With a vibrant arts and culture community, vast outdoor activities, beautiful scenery and a wide range of things to do, it’s safe to say that Sarasota living is never boring. In addition to these attractions, Sarasota is full of diverse — and delicious — restaurants. 

Food is one of the many ways in which we connect. Whether you’re catching up with old friends, spending time with family or building new connections, enjoying a meal together is a great way to nurture relationships and form a tight-knit community

The Best Restaurants for Seniors in Sarasota

From fine to casual dining, Sarasota has it all. Here are our top restaurant recommendations for seniors in Sarasota.

The Main Bar Sandwich Shop 

This Italian deli was founded in 1958 by Antonio and Thea Borza — a husband and wife duo who were retiring from their career as circus performers with the Ringling Brothers Circus. The Main Bar Sandwich Shop has a wide selection of affordable sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps and desserts. They are open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., making it a great option for a quick lunch with friends or family. 

Walt’s Fish Market, Restaurant and Tiki Bar

Known for its fresh seafood, Walt’s Fish Market is a family-owned and operated restaurant that’s been in business for more than 100 years. Featured in Sarasota Magazine and Herald-Tribune as one of the best restaurants in Sarasota, it also doubles as a seafood market where patrons can purchase fresh seafood and take it home to prepare themselves. What’s more, Walt’s Fish Market features a tiki bar, where you can sit outdoors while you enjoy their delicious food and drinks with friends and family. 

Ophelia’s on the Bay 

Ophelia’s on the Bay is a fine dining experience that’s known for its picturesque waterfront view of Little Sarasota Bay — which was listed on OpenTable’s list of 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America in 2017. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. While their menu changes daily, it always features a wide selection of globally-inspired cuisine made with fresh, Florida-grown produce. Ophelia’s is open every day for dinner and offers Sunday brunch along with a daily happy hour from 5 – 6 p.m. 

1592 Wood Fired Kitchen and Cocktails 

Listed as number one in Yelp and noted in Sarasota Magazine as one of the best restaurants in downtown Sarasota, 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails is a must-try. This restaurant offers a menu full of creative Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and a stylish atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. Explore the many lively attractions in and around downtown Sarasota during the day and stop by 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails to enjoy lunch or dinner. You can also book a private room for a special event such as a family reunion, birthday party, anniversary celebration and more.

C’est La Vie

Another restaurant featured in Herald-Tribune and Sarasota Magazine, this French bistro offers a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options as well as freshly baked pastries. C’est La Vie offers indoor and outdoor seating and is nestled in historic downtown Sarasota. The cozy atmosphere makes it a great place to stop for a light snack, relax with a cup of coffee or tea or enjoy a full meal with your loved ones. 

The Bijou Cafe

Only open for dinner, The Bijou Cafe is a family-owned and operated fine dining restaurant. They offer a menu full of French- and South African-inspired cuisine, which reflects the owner’s heritage. The Bijou Cafe is located in the arts district of downtown Sarasota and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Make a reservation to catch up with a loved one or celebrate a special occasion. Reserve one of their private dining rooms for a special event. 

Another Broken Egg Cafe 

Open from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Another Broken Egg has a wide selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch options — from your favorite traditional dishes to unique gourmet creations. They also offer seasonal specials, gluten-free and vegetarian choices, and a vast drink menu. Another Broken Egg has indoor and outdoor seating, and a pet-friendly patio so that you can bring your favorite companion along on your adventure.

Aviva Helps Residents Explore Sarasota 

Aviva Senior Living is located in The Meadows, in the heart of Sarasota. We offer residents transportation to local restaurants, shopping, entertainment and medical appointments so that they can enjoy Sarasota and all it has to offer. 

If you don’t feel like going to a restaurant, we offer our residents a gourmet culinary experience that includes both fine and casual dining and room service options. Our daily menu features a selection of healthy, 100% Kosher meals made with locally sourced ingredients. We also offer a low-calorie or vegetarian option for those that require it.

Contact us today to schedule a tour and see if Aviva is the right community for you.

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