Longboat Key, Florida | August 1st, 2017 – There’s an amazing array of dining venues on Longboat Key that not only contributes to the delights of living here but also draws patrons from out of the island. Among the town’s top choices for diners is Maison Blanche just across the Shoppes of Bay Isles on Gulf of Mexico Drive.
This fine restaurant is also adjacent south of the luxury condominium Veinte where our Judy Kepecz-Hays Team has a sales listing, and we can definitely affirm how popular and inviting Maison Blanche is. Notably, this superb dining venue is also one of the picks of Sarasota Magazine in its listing of Sarasota’s best restaurants in 2017.
Authentic French Resto
Already part of the town for 15 years, Maison Blanche (French for “white house”) stands out for its authentic French cuisine. Its owner, José Martinez, is also the restaurant’s chef, so expect the quality of the food and service here to be nothing but superior.
José’s regular patrons here regularly include some of the prominent folks on Longboat Key and Sarasota who relish the Maison Blanche’s trademark ribeye, in-house baked baguettes, and chocolate truffles paired with coffee.
The ambiance in this restaurant is private, formal, hushed and leisurely, with its setting of soft wood floors and white draperies. The design of Maison Blanche, as well as its cuisine, is actually a transplant from Paris where Martinez formerly owned a similarly named restaurant along the Avenue Montaigne.
Newly Renovated Mar Vista
Another town pride is up north in Longbeach Village, the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub which recently had a $2 million renovation and likewise one of the top restaurants for 2017 as picked by Sarasota Magazine. Old Florida cuisine is trademark to Mar Vista with its offerings that include red snapper curry and grouper sandwiches.
As its name suggests, this restaurant basks in a waterfront setting with refreshing bay views at 760 Broadway Street that endears even more with a laid-back 1912 cottage as its main dining parlor. The atmosphere in this dining area is pub-like, and with Mar Vista’s recent makeover, it now has a reconfigured indoor bar, revamped interior, a fireplace, and a new kitchen.
This restaurant’s facelift likewise includes a covered walkway. Its seating remains limited though at 169 including spots in its outdoor dining area. Shaded by an ancient oak tree, this quaint dining area sits near the deck and the shell beach of the Mar Vista.
More on the Menu
Local foodies and gourmets are likewise looking forward to the opening of The Shore on Longboat Key at 800 Broadway Street, the former site of the iconic Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant which is just east of Mar Vista. Construction of this $4 million, 185-seat restaurant with 7,000 square feet floor space resumed this July after structural changes led to a pause to this project.
The reason why many food aficionados look forward to the debut of The Shore is the well-known chef it has hired—Dylan Elhajoui, who was formerly with MoZaic Restaurant in Sarasota. Dylan was previously credited for MoZaic having been cited as Sarasota’s best restaurant in 2016 by the highly regarded Zagat gourmets’ guide.
There’s more to Longboat’s dining scene besides The Shore’s expected opening in 2018. Plans are being finalized for a 200-seat restaurant to replace the closed Pattigeorge’s at 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Last year, the Tampa-based Columbia Restaurant group has taken over this property just across the La Firenza condominium.
This project moving along should no doubt add to the current vibrant mood of the Longboat real estate market that are engaging both prospective sellers and aspiring buyers. Send us an e-mail or call our Judy Kepecz-Hays Team if you aim to sell or buy a residence in Sarasota and her Islands where we know more besides its marvelous dining places.