Any time we’re on vacation, we love eating at locally owned restaurants we can’t find anywhere else. When looking for kid-friendly places to eat in Siesta Key, we aimed for our usual criteria for vacation dining. Outdoor seating in the warmer weather, great food including a kid’s menu, and amazing cocktails are usually a must. Although things have certainly changed since dining out with a kid, we’re not about to sacrifice great food and atmosphere just because we have a little one in tow!
While Siesta Key is known for it’s bar scene (thanks in part to the MTV series) it’s certainly just as great for families. The outdoor seating and live music we love on any vacation were plentiful in this beachside town. From breakfast, lunch and dinner to ice cream spots, there’s no shortage of kid-friendly places to eat in Siesta Key.
If you’re in Siesta Key or Sarasota with kids, be sure to also check out our post on 7 Fun Things to Do in Sarasota with Kids.
Breakfast in Siesta Key
One of our favorite things to do on vacation is to walk to breakfast in the morning before the sun gets too hot. With the scenery in Siesta Key, it was the perfect spot to do just that. In addition to the kid-friendly places to eat in Siesta Key that are mentioned below, the Siesta Beach Pavilion is another great option. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast or lunch, and you certainly can’t beat these views!
Another Broken Egg Cafe
If you’re looking for a great menu with a combination of traditional and unique breakfast items, Another Broken Egg Cafe is a Siesta Key breakfast spot you need to try. We split the yummy sweet potato pancakes and savory crab cakes with fried green tomatoes. You really can’t go wrong with either! They also have several types of Bloody Mary’s and other brunch cocktails. If you’re going there for the first time, be sure to tell your server. First time customers are brought a few delicious, complimentary beignets that our son loved. They also have coloring pencils and a coloring page as well as a kids menus for the little ones. (P.S. This is a franchise restaurant with multiple locations, but one definitely worth going to!)
Location: 140 Avenida Messina, Sarasota, FL
Bonjour French Cafe
We decided to walk to breakfast one morning from our condo, and Bonjour French Cafe was recommended to us by family. This french-inspired restaurant is known for its sweet and savory crepes. They even offer buckwheat crepes if you’re feeling extra healthy that day. I tried the veggie crepes while my husband had the yummy eggs benedict. There’s also a great kids menu that offers both lunch and breakfast options. (Our son loved the pancakes with fresh fruit on the side!) There’s ample seating indoors and out, and it’s the perfect spot to get a little bit of France in a relaxed, family friendly setting.
Location: 5214 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL
Meaney’s Mini Donuts
This coffee, mini donut and soft serve ice cream spot stand is just as great for dessert as it is for breakfast. We had Meaney’s mini donuts one morning for breakfast after passing it the night before (and basically drooling over the donuts and ice cream.) The donuts are freshly made throughout the day, and they’re hand dipped to order. While it’s only a stand, you can snag a spot at a nearby bench if you want to sit and enjoy your donuts.
Location: 201 Canal Road, Sarasota, FL 34242
Lunch or Dinner in Siesta Key with Kids
Siesta Key Oyster Bar
After hearing so many great things about the Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB) from family and friends, it was high on our list of places to eat at in Siesta Key. The oysters are as amazing as you’d expect from an oyster bar so close to the beach. And you can’t beat the $7 price tag during happy hour! We loved the mahi fish tacos and lobster rolls, and they offer a kids menu with crayons and a coloring page as well.
One of our favorite things about SKOB in addition to the oysters was definitely the live music. On the day we went for dinner, Kaptain Kurt was performing. Not only was he a great musician, but he invited our little guy to jam out with him using the maracas and tamborine. (You can see from the pictures below that he had a blast!)
Tip: SKOB is consistently pretty packed, and for good reason. Get there early to avoid a long wait (or just enjoy the live music while you wait.) Siesta Key Oyster Bar also offers “call ahead” seating to get your place in line on the wait list.
Location: 5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL
*We were hosted at Siesta Key Oyster Bar by Visit Sarasota. As always, all opinions are our own.
The Hub Baja Grill
The Hub Baja Grill has Baja-inspired Mexican and seafood cuisine and is located in the main intersection of Siesta Key Village. Our son was obsessed with the view from the outdoor picnic tables that allowed him to watch the cars and trucks from his high chair. His favorite food also happens to be cheese quesadillas and guacamole. Which means, we loved this place so much that we went twice. (I rarely visit a place more than once while traveling, but I couldn’t say no to my guac loving son!)
