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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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2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I get lunch takeout from here twice a week for the past year and I'm never disappointed. Place may look a little run down but that has nothing to do with the food, this is a downtown staple not to be missed.

Thank WhiskeyMyWhiskey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For the money, this is the best sandwich place in Sarasota. My favorite is the rare roast beef, lettuce and tomato, with a side of the jalapeño mayo. Their Lido sandwich is also good. Very busy at lunch and a long time favorite with local workers.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just discovered this place for lunch. Prices seem reasonable and there is large sandwich selection ( though cheese is $0.65 extra for some reason). I had the chicken salad plate which filled the platter with tasty chicken salad, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, hard boiled egg, slaw, and the blue cheese dressing was exceptional (7.50). Will return.

Thank m00nchaser
Level Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Their famous Italian and Cuban are the most popular by far The peasants pheasant is great as well. This place is heavily patron Ed&martha by those working for the downtown bankers and County Court worker's. Has been here for decades.

Thank fireback
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing sandwiches, quick service, and very reasonable prices. If want to grab a quick bite for lunch go there. whatever you do get the jalapeño mayo on any sandwich you order. mmmmm

Thank Sarasotabrad
Lincolnwood, Illinois
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175 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The Main Bar does a great business in downtown Sarasota. The menu is incredible and very reasonably priced. There are soups, salads and a wonderful array of sandwiches at reasonable prices.

Thank DEEDEE1940
Baltimore, Maryland
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130 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a place to eat lunch before a movie and this restaurant was across the street. It reminded me of a place for a business lunch. The restaurant offers many choices of soup and sandwiches. I had tuna and bean soup. Both were very good as was the service.

Thank paulhollinger
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch and it was awesome. Huge Menu. Our group had a couple of soups and a couple sandwiches. They all cane quick and were great.

Thank Jason P
Longboat Key, Florida
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330 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I love this kind of place- where it doesn't look like anything has change in decades, simply because why mess with it because it is working perfectly. Absolutely fabulous sandwiches and soup/salads! We sit at the bar usually- friendly service. Just wish we had discovered this place three years ago when we moved to Sarasota.

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Sarasota, Florida
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Such a great place for lunch. It's really the best place in SRQ by the Courthouse. Service is great. Huge menu, fresh soups and sandwiches. Try it, you will love it here.

1 Thank Becca S

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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, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
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?