Siesta Key is known for its award-winning white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. But, just off the beach you can find the Siesta Key Village that’s packed with restaurants, bars and shopping. There’s always something fun to do in this small 4-6 block district. We’ll breakdown the top Siesta Key village restaurants plus guide you on which spots have live music and outdoor seating.
Top 15 Restaurants in Siesta Key Village
1. Siesta Key Oyster Bar
The locals call it SKOB. Nothing else compares to this laidback and beachy spot with walls covered in decorated dollar bills. We’ve stapled at least $20 over the years. SKOB has live music, day and night with outdoor seating. Drinks are cold and food is good. Get the oysters and any local seasonal fish.
2. The Cottage
Farm to fusion restaurant that focuses on seasonal and local ingredients. Great atmosphere with a tiki hut seating out front, a cozy inside and tropical patio outback with live music. Order the wonton tuna tacos, lobster maki roll, and bronzed black grouper. They also have fantastic craft cocktails like the jalapeño watermelon margarita. Reservations recommended.
3. Sun Garden Café
The sun garden café menu has something for everyone & it’s our favorite breakfast spot in Siesta Key. Open for lunch too, with indoor and outdoor seating. Their menu is completely original with fun names like Flower Child and Mississippi Queen – fried chicken & waffles with mango habanero sauce, bacon and sweet pickles. Must get menu item is the sweet potatoes pancakes. The café serves mimosas, bellini’s, and beer. Cheers.
4. Island House Tap & Grill
Craft beers and scratch kitchen on the north end of the village. This small joint is highly rated based on their local beer selection, fish tacos, and burger options. Try the ceviche and brussel sprouts.
5. Summer House Steak & Seafood
For a great steak and more upscale vibe, Summer House is your spot. Steaks are aged for at least 40 days to maximize tenderness and flavor. Beautiful modern interior might make you forget you’re on a beachy island. Not only are the steaks great but the seafood options are too, try the Lobscargot, king crab legs and lobster bisque.
6. Café Gabbiano
Brings Italy to Siesta Key – fresh-made pastas, steak, and fish. It’s casual fine dining with a cozy interior. Everything is made fresh to order. Try the branzino fish filleted table side and the lobster ravioli. The wine list is extensive and good.
7. Meaney’s Mini Donuts & Coffee House
Not a restaurant but deserves it’s spot on this list! This little spot has the best made-to-order fresh fried sugary mini donuts and coffee. It’s worth the long lines you may see forming out front. Meaney’s is the perfect pick me up – day or night. It’s open from 8am to 11pm (10pm weekdays).
8. The Lobster Pot
Tie on your bib and prepare to be transported to New England! The Lobster Pot menu is massive and full of seafood options. It might be the only place you can get a whole lobster and steam pots in Siesta Key Village. Try the lobster bisque and fiery lobster pasta. Interior is charming with the red and white checkered tablecloths.
9. Village Café
Nice spot for causal breakfast with the normal breakfast staples made well. They also have unique options like the unforgettable cinnamon roll French toast and Nutella donuts! So good. Has indoor and outdoor dining. The patio is dog friendly!
10. Big Olaf
After dinner, Big Olaf homemade ice cream is a must. At least 2 dozen flavors to choose from as well as chocolates and candies. It’s been on the key since the early 80s and my husband who grew up on the key has been going there since he was a kid! Our go to, mint chocolate chip in a waffle cone. Our kids go overboard with the many topping options.
11. Daiquiri Deck
This is the place to get your frozen tropical drink with over 12 different options. Their menu is causal America with seafood options. Daiquiri deck is a great place to enjoy a drink and grab a bite while listening to live music. Happy hour is daily from 3-7pm!
12. Another Broken Egg Siesta Key
Southern inspired breakfast and lunch with cocktails. This might be one of the only “chains” on the island but it’s always a good breakfast. Start with the biscuit beignets – powered sugar covered and fluffy, served with an orange marmalade.
13. Flavio’s Brick Oven & Bar
The best place to get pizza on the key is Flavio’s. The Neapolitan pizza is cooked in a brick oven that delivers a crunchy yet chewy crust. They also craft pastas and authentic Italian fish and meat entrees.
14. The Hub Baja Grill
Fun casual restaurant that is the place to get a cold margarita and chips and salsa. The Hub has a great outdoor patio with lots of seating under festive colorful lights. It’s great people watching location as its right on the corner of the main strip in the Village. They offer live music day and night.
15. MVP – My Village Pub
Siesta Key’s main sport bar with over 40 TVs, 16 draft beers and indoor and outdoor seating. Perfect place to watch a game and grab a cold beer.
Siesta Key bars & night life
Being such a family friendly spot, people always ask us does Siesta Key have nightlife? Yes! It’s a great place to visit for families, couples looking for fun and solo travelers. Most restaurants stay open late and have live music like SKOB and Daquiri Deck. The Beach Club is a dance club with live music nightly and a DJ on rotation. Gilligan’s Island Bar is tiki-style space that has a dance floor too. Just about 2 miles south of The Village, is Crescent Club. This long-standing watering hole is where the locals go.
How far is Siesta Key village from the beach?
Siesta Key Village is very close to the beach, a short 5-minute walk depending on where you are. After dinner, stroll back to the beach on Avendia Messina rd. to watch the sunsets at Sunset Point. This is the best spot to see the sunsets on the key.
Siesta Key Village Shops
What shops are at Siesta Key Village? Shops to fit all needs. Beach Bazaar is a must visit for silly souvenirs, beach wear, and kid toys. Island Trader Boutique has chic bohemian clothes and jewelry. The Sea Shanty which is right next to Morton’s grocery store has a little bit of everything – from beachy home decor, sunglasses and seashells. Every Sunday from 8am-noon is the Siesta Key Farmers market with over 20 local vendors.
Siesta Key Village Maps
What restaurant do you want to visit in Siesta Key Village? Comment below, I’d love to hear!
Here’s our recap plus a few more! The Village Siesta Key Restaurants:
- Siesta Key Oyster Bar
- The Cottage
- Sun Garden Cafe
- Island House Tap & Grill
- Summer House Steak & Seafood
- Café Gabbiano
- Meaney’s Mini Donuts
- The Lobster Pot
- Village Café
- Big Olaf
- Daiquiri Deck
- Another Broken Egg
- Flavio’s Brick Oven & Bar
- The Hub Baja
- MVP – My Village Pub
- The Star Thai & Sushi
- Made in Rome Organic Gelato
- Bonjour French Café
- The Seafood Joint – Market & Grill
- Siesta Key Wine Bar
- Ripfire Pizza & BBQ
- Subzero Nitrogen Ice Cream
- The Local Bean
- Mojo Risin’
- 3.14 Pi Craft Beer & Spirit
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