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“Excellent Peruvian inspired food in a fun setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Darwin's on 4th

Darwin's on 4th
1525 4th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-343-2165
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Ranked #62 of 890 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Brew Pub, Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Siesta Key, Florida
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91 restaurant reviews
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
“Excellent Peruvian inspired food in a fun setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Admittedly this was our first trip to Darwin's, but we have been to Selva and The Cottage many times, so we knew what to expect. Nice to see the menu has new twists on old favorites and plenty of new innovative dishes.
We liked the lively atmosphere of the bar and the decor of the place. Service was excellent. O
One complaint - no outdoor dining.

We will be back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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valley village, ca
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Fabulous, unique dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

WOW. This place rules. We are from LA and used to 5 star restaurants, however this place still impressed us! The food is very different, but in a good way. Fish was top quality. Short ribs were the best we've ever had. Definitely a great atmosphere for a date night or dinner with friends. Wine by the bottle was also superb. 4 of us ate very well here for $200 total... cant beat that!

Visited December 2012
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University Park, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Best Peruvian in Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We have dined at Darwin's on 4th several times now, and the food and service have been consistently very good! The short ribs are especially good, and you can't beat their early dining (at the bar) specials. They brew their own beer and have many, many from which to choose.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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usa
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Going downhill”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We are locals in Sarasota and have frequented Darwins regularly. Unfortunately, it is going downhill and shouldn't really be recommended anymore to visitors to our city. We have many excellent restaurants, and if your time is limited, skip this one.

Our last (and I do mean last) meal at Darwin's was quite poor. The Jalea Andina is billed as a crispy mix of octopus, shrimp and fish with interesting side salads, and my husband had ordered it before. This time, it was basically stack of generic chunks of fried fish and a few shrimp.

When we explained the situation to the waiter, he looked at the dish and said he would certainly mention it to the chef. Perhaps he did, but we never heard about it. We received neither an explanation, an offer for a different entry, an apology, or even a further acknowledgement of a problem from anyone. We ordered coffee, paid our substantial bill, and eventually departed. When a restaurant get to that point from a management standpoint, things aren't going to get better.

Save your money, go to one of the many other very fine restaurants our area has to offer.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A Genuine Culinary Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We loved the chef's Peruvian/Andean-inspired menu. My husband had a pisco sour with his ceviche -- served with Andean corn and dried corn -- for his starter. I had little crab cakes served on a timbale of purple mashed potatoes. Both plated beautifully. Our entrees were a shrimp and mussel stew and a stuffed cornish hen with grilled brussel sprouts. Don't worry -- there's plenty of very traditional American food as well. We did not have dessert, but they looked glorious. The dining room is a bit loud (and the bar area has live music, but you can eat there, too if you like), but the noise did not interfere with our conversation. This restaurant has an open kitchen so you can see how very professional (and clean) it is. This is probably the best restaurant in Sarasota. Only concern: the staff appears to become overwhelmed at times and not everyone is working in the most efficient manner. Our waiter was terrific, but there seemed to be some confusion between the waiters and the front of the house.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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