The Best Breakfast in Sarasota & the Best Brunch in Sarasota!
Sarasota may be known for its beaches and art but I always say it should also be known for its restaurants too because there are too many amazing restaurants to name. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, here are the restaurants with the best breakfast in Sarasota and the spots for the best brunch in Sarasota to enjoy on the weekends!
Maple Street Biscuit Company
Maple Street Biscuit Company actually has a few locations around the country but it started in Jacksonville, Florida and it’s so popular I had to put it on the list! Maple Street Biscuit Company has fluffy biscuits that are made fresh every day alongside house-made jams and jellies or paired with a number of great menu items. If going with friends we always share the cinnamon biscuits glazed with frosting which tasted like a cinnamon bun in biscuit form.
Additionally, we love the Sticky Maple which is made with fried chicken, pecan wood smoked bacon, and topped with maple syrup in between their famous flaky biscuit. Another favorite of ours is the Sticky Goat which is made with fried chicken, fried goat cheese, and house-made pepper jelly.
Location: 8491 Cooper Creek Blvd # 107, University Park // MAP
Buttermilk Handcrafted Food
Another place to enjoy homemade biscuits is Buttermilk Handcrafted Food. This small cafe offers specialty coffee drinks, fresh pastries, and of course, biscuits! I would personally recommend one of their biscuit sandwiches like the pimento and baked egg or Benton’s bacon and baked egg. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a Friday consider getting one of the fried chicken biscuits!
Location: 5520 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota // MAP
If you want an all-you-can-eat buffet for breakfast in Sarasota, Der Dutchman is where it’s at! This Amish restaurant has every breakfast comfort food you can imagine and it’s the perfect place for a large family gathering which is why we typically visit them at least once a year with Logan’s family while they are in Sarasota during the winter.
Aside from the breakfast buffet, let’s talk about donuts… you need to try the orange frosted cake donut. Two words: LIFE CHANGING! Especially if you love orange-flavored anything. But be aware they are seasonal! I love these donuts so much I always ask when they’ll be back and the last I heard, March is their current start time. But they’re always changing the season for them so if you do find them, send me a message, and be excited that you found a unicorn! Regardless, the rest of the donuts are melt-in-your-mouth good too.
Location: 3713 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota // MAP
The Blue Dolphin Cafe
The Blue Dolphin Cafe is a small breakfast and lunch spot located on St. Armand’s Circle which makes it super convenient if you happen to be relaxing at Lido Beach that day. Some of the food was on par with any regular breakfast spot but the prices and customizable menu make it unique and the location makes it one of the best restaurants in Sarasota for breakfast. While their French toast was yummy, I think I’ll be going for the waffle piled high with fresh fruit next time! A few recommendations I have for Blue Dolphin Cafe are the two-egg breakfast, smoked salmon platter, or the fresh fruit waffle (it just looks so good!).
Address: 470 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota // MAP
Toasted Mango Cafe
Go crazy for mango everything at this choice for one of the best restaurants in Sarasota! But hey, even if you’re not a fan of mangos, Toasted Mango has a variety of lunch entrees and breakfast is served all day. The wait can be long, but the food here is fresh and nothing less than terrific. I personally have enjoyed the Toasted Mango waffle, Breakfast Banana Split, and Eggs Benedict. Their smoothies are also delicious!
Location: 430 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota // MAP (additional location on Midnight Pass)
MADE only serves brunch on Sundays but it is absolutely worth the wait! This award-winning brunch spot in Sarasota has a fantastic menu of upscale American comfort foods such as fluffy cinnamon sugar beignets, BBQ pork belly burnt ends with truffle cheesy grits, and biscuits and gravy. Personally, my favorites so far have been the double-dipped fried chicken and French toast and the Charred Tomato and Guac Eggs Benedict but truly you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Want a boozy brunch? They also have $3 mimosas and $6 bloody marys!
