Do you have a special occasion coming up like an anniversary or first date? Sarasota is an ideal destination with romantic restaurants, views, and desert shops, and we have several great options lined up for you to plan a romantic date in Sarasota.

The first item on the agenda is an excellent dinner, but it can be tough choosing the right restaurant that will wow your loved one and make the occasion feel truly special. Indigenous is one Sarasota restaurant that has a romantic atmosphere with a cozy outdoor seating and lush plants surrounding the walls, making you feel like you're at a cottage. The indoor seating is just as pleasant, and the food at Indigenous never disappoints with incredible plates and specials skillfully prepared by a devoted chef. The wine choices are also impressive, so pick your favorite or ask for your server's recommendation because there's fewer things more romantic than enjoying a date over wine.

After dinner, take your date out for a fancy cocktail just in time to watch the sunset together. We suggest The Westin Sarasota because it has an upscale rooftop bar that provides one of the best views overlooking the city. With fire pit-centered tables and cabanas, this romantic spot is the perfect place to unwind and watch the sunset.

For the icing on the cake (pun intended), top your evening off by grabbing dessert, because what's more romantic than sharing an ice cream or sugary treat together? Although dessert is dessert just about anywhere you go, you definitely won't go wrong with either of these places in Sarasota:

Ciao Gelato Siesta Key Sarasota  

Gelato, the more sophistcated version of ice cream, is the perfect dessert to treat your date to. Ciao Gelato in Siesta Key is hands-down the best place to go for ice cream because they have an array of flavors ranging from unique and adventurous to simple and traditional. They also have a few options that are dairy-free and vegan as well. 

Meaney's Mini Donuts

Also in Siesta Key, Meaney's Mini Donuts has scrumptious mini donuts that everyone loves, partly because they conjure memories of going to the fair or carnival. Unlike most at shops, you can create your own donuts by choosing different toppings and sauces, which creative types will especially enjoy. You can sit down and enjoy your donuts there or share a bag with your date as you two stroll down the rest of the strip for a nice evening walk. 

If you're not ready to call it a night yet, head down to Siesta Key Beach where you can lay out a blanket, listen to the waves, and look at the stars; this simple excursion is arguably the most romantic thing to do on our list of suggestions.

With these locations in mind, you can definitely plan a romantic date in Sarasota. Whether you use our list as a guide or follow it to the T, you're bound to spend a magical evening with your loved one.

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