Longboat Key Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Longboat Key

April 14, 2018 Enedina Augsburger

Gorgeous Longboat Key combines serene seashore enjoyment with luxury shopping and dining choices. Families enjoy the many water sport activities from fishing, boating and kayaking to plucking perfect seashells along the shoreline. Couples and friends explore chic dining and shopping spots around St. Armand’s Circle. The aristocratic heritage of the St. Armand and Ringling families resonates through quiet gardens and plush Palm Beach-style shopping. Umbrella-draped cafes and handsome restaurants offer exceptional European fare and inventive coastal specialties. Work off that decadent dessert with a stroll around the circle for leather, jewelry, resort wear and art gallery browsing.Venture just across the bridge over Sarasota Bay for unrivalled cultural treats. The Ringling circus family bequeathed an elegant legacy of art and architecture. The estate includes the acclaimed John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the family’s winter Ca’ d’Zan mansion – a Venetian Gothic masterpiece - the Circus Museum and historic Asolo Repertory Theater. With elegant gardens and terraces spread over 20 bayside acres, the complex provides hours of enjoyment.
Things to do in Longboat Key

1. Lazy Lobster of Longboat

5350 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Suite 102, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2069 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 14 - SGD 50 +1 941-383-0440
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lazy Lobster of Longboat

OUR MISSION Our mission is to be the neighborhood choice for our guests and their families; proudly providing a casual atmosphere that consistently exceeds your expectations. Great food, high energy and honest friendly people are the keys to our success. We’re a fun place to go where you can get anything you want and it will ALWAYS BE GREAT!

Reviewed By Lukerlou - Edgartown, Massachusetts

Went to this place while on vacation, they specialize in Maine lobster, which is odd in Florida. On the night we were there, they were having issues with their supplier, so lobsters were $93! We did not have any. Food was good, shrimp, scallops,grouper, etc. nothing above average. It is super crowded and very noisy.

2. Tyler's Gourmet Ice Cream

5350 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Unit 103, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2069 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa SGD 4 - SGD 9 +1 941-383-6935
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Tyler's Gourmet Ice Cream

Longboat Key's first specialty ice cream shop, proudly serving gourmet handmade ice cream, milk shakes, malts, specialty sundaes and banana splits plus a wonderful selection of handmade artisan Belgium chocolates.

Reviewed By David B - The Villages, Florida

Tylers Ice Cream was fantastic. It just opened last August and we went there every evening of our vacation last week. Whether it's ice cream, a sunday, ice cream float, sorbet, or incredible chocolate candy, it was all good!! The staff was friendly, the place had a good feel, and the Manager, Sade, made everyone feel welcome with her enthusiasm, great happy attitude, and excellent customer service. Felt like a kid again!!

3. Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

412 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-4010 Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 45 +1 941-383-0102
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

The Geckos Hospitality Group - Dry Dock Waterfront Grill features casual indoor & outdoor dining overlooking Sarasota Bay. Known for having one of the freshest grouper sandwiches on Florida 's West Coast. The Dry Dock is popular with locals and visitors to Longboat. From the dockside patio,and the upstairs overlooking the view of Sarasota Bay the Dry Dock is conveniently located at the south end of Longboat Key at the Boathouse Marina.

Reviewed By Fl5becks - Jacksonville, Florida

Trip Advisor didn’t let me down! Fantastic place to eat! Looks west over the inter coastal. Went without a reservation, sat at the bar for a drink (defiantly not watered down), had great service. Plenty of menu selections. (Wife does not eat seafood). Good for couples, families, or group of friends.

4. Harry's Continental Kitchens

525 Saint Judes Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1809 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 4 - SGD 66 +1 941-383-0777
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 589 reviews

Harry's Continental Kitchens

Get ready to eat like a Longboat King at Harry's! Harry's has a take out deli and a sit down restaurant located in the heart of Longboat Key, Florida. Our gourmet cuisine is created by Harry Christensen, our award-winning chef who's been a fine dining staple of Sarasota for over 38 years! We are minutes from St. Armand's Circle, Lido Key, Bradenton Beach, and Anna Maria Island. Please feel free to review the deli, the restaurant, or both places.

Reviewed By PboroBill - Pittsboro, North Carolina

Wife and I went here with my parents. We had a good meal. Reserved a table and were promptly seated. Varied food selection which is nice. Everybody ordered something different. I had the seafood cobb salad which was loaded with good cold seafood over a...MoreThank you for the review! Stone Crab is very pricey, more so this year due to a low harvest from Irma. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and hope you give Harry's another try on your next visit!

