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  • Writer's pictureChris A.

All 38 Food and Drink Options on Lido Key and St. Armands

With 38 different places to get food and drinks there's something for everyone from pricey restaurants to hamburger joints, great sunset spots to beach bars. Not all the places are Yelp unfortunately so hard to get reviews on some. The complete list follows with my commentary but here some of the best IMHO.

Best Seafood - Crab and Fin

Best Italian - Speaks Clam Bar

Best Sports Bar - Daiquiri Deck

Best Trendy Spot - The Shore

Most Romantic - Crab and Fin

Best For Kids - Cha Cha Coconuts

To help get around I've broken St. Armands Circle into quadrants rather then colors like the official circle map. Enjoy exploring the Circle and if you want to take a guided food tour you can always check out Key Culinary Tours Stroll and Taste Tours for something different. Eating should be a journey not a destination so enjoy yours!

Click on the headers to open a quadrant map

The Shore - Trendy upstairs spot with trendy food, dining room has a retractable roof

Starbucks - You live under a rock if you don't know this one, few tables outside

Cha Cha Coconuts - Open air bar food with good people watching some entertainment

The Cilantro Grill - Mexican food hidden above Cha Cha's - good quiet spot

Café L'Europe - $$$ but good, limited outdoor; Location of Ringling Real Estate office in 1926

Columbia Restaurant - Mojitos & Cuban food; best outdoor seating on the circle

Madison Avenue Café and Deli - Local sandwich & locals spot; sells bottles of wine to go

The Patio at the Columbia

Speaks Clam Bar - Seafood and Italian; pasta made daily

Blue Kouzina - Greek food for those who like it

Lynches Pub and Grub - Irish Whiskeys and beers and grub; sells beer and wine to go

Venezia Italian Restaurant - Pizza and Italian on the sidewalk; most popular pizza spot

Settimis Gelato - Gelato and smoothies tucked into tiny storefront

Daiquiri Deck - 2 levels of oysters, seafood and music; Most TVs on the Circle

Chulala Pastry Shop - Pastries but for some unknown reason don't open till 11 AM

Big Olaf Creamery - Around the corner ice cream place, limited outdoor

Lynches Pub and Grub

Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar - 2 story Caribbean themed restaurant with 2 bars

Kilwins - Best ice cream and sweets on the island

Rico's Pizzeria - Good for takeout, some outdoor seating

La Macaron - Stuffy French deserts

Meaney’s Mini Donuts - Tiny donuts and coffee

Ben and Jerrys - More ice cream

Le Colonne - Old Italian with outside seating; small bar inside

Vernona Gourmet Market and Restaurant - They have small market inside

Market in the back of Vernona

The Whiskey Barrel - Whiskey and pizza, limited outdoor

Crab and Fin - $$$ seafood and steaks, outdoor seating is the best

Blue Dolphin Café - Good breakfast spot with big portions

Green Zebra Café - Smoothies, organic vegan - no meat here

North Lido Key

New Pass Grille and Bait Shop - B'fast & lunch at a bait & tackle shop; you can always eat the bait

Old Salty Dog - Bar food on the water; nice spot to watch boats go by

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron - End of road in the middle of sailboats, small cafe

Deep Sea Diner (Mote Aquarium) - You gotta pay admission to eat here

South Lido Key (most are located in hotels)

Kokonuts Lounge and Tiki Bar (Holiday Inn) - Pool bar food with a great view of the beach

The Lido Grille - Located at the Lido Beach pavilion; good food selection and full bar

Drift Kitchen and Bar (Lido Beach Resort) - Bar and dining with the best sunset views up island

Poolside Tiki bar (Lido Beach Resort) - Drinks, food and sunshine doesn't get any better

The Lido Tiki Bar (Ritz Carlton Beach) - Out of the way spot with no parking

Candlelight Restaurant And Lounge (Sandcastle Resort) - I've never eaten here; I'm sure it's ok

Beach Food at the Public Beach Pavilion

Share your thoughts on the food options and the places that you found are the best.

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