"Derek Barnes, Sarasota's chief culinary innovator." Brian Ries, Creative Loafing
Welcome to Derek's Culinary Casual!
Chef/owner Derek Barnes brings together surprising combinations of flavors and textures in a progressive American cuisine. Adventurous diners will appreciate Derek’s unique creations, and those with less daring tastes will enjoy his modern comfort food. Drawing from a rich blend of culinary styles and traditions, Derek is committed to bringing pleasure to all five senses when you dine at Derek’s Culinary Casual. A semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Best Chef South award, Derek worked with Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen of Emeril’s in New Orleans before opening his own restaurant on the SunCoast. Derek’s talent for creating unique, delectable dishes has earned him Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon award, the "Most Innovative Chef" title in the Best of SRQ Magazine 2009, and inclusion in the exclusive 2009 Zagat America’s Top Restaurants listing.
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At Derek’s – original, fresh, creative cuisine meets hip and sophisticated ambiance. In Sarasota’s Rosemary District, Derek’s Culinary Casual offers a chic and urban, comfortable and casual setting. You’ll always find something wonderful and new at Derek’s – whether it’s your first visit or your twice-a-week stop! Exquisite soups, superb small plates and enticing entrees are made from the freshest ingredients, hand selected from local suppliers whenever possible. And there’s always a sweet and splendid treat to add the finishing touch to every great meal. Enjoy your dish with a perfect pairing from their extensive global wine list – choose from over 100 bottles or order by the glass. Derek will be happy to help you with your selection. He is always on site, ensuring his thoughtful attention is given to the preparation of every dish.
Call 941.366.6565 to make your reservation.
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Nuts and Bolts
Dining Style: Casual Fine Dining
Cuisine: Progressive American Cuisine
Neighborhood: Rosemary District (Downtown Sarasota)
Address: 514 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
Price: $6 to $36
Phone: (941) 366-6565
Fax: (941) 366-5353
Hours of Operation:
Dinner 5:00 - 10:00 Tues - Sat
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Executive Chef/Owner: Derek Barnes
Sous Chef: Fernando Sambuceti
Dress Code: Resort Casual
Walk-ins: Yes, but reservations are highly recommended
Offers: Beer, Wine, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
Parking: Available; Public Lot, Street
Private Party Contact: Derek Barnes (941) 366-6565