Derek's Culinary Casual

Restaurant
514 CENTRAL AVE, SARASOTA, FL 34236 514 CENTRAL AVE, SARASOTA Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
86% of 176 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    American, Traditional, Catering, Cafe, Austrian
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $30-$50
  • Cuisine
    American, Traditional, Catering, Cafe, Austrian
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Free Parking
    Yes
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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49 Tips
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Report | 12 days ago
I had not been there since the first year that you opened...this was a tremendous improvement. We had a great meal, and will definitely be back. Already have reservations.
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Report | 12 days ago
keep up the good work!
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Report | 12 days ago
Derek's is my very favorite restaurant in Sarasota. For a special occasion or just a pleasant night out, Derek's can't be beat.
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Report | 12 days ago
Husband fussy eater but enjoyed his meal and ate the whole thing. Bit pricey but worth it.
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Report | 11 days ago
This particular night my husband and I sat at the counter to the open kitchen. It was fun to watch all the goings on, and the chefs were busy, but also friendly as well. We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary. Thanks so much Chef Derek, we'll see you soon!
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Report | 12 days ago
Will definitely return. Would love to have lunch availability.
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Report | 12 days ago
Food, atmosphere and service were all excellent!
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Report | 12 days ago
We will return and have told our friends to visit this 5 star restaurant.
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Report | 12 days ago
Next time I would try more of the appetizers.
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Report | 11 days ago
I love this special occasion restaurant.
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From Our Editors

“I believe that if you’re not cooking with all five senses, you’re not cooking,” declares Derek Barnes in his feature for Sarasota’s Hot Chefs. It’s this maxim that earned him a lifetime of culinary achievement, starting with a four-year stint under the expertise of Emeril Lagasse and leading to a Zagat rating for his own restaurant and the title of semifinalist in the 2009 James Beard Awards. Derek channels these achievements into the innovative dishes he creates at his eponymous restaurant, which specializes in what he calls progressive American cuisine. That “progressive” moniker can mean a lot of things, whether it’s anointing a dish of foie gras with hazelnut honey and walnut streusel or braising a savory lamb shank in the tart flavors of lime and cilantro. Unlike a time-traveling Byzantine explorer, the chef doesn’t obsess over his plentiful spice cabinet, as the menu’s simple-grill selection serves up fresh cuts of steak, fish, and poultry in a simple, unadulterated form. Each flavor note finds its ideal complement in a wine list that features 100 bottles, many of which are available by the glass.


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