Off-Campus Dining

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The buses don't run past 6, and neither do most restaurants on town. The food is amazing though, especially Yummy House, Pho Cali and Queen of Sheba. Absolutely fantastic stuff.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants close early. Sarasota dining is expensive. Car required to reach anything other than Subway and McDonald's.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining almost makes up for how awful on-campus dining is.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Although I can never afford to go off campus to eat (time and money-wise), I have heard nothing but great things about the food near the school and would love to try some.
Actually, there is a great Chinese delivery place close by, very good.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: EXPENSIVE, but really good. Lots of vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 635th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1305th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Taylor Welsh
West Palm Beach, Fl
English Literature/Socioloy
Grad Year
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What Sarasota lacks in nightlife, it makes up for in dining. What else would one expect from a wealthy, socially conservative retirement town? While the pricing isn’t always student-friendly, the quality of the restaurants is admirable. It is possible for a student to go to a different stellar restaurant every weekend during the semester. This makes for some terrific dining options when a student's family rolls into town with their fat wallets and will to nourish.

Sarasota has quite a few student hangouts and cafés. The 24-hour Starbucks is nearby and is a huge draw for final paper composing and exam studying. Big E's is a cheap and plentiful café easily within biking distance from campus. Downtown, many students frequent Whole Foods and the local bakery Pastry Art. The Saturday morning farmers' market downtown usually draws in at least a handful of students, as well. The food options in Sarasota truly run the gamut of cheap fast food to gourmet dining. You have to do a bit of exploring to find budget-friendly/high-quality ethnic eateries, but finding them is a worthy venture that will lead you away from the stuffiness of much of the area's traditional American fare. Downtown Sarasota has some of the more posh restaurants, while Bradenton is more informal. Tamiami Trail provides a slew of choices, and there are some fantastic food trucks scattered about town.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • Starbucks
Best Asian
  • Drunken Poet Café
  • Pho Cali
Best Breakfast
  • Breakfast House
  • Denny's
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • First Watch Daytime Café
  • Pastry Art Bakery
Best Coffee
  • Big E's Sweets & Gourmet
  • Pastry Art Bakery
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
Best Healthy
  • Sweet Tomatoes
  • Whole Foods Market
Best Late-Night
  • Big E's Sweets & Gourmet
  • Munchies 420 Café
Best Mexican
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Guerrero Bakery
Best Pizza
  • Filippo's Pizzeria
  • Rico's Pizzeria
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Ceviche
  • The Cottage
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Barnacle Bill's Seafood
  • Derek's Culinary & Casual
  • Michael's on East
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Demetrios' Pizza House
  • Gateway to India
  • Joto Japanese Steakhouse
  • Kazu's Sushi & Asian Bistro
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Rio Samba Restaurante Brasil
  • Square 1 Burgers & Bar
  • Station 400
  • Thai Spice Restaurant

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1044 N. Tamiami Trail
(941) 366-3270
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
1451 First St.
(941) 955-8500
Daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Barnacle Bill's Seafood
Food: Seafood, steaks
5050 N. Tamiami Trail
(941) 355-7700
Price: $10-$30
Big E's Sweets & Gourmet
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
2805 N. Tamiami Trail
(941) 355-4432
Price: $3-$8
Breakfast House
Food: American, breakfast
1817 Fruitville Road
(941) 366-6860
Price: $10-$20
Food: Tapas
1216 First St.
(941) 952-1036
Price: $10-$20
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Fast food, Mexican
1707 S. Tamiami Trail
(941) 957-6406
Price: $3-$8
Chutney's Etc.
Food: Indian, Mediterranean
1944 Hillview St.
(941) 954-4444
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Small and intimate, Chutney's allows you to mix and match the Indian and Mediterranean entrées.
The Cottage
Food: Seafood
153 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key
(941) 312-9300
Price: $10-$20
Food: American
610 Cortez Road W, Bradenton
(941) 752-5977
Price: $8-$15
Derek's Culinary & Casual
Food: American
514 Central Ave.
(941) 366-6565
Price: $20-$40
Drunken Poet Café
Food: Thai, Japanese
1572 Main St.
(941) 955-8404
Price: $10-$20
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Coffee, doughnuts
300 N. Washington Blvd.
(941) 316-0131
Price: $3-$8
Filippo's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
6392 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
(941) 360-8065
Price: $10-$20
First Watch Daytime Café
Food: Pancakes, sandwiches, soups, waffles
1395 Main St.
(941) 954-1395
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Reasonable prices and innovative food
Guerrero Bakery
Food: Mexican
3557 Webber St.
(941) 923-4459
Price: $10-$15
Michael's on East
Food: American
1212 East Ave.
(941) 366-0007
Price: $15-$30
Munchies 420 Café
Food: American
6639 Superior Ave.
(941) 929-9893
Price: $8-$15
Pacific Rim
Food: Asian
1859 Hillview St.
(941) 330-8071
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Fancy atmosphere, modern decor, high-quality ingredients
Pastry Art Bakery
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
1512 Main St.
(941) 955-7545
Price: $5-$10
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
6023 14th St. W, Bradenton
(941) 755-2658
Price: $8-$15
Pho Cali
Food: Vietnamese
1578 Main St.
(941) 955-2683
Price: $10-$20
Rico's Pizzeria & Pasta House
Food: Italian, pizza
6547 Gateway Ave.
(941) 922-9604
Price: $8-$15
Sahara Café
Food: Mediterranean
1121 S. Tamiami Trail
(941) 954-1423
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Informal, fast, and reasonably priced
Food: Coffee, tea
2805 University Parkway
(941) 358-6486
Price: $3-$8
Sweet Tomatoes
Food: Soup
4994 S. Tamiami Trail
(941) 922-4908
Price: $10-$15
Tijuana Flats
Food: Mexican
1635 S. Tamiami Trail
(941) 330-0989
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Fast service with a quality, hip atmosphere
Tropical Thai Restaurant
Food: Thai
1420 Main St.
(941) 364-5775
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Dimly lit atmosphere and popular among Novo Collegians
Food: Frozen yogurt
1473 Main St.
(941) 366-5050
Price: $3-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 33 responses

  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 12% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 42% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 39% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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