Visiting Venice, Florida





Sarasota/Siesta Key/Anna Maria Island/Venice


A short drive south of Sarasota is the town of Venice. Here you will find a small downtown area with a grouping of restaurants and shops. To me, the highlight was the beach and lovely boat harbors. This is a perfect stop if you are driving to and from Sarasota.

Venice, FL

Since 1976, a wonderful spot for lunch or dinner is The Crow’s Nest, Marina, Tavern and Restaurant, located north of downtown. I would recommend the upstairs dining room or porch rather than the darker bar below. The views of the water and harbor are really outstanding. I recommend the grilled grouper sandwich, which  was really wonderful as was the key lime pie. I thought the staff and service were excellent as well. They do take reservations, so book on OpenTable before you go, otherwise the waits can be long. 1968 Tarpon Center Dr.

The Crow’s Nest, Marina, Tavern and Restaurant