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Harry's Continental Kitchens

A Longboat Key Staple Since 1979

The Continental Kitchens take-out story began in 1978.
Harry had become the day chef at Café l’Europe, in Sarasota at St. Armands Circle. Every day he prepared the dishes for that evening’s dinners. The line chefs at night heated the dishes for their customers. “I got the idea,” Harry says, “of making my customers the line chefs!” Harry’s idea was to package individual, specially prepared gourmet meals, including appetizers and desserts. “I wanted to make these dinners the same as you would get in a fine restaurant, but it’s take-out. My customers could savor a gourmet dinner without leaving the comfort of their homes.”

On Longboat Key in February 1979, the Christensens leased a building to house their Continental Kitchen at 5440 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The couple made their delicious take-out dinners as well as scrumptious sandwiches for lunch. Every day the chalkboard listed daily specials in addition to the standard menu.

By 1982, growing pains pushed them to the current location a few blocks north on St. Judes Drive. By now, the Christensens were realizing they had a talent for catering as well as take-out.

The St. Judes building housed the Deli, the same take-out gourmet dinners, now accompanied by catering trucks and a catering staff. The Christensens created, and still do create, magnificent parties for their community.

In 1985, the Christensens added the restaurant we all know and love… Harry’s.

And now it’s a family affair….. Harry and Lynn’s son, Hal, joined the family business in 2000 as the Catering Manager then quickly moved to Restaurant Manager and now to his present day position as the General Manager.

With Hal’s inspiration, the already amazing restaurant menu now encompasses a three or four course prix fixe menu that is the highlight of the season and chef’s creations. Each prix-fixe menu offers a wine sampling with each course.  Shortly after Hal and Harry were certified as Sommeliers, Harry’s Wine List was awarded Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” Wine dinners are a frequent event at Harry’s restaurant – each showcasing winemakers and vineyards that pair perfectly with Harry’s cuisine.

In December 2009, the desire to expand once again interests Harry and a Convenience Store located on the corner of St. Judes Drive and Gulf of Mexico, already owned but leased out by Harry, opens as Harry’s Corner Store. “What makes it unique is it is more of a grocery store than a convenience store” says Hal, “so people don’t have to go to Publix if they don’t want to.” Fresh produce, frozen meats and seafood, lunches to go and a wine list you surely will never see at a competitive C-Store. Harry’s Corner Store fills a niche that was much needed on Longboat Key.

And now in 2011 Harry’s revamps their look with a new logo and website to keep them up with the times and appealing to all generations.

Cheers to the next 30 years!

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RESTAURANT

Florida Trend magazine name Harry’s Kitchen among their Top 200 restaurants. Wine Spectator gave Harry’s their Award of Excellence. Sarasota Magazine calls our menu “outstanding” and our wines “excellent.” We’re ZAGAT-rated, too. But of course, you can’t eat awards! So come rate our restaurant for yourself. We’re serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere. We offer seasonal specials, periodic wine-pairing dinners and a gluten-free menu too. View

DELI & WINE SHOP

Harry’s Deli & Take-Out has everything from deli sandwiches, soups and salads to take and bake dinners you just heat at home plus one of the largest and best priced wine selections in the area. Harry’s bakery in the Deli will keep your sweet tooth happy, come by and see what our pastry chef has created today!
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CATERING

From black tie to beachwear affairs, Harry’s has long been known as the Sarasota/Bradenton area’s go-to catering company. View all of our innovative menus for our award-winning catering  services.

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Accolades

Awards

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Harry's Continental Kitchens - Reviews & Awards

Recent Trip Advisor Reviews


 

Sarasota Herald Tribune – The Ticket

Harry’s Featured in the Food and Drink Section. What a write up thanks Wade Tatangelo! Bar Tab…. Harry’s has it all, including Happy Hour… READ ARTICLE


 

Longboat Key News

Key Dining | January 2014
Harry’s breakfast infused with delight by columnist Erin Mcwhorter

Longboat Key food aficionados who love incredible gourmet breakfasts are in luck; fine cuisine is just outside your front door.

Harry’s Continental Kitchen, which is known for its exciting and fresh dinners, has breakfasts to match… READ ARTICLE


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Talk of the Town

July 2013 | Ratings Reviews

Harry’s Deli is awarded five stars and the 2013 Talk of the Town Award of Excellence. Thanks to our clients for such fabulous reviews on our cuisine, customer service and overall experience! READ ARTICLE


 

Wine Spectator 2013

Wine Spectator (AGAIN!)

2013 | Restaurant Awards

We’ve done it again! This is our 26th consecutive year earning the “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator and we’re so honored. We invite you to come experience our wine selection.


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Sarasota Magazine

March 2013 | Restaurant Review

Harry’s Continental Kitchens, a stalwart on Longboat Key, is at the heart of what has become a mini gourmet empire at the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and St. Judes Drive. Catering services, a corner store (not your average convenience store), deli and wine shop now complement a restaurant that has done nothing but improve with age…READ ARTICLE


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SRQ Magazine

June 2012 | Gluten-Free Dining

…The fresh food has people driving down Longboat daily… Over the last 10 years, the waitstaff at Harry’s noticed the trend of customers handing them gluten allergy cards. In response, a gluten-free menu was developed to ease the nerves of customers. Two dishes reel me in…READ ARTICLE


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Wine Spectator

2012 | Restaurant Awards

For 25 consecutive years, Harry’s has been recognized by Wine Spectator as having “one of the best restaurant wine lists in the world.”


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Harry’s Voted “Best Caterer” 2 Years in a Row!

2013 | Restaurant Awards

Party specialists since 1979, our catering staff is poised and ready to make your affair easy for you and memorable for your guests. A premier catering service specializing in stylish small parties, Longboat Key and the Sarasota/Bradenton area have long depended on Harry’s to make parties extra-special. We cater to your every whim! From Beachwear to Black Tie Affairs, we are available to provide innovative menus, plan correct quantities of food and customize any event to your precise needs and budget requirements. Call (941) 383-0777 we can make it all happen


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Sarasota Herald Tribune, Food & Wine Section

March 2009 | “Harry’s: Something for Everyone”

…Harry’s Continental Kitchens has come a long way since it first opened on Longboat Key in the late 1970s. At first it offered strictly takeout, but over the years the operation expanded to the point where it now includes catering and a restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner…READ ARTICLE

Join Our Team

Thank you for your interest in employment with Harry’s.  If you are interested in working with a fun and professional team in a beautiful location, please come by and see us. All applications are accepted in person.

Positions we are currently seeking:

 

Harry’s Continental Kitchens

525 St. Judes Drive

Longboat Key, FL 34228

941.383.0777

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Welcome to Harry's

Fine Dining on Longboat Key

Since 1979

For years, Harry’s Continental Kitchens has been a fine dining staple on Longboat Key and Anna Maria.

Harry's Deli

A Longboat Key Staple

“Where gourmet meets grab and go!” See why the locals, tourists, and snowbirds love to stop by Harry’s Deli!

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