5. Vertoris Pizza House

6830 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207-5808 Outdoor Seating, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 21 +1 941-751-0333
Excellent
78%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Vertoris Pizza House

Reviewed By efm16 - Louisville, Kentucky

Ah.maz.ing!!!!! The food options, Esp for gluten free, are out of this world (vegan also). Full dessert case of awesome gluten free desserts (cupcakes bars and pies) and a FULL gluten free menu including stuffed pastas, fried food (separate fryer), bread, pizza and pasta. Food was very tasty and reasonably priced. Space inside is limited and it's in a strip mall area, but WELL worth having a meal here.

6. Blue Dolphin Cafe

5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Ste 101, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2070 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 941-383-3787
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 456 reviews

Blue Dolphin Cafe

Reviewed By Drew S

Our favorite breakfast spot on LBK features a waffle and french toast selection that makes it a must visit brunch for my family when we visit LBK. Try the fruit covered waffles or raspberry french toast. The bagel and lox combo was generous, but make sure the bagel is freshly toasted. They do serve the whole table and the bagel was cold and a bit soggy when it got to me.

7. Maison Blanche

2605 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-3106 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 85 +1 941-383-8088
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Maison Blanche

Maison Blanche, or “white house” in French, embodies the ultimate in sophistication; simple yet elegant, a modern but still-classic approach to dining. Maison Blanche enjoys a reputation as THE BEST restaurant in the Sarasota area and one of the finest in the state of Florida due to the consistent high quality of food and service. Both the luxurious decor and the incredibly sumptuous menu bring your dining experience to life. Every detail of your meal is approached with the sole purpose of making your evening and the occasion truly memorable. With a menu featuring only the finest cuts of meat, the freshest seafood, poultry, game and produce, renowned chef, Jose Martinez creates meals that delight the palate from start to finish.

Reviewed By Lennie_19 - Sarasota, Florida

Disappointment reigned the evening! Starting with no receptionist to greet us (or the ensuing couple who arrived for dinner); had to call the restaurant on the phone and notify the respondent that we were waiting in the sitting area by the maitre d' podium. Waited 20-25 mins for a waiter to come to take our drinks order. The meals were served on the prompt side to the restaurant's credit. Now to be objective, the food was not bad, nor was it as good as the last 4-5 French restaurants we've frequented; all the others wouild be ranked well above this restaurant. Short version of a long story: the menu pricing is not supported by, or consonant with, the quality of the food. The ambiance was 'rustic' at best; looked like the Four Season Resort rented an old storage room to the restaurant, and they slapped on some paint, brought in a few tables and chairs, put some glass stones on the table and voila! named it the very upscalish-sounding "Maison Blanche." Finally, the occasion was to honor a birthday celebrant. This was noted at the time the reservation was made, and a gentle reminder was given to the receptionist (taken aside) before we were seated; she responded, "Yes, we know!" Well, that statement meant exactly zero. No birthday wishes. No 'thanks for selecting our restaurant!' No dessert with candle (either gratis or on the bill) . Obviously, the occasion meant absolutely nothing to the restaurant. With all the disappointments, not the least was that the food was a tad above mediocre-to-average, and astoundingly over-priced, I can not recommend this restaurant and shall never, ever return. There are too many other excellent French restaurants to enjoy in the area. Advise? Save your money.

8. Settimi's Gelato

367 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1312 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Late Night +1 941-388-4485
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

Settimi's Gelato

Reviewed By Crispy12 - Sarasota, Florida

This gelato is smooth and tasty! I like to have this while walking around the circle after a nice dinner. Lots of great flavor options available. My favorite is the chocolate almond!

9. Kilwin's Chocolates

312 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236-1321 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Late Night +1 941-388-3200
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 639 reviews

Kilwin's Chocolates

Reviewed By Micaelabird - Minocqua, Wisconsin

We have been in a few Kilwin's...Wisconsin and Michigan. So we were happy to find them in Florida. This Kilwin's is well staffed and the line moves. Worth every penny for the delicious ice cream. You will find something for every sweet tooth. I would rather pay a little more for the "good stuff" than worry about price for ice cream and chocolates. Worth every calorie too. This Kilwin's did not disappoint.

10. Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

1435 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5714 Delivery, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, American, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 39 +1 941-312-4001
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

A local eatery with a passion for stunning seafood, creative cocktails, fine wine, and service with style. Duval's uses the freshest product the market has to offer, sourcing the finest ingredients from local fisherman and farmers. Duval's offers free patron shuttle service, food delivery, and $5 Happy Hour 7 days a week.

Reviewed By Bob D - Cleveland, Ohio

We rely on Trip Advisor for all of our fine dining here and abroad. Rarely have we been disappointed. That’s also the case with Duval’s Restaurant in Sarasota. We were staying at the Hyatt Regency in town and arranged to be picked up and then...MoreBob, thank you so much for dining with us! Happy to see that you made use of our free shuttle, and that you enjoyed your meal and experience. Thank you for your review! We can't wait to see you again next time!

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