Location: 1990 Main St SUITE 112, Sarasota // MAP (Reservation highly recommended)
The Breakfast House
If you can get a table at The Breakfast House count yourself lucky! This popular breakfast restaurant in Sarasota is always busy and for a great reason. It’s delicious! They have some of the best Eggs Benedict options like the Key West Shrimp or Caprese Benedicts and their omelets are also amazing. If you want a sweet breakfast don’t miss the pancakes! The lavender-stuffed blueberry pancakes and the white chocolate coconut macadamia nut pancakes are absolutely worth the wait.
Location: 1817 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota // MAP
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The Breakfast Company
Not to be confused with The Breakfast House, another terrific breakfast place to eat in Sarasota is The Breakfast Company. At The Breakfast Company, you can get delicious sweet breakfast options like pancakes or French toast a few flavors include strawberry Nutella, cinnamon roll French toast, and the Florida French toast with tons of tropical fruit! But their savory breakfast items like the eggs benedict, scrambles, and skillet bowls have me locked down. I personally love the Santa Fe skillet bowl which comes with ranchero chicken, pickled jalapeno, cheese, onion, and tomato served over crispy breakfast potatoes and topped with two eggs. Be sure to check out their monthly specials to enjoy more unique favorites at The Breakfast Company!
Location: 4832 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota // MAP (Another location in Bradenton)
The Toasted Yolk
The Toasted Yolk Cafe has become a more recent favorite of ours for brunch in Sarasota! I recommend starting with one of their signature mimosas or Jackie’s Morning Rita. For breakfast options, I recommend any of their “Arnolds” formerly known as the Eggs Benedict such as the West Coast Arnold with two English muffins with Cajun turkey, bacon, tomato, guacamole, two poached eggs, and Cholula ranch or the signature shrimp and grits.
If you want something for lunch you can’t miss the fried chicken sandwich which is arguably one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in Sarasota. The chicken is served on a pretzel bun and topped high with fried onion strings, dill pickles, and BBQ ranch.
Location: 3750 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota // MAP
C’est La Vie
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a French cafe for breakfast the moment you take a seat at C’est La Vie. Order yourself an espresso while browsing the menu with a lengthy amount of sweet or savory crepes.
My favorite savory crepe options are Norvegienne which is smoked salmon in a bell pepper-tomato-onion sauce with goat cheese or Meridionale which has Swiss cheese, leeks, and tomato while Logan typically orders something with prosciutto or ham like the Savoyarde with potatoes, prosciutto, cream, and melted Raclette cheese! Sweet crepes are more simple and more delicate. My favorites are orange caramel, strawberry jam, or Nutella, coconut, and banana.
Location: 1553 Main St, Sarasota // MAP
Another French cafe to enjoy breakfast in Sarasota is Mademoiselle Paris. This bistro was started by Myriam and Jean Dandonneau who moved to Sarasota from Paris with a passion for food and sharing that love with others. The bistro offers French pastries, bread, and viennoiseries that are freshly baked each morning using the highest quality ingredients that are locally sourced and organic when possible. I personally love their croissants, beignets, and tarts. Honestly, anything from the pastry case is worth getting!
For breakfast, I recommend the crepe breakfast which comes with a sweet crepe, fresh fruit, bacon, and two eggs or the croissant sandwich which comes with a hot croissant sandwich with Swiss cheese, bacon, and two scrambled eggs and a side of breakfast potatoes.
If you want another classic French dish other than the crepes I recommend trying one of their tartine, which are open-faced sandwiches with a variety of toppings.
Location: 1605 Main St, Sarasota // MAP (Additional locations at UTC and Anna Maria Island)
Breakfast at Victoria’s
Despite the name, Breakfast at Victoria’s also serves up great lunch and dinner options but breakfast is where they shine. Of course, you can enjoy traditional breakfast favorites like bacon and eggs or pancakes but if you want to switch it up, order the croissant French toast a frittata! This Italian-style omelet is made with three eggs and a variety of vegetables and/or meat options. Breakfast at Victoria’s also has a number of vegan breakfast options including vegan pancakes.
Location: 5315 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach // MAP
Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
Keke’s Breakfast Cafe has a few locations scattered around the Sarasota and Bradenton areas. This modern diner has great breakfast and lunch options, many with a Florida twist. For a sweet breakfast, I highly recommend getting the Florida Waffle or Florida Pancakes either of which are topped with fresh strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. Another option is the Pina Colada Stuffed French Toast which, as you might have guessed, has pineapple, coconut, and cream cheese.
