I think the following two Sarasota restaurants deserve a mention.
MOREL'S. Located in a strip center on Tuttle at Bee Ridge. This restaurant is continental, cooking is very french. Sole Amandine topped with either shrimp or scallops is delicious. Escargot are good, soups are delicious, and they have a very good creme brulee.
MIGUEL's on Midnight Pass Rd. on Siesta Key. This is a restaurant that appeals to the more senior Chowhounders. It is family owned, one brother in the kitchen and the other out front. Cooking style is french, the menu is varied. The Early Bird Special consists of four courses and is one of the best values in town. It has a loyal local following so reservations are a good idea.