Sarasota’s Version of the Gastropub

Opened not quite a year, the Retropolitan Grille has distinguished itself with an innovative and slightly different type of dining experience.

The which has been open for a little less than a year has been quietly building a following in Burns Court. A renovated 1920’s Florida cottage provides charm and character for this Sarasota newcomer. Billing itself as a “gastropub,” we were intrigued and wanted to learn more. 

The term gastropub originated in Britain and was used to distinguish a British pub which concentrates on the quality of the food and not just the drink. In that sense, we would agree with Retropolitan’s moniker.  However, it should be noted Retropolitan is more of a restaurant than a traditional pub.

Offering a reasonable choice of beer and wine is a given; but what about the food menu? The food offerings are more upscale than a traditional pub menu; however the pub roots are not far from the surface. Although Retropolitan’s menu is not large, it provides a wide range of choice. With an emphasis on retro styled cooking there are familiar comfort foods, salads, steak and seafood; in other words, something for everyone. For our meals we chose the following:

  • Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Salad: Discs of goat cheese coated with Panko bread crumbs and fried till crisp on the outside and molten on the inside, served on a bed of baby greens with roasted beets, shaved fennel, toasted almonds and chopped dates.  $12.00
A nice mix of flavors and textures, makes this one of my favorites.
  • Sweet Potato Pancake: Shredded sweet potato and scallion pancake topped with seasoned cream cheese and pepper jelly. $6.00
  • An excellent twist on Jewish latkes
  • The Retropolitan Burger: 8 ounces of certified angus ground chuck grilled to your liking, topped with lettuce, tomato, and red onion  $9.00 add cheese for $.50 (Burgers are served with you choice of hand cut French fries, tomato and cucumber salad, or fresh fruit) 
    Large and juicy, a tad overcooked but delicious nonetheless, I was not disappointed.
  • Lamb Burger: Premium grilled ground lamb chop, topped with feta cheese, lettuce, tomato and cucumber yogurt sauce. $11.00 
    Juicy and full of flavor; a nice alternative to consider. 
  • Grilled Meatloaf:  A classic meatloaf made of ground prime beef and pork, sliced and finished on the grill for extra flavor $14.00 (Entrees are served with a choice of 2 sides: Vidalia onion rings; watermelon, feta and mint; fried green tomatoes; fresh fruit; house made French fries; tomato and cuke salad; collard greens) 
    A classic rendition, rich and flavorful, a definite comfort food, just needs the mashed potatoes!
  • Keeping close to its pub roots, instead of a traditional bread service, diners are treated to homemade chips with a sour cream and onion dipping sauce; a very nice and distinctive touch. As previously mentioned, there is a reasonable selection of bottled beers and wines to accompany your meal. All of the wait staff was friendly, attentive, quick and efficient. 

    Located in the heart of Burns Court just across the street from the , the Retropolitan Grille is the perfect spot to go before or after a movie. 

    Retropolitan Grille
    437 Burns Court Lane
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    Phone: 941-362-0627



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