SRQ Reviews Network - Dining Guide

George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright once said “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

Since food and love do go together, choosing a dining option for Valentine’s Day is an important decision. Depending upon the couple, many factors come into play when making such a decision. Some will choose a restaurant for Valentine’s Day dining based upon setting alone. Others will choose based upon the quality of the food. And yet others will pick based upon their favorites; food or place. Whatever factors influence your decision on where to dine; Sarasota has many options. Here are 14 places to consider when making dinner plans for the 14th of February:

Maison Blanche: Special opening for Valentine’s Day dining, offering a special 5 course prix-fixe menu $85/person; perhaps the finest food in the Sarasota area

MoZaic: Holiday specials all weekend with a special 5 course prix-fixe menu for Valentines Day

Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar: Offering their regular menu of small and large-sized plates in a warm intimate setting

Selva: Offering their regular menu of sophisticated Latin fusion in an equally sophisticated setting.

Bijou Cafe: Classic fine dining and service to match; offering special menu items for Valentine’s Day

Ophelia’s on the Bay: Located on Siesta Key; waterfront and water view dining at it best; offering specials and regular menu; always fills up so book early

Libby’s Café + Bar: Offering an innovative menu with specials for Valentine’s Day weekend in a casually elegant setting

Divino Restaurant: Family owned, classic Italian in a romantic and stylish setting

Ray’s at the Serving Spoon: Weekends only; 4 course prix-fixe menu; some of the finest food in Sarasota served in a very casual and unique setting, BYOB

Lavanda: Casually elegant, small intimate setting, classic European cuisine

Two Chefs, Casual Dining: Contemporary colorful setting; offering a special 4 course prix-fixe menu served on February 13th and 14th.

Terrace on the Circle: Offering a special 3 course dinner menu with complimentary bottle of wine or champagne $60/couple.

First Street Chop House: A warm romantic setting; offering Valentines specials in addition to the regular menu

Salute: A lively, new spot downtown, offering Valentine’s specials in addition to the regular menu.

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, many restaurants will be celebrating the event starting on Friday and ending on Monday. It should also be noted many restaurants are usually closed on Monday’s but will be open for Valentine’s Day. As always, we suggest calling ahead before finalizing your plans.

Enjoy! Eat! Love!

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