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First Watch Restaurant

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American, Cafe, Diner, Healthy
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8383 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34238-2901
9419236754
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Description: Voted Sarasota's Best Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, First Watch specializes...
Voted Sarasota's Best Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, First Watch specializes in delicious creations freshly-prepared to order. First Watch begins each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and making French toast batter from scratch. Their fresh, award-winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch dishes are made using only the best ingredients without the use of heat lamps or deep fryers. The best part is their creative menu features traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, salads and sandwiches, as well as signature items like the Chickichanga® and classic BLTE® sandwich. Their “2 for You” lunch offers half portions of their most popular soups, salads and sandwiches and you can get in and out fast. Their menu’s "Healthier Side" features a variety of delicious Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch options for the more health-conscious, including egg white omelets, fresh fruit crepes and their signature Power Wrap™. Free WiFi & newspapers are provided.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best breakfast ever

Friendly service with amazingly good food! I believe in trying local places when traveling. This place was a gem! I truly look forward to my next visit to the area just for their in house made granola. It was so good I bought a bag to being home with me. My daughter had the kids chocolate chip... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Jennifer L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Friendly service with amazingly good food! I believe in trying local places when traveling. This place was a gem! I truly look forward to my next visit to the area just for their in house made granola. It was so good I bought a bag to being home with me. My daughter had the kids chocolate chip pancake which was... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Best breakfast ever -- thank you! We're so glad you and your family enjoyed your breakfast at First Watch so much. We strive for friendly, attentive service and fresh, tasty food every time, so it's great to know that your family experienced just that! We look forward to seeing you all next time you're in town! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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166 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We go here frequently, the food is consistently great, the wait staff are super friendly and the menu is large and varied. This particular restaurant has a pretty good view out the back, so if you like outside seating, this one is for you.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks, Edward! We're glad to know you enjoy sitting out by the lake while you eat your tasty meal. We hope to see you again very soon! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is a breakfast or lunch restaurant that anyone could enjoy. The menu has enough variety and enough choices for anyone, child or adult, young or old and in between. If you live in a area that you are fortunate enough to have a First Watch, then make sure you sign up for their club and enjoy the benefits. Good... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the recommendation, Ray! We're happy to hear that you enjoy your breakfast, brunch and lunch at First Watch so frequently. We hope to see you again soon at one of our four Sarasota restaurants! More 

Plymouth, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The food at First Watch is always excellent...I had the Market Hash Two eggs any style atop a hash of fresh, seasoned potatoes, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, zucchini, onions and red peppers with spinach, melted mozzarella and herbed goat cheese. It was delicious with a fruit cup and a english muffin with homemade jelly. I always go to first watch when... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Chris! We're happy that you know you can expect a consistently fresh, tasty brunch when you're in Sarasota. We can't wait to see you next time you're in town! More 

Surprise, Arizona
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We went this AM for breakfast and it was delicious. Ordered regular breakfast of eggs, homefires, toast, bacon & pancakes. Eggs were over easy and were cooked to perfection. Our server, Diane was nice, pleasant, there when needed, & knew the menu items when we asked a few questions. Oh, did I say Diane was really nice & pleasant because... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

That's wonderful to hear! We're glad you had such an enjoyable breakfast in Downtown Sarasota, and we appreciate the recommendation. See you soon! More 

Siesta Key, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Family of 4, 2 daughters 10 and 8. All food is made from scratch with fresh ingredients and it shows. One daughter had the sourdough french toast with bacon and loved it. Other daughter did sourdough ham n cheese and crushed it. Sourdough was soft and light so kid friendly. I enjoyed the mediterranian sandwich. Turkey bacon avocado with romaine... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you! We're happy to hear how much you and your family love our fresh ingredients and beautiful view at First Watch. We can't wait to see you all again soon! More 

Venice, Florida
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This First Watch location is our favorite. The staff are helpful, friendly and efficient. There are lots of healthy options, and even more Yummy ones. One of our visitors from the snowy north needed some gluten-free options to avoid painful consequences. The chef assured her they have a separate area to prepare gluten-free. This place really gets it right. The... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you! We are honored to be your favorite breakfast, brunch and lunch place in the area! It is also nice to hear your friends who were in need of a gluten free meal were also well taken care of. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Eleni, First Watch Customer Service More 

Clifton Park, New York
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122 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Granted, I only had the one sandwich but the Reuben sandwich was just excellent - very good quality corned beef, very tender, good sauerkraut, just super. Would recommend.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you! We are so happy you enjoyed our Reuben! We hope to see you in again soon. Eleni, First Watch Customer Service More 

North Carolina
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144 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

What can you say about First Watch, great breakfast and if you like pancakes, they serve them plate size. Generally order two, the cranberry & pecan and the carrot. Eat half and save half to tomorrows breakfast. Lasts well, microwaves well the next day. When we leave town, we alway have our last breakfast at First Watch. Also pick up... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for all of your breakfast visits! We are so happy our pancakes keep you coming back! We look forward to seeing you the next time you're in town. Eleni, First Watch Customer Service More 

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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food here is consistently good and fresh. Breakfast and lunch are equally delicious. Have eaten here many times and it's always good.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Love to hear how much you enjoy our breakfast and lunch menu. We can't wait to have you back for another fresh and delicious meal! Eleni, First Watch Customer Service More 

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Address: 8383 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34238-2901
Phone Number: 9419236754
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Average Prices: USD 10
Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner, Healthy

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8383 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34238-2901
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: 9419236754

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner, Healthy

Description

Voted Sarasota's Best Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, First Watch specializes in delicious creations freshly-prepared to order. First Watch begins each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and making French toast batter from scratch. Their fresh, award-winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch dishes are made using only the best ingredients without the use of heat lamps or deep fryers. The best part is their creative menu features traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, salads and sandwiches, as well as signature items like the Chickichanga® and classic BLTE® sandwich. Their “2 for You” lunch offers half portions of their most popular soups, salads and sandwiches and you can get in and out fast. Their menu’s "Healthier Side" features a variety of delicious Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch options for the more health-conscious, including egg white omelets, fresh fruit crepes and their signature Power Wrap™. Free WiFi & newspapers are provided.

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