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“Fall” for Sarasota’s Finest Outdoor Dining

Ideally situated on the Boulevard of the Arts, Auteur condominium residents will enjoy easy access to the crème de la crème of Sarasota fine dining. The coastal city is renowned for its tantalizing culinary scene, which is considered one of the best in the state of Florida – and with October marking the start of Sarasota’s clearest and most beautiful time of year, locals and visitors alike are encouraged to indulge in a selection of al fresco dining.  

Foodies seeking outdoor restaurants near Auteur this autumn can browse our recommended menu of Sarasota’s best open air dining spots:

Indigenous

Voted Sarasota’s Best Restaurant for several years running, Indigenous is well known for its commitment to food, community and sustainable dining practices. Led by Chef Steve Phelps, the expert culinary team prepares haute American cuisine that changes with the seasons – from wild mushroom bisque with truffle rye croutons to baked scallops accompanied by braised potatoes and “Everglades-spiced” butter. The restaurant also partners with local fisherman, artisans and farmers to maintain the highest quality of food and service.

Indigenous is housed in a lovingly preserved “old Florida” cottage less than 2 miles from Auteur. Its relaxed front porch and side patio has open air seating perfectly suited for fine dining under the stars.  

Shore

Shore, which has two locations in St. Armands Circle and Longboat Key, defines itself as a“mid-century, al-fresco coastal eatery.” The informal outdoor dining experience showcases familiar flavors and ingredients with creative twists, including delicacies from land and sea such as the sliced sirloin caprese, miso-marinated black grouper, and Key West shrimp and scallop risotto. 

Its intimate patio is a wonderful place to unwind with a cocktail or infused drink, and the roof covering the back section easily retracts to create a vibrant outdoor dining area in the afternoons and evenings.

Crab & Fin
Located just across the bridge from Auteur in chic St. Armands Circle, Crab & Fin has been a Sarasota landmark since it opened in 1978. After a day spent browsing the circle’s world-class shops, the staff will welcome diners into this elegant eatery to indulge in an unrivaled selection of fresh, thoughtfully prepared seafood. Their menu changes daily and is inspired by the fish that arrive each morning from both local and international waters. 

The restaurant’s sidewalk seating makes it a wonderful spot to try dining and people-watching on a tropical autumn afternoon, accompanied by the musical stylings of the in-house pianist. 

Café Epicure

This authentic Italian trattoria at the corner of Palm Avenue and Main Street is a beloved weekend dining spot. The kitchen is helmed by chef Stefano Sasso, an Italian native with a passion for bringing his homeland’s tastes and traditions to life here in Sarasota. 

The laid-back yet upscale space features an array of outdoor tables and cushioned lounge seating where diners can soak up the sun, sip hand-crafted cocktails or a glass from the exclusive wine menu, and indulge in thin-crust pizzas loaded with a selection of cheeses, vegetables and meats, as well as fresh pasta and rich desserts – all made from scratch. When the dessert plates have been cleared away, stop in at the adjacent martini bar for a quick nightcap before strolling home. 

Social Eatery & Bar
Social Eatery & Bar on 1st Street prides itself on its “elegant yet relaxed” indoor-outdoor setting, which sets the scene for spectacularly social outdoor dining in Sarasota. The sleek restaurant recently switched up its menu to offer internationally inspired fusion cuisine using a mixture of authentic global flavors, such as Chermoula spices from North Africa and bibimbop rice bowl from Korea, and locally sourced ingredients. Behind the bar, they’ve taken a similarly innovative approach to their craft cocktail menu by blending imaginative, limited-quantity liquors and spirits with fresh fruits, juices and preserves.

Make the most of the light sea breeze and mild fall weather by dining al fresco in Social Eatery’s garden courtyard, which boasts a state-of-the-art retractable roof and outdoor air-conditioning units and space heaters to facilitate a comfortable dining experience year-round.

Rising over Sarasota Bay, Auteur offers 56 luxurious condominium residences within easy walking or driving distance from some of the best dining downtown Sarasota has to offer. Experience a renaissance of refined living with a carefully curated menu of exclusive services and amenities that bring this vibrant Boulevard of the Arts address to life. Condominiums overlooking Sarasota Bay are available from the $2 millions. Additional information is available at the tower’s state-of-the-art sales gallery at 1297 N. Palm Ave. or by phone: 941-218-2855.