The Daiquiri Deck, in the heart of Siesta Village, on Siesta Key is a fun Key West-style open-air restaurant and bar, open for lunch and dinner or drinks.
With about a dozen different Daiquiris to choose from, you’re sure to find one to wet your whistle.
There are also two other locations around the Sun Coast area, which I'll write about here as well.
The “Deck” is a few steps UP off of sidewalk level so you can look down and out at Siesta Village and check the goings on as well as people watch.
The "Deck" at their downtown Venice location, which opened in January, 2013, is at sidewalk level with both inside and outside as well as open air dining areas, and on St. Armand's Circle, where they opened in February, 2011, there's also an "upper Deck!"
Menus at all three Sun Coast area locations are the same.
And the menu is pretty wide and varied; choose from specialty salads and sandwiches, deck wraps and burgers to fresh seafood, pasta and steaks.
A favorite place on my Escape-to-Sarasota Dining Guide among locals and visitors alike, with a menu this varied it just might make it rather difficult for you to make your selection.
Pasta selections on the menu include Seafood Alfredo ($18.95) with shrimp, scallops and crab over linguine and there's also Cajun Creole Pasta ($18.95) with jumbo shrimp and scallops that are tossed in a Cajun Cream Sauce over linguine.
The seafood and steak choices are equally as tempting as anything else on this menu, from Shrimp and Scallop Skewers ($19.95) to Flame Broiled New York Strip Steak ($23.95), Fillet Mignon ($22.95), Surf and Turf ($26.95) and Grouper New Orleans ($19.95) which is coated with seasoned bread crumbs and sliced mushrooms, then baked; the Daiquiri Deck provides a varied menu with options in all price ranges.
I’ve mostly ordered off the Specialty Sandwiches and Deck Wraps menu at this Sarasota Florida Restaurant. And I haven't been disappointed with my selections - the meals have been quite good and quite filling as all the sandwiches come with your choice of fries or home made coleslaw.
For example I have partaken in the Sirloin Steak Sandwich ($10.95), which is grilled to order and topped with onions and mozzarella cheese and served on Ciabatta bread. Very tasty. Very filling.
I've also enjoyed the Daiquiri Deck's Shrimp and Scallop Skewers ($19.95), Cajun style, at their downtown Venice location.
But I told the server that I'm not real big on hot or really spicy food. So, they offered to make this dish "lightly blackened" for me.So that's what I ordered!
And it turned out fine. The server presented two hot skewers loaded with both grilled shrimp and scallops laid on a bed of rice pilaf, one of the side dish choices with this menu selection.
The plate also featured a nice fresh vegetable medley with sliced zucchini, carrots and asparagus on the side. And this seafood dish was also served with a cup of cocktail sauce. All in all; pretty good and tasty if you like shrimp and scallops.
Dining along with me at the
Venice location, my companion tried the Daiquiri Deck's Chef's Salad
($10.95) which comes loaded with turkey, ham, shredded cheese, tomato,
cucumber, sprouts and more over iceberg lettuce, and your choice of
dressing. It's a large enough salad to be a meal in itself. And for her it was just that!
One of their more tantalizing wraps, which is still on my "wish list" for my next visit is the New England Style Lobster Wrap ($14.95) which is made with fresh Maine lobster, seasoned and tossed in a dill mayo and served chilled. Sounds YUMMY!
The Daiquiri Deck also features a Mahi-Mahi Wrap, a Snapper Wrap, Veggie Wrap, Grilled Steak or Chicken Fajita Wrap and several more selections. I know it's hard to choose. That just gives you a reason to go back!
While the menus are the same at all three locations in the Sun Coast region there's no shortage of creativity on the menus at the Daiquiri Deck.
Their hamburgers come in several variations; the Island Burger, The Siesta Burger, the Deck Burger and the Veggie Burger. Start, if you like with their Island Burger, which they used to call their “Classic Burger;” a half-pound of ground round grilled the way you like it ($9.95).
These Burgers are served on fresh Kaiser Rolls along with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. They also comes with your choice of fries or coleslaw. They are good.
There are also a host of other sandwich choices that are appealing. From Shrimp or Oyster Po Boys a Cuban Sandwich and Key West Mahi Club to the Whole Belly Fried Clam Sandwich, Soft Shell Crab Sandwich, Crab Cake Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Breast and Philly Cheese Steak, among others.
With a menu such as this you can understand why it can get a little cramped on the deck at the Siesta key Village location - they try to squeeze as many customers into every last available square inch.
And while our most recent visit was to their Venice location in downtown Venice at West Venice Avenue and Nassau Street, we walked up and were seated immediately at an open air table on a Sunday morning at 11:45 a.m.
By the time we left, some 90 minutes later, there was a line waiting to be seated.
The three locations of the Daiquiri Deck can become very busy places, especially when the combination of peak season and spring break come together. So, plan accordingly with your hunger-clock in mind.
The Daiquiri Deck also features a Raw Bar for the oyster lovers of the world. Their raw bar features oysters from around the globe and from here in Florida; Blue Point Oysters from the Atlantic Ocean, Eagle Creek Oysters from the Pacific and Apalachicola Premium Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico's waters.
You can order the oysters specially prepared how you like them best: Rockefeller, Casino or your favorite way.
The Daiquiri Deck in Siesta Key Village is a fun open air spot where even on the hottest days of summer ‘the Deck’ is cool due to strategically placed air conditioning units hanging from the ceiling and blowing cold air down onto the deck, a nice touch!
As far as the three local locations you can spend a lot or a little and get a good meal in whatever price range is comfortable for you and at the same time have a fun time at the Daiquiri Deck in the Village on Siesta Key, in quaint downtown Venice and in the hustle and bustle of St. Armand's Circle.
Hours: All three locations are open 7 days from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Directions: From Sarasota and/or U.S. Rt. 41: take Rt. 41 to Stickney Point Road and go west over the drawbridge. At the first intersection (Midnight Pass Road) turn right. Follow Midnight Pass Road until it becomes Beach Road (Midnight Pass Road turns to the right where it intersects with Beach Road). Follow Beach Road to Ocean Boulevard, which will take you into Siesta Village. The Daiquiri Deck is located at 5250 Ocean Boulevard.
There's also one located at St. Armand's Circle at 325 John Ringling Boulevard. From downtown Sarasota, cross the Ringling Bridge and head to St. Armand's Circle.
There's also one located in downtown Venice at 300 West Venice Avenue. From Sarasota, take U.S. Rt. 41 (a.k.a. Tamiami Trail) south into downtown Venice. Turn right on to Venice Avenue.