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Apr 30, 2009 08:35 AM

Sarasota - Tampa Recs for Gift Certificate

I would like to get a gift certificate for restaurant somewhere in either the Sarasota or Tampa areas for my in-law's anniversary. I would like somewhere that is about $100 for 2 with entree and a glass of wine.

They have been to Berns and Ocean Prime. I am looking for something new.


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  1. Aquaknox, at the Westin hotel on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, is literally new and looks good: .It's on my list of places to try soon.

    Cafe Ponte in Clearwater is always great and just got a good writeup in the St. Pete Times:

    Not sure if either of these is geographically appropriate...

    1. Pane Rustica on S. Macdill,
      Sidebern's, Ruth's Chris(these 2 might push $100),
      Pelagia at International Mall (I hvnt been in awhile, this place used to be good)

      1. May I suggest Armani's at the Hyatt in Tampa. The penthouse restaurant is on the roof 14 floors up, very fine dining, piano player. When done with main course, you go out on the patio for dessert and/or coffee. The view is spectacular from up there. Very romantic. About $30 per dish, but unforgettable.

        The Rusty Pelican by the Courtney Campbell Causeway is another nice romantic place with incredible water views.

        1. Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key is VERY nice!! Wonderful food and romantic atmosphere. Expensive, but for a special occasion worth it. It's possible to eat upstairs in the 'Haye Loft', where it's more casual but a fun atmosphere. Great for appetizers, smaller meals and WONDERFUL desserts, and lees expensive than downstairs.