In recent months we have visited the best waterfront restaurants for outdoor dining in Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Nokomis-Osprey-Venice, Cortez and Bradenton. Now, we return to the southernmost part of our coverage area to spotlight Englewood, the Gulf-front community straddling both sides of the Sarasota-Charlotte county line. The restaurants, which all offer open-air dining on the water, are presented in alphabetical order. 

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Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro.

Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro

1350 Beach Road, Englewood; 941-474-9500; facebook.com/BeachRoadWineBarBistro

Offering a gorgeous view of Lemon Bay with seating on an outdoor patio and slips for those arriving by boat, Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro is an ideal place to pair by turns fun and more sophisticated cuisine with a sweeping selection of varietals. 

Popular menu items include the shrimp and grits (four tiger prawns in a spicy broth served over cheesy polenta), pork ribeye (bone-in pork served with Southern-style mashed potatoes and asparagus) and, from the lunch menu, don’t miss out on a chance to try the Bistro Haute Dogs. The two all-Kobe beef hot dogs are bathed in a brine with butter and beer (seasonal tap), chargrilled and served on a Hawaiian sweet bun, with toppings prepared daily. 

Farlow's on the Water in Englewood.

Farlow’s on the Water

2080 S. McCall Road, Englewood; 941-474-5343; farlowsonthewater.com

Keith and Laurie Farlow’s tropical dining destination on Ainger Creek features a winning fusion of Caribbean and Southern cooking that has kept their place at No. 1 for some time now on Yelp and Tripadvisor’s ranking of the best restaurants in Englewood. Farlow’s is also a recipient of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Seal of Commitment for exemplary safety and sanitation standards.