so walk on over to Siesta Key Village. A 30 minute stroll is all it takes. It is so convenient for dining when spending a day at this beautiful beach. Of course, if it is really hot out you can drive and park near your chosen dining spot. Some of these restaurants may require reservations so give a quick call in advance.
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