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Metro Diner in Sarasota is proud to offer a diverse menu that will please locals and visitors alike. Enjoy award-winning comfort food and diner classics, breakfast all day, and friendly service sure to make you feel right at home.

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Michelle Logan

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Metro Diner Sarasota, FL

Award-Winning Diner Classics and Breakfast Favorites

If you’re hungry for bold, home-style comfort food in Sarasota, look no further than Metro Diner! Named “Best Diner” in Sarasota-Manatee by Clipper Magazine and earning a place on Tampa Magazine’s list of Best Restaurants, our Sarasota location stays true to our humble roots with must-try signature items like Chicken & Waffles and our famous Iron City Meatloaf (as featured on Guy Fieri’s Diner, Drive-ins and Dives).

Located at the corner of Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway, Metro Diner Sarasota is minutes from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and The Mall at University Town Center.  It’s also the perfect place to fuel up before you visit our beautiful beaches like Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, or after catching a Baltimore Orioles Spring Training game at nearby Ed Smith Stadium.

Wherever your day in Sarasota takes you, know that we serve your breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites all day. So, whether you’re visiting Metro Diner for the first time or are on a first-name basis with every server, our friendly crew will make you feel right at home the moment you walk through the door.

What Our Guests Are Saying

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Talk about a fantastic team! We come often and sit at the bar, these people are amazing! Management is key! He works as hard as everyone else, TK is probably our favorite! Always paying attention to the people at the bar and making it fun! The eggs Benny is too die for and you can have mimosas and bloody marys with your breakfast! Keep being Epic y'all! Best restaurant in town!

Meg O.

Sarasota, FL

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The best fried chicken sandwich in town. Every staff member is nice and friendly.

Dom O.

Sarasota, FL

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The food is fresh!! The cinnamon pancakes, or whatever they are called, are to DIE for!!! Hash browns are FRESH potatoes!! Delicious 😋😋😋

Rhonda M.

Sarasota, FL

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4726 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, FL 34209
+1 941-306-3102

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St. Petersburg

5250 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
+1 727-324-6088

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2053 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
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Tampa - South Tampa

4011 W Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 5
Tampa, FL 33609
+1 813-364-0076

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Things to do in Sarasota

Fueled by the Best Diner in Town

John Ringling took one look at this gorgeous area, just an hour south of Tampa, and determined it was the perfect place to park the Greatest Show on Earth for the winter. And it’s no wonder! With gorgeous coastlines, stunning green spaces, and endless sunny days, Sarasota is a little slice of paradise.

Start with a kayak tour for a chance to see dolphins and manatees, then stop into The Ringling Museum of Art, which features an incredible collection of more than 28,000 works of art.

A few other great places to check out:

  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • Armands Circle
  • Myakka River State Park
  • Ca d’Zan
  • Siesta Key Rum Tour
  • Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
  • Unconditional Surrender Sculpture
  • Legacy Trail
  • Myakka Canopy Walkway
  • Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy
  • Safe Harbor Siesta Key

With so much to see and do, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Stop by Metro Diner before or after your adventures for big, bold portions of Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Classic Burgers, Chicken Pot Pie, Charleston Shrimp & Grits or a crisp, Caesar Salad with house-made dressing.

Or stop in on a Friday for our famous Fish Fry offer! Our wild caught North Atlantic cod, beer-battered and fried to crispy perfection can be enjoyed two ways: as classic Fish & Chips or a Fried Fish Sandwich served with seasoned fries, tartar sauce, coleslaw and,  on Fridays, you get a free soup or salad, too! Wash it all down with an ice-cold sweet tea and there you have it!


Kid-Friendly Sarasota

And the Best Restaurant for Families

There’s lots for the whole family to love in Sarasota, like the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium or the calm, pristine waters of Lido Key Beach. Here’s the plan: throw down a big blanket and bask in the sun while the kids build sandcastles and collect seashells. Why not make it a picnic and let Metro Diner do the cooking with one of our Family Meals to-go!

For the kiddos, the Metro Diner Kids’ Menu has miniature versions of our Fried Chicken & Waffles, Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese, Belgian Waffles and plenty more staples to please even your pickiest eaters!

As for the bigger appetites in your crew, they can enjoy regulars-recommended Fried Chicken & Waffles with Sweet Strawberry Butter or our Bissell Breakfast. You can’t go wrong with either, but sometimes a traditional breakfast platter just hits the spot. Our Bissell Breakfast includes two eggs cooked your way, bacon, toast, crisp hash browns, plus a short stack of pancakes. Yes, please!

We offer all our breakfast, lunch or dinner favorites in single servings or Family Meal portions to go via pick-up or delivery. Simply order online, grab your grub, and be on your way!

Feeding a crowd? Metro Diner Sarasota caters! We offer catering for business meetings, graduation parties, private events, and even weddings! Chicken & Waffles at before you say ‘I Do’? Don’t mind if we do!


Serving the Sarasota Community

Sponsorships and More!

Metro Diner’s mission goes way beyond serving the best food in town; we’re passionate about opening our doors to the community and supporting those in need.

We love to see our local community thrive and grow along with us here at Metro Diner, which is why we’re proud to sponsor the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Movement of Sarasota-Manatee and the Mark Wandall Foundation, which supports children coping with grief.


About Metro Diner

Serving the Best Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner since 1992

Officially opened in 1992, our original Metro Diner location in Jacksonville, Florida, quickly became the go-to local restaurant for comforting classics and reimagined favorites.

Over the years, we’ve continued to share our southern hospitality, big, bold flavors and passion for integrity, familiarity, comfort and community by bringing in new partners across the country.

Today, Metro Diner has over 60 locations in 12 states and has earned a number of awards for our mouthwatering, home-style comfort food cooking including: Best Breakfast, Best Diner and Best Burger.

We welcome you to visit us and try our award-winning food for yourself! Learn more about Metro Diner.



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