Baker & Wife
Baker & Wife

Baker & Wife Review

Discover the culinary delights of Baker & Wife, a go-to spot in Sarasota for an impressive dining experience that never disappoints.

Discover the culinary delights of Baker & Wife, a go-to spot in Sarasota for an impressive dining experience that never disappoints.

Located across the street from Crossings at Siesta Key (aka “the little mall”) in Sarasota, Baker & Wife has become my go-to spot for a culinary experience that never fails to impress. After multiple visits, I’ve had the pleasure of sampling a few of their offerings, and each time, I leave more impressed with their innovative dishes and inviting ambiance. From the first bite of their crispy spicy shrimp to the last morsel of their sweet and sour meatloaf, Baker & Wife delivers a dining experience that feels both familiar and delightfully unexpected.

Ambiance

Walking into Baker & Wife, you’re immediately enveloped in a warm, modern, yet rustic ambiance. The space is thoughtfully designed, with a cozy bar when you walk in and a dining room with small tables for intimate dinners and larger tables for a lively gathering of friends.

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The bar and brick oven at Baker & Wife.

The extensive woodwork and vintage lighting create a chic yet comfortable vibe. It’s the kind of place where you feel at home, whether you’re dressed up for a night out or in casual attire for a relaxed meal. The staff contributes significantly to this atmosphere, offering a blend of professionalism and genuine friendliness that makes you feel like you’re dining among friends.

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Baker & Wife’s menu is a testament to their commitment to fresh, locally sourced ingredients, presented in creative and mouth-watering combinations. Over my visits, I’ve made it a point to try various dishes, and a few standouts keep me coming back.

Crispy Spicy Shrimp

I can’t help but order the Crispy Spicy Shrimp every time I visit. Perfectly fried to a golden crisp, the shrimp are tossed in a sauce that balances heat and flavor. The spice is just enough to tingle your taste buds without overwhelming the delicate sweetness of the shrimp. Paired with some refreshing mixed greens, this appetizer sets the tone for the meal, leaving you eager for the next course.

Spicy Crispy Shrimp
Crispy Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Tuna Tartare

The spicy tuna tartare is another appetizer that has found a permanent place in my heart. Served with crispy wontons, it is a delightful blend of fresh tuna, avocado, and a hint of chili. The tuna’s freshness is unmistakable, and the avocado complements the heat, creating a harmonious dish that’s both light and satisfying. It’s the perfect starter to share or to savor alone.

Spicy Tuna Tartare
Spicy Tuna Tartare

Pan-Seared Salmon

For the main course, the pan-seared salmon is a must-try. Cooked to perfection, the salmon boasts a crispy skin and a tender, flaky interior. It’s served with a vibrant medley of avocado, haricot verts, grilled corn, fresh tomato, and arugula over a tomatillo sauce, adding brightness to the dish. The balance of textures and flavors is impeccable, making it a standout option for seafood lovers.

Pan-Seared Salmon
Pan-Seared Salmon

Pan-Seared Citrus Chicken

If you’re in the mood for poultry, the pan-seared citrus chicken is a revelation. The chicken is juicy and flavorful, with a beautifully crisp exterior. It’s accompanied by a lemon-caper jus that enhances the meat’s natural flavors without overpowering them. The dish is rounded out with heirloom carrots, roast potatoes, and creamy corn puree, offering a comforting and well-rounded meal that feels homey and sophisticated.

Pan-Seared Citrus Chicken
Pan-Seared Citrus Chicken

Mushroom Rigatoni Bolognese

The mushroom rigatoni bolognese is a fantastic vegetarian option without skimping on flavor. The rigatoni is perfect al dente, and the mushroom bolognese sauce is rich and hearty, with a depth of flavor that rivals any meat-based version. The earthy mushrooms provide a satisfying umami kick, and the dish is finished with a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese. It’s a comfort dish you’ll still crave after cleaning your plate.

Mushroom Rigatoni Bolognese
Mushroom Rigatoni Bolognese

Sweet and Sour Meatloaf

The sweet and sour meatloaf is perhaps the most surprising dish on the menu. It’s a nostalgic nod to classic comfort food with a modern twist. The meatloaf is moist and flavorful, with a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. It’s served with creamy herb mashed potatoes and topped with beer-battered onion rings that add a touch of fun to the plate. This dish is the epitome of comfort food done right, and it’s become one of my favorites at Baker & Wife.

Sweet and Sour Meatloaf
Sweet and Sour Meatloaf

Beef Short Rib Fettuccine

The beef is so tender it practically falls apart with a glance, and the fettuccine is cooked to perfection. The rich, savory sauce ties everything together in a way that feels like a flavor explosion in your mouth.

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Beef Short Rib Fettuccine

Overall Experience

Every visit to Baker & Wife feels like a special occasion, even if it’s just a regular night out. The exceptional food, warm ambiance, and attentive service make each dining experience memorable. The restaurant’s dedication to quality and creativity is evident in every dish, and the ever-evolving menu ensures that there’s always something new to try, like the delicious truffle burger pictured below.

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In & Out Black Truffle Burger: Pat LaFrieda truffle burger, gruyere, bibb lettuce, yuzu-truffle vinaigrette, truffle-parmesan fries.

The beverage selection is also worth mentioning. With solid beer choices, a well-curated wine list, and inventive cocktails, there’s a perfect pairing for every meal. The bartenders are knowledgeable and happy to recommend something to enhance your dining experience.

I hope you found this review helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me on social media. And be sure to check out my other restaurant reviews here. Thanks for reading! 

Baker & Wife is located at 2157 Siesta Dr, Sarasota, FL 34239 and the phone number is (941) 960-1765.

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