I highly recommend the grouper bites, tuna poke lettuce wraps and fish tacos. And you can’t go wrong with the strawberry jalapeño margarita if you’re looking for a yummy drink. There’s tons of outdoor seating, making it great for people watching. (Or truck and bus watching, in the case of our son!) They also have live music daily. Tip: If you’re there on a Saturday night, be sure to take your kids over to the balloon guy that sets up between The Hub and The Cottage.
Location: 5148 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL
Aptly named for it’s cottage look and feel, The Cottage in Siesta Key is is a quaint indoor/ outdoor restaurant with a diverse menu. The Forbidden Salmon entree was amazing, and they’re also known for the Billionaire Burger made with short rib and brisket. (A great option if you’re looking for a break from the seafood that Siesta Key is known for!) For our picky vegetarian toddler, they were even willing to go next door to their sister restaurant to have something made. We have to thank the Hub Baja Grill for that grilled cheese too!
Location: 153 Avenida Messina, Sarasota, FL
Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Walt’s Fish Market is just over the bridge from Siesta Key, and it’s a local Sarasota institution known for having some of the freshest fish around. The regular menu and daily specials are plentiful, and you really can’t go wrong with anything, including the kid’s menu. Like most restaurants in the area, they don’t take reservations. I definitely recommend getting here early, especially if you’re dining with kids.
If you do have a wait, there’s a large outdoor patio and tiki bar with tons of seating. They also have live music, and the singer the night we were there even played a rendition of Baby Shark for our music-loving son. And if you’re looking for a yummy adult beverage, I highly recommend the jalepeno pineapple margarita. (If you haven’t noticed, jalapeño margaritas of some variation were definitely my go-to on this trip!)
Location: 4144 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL
If your kids are pizza fans like most, there are also a few options recommended to us that we just didn’t have time for. Flavio’s offers brick oven pizza and Italian food specialties. Ripfire Pizza & BBQ is a newer, casual spot with wood fired pizza and bar-b-que.
Ice Cream in Siesta Key
I can’t go without mentioning a few amazing ice cream spots in Siesta Key. Ice cream is definitely our thing on vacation, and we love finding local spots with unique flavors.
Local Chill Artisan Ice Cream
This artisan ice cream spot is relatively new to Siesta Key and it didn’t disappoint. The flavors were all amazing, including the Salted Caramel Swirl and Cookie Dough flavors we tried. And if you’re really having a sweet tooth that day, be sure to try Local Chill’s yummy sundae options. The Cookie Colossus and Extra Spectacular Awesomeness both have freshly baked cookies with tons of topics. My husband had the Extra Spectacular Awesomeness with a warm sugar cookie at the bottom and toppings including sprinkles, toasted marshmallow and gummy bears. (And he was happily in a food coma afterwards!)
Local Chill also has a large seating area outside that’s in a prime location right on Ocean Boulevard. It was the perfect spot for people watching (or truck watching in our son’s case) while enjoying your ice cream.
Location: 5140 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL
Big Olaf Creamery
This place has been around for over 25 years and is really popular to both residents and tourists alike. The ice cream at Big Olaf’s is handmade in batches with super fresh ingredients. The line was to the door every time we walked by, and I could see why after just one bite. There are tons of flavors with some rotating specials, and we loved the blueberry cheesecake ice cream. (And by we, I mean I ordered it and my 22-month old ate about 95% of it!)
Location: 2001 Cattleman Rd., Unit 123, Sarasota, FL
Made in Rome Organic Gelato
The gelato at Made in Rome is completely organic and homemade. Having been to Rome, I can truly say this rivals some of the gelato in Italy. Our favorite part was some of the unique flavors you can’t find anywhere else, with our son’s favorite being the Activated Charcoal. (It was seriously so good and kind of hilarious that our toddler looked like he put a charcoal face mask on after eating.) There are several tables with outdoor seating available right outside, making it a great spot to sit and relax after dinner or for an afternoon treat.
Location: 5204 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL
Do you have any other favorite restaurants in Siesta Key? Please share in the comments so we can add to our list for next time!
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