We have been to the Sam Seltzers in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL and always enjoyed it. The food is good, and the price is great compared with other steak houses.
The one in Sarasota is hopping with people and we thought that was because it was as good as the other ones we had been to.
The real reason is because the service is so bad. You stand in line to get paged to go inside and stand in line to wait for your table, which then you wait for an overworked waitress to finally get around to you. Your appetizers arrive almost back to back with your meal, and when you are starving this can put you in a bad mood.
I would avoid this place - especially in prime time. Because there are a lot of retirees, this means there is a flood of old yankees wearing sweaters in 85 degree weather who don't know how to drive or park. They arrive to eat dinner starting at 4:30. By 8 p.m. the place is clear. These folks are probably asleep by then.
The Longhorn right up the street probably has better food, but we tried to order take out there and they were not even interested in taking a $50 order of food. The service overall in Sarasota for restaurants tends to suck. I think they are fed up with the normal clientele....