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Self-Guided Food Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Venice

Enjoy fresh air, open spaces and global cuisine throughout the day in Historic Downtown Venice

March 3, 2021

Sarasota County’s hidden jewel, Venice, is the ideal place to take in the Florida sights. Enjoy waterfront dining, and city highlights during our curated dining tour of the island.

  1. Dockside Waterfront Grill

    Located underneath Venice’s northernmost bridge, the Dockside Waterfront Grill overlooks the charming Fisherman’s Wharf Marina. Diners can enjoy an extensive menu in this open-air restaurant underneath a seriously epic tiki hut. Watch the boats enter and exit the marina over a chilled lobster roll accompanied by some of the best French fries around.

  2. The Crow’s Nest

    Stroll along Venice’s North Jetty and enjoy the sea-spray cascading over the rocks before heading into local favorite, The Crow’s Nest. Those in the know opt for a casual dining experience in the Tavern, which is made complete by the island’s best cheeseburger.

  3. Fins at Sharky’s

    Continue your waterfront adventure on the Gulf of Mexico at Fins at Sharkys. Marvel at the wide-angle views of the aquamarine waters with an outside table. Enjoy a treat from the sea by ordering their light Tuna Tacos or the rich Lobster Seafood Chowder. Don’t forget to enjoy some sunshine on the pier before continuing your culinary journey.

  4. Cafe Venice Restaurant & Bar

    Head over to Historic Downtown Venice and stroll the Mediterranean inspired streets of Venice Avenue. Stock up on souvenirs for loved ones at a variety of local gift shops before stopping in for a bite at the celebrated Cafe Venice. Known for their fabulous happy hour, pop in for a glass of wine and a small plate of Grilled Polenta.

  5. Cassariano Italian Eatery

    Complete your evening with views of downtown Venice at the traditional Italian eatery, Cassariano. Beloved by visitors and locals alike, Cassariano has developed a cult following. Tuck in to traditional Arancini di Riso - fried rice balls in a creamy truffle sauce, and finish with a velvety Spaghetti Carbonara, sure to satisfy even the most particular Nonna.

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