As the school year quickly approaches, so does the return of our busy schedules. Sometimes things can get so hectic that we don't even have time make dinner at home! Fortunately, there are plenty of restaurants in Sarasota that are family-friendly and have a delicious dish for everyone, including the pickiest eaters. Find your family's new favorites by checking out our list of the best places for family meals in Sarasota.


Evie’s takes family meals to a new level with not only with an extensive menu, but also putt-putt golf, an arcade, ice cream parlor, bar, and car wash. They offer delivery and carryout as well, and kids 12 and under eat free on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entree.

The Hub Baja Grill

With live entertainment, a laid-back patio, and fun atmosphere, it's obvious why The Hub is a favorite with children and adults alike. The reasonably-priced menu provides a Baja twist to the standard beach meal along with an extensive drinks selection (we recommend their margaritas, especially their Cadallic Margarita, "the Cadillac of margaritas!").

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Oleary's Tiki Bar & Grill

If you’re looking for a relaxed waterfront dining experience, O'Leary’s is the place to be. Picnic tables, plastic table ware, and baskets of food make it easy to feel right at home as you sit back and take in live music while watching the sunset and feeling the breeze. After your family meal, take a stroll along the water and check out the yachts docked at the marina and spot dolphins swimming in the bay.

Walt's Fish Market, Restaurant, and Tiki Bar

Walt's Fish Market, Restaurant, and Tiki Bar has been a longtime favorite for those who appreciate a fresh catch. You won't be disappointed with their flavorful fish and tasty cocktails from the tiki bar!

Mellow Mushroom

The Mellow Mushroom is a new pizzeria that has every topping under the sun and allows you to build your own pizza, so everyone in the family can get their favorite pizza. No more arguing over toppings and settling on a so-so pie!

La Mucca Ballerina

La Mucca Ballerina serves Italian comfort food at its finest. Daily trips to the market provide you with the freshest mozzarella in sandwiches, salads, and more. Don’t forget to have a cannoli, too! Order off their take-out menu and enjoy a delicious family meal at home or have a picnic in the park.

Owen's Fish Camp

Owen's Fish Camp has the freshest seafood and ambiance in Burns Court, making it ideal for a refreshing family meal. The prices here may be slightly higher than other places, but a visit to Owen's Fish Camp is definitely worth it.  

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The Oaks Open Pit BBQ

Open Pit BBQ serves ribs, pork, sandwiches, scrumptious veggies, and your favorite pies at prices you can't beat. Whether you dine in or take your order to-go, this place will easily become one of your favorites for family meals.

Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina

Mi Pueblo’s is the epitome of authentic Mexican cuisine as everything is prepared fresh and delivered to your table. Check their website for special nights with the Mariachi Band performing in the dining room. Get dinner and a show next time you go out for a family meal!

Cha Cha Coconuts

Cha Cha Coconuts has outstanding appetizers and entrees as well as great live entertainment entertainment. Located in Saint Armands Circle, this is a great pit stop after an afternoon of shopping or beach-going!

Make your lives easier and everyone happier by heading out to one of these Sarasota restaurants for your next family meal.

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