Most visitors to Siesta Key come for the white quartz sands, the local shops, restaurants and nightlife destinations of Siesta Village and ocean adventures. However, Siesta Key also has an impressive array of international dining options for an island of its size.
While traditional American dishes are certainly staples on most menus, international flavors and culinary trends are blossoming on this Florida barrier island. Siesta Key is home to a number of quality restaurants, many of them authentic international gems, from French to Italian to Latin American.
Take a break from pub grub and try something different during your stay at one of our Siesta Key monthly condo rentals. To get you started, check out one of these international cuisine dining spots below:
Italian at Café Gabbiano
Location: 5104 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key
Café Gabbiano is one of Siesta Key’s acclaimed Italian restaurants. Dubbed rustic-fine dining, Café Gabbiano serves up authentic Italian food with an emphasis on local fish and seafood.
To start, order a cheese and cured meat platter with your selection. For your main, choose from a selection of handmade pastas – again, emphasis on the seafood – and a variety of meat and fish dishes. They also offer a “Bambino” menu for kids 12 and under.
Be sure to grab a classy-fruity drink from the Bellini bar and or a glass of red from the long wine list. The restaurant is open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily for dinner.
Japanese Fusion at The Cottage
Location: 153 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key
The Cottage restaurant is well-reflected by its motto “foodies serving foodies.” The chefs at this Japanese fusion restaurant create inventive seasonal dishes using local ingredients, particularly those from the sea.
The menu is full of Asian-influenced creations like Wonton tuna tacos, crab cake sliders, and a lobster maki roll. They also do interesting twists on classic cocktails, like the Cottage Colada, a boozy blend of tropical fruits.
The atmosphere at The Cottage will make you feel like you’re taking a vacation from your vacation. Tropical plants, bright blue walls, and colorful drinks fill the two outdoor patios with life. To top it off, they have nightly live music.
The Cottage is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
French at Bonjour French Cafe
Location: 5214 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key
Located in a cute little terracotta building, Bonjour French Café invites you to start your day right – with authentic French cuisine.
Bonjour French Café serves up home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients, using the masterful techniques of traditional French culinary.
Stop in for a cappuccino, or enjoy a meal of crepes, sandwiches, soups, and buttery croissants. Bonjour French Café is open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
British Pub Food at The Old Salty Dog
Location: 5023 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL
It doesn’t get more “British pub” than The Old Salty Dog on Siesta Key.
As per its name, The Old Salty Dog makes a mean hotdog – and hamburger. Try their famous “Salty Dog,” a batter-dipped hotdog fried to perfection. They also have great sandwiches, including a catch-of-the-day, sandwich and a lobster roll.
The Old Salty Dog is open daily 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
Latin Fusion at Señor Siesta
Location: 5110 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key
Señor Siesta strives to combine great food with the laid-back, healthy vibe of Siesta Key.
This Latin fusion restaurant serves up Latin American food mixed with American classics – locally sourced and sustainable, when possible.
They have a variety of starters, an extensive list of tacos, and a number of Latin-inspired meat and fish dishes. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the famous Siesta Sushi Stack, a layered sushi cake of rice, avocado, cream cheese, and either tuna or shrimp.
Señor Siesta is open daily 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
With its white-sand beaches and innovative dining, Siesta Key is a great spot to both spend time in the sun and take a culinary tour of the world.
With many Siesta Key vacation rentals around the island, we can help you find the perfect monthly rental condo near the beaches, restaurants, and other attractions. Book your favorite unit online today!