Sarasota, Florida offers a variety of excellent restaurants to celebrate Mother’s Day. Here are some highly recommended options based on an informal online survey sent out to residents:

Shore Diner: Located on St. Armands Circle, Shore Diner offers a delightful coastal ambiance with fresh seafood and an extensive menu that includes dishes to suit different tastes. The outdoor seating provides a lovely setting for a Mother’s Day meal.

Amore Portuguese & Italian Cuisine:  

Located in a small strip mall at the corner of  N. Lime and Fruitville, this is a local gem that includes the best authentic portuguese food and also Italian cuisine. Husband/wife team Liana & Tito Vitorino transformed the intimate restaurant themselves, and their piano bar features some of the finest music in town, including pianist Eddie Tobin, who used to tour with Engelbert Humperdinck and other top artists. He is at Amore Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. For a terrific Mother’s Day Gift Certificate, buy a ticket to a five course wine-pairing dinner (five wines) on Thursday, May 25 at 6:30. See here for facebook post. If you don’t use facebook, call Amore at 941-383-1111

Bijou Café: A charming and elegant establishment in downtown Sarasota, Bijou Café specializes in gourmet cuisine with a focus on French and American flavors. The restaurant’s intimate atmosphere and attentive service make it an excellent choice for a special occasion like Mother’s Day.

Indigenous: This farm-to-table restaurant showcases seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen. The menu at Indigenous features a blend of modern and traditional dishes, all prepared with meticulous attention to detail. It’s an ideal place for a unique and memorable Mother’s Day dining experience.

Ophelia’s on the Bay: Nestled on Little Sarasota Bay, Ophelia’s on the Bay offers picturesque waterfront views and a diverse menu featuring fresh seafood, prime meats, and creative appetizers. The restaurant’s serene atmosphere and excellent cuisine make it a fantastic choice for celebrating Mother’s Day.

Selva Grill: If you’re in the mood for Latin American flavors with a creative twist, Selva Grill is a fantastic choice. This upscale eatery offers a vibrant atmosphere, innovative dishes, and an extensive wine list. It’s a great option for a memorable Mother’s Day meal.

Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie: With a welcoming atmosphere and a menu that focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients, Libby’s is a popular choice for locals and visitors alike. The brasserie-style menu offers a variety of dishes, including salads, sandwiches, and delectable main courses, making it a versatile option for Mother’s Day.

Chaz 51 Bistro: This upscale bistro opened in 2021 and offers a modern American menu with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. They focus on farm-to-table cuisine and have a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

And some newcomers to Sarasota to try:

Fork & Hen  –Southern Soul Food

Bar Hana – New Age Sushi at Lakewood Ranch

Turmeric (Indian)

Baker & Wife –Comfortable, casual cafe with an all freshly-sourced menu

Paramo Cafe & Restaurant (Venezuelan)