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4994 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231-4354
(941) 922-4908
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:39 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Salad central

I enjoyed a delicious salad. The clam chowder is always good. The staff was very friendly. The actual facility is showing its age, but it was pretty clean. I eat there occasionally.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Peter P
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Sarasota, Florida
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Sarasota, Florida
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I enjoyed a delicious salad. The clam chowder is always good. The staff was very friendly. The actual facility is showing its age, but it was pretty clean. I eat there occasionally.

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Nokomis, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Love this salad and homemade soup restaurant. The food is always fresh and delicious. Always a wide variety of delicious soups. Save by signing up for online coupons which are sent by email on a regular basis. Good valve restaurant.

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sarasota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My husband and I have eaten at this Sweet Tomatoes for years and enjoyed lunch many times. But they've discontinued serving the chocolate cake at lunch and the salad choices are less interesting. Similarly, the soups are boring. It's summer. folks! Can't you find something delicious to serve this time of year? Using canned mandarin oranges in their featured orange... More 

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Newton, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

self serve salad bar. There is a very wide selection of salad materials. Also, they have good soups and very good bread. But, their salad dressings taste watered down thus detracting from the food.

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Venice, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

That is our name for Sweet Tomatoes. Good food, salad, soup, bread, pasta, desert. If you sign up for the on line notices two can have dinner for $ 20.00 and it is good for you. If you just want to dash out for a bite to eat, try this place. You will be back.

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sarasota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We always enjoy the visit. There are many different salads ingredients to choose from. There soups are also excellent at least 6 choices, there are pasta dishes also. There are some dessert choices and frozen yogurt.

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North Port, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was going through chemotherapy and my wife and I were looking for someplace where I could eat and a friend had suggested Sweet Tomatoes. When we went in it appeared like any other buffet. So we loaded up. The salad bar was ok, the soup could have been better. All in all it was just ok, as a national... More 

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Buckhorn, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Great value, good salads. Don't go expecting fine dining - this is a buffet salad bar. The food isn't amazing, but you get what you pay for. Satisfying and hearty, and you don't leave feeling like you've over-eaten because there are lots of healthy salad options available.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Extensive salad bar, great fresh soup selection - the Chili is to die for - with freshly baked garlic bread and hot pastas followed by great desert choices and sodas. We have called in here often, it's always clean and fresh, we know exactly what we are going to get. Excellent value seniors special prices 2-5pm daily.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a low budget dining option. Would not be a first choice for a couples meal but in a pinch it serves a purpose. Decent salad bar options. The rest is pretty lower tier buffet fare but if on a budget not the worst option.

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Additional Information about Sweet Tomatoes

Address: 4994 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231-4354
Phone Number: (941) 922-4908
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:39 pm
Average Prices: USD 9
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4994 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231-4354
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: (941) 922-4908

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:39 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?