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I've Been to More than 30 Restaurants in Sarasota, Here Are the Ones That Stand Out the Most.

Updated: Feb 16

Here Are My Top Restaurants in Sarasota Coastal Areas



Sarasota's Restaurants that I've Always Admired

Does Brand Matter in Restaurant Industry? My answer is always yes! A brand represents the sum of people's perception of a brand's customer service, reputation, advertising, and identity. Owning a restaurant is perhaps the most lucrative option for these days. After all who doesn’t love to cook and eat? Eating is a social thing. Here are my 5top favorite restaurants in Sarasota County.


The Shore

The Shore on Longboat Key is just south of Anna Maria Island. It is about 15 minutes from the Island, and next to Mar Vista, another fantastic restaurant on Longboat Key. The Shore offers a delectable coastal cuisine with romantic and scenic view to write home about. There is something about eating in social gathering that helps to bring people together. Eating is a social thing. Food connects us to the world around us. This is why the look and feel of their brand personality and brand trust stands out from the rest. This place really shows that.


Brand experience is the sum of all the sensations, thoughts, feelings, and reactions that individuals have in response to a brand.


Mar Vista Beach House, Long Boat Key

Dockside Restaurant on Longboat Key offers authentic dockside dining, extensive drink menu and a picture worthy ocean front view. This restaurant has strong brand identity. You can see the moment you walk in. Mar Vista has a beautiful outdoor seating overlooking the scenic water view of Sarasota Bay. This gives a sense of more relax atmosphere and great way to socialize and actually enjoy the conversation.

Brand identity is your overall brand visual image. How your establishment communicate your product, message, look and feel to your audience.


The Beach House Waterfront

Beachfront mainstay features seafood & island-inspired fare, with beach front seating. Another great restaurant that offers beautiful outdoor seating overlooking the scenic view of Gulf of Mexico. I believe that there is something about eating in social gathering that helps to bring people together.



Eating is a social thing. Food connects us all. Food connects us to each other, to our own pasts and identities/memories, and nature and its original. Food connects us to the world around us. Again, eating is a social thing. This is why the look and feel of your brand personality, image, brand trust is important. This place really shows that.



KOJO, Downtown Sarasota

This restaurant uses all the senses to create an emotional connection with the audience from sight, feel, smell, sound to taste. KOJO features a number of cocktails that picture worthily as well as delightful.



"It's about a connection a brand makes with its customers. This is the exact reason why customers choose you over other brands."

I believe people crave good food experience in downtown area. They know well that food plays with your senses like many other forms of art. The art of culinary is also a story telling form of conversation piece. How we see food is a reaction on how the object appears to the senses. This place nailed it.



SELVA, Downtown Sarasota

Another restaurant uses all the senses to create an emotional connection with the audience from sight, feel, smell, sound to taste, SELVA made one of my favorites. SELVA is a Peruvian eatery dishes up inventive ceviches & sizable cocktails in a chic room with elegant decor. Brand loyalty has very little to do with prices or money. It's about a connection a brand makes with its customers. Brand loyalty has everything to do with how consumers perceive your brand. This is the reason why customers choose you over other brands.



First Watch, Downtown Sarasota

Another restaurant uses all the senses to create an emotional connection with the audience from sight, feel, smell, sound to taste, First Watch made one of my favorites. Food plays with our senses like many other forms of art. The art of culinary is also a story telling form of conversation piece. How we see food is a reaction on how the object appears to the senses. Like fine art, food visual provides immense pleasure through colors, textures, patterns, fragrance, tastes and arrangements. First Watch truly understands its brand core value!


Sell the Experience, Not Just the Product.



Old Salty Dog, Lido Key

Beachfront mainstay features seafood & island-inspired fare, with beach front seating. Another great restaurant that offers beautiful outdoor seating overlooking the scenic view of the Bay area.

"It is bursting with flavors, has a cool history, caters to veggie lovers, turns comfort food into a party, and makes eating a social adventure."

Star Thai Sushi, Venice

"We want every single one of our customers to feel like they're V.I.P customers. Our food, our presentation, and our superb customer service reflects our sense of pride and passion for what we do. We want to be the place where our staff is known for their personal touch—a place where we know our customer's, what they like and dislike, and even their favorite drink." - Chef Mike



Hello, Sarasota!

"Hi, I'm Chez, A Brand Specialist. Your brand identity should speak to your target market, addressing their specific needs in a language they can relate to. Getting to know your target audience allows your marketing to be finely targeted."


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