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Blasé Bistro & Martini Bar Reopens June 4

| Holly Johnson |

Southside Village continues to come back to life following the COVID closures. This includes the scheduled reopening of Blasé Bistro & Martini Bar on Thursday, June 4th. Showcasing a newly designed Mediterranean menu, diners will find a creative blend of house made dishes that typify a classic euro-style dining experience.

Dine in or takeout

Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, diners can choose to dine in with the safe-guard of appropriately spaced tables, enhanced cleaning and safety measure practices, and newly installed special air conditioning filter system. The bistro is also taking online orders for takeout and curbside pickup, which also includes packaged liquor options. For those staying in and wanting delivery service, orders can be made through BiteSquad.

Menu prices range from $8 to $27 with 15 plates under $20. There’s a Savor Sarasota 3-course menu, June 1-14, for $32/person. This includes a Chopped Summer Vegetable Salad, Cioppino and Pineapple Cake with Rum Caramel.

Open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Happy Hour will also resume for in-restaurant dining only Tuesday-Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Happy Hour specials include $2 off small plates and $6 select martinis, cocktails, champagne and wine. Dinner service will be available until 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Lovely ambiance

Displaying an artsy and upscale-casual environment surrounded with color and original art, Blasé Bistro’s ambiance and visual appeal is enhanced by the marble curved original bar from the Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, Fla. The bar was moved from Blasé Café on Siesta Key, the first of the Blasé Sarasota restaurants, to complete the euro-visual allure of the Bistro.

Both Blasé Café and Pi 3.14 on Siesta Key, also operated by co-owners Cindy Breslin and Kevin Skiest, are also continuing with takeout and delivery service. In-restaurant and outside dining resumed May 22 at both Siesta Key restaurants.

Blasé Bistro’s new menu highlights include the restaurant’s signature euro-style small and large plates, perfect for sharing or on their own, with several gluten free and vegetarian options. Many dishes can also be adapted to accommodate dietary requests.

Signature small plates

Blase Bistro Spiced Lamb Hummus_Laffa Bread
Spiced Lamb Hummus/Laffa Bread

Signature small plates include housemade Agnolotti Pasta with corn puree, wild mushrooms and pine nuts. There’s Spiced Eggplant or Lamb Hummus with housemade Laffa bread. Red Curry Mussels, and Greek Spiced Pork Ribs with charred red cabbage, orange, radish salad and coriander yogurt. Six Handheld options range from the classic Blasé Angus Burger and Crispy Softshell Crab to The Vedge and Shrimp Salad Sandwich.

For large plates, highlights include Shrimp & Polenta and Orecchiette Pasta with summer vegetables. Steak Frites and a daily Catch of the Day. A special Family Style three-course option has also been added. This includes Chopped Summer Vegetable Salad, Cioppino and Pineapple Cake with Rum Caramel for $30/person.

Located at 1920 Hillview Street in Sarasota’s Southside Village, Blasé Bistro & Martini Bar is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 5pm to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday. For more information and restaurant updates, visit, call 941-312-6850 or visit Blasé Bistro Hillview on Facebook and Instagram.

About Blasé Bistro & Martini Bar

Owned and operated by partners Cynthia Breslin and Kevin Skiest, Blasé Bistro & Martini Bar offers a unique Mediterranean dining experience with regional influences. Blasé Bistro is the second restaurant to open under the Blasé name, the first being the 22+ year Blasé Café & Martini Bar on Siesta Key, opened by Breslin in 1997, which grew from one table in one space to what is now a 100-seat restaurant with three bars and the adjacent pizza and craft beer restaurant, Pi 3.14, which opened in 2016. Partner Kevin Skiest, a real estate and business investor, joined the Blasé family in 2016 to help re-organize and re-energize the business.

Photos from Blasé Bistro & Martini Bar.

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