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“Best restaurant on St. Armands Circle”
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Ranked #15 of 1,031 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: N. Adams Drive
Transit: The public bus stops within 200 feet of the restaurant
Description: Shore is a fresh new American restaurant with a nod to Florida's Mid-Century. Great place for a casual lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch in a warm, modern environment.
Cape Coral
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“Best restaurant on St. Armands Circle”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Finally a place we like on the Circle. Been to the Columbia, Cafe l'Europe, Crab & Fin. All just kinda so so. This place is far more interesting. Decor is what I would call "Spacely Sprockets goes to the beach, stopping in Denmark along the way to buy some furniture." Don't worry - it works. Juan our waiter was pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable, a rare combination for SW Florida. Food was just perfect. Not a bad dish. Fried chicken with honey hot sauce was light and juicy. "Jenga" ribs with Asian veggies were sweet and slightly smokey and perfectly done. Tuna sashimi and watermelon were very complementary, and the accompaniment edemame salad with ponzu had us scraping the plate clean. But the most memorable dish was a side of quinoa, spaghetti squash, and nuts - creamy, nutty, delish! Many thoughtful beer and wine selections. Quality recipes prepared and served by people who seem to care about food in a funky atmosphere. We will be back!

  • Visited July 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Excellent is the word...”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Shore is always fun, uplifting and delicious. First of all, one of the bartenders couldn't have been nicer (as criticized by another reviewer). When I asked for mineral water; he said that they were all out - and then comped the other drinks! Waiters & Waitresses are also attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.

The menu has a nice variety of special dishes that are priced reasonably. For those who don't like sitting outside with the heat & humidity - then, just request a seat inside - duh. Also, the back room has a "convertible top," so if it rains the "top" goes down and you're covered (very cool). Another reviewer said this is "upscale" dining - but that's hardly the case. However, don't be thrown off by the word "diner" because it's certainly not in that category either.

If you're looking for something nice, different, and with a younger Sarasota crowd (that's mostly under 60) - then, you'll appreciate this excellent restaurant.

  • Visited July 2014
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Venice, Florida
2 reviews
“Julia was a rock star”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Lovely spot with good food. This was my first time to be there for dinner and I will stick with lunch. I prefer the lunch menu to the evening menu.
Our server, Julia, made our experience very enjoyable. She could have not been more accommodating and she was very attentive even as the place got busy.

  • Visited July 2014
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
1 review
“Great environment!”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

My mom and I were vacationing in the area and just popped in here. We sat outside. It was so comfortable. They had regular tables and some lounge furniture. We say at a table since we were eating dinner. I wanted to try a few things so we got a few starters. The server helped us choose. The lobster slider was great and so was the crab cake. Super fresh! We could even see some far off fireworks while we ate. Highly recommended!

  • Visited July 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Nice variety”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had a very nice experience. Service was attentive and thorough. The menu had several interesting choices, both on appetizer and entree lists. We would have preferred sitting and eating at the bar, but it was full when we arrived at around 6:30.
The dining area is large and seating is comfortable. The noise/vibe level was high, but did not limit table conversation.
An appealing feature of the sit-down area is the retractable roof, which allowed "open-air" dining for us.
All of our food was well prepared and served quickly, despite a full room. We plan on returning when we next visit Sarasota.

  • Visited June 2014
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