Eggs, Waffles, and Mimosas, Oh My! Brunch in Sarasota County

Brunch may originate from combining breakfast and lunch, but what it means is extended conversations, savoring good food, and being in the present. So where to go to find the perfect slow Sunday starter in Sarasota?

Brunch oftentimes denotes a special occasion – Mother’s Day or a baby shower - but sometimes it just means getting together with friends or family (or both!) to enjoy a leisurely start of the day. Most mornings involve a hustle and a bustle, quick meals and rushed conversations. One in a while, though, you get a Sunday where you don’t have to hurry out the door or scarf down your food quickly to get somewhere on time. I like to call those mornings “slow coffee” as I usually drink my cup of Joe either quickly like a shot of tequilla or en route to elementary school drop off, hoping I don’t spill on myself as I drive. But on special weekend mornings, I get to savor my slow coffee. It’s so relaxing, simply being able to slow down, something we forget to do. And brunch incorporates that vibe into a single syllable. Sure, the word originates from combining breakfast and lunch, but what it means is extended conversations, savoring good food, and being in the present. Aah.

So where to go to find the perfect slow Sunday starter in Sarasota?

Siesta Key

Ophelia’s on the Bay has the grown-up brunch covered. With artisan cocktails (both with and without alcohol), raw bar, and fresh, creative dishes, this upscale waterfront restaurant is the perfect place to start the week with the one you love.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar offers a delicious Sunday brunch featuring specialty mimosa and seafood benedicts. On the sweeter side, try their sweet potato and coconut pancake or the banana nut French toast, drizzled with Dark Meyer’s caramel and candied pecans.

Downtown Sarasota

One meal at Made and you will clearly understand why their brunch is award-winning. When in doubt, go for the Chef’s Breakfast, which features not only the chef’s daily steak creation, eggs, and biscuit and gravy, but also a beer or a Bloody Mary. Because at brunch, the more the merrier and decisions are overrated.

Sitting outside of Mattison’s City Grille, people watching almost takes your eyes away from the picture-perfect plate in front of you. Classics such as quiche, omelets, and benedicts shine at this local hotspot. When you’re finished, take a stroll down Main Street to see if shopping burns calories (hint: it does!).

The brunch menu at Patrick’s 1481 on Main Street is not long, and that’s simply because what they make, they make well. Boasting themselves as “Sarasota’s version of Cheers,” the venue is laidback and friendly. Everybody may not know your name, but after a few mimosas, they may be your new best friends.

Boca is one of those restaurants where everything is delicious, hands down. So that makes it both easy and difficult to decide what to order. One bit of humor in their menu to help choose the perfect brunch are names such as The Old Man Platter, The Treehugger Flatbread, the Hangover Panini, and the Staff Meal (“Just order it…the Chef says you’ll love it!”). Well, if you say so!

Louie’s Modern puts a unique spin on the quintessential meal with their Market Brunch. One set fee (plus an additional for bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s) gives diners access to the plethora of goodies at their disposal. Options include, but are not limited to, the build your own waffle station, carving station, seafood display, charcuterie, made-to-order items, and classics from the decadent to the light. With so many options, it’s easy for everyone in your group to find just what makes them happy on this fine, fine morning.


Local celebrity Chef Rolf, who hosts the New Florida Cooking Show on SNN, will get your tastebuds a-waterin’ as he whips up one of his dishes on the screen. Enjoy it live with brunch at the Saltwater Café where Swiss and Polish influences appear alongside creative seafood implementations. For a bonus, kids get a free scoop of ice cream while over-21 patrons enjoy a complimentary mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Kir Royal.

Longboat Key

Harry’s Continental Kitchens has been a favorite amongst locals for over 30 years. Brunch after brunch, Sarasotans flock to savor their crab cake benedicts and bacon Bloody Marys. If available, ask for the outdoor seating.

St. Armand’s Circle

A Sunday morning spent on Lido Key, enjoying the beach and St. Armand’s Circle sounds like the ideal weekend day-laid back and slow. Begin that perfect meal at Shore Restaurant, located on St. Armand’s. This uber-cool menu highlights simple ingredients that shine by creative uses. From vegans to carnivores, there’s something on the menu for each person, so perfect its as though they’re reading your mind. Case in point? My kids will jump all over the Banana & Nutella Sandwich with Marshmallow Fluff.


For an unforgettable experience, pop into The Blue Rooster for their life-changing Sunday Gospel Brunch Buffet. Nosh on mouth-watering Southern classics such as fried catfish, grits, biscuits and gravy, collards, and so much more it’ll take you multiple plates to fit it – all made the right way – while gifted singers perform songs that make your heart sing and your soul smile. Top it off with the Hail Mary Bloody Mary and you’ll be singing all Sunday long.

Muse at The Ringling is the only place that gives the unique experience of dining and immediately submersing yourself in world-renown classic art and historic architecture. Located in the Ringling Art Museum (, Muse features such divine dishes as Crabcake Scrambled Eggs and Paleo Bison Chile. Needless to say, this is not your typical brunch; it’s a creative experience, perfectly paired for the environment surrounding you as your nosh. After the feast, stroll the stunning grounds once home to John and Mable Ringling before perusing their stunning art collection for the perfect Sunday. (Entrance to the museum not required to dine at Muse)

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