5 Best Places for Families to Eat

With sprawling award-winning public beaches, extraordinary scenery and a variety of restaurants right on the island, Siesta Key has something for everyone and every age. Families don’t have to travel far from our Siesta Key resort hotel to find excellent food at a great price while on a Siesta Key vacation.

Plenty of Siesta Key attractions and restaurants provide a great experience for children and parents alike, with casual and relaxing settings. Other restaurants located right off the island are well worth the short trip, with unique fare, great service and a guaranteed pleasant dining experience.

Below are 5 family friendly Siesta Key restaurants so that you can plan for a fun lunch or dinner during your next vacation.

siesta key restaurants for families

Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB)

Location: 5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Also known as SKOB by its regulars, the restaurant/bar retains a comfortable family-friendly atmosphere. This lively dining spot offers you and your family the option of listening to live music as you relax and dine during the afternoon.

The kid’s menu has a coloring section and maze to keep them occupied and offers discounted prices for children 12 and younger for items like Mac & Cheese, Fish Tacos, Kid’s Burger & Fries, Grilled Cheese, and other small portion favorites.

The main menu also has plenty of delectable options for the parents, ensuring each member of the family finds something to enjoy. The seafood dishes really shine, with several options made from locally sourced ingredients.

Stop by this Siesta Key local favorite after enjoying nearby Siesta Beach and other surrounding Siesta Key attractions, and choose to dine indoors or outdoors depending on your preferences.

Anna’s Deli

Location: 6535 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL

Known for its super sandwiches for over 40 years, Anna’s Deli is a must visit for the whole family if you visit our Siesta Key resort hotel. Enjoy some of the most appetizing and generously sized sandwiches on the island made from pastrami, ham, turkey at very affordable prices.

Anna’s is known for its favorable portions. Its huge sandwiches mean that two people can often share one sandwich and still be fully satisfied. The surfer sandwich is one Anna Deli’s specialty, but you’re sure to find other favorites there. Kids can enjoy a half sandwich which comes with side orders like coleslaw and potato salad.

Lobster Pot Restaurant

Location: 5157 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Visit the Lobster Pot Restaurant to enjoy some of the best local seafood that you can find on Siesta Key. The ambiance is cozy lovely and quaint – perfect for families.

As the name suggests, the restaurant offers a range of fresh lobster dishes that are quite delicious including a bisque, lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, lobster tail dinners and so many others.

The options don’t end there, however. Kids also have their special menu which includes some appealing foods such as fries with chicken fingers, fish & chips, hot dogs, mac & cheese and more.

Village Cafe

Location: 5133 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242

The breakfast and lunch served by Village Café is some of the best on the island. They open at 7:00 am to ensure you start your day full of energy. Their accessible breakfast lunch and brunch prices will encourage you to enjoy their dishes even more.

The outdoor dining is a centerpiece for this Siesta Key restaurant. Menu options such as waffles, pancakes, omelets, include grilled cheese, chicken fingers, salads, burgers and sandwiches are fresh and light and great for both kids and adults.

Jo-To Japanese Steakhouse

Location: 7971 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL

Jo-To is translated as “the very best or excellent” and that’s what you’ll get when visiting this highly reviewed Japanese restaurant.

This is one of the best family friendly restaurants right off Siesta Key, especially for those who want a night out with some expertly prepared sushi or a tableside cooking experience with options like steak, chicken, shrimp, calamari, scallops, and swordfish.

The restaurant has modern décor and traditional Hibachi grill menu items, with the fun show that accompanies them that your family is sure to love. Jo-To also has a very friendly staff that are always available as needed and the prices are reasonable for a night out.

So, after a long day of exploring Siesta Key attractions and the beach with your family, you will find yourself with an array of options near our Siesta Key resort hotel, from seafood, to sushi, satisfying sandwiches, lobster dishes, or your favorite breakfast foods!

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