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Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar in Sarasota

Longboat Feb 6, 2011 08:43 AM

Last evening we tried “Pomona” a new restaurant opened on Pineapple Square by 2 of the 3 partners of the now-closed Zoria. The space is quietly elegant and I would describe the cuisine as upscale French bistro. It was packed last night and it’s clearly been discovered. Our group was 5 and, since Pomona has a small size option on most everything, we were able to sample 18 dishes (including 3 shared desserts). We were completely happy and the crowd around us also seemed to be having a grand time. There was a group of 8 next to our table in black tie and gowns for no other reason than to have fun. It’s that kind of place. (Nicely casual was the dress for everyone else). Highly recommended (and reluctantly so, since it’s a fairly small space and I would hate to be unable to get in should they get even more popular.) ;-)



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  1. askdrtodd RE: Longboat Feb 6, 2011 07:48 PM

    thanks for the heads-up, will check it out next time I'm down there

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      trenterelli RE: Longboat Sep 5, 2013 03:53 PM

      I will be visiting Sarasota in a couple weeks. Does anyone have an update on Pomona? Is it still as good as this review?

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        irwin RE: trenterelli Sep 7, 2013 04:39 AM

        Still very good.
        Very expensive
        small portions

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          trenterelli RE: irwin Sep 7, 2013 08:00 AM

          Thanks! Any other recommendations? Anything new in the past year?

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            christinet. RE: trenterelli Sep 10, 2013 10:55 AM

            You might want to try Louie's Modern. It's a really cool looking place, with a good vibe. I'd go for drinks and apps. Main course was just ok.

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              irwin RE: christinet. Sep 13, 2013 08:27 AM

              WE love Louie"s Modern as well as the new restaurant at the Ritz....Both are exceptional happening new places in Sarasota.

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                Veggo RE: irwin Sep 13, 2013 08:29 AM

                Irwin, what are your thoughts about Ophelia? I'll be there for the first time tomorrow.

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                  irwin RE: Veggo Sep 14, 2013 11:47 AM

                  Ate there a few months back and thought it was excellent. Actually I said to the waitress--do you have a new owner or chef...
                  She said not for a few years, but we want to go back. The view is breathtaking and am sure you will enjoy the evening.
                  I also noticed that the restaurant is spotless....
                  Very important in my book !!

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                    Veggo RE: irwin Sep 14, 2013 12:13 PM

                    Excellent, thanks Irwin. Interesting menu.

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                      irwin RE: Veggo Sep 15, 2013 06:09 AM

                      Your welcome
                      Enjoy !!!!!

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                        Veggo RE: irwin Sep 15, 2013 07:21 AM

                        The ahi tuna appetizer and hog snapper entrée were my choices from the web site menu, but neither was on the menu of the day. I had the escargot appetizer in pastry, scallop entrée with the awesome scalloped potatoes, copious wines, crème brulee, perfect weather for the outdoor seating with a nice display of heat lightning a safe distance away. Overall a very pleasant experience. Pricey.

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