10 great restaurants in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice

10 great restaurants in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice
Rosemary & Thyme, offering both an Easter brunch and dinner menu, is at 511 N. Orange Ave. in Sarasota.

Whether you want ham or lamb dishes, or something less traditional like chicken and waffles or huevos rancheros, there are many outstanding options for Easter Sunday across Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Presented in alphabetical order, here’s our annual list of great locally owned and operated restaurants serving brunch, lunch or dinner on Easter Sunday in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice. Each provides open-air seating, with many offering takeout specials.

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Bijou Cafe is at 1287 First St. in Sarasota.

Bijou Cafe

1287 First St., Sarasota, 941-366-8111; bijoucafe.net

A downtown Sarasota fine-dining destination open since 1986 in the theater district, Bijou Cafe has unveiled a special Easter menu, in addition to its regular dinner menu, to be served 12-8 p.m. Soups and appetizers include New England-style clam chowder, shrimp and crab bisque, French onion soup gratinee and Gulf shrimp cocktail with traditional sauce or Cajun remoulade.

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