The Ritz-Carlton – Sarasota, FL and Jack Dusty
For longer stays and family-friendly accommodations, there is also The Beach Club at Lido Key located three miles from the main hotel. A sister property sitting right on the beach and the Gulf of Mexico, this resort takes you to the islands with the tropical feel and design of the interior spaces, pool area, and the Lido Key Tiki Bar. Their Beach Club Grill features uncomplicated cuisine with a regional flair. Guests of the hotel have access to the pool, beach and dining facilities at this property.
Jack Dusty, The Ritz Carlton’s new dining concept, is contemporary and fun and completely transformed what was once a very formal restaurant at the hotel. Opening up the space and taking advantage of the waterfront views, Jack Dusty – Coastal Cuisine and Cocktails, is the epitome of the Florida Gulf Coast dining experience. Looking out over Sarasota Bay, Jack Dusty’s bar and dining area is bright and airy. Diners can also venture outdoors to enjoy the views of the bay, take in the Florida sunshine, or stay warm by decorative lava torches during the cooler Florida evenings.
The name “Jack Dusty” has a nautical history, but now is representative of a gathering place for good food and good times at the hotel. A favorite of local residents as well as the property’s guests, Chef de Cuisine Caleb Taylor takes advantage of the beautiful fresh seafood from the Gulf and prepares it as it should be when it’s so fresh; simply, but well done. One of the dishes we enjoyed was the gorgeous fresh Seafood Platter which included lobster, shrimp, oysters, clams, and Jack’s Ceviche. Another specialty of the restaurant and bar is their unique craft cocktails program with nautical names such as the Purser’s Bane and Starboard Swizzle, served for two.