The Sarasota area has a wide selection of upscale and noteworthy steakhouses, ranging from Japanese steakhouses to Mediterranean and more traditional options. Whether you're in the mood to get dressed up and experience fine dining, or you yearn for a more casual, laid-back setting Sarasota has exceptional steakhouses suitable for both. Below are eight notable steakhouses in Sarasota

Chaz 51 Bistro

This steakhouse is located in Venice and offers a high-end variety of cuisine. The steakhouse has seasonally inspired menus with carefully selected flavors combined with refined cooking techniques, that challenge those with the most distinguished tastes. Chaz 51 Bistro is a fine dining restaurant that welcomes their guests with inviting, warm southern hospitality. 

Seasons 52

Located in University Town Center, this restaurant provides a seasonal menu as well as an award-winning wine list and a laid-back atmosphere. Seasons 52 uses local farmer's markets as inspiration for crafting their menus each season of the year. Their kitchen utilizes rustic cooking techniques, such as grilling on an open fire and brick-oven roasting. While they're known for their wood-grilled filet mignon, Seasons 52 boasts an excellent cold water lobster flatbread and wood-roasted pork tenderloin. 

Ruth Chris Steakhouse

This fine-dining steakhouse located on U.S. 41 in Sarasota boasts a variety of signature steaks with superior cuts from the top two percent on the market. Ruth Chris Steakhouse doesn't only offer steaks and chops, their menu also features seafood and other specialties. You can also add a seafood addition to your steak entree.

Daruma Japanese Steakhouse

With two locations in Sarasota, this Japanese steakhouse and sushi lounge offers a wide variety of authentic Japanese cuisine. The restaurant offers entertaining table side cooking as well as traditional seating. Whether you wish to unwind while sipping a delicious cocktail seated at their piano bar or be entertained by the chef's performances at your table, Daruma has got it all.

Michael's on East

Located near downtown Sarasota, Michael's on East boasts guests will experience a memorable epicurean experience through indulging their senses with their award-winning cuisine and world-class wine list. The restaurant is described as having a glamorous supper club atmosphere with live music with excellent hospitality. Michael's on East has been named one of the top ten restaurants in the U.S.

Element

Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota is an upscale Mediterranean steakhouse with a menu that offers a unique spin on traditional Southern European cuisine. Element features sophisticated steak and seafood entrees as well as a variety of hand-crafted cocktails and a high-end wine list. The restaurant has a warm, welcoming yet plush and upscale atmosphere with theatrical touches. 

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

Another excellent steakhouse located on U.S. 41 in Sarasota, Fleming's is known for offering the perfect fancy ambiance for any celebration. They offer a seasonal menu with both classic cuts and specialty cut steak options as well as seafood, pork, and chicken entrees. Flemings offers a wide selection of upscale wine as well as hand-crafted cocktails. 

The Capital Grille 

This fine-dining steakhouse located in University Town Center bids artfully crafted entrees with fresh ingredients. The Capital Grille also features a world-class wine list. The restaurant is known for its delicious steak entrees, including a sliced filet mignon with onions, wild mushrooms, and fig essence, as well as their bone-in coffee, crusted New York Strip with shallot butter. 

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