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Bob's Train


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Bob's Train is the best kept secret in Sarasota. Hidden away off the main road we keep our little piece of circus history alive. Come aboard the train for lunch and experience what we're told is the best hamburger in Sarasota!
$8 - $25
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews brunch homemade chips kielbasa mushroom burger train car circus memorabilia dining car john ringling fruitville road real train owner bob great stories to tell great storyteller small parties decided to give it a try historian
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Reviewed September 24, 2019

We just came upon Bobs by accident. On arrival did have some questions about entering as the outside looks a smidge ominous. Decided to give it a try, as grandsons liked the train cars. Once inside we were pleasantly surprised. The food and service was...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Meem802
Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit, you actually dine a in a real train wagon and see lots of Circus Memorabelia, great tasting food though it took way too long to get due to the lack of more staff and it will be nice if they...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank PuraVida1604
Reviewed August 11, 2019

Went there for the 1st time got there before 12 PM for Sunday brunch. Watched as 4 tables behind us ordered & served while we waited. At 12.45 PM We decided to leave. I left $20 at the table to pay for our 3 drinks...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Paul T
Reviewed July 30, 2019

Bob's Train was mentioned in the "Best of Sarasota Magazine" as being Weird & Wonderful so we just had to give it a try. The restaurant consists of four historic circus passenger train cars including the "Jomar" (currently being restored) which was John and Mable...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Edward O
Reviewed June 26, 2019

Bob's Train restaurant is unlike any place you have ever eaten. It is actually inside several train cars once owned by circus entrepreneur John Ringling. Bob is all things - owner, chef, waiter, and entertainer. He welcomes guests and shares his stories of the Ringling...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ginya17
Reviewed June 21, 2019

Bob's Train is a small table service restaurant located in an industral park housed in rather weather beaton rail cars nothing to look at from the outside but once inside its fully restored dinning car.Circus films play on a couple of screens while you dine...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank thesnowman
Reviewed March 27, 2019

Small portion sizes, didn't have 3 of some menu items that were listed, expensive for the amount of food you receive. Home made chips aren't a feature. Not sure if this was an "off" night as someone else was being trained by Bob, but we...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank carolynrobert
Reviewed March 13, 2019

My family went to this restaurant for Sunday brunch. It was so unique and charming! "Bob" of Bob's train was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. He was a story teller, an entertainer, a gracious host, and most importantly a brilliant chef! The ambiance in the train...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank iankivell
Reviewed January 24, 2019

I've travelled extensively around the US and around the world and believe that there is always "something new under the sun." I found Bob's Train on the Web where it was billed as only-in-Florida, one-of-.a kind. Bob obviously loves trains -- and especially circus trains....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Linda D
Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

Fun place...found out Bob served on the USS Yorktown as my Grandpa did. Great place to visit and worth the experience. Food was good, I recommend.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Josie R
October 10, 2018|
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Response from Randyclements | Reviewed this property |
No. Access is up narrow "train" steps. The isle in the dinning car could probably handle a wheelchair, I think.
January 27, 2016|
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No it is not. Advised if we show up to the door whey will feed you
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