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Main Bar Sandwich Shop

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1944 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5915
+1 941-955-8733
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My go to place is this one. It's a small friendly restaurant and when there's a mistake they always fix it, no problem. If you like chicken salad, try the one at this place! Always delightful to stop in for a bite to eat.

Thank Josh D
Skokie, Illinois
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156 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looked like a hole in the wall place with an older image about it. History reveals that it had Circus performer ties. Sandwiches and soups. Had a meatball sandwich which was nice sized but not the best I've ever had. Coleslaw ordered was good. Lentil soup was good. The Keylime pie was not good.

Thank Steve K
Longboat Key, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You must get the famous Italian sandwich! My grandmother took everyone in the family here. Anytime family comes to visit this place gets a visit from them. The same servers and same locals. The place is small in size but big in taste! In my 30 years of visiting I've never received poor service or bad quality. You will always... More 

Thank Amy A
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband introduced me to the Italian at Main Bar when I first moved to Sarasota while we were dating in 1967. Growing up in Indiana, I had never tasted anything like it. I fell in love with this sandwich almost as much as my soon-to-be hudband❣❣. I have never tasted another as good as these in nearly 50 years... More 

Thank janacabana
West Springfield, MA
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129 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Don't be put off by the shabby, small storefront...the place is long and deep with a lot of history. The walls are full of pictures and promos from circus acts and tv shows from the beginning of television. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis together again. The menu of sandwiches is also long and deep and eclectic. Beer,wine,soda. Bags of chips... More 

Thank BessieLil
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

I was worried when Sol's Deli opened up across the street from Main Bar Sandwich Shop, you guys have nothing to fear. Sandwiches here are always fresh and tasty, service is top notch.

Thank Craig R
Sanford, Florida
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

My husband and I always go to the Main Bar when we are in Sarasota! It is an old family favorite. Sandwiches are still awesome and the food is wonderful. We will continue to hit this spot every time we go to Sarasota. Pita sandwiches are huge and the Main Bar special,is still a treat!

Thank L L
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

I have been going here for years for the peasants pheasant. Such a great pita with a homemade curry. Nice old style feel of historic sarasota.

1 Thank BRIAN C
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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174 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

This is an Interesting little place, originally started by circus performer couple, decorated with lots of very interesting old circus performer pictures. A real taste of Sarasota! Here you can get a soup, salad or chili with sandwich lunch special...more than enough for anyone at a good price.

2 Thank 1joanne-12
Washington, D.C.
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

great sandwich shop. across the street from the movie theater. vast menu with sandwich options for all.

2 Thank Patrick D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
American, Soups
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1944 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5915
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-955-8733

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?