For savory options, Keke’s has a lot of classics like omelets and eggs benedicts or you can mix things up with the scrambler bowl or breakfast wraps. Of course, if you can’t decide between sweet or savory you can have both with one of their fantastic combos!
Location: 5405 University Parkway, Unit 104, University Park // MAP (Other locations in South Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and South Bradenton)
Original Word of Mouth
Original Word of Mouth is a casual spot for breakfast in Sarasota in the Gulf Gate area. They have freshly baked muffins, scones, and croissants along with frittatas, omelets, breakfast burritos, pancakes, and French toast. Of course, the best compliment you can give after having a great breakfast here is to spread the word.
Location: 6604 Gateway Ave, Sarasota // MAP
State Street Eating House
Weekend brunch at State Street Eating House is a great stop after a Saturday downtown farmer’s market. They have a number of weekly specials with their omelettes, frittata, and benedicts but one of my favorites is their sweet potato pancakes. These pillowy pancakes have goat cheese butter, sliced toasted almonds, honey-covered blueberries, and fresh ground nutmeg.
Location: 1533 State St, Sarasota // MAP
The Rosemary and Rosemary & Thyme
Who says you can only enjoy brunch on the weekends? Well at The Rosemary you can enjoy brunch in Sarasota any day of the week or check out their sister restaurant Rosemary & Thyme for brunch on Saturdays. I recommend trying the Traditional Texas Migas which have tortilla chips sautéed with green onions and tomatoes then scrambled with eggs and pepperjack and American cheeses. Another unique option is the Bermuda Fish Cake Benedict which has your traditional English Muffin topped with freshly caught grouper, a poached egg, and Key Lime hollandaise.
Location: 411 N Orange Ave, Sarasota // MAP
If you happen to be visiting St. Armands on a Sunday you should definitely make a reservation for brunch at Shore Restaurant. It has a great view of St. Armand’s Circle and you can pop over to the beach after you eat! Every single thing we’ve ordered has been fabulous but my favorites have been the crab cake eggs benedict and bread pudding french toast.
Location: 465 John Ringling Blvd #200, Sarasota // MAP
If you’re looking for a great spot for brunch Station 400 has great breakfast and lunch options. Not only do they have an expansive menu for their brunch but also for their mimosas! I recommend the Blood Orange Hibiscus Mimosa. One of my favorites is the crabby patty which has a lump crabcake, sauteed spinach, red peppers, spicy aioli sauce, and topped with a fried egg and a side of hash browns. Want a bit of sweet and savory for your breakfast? Substitute your toast in a breakfast entree for one of their specialty pancakes like the blackberry lemon curd or cinnamon roll.
Location: 400 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota // MAP
Boca is one of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota in general but it’s also one of my favorite spots for weekend brunch in Sarasota! Start off by getting the bottomless mimosas with orange, pineapple, or grapefruit juice. Then contemplate all the hard decisions to choose from off the brunch menu because they’re that good!
One of my favorites is Grand Mar’s French Toast which has thick-cut white bread with burnt sage butter, Grand Marnier creme, candied oranges, and rosemary maple syrup. It packs such a great combination of delicious flavors! Other favorites of ours include the Huevos Rancheros, Boca Breakfast Sandwich with pork belly, or if you can’t decide try the Boca Benedict Trio which comes with salmon, crab, and pork belly benedicts.
Location: 19 S Lemon Ave, Sarasota // MAP
Although First Watch is a chain restaurant, I still wanted to include it in my line-up for the best spots for breakfast in Sarasota because it is still one of my favorites! Another fun fact is that First Watch headquarters is located in Bradenton, Florida, the city directly north of Sarasota. If you haven’t been to First Watch before, it is an award-winning breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot that is located in many places across the country. For starters, I love their juice bar and brunch cocktails and for entrees, I like granola bowls, the elevated egg sandwich, or any of the hash bowls.
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