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We were excited to be featured in the Scene Magazine as one of the best places for “Foot Stompin’ Good Eats.” Glad to be recognized for our awesome live music and supporting local musicians in addition to our delicious menu items and drinks.

Mattison’s City Grille
1 North Lemon Ave, Sarasota • 941.330.0440

  • Sunday and Monday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tues to Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Does anyone else remember The Depot? A literal hole in the wall with a liquor license and a sad little stage-like platform. No roof, no real seating, no food. Just a booze hole and some place a band might play. Mattison’s City Grille, still al fresco, built out a huge bar, a large roof, and installed plenty of fans. The result is a downtown landmark—an open-air stage with great sound and great acts.

Every Saturday, the Lisa Ridings band takes the stage and delivers their high-energy set-list of rock, blues, Motown, and soul hits. Thursdays are just a little more chill (just a little), with The Venturas bringing their jazz, blues, rock, and country. Mattison’s menu is full of mildly upscale crowd pleasers, including a Cucumber & Avocado Gazpacho soup that will keep things cool if you’re rocking out on a summer’s eve. Along with a tasty variety of brick oven pizzas, seafood, and salads, there’s a lot of meat on the menu: lamb, meatloaf, ribeye, filet, pork ribeye, half chicken, burgers, and bolognese—all from humanely raised sources like Niman Ranch.

By Rick Dakan

Read the article here: Scene Magazine “Foot Stompin’ Good Eats”