• Welcome to The Francis!

    The Francis is a brand new multi-function event space offering creative and innovative cuisine from our top-notch culinary team and highest standards in service to accommodatie gatherings and groups from 10 to 250. This unique space offers state-of-the-art A/V equipment and tech support, accessible and free private parking garage, and a professional staff that will transpose your event into a memorable experience for everyone involved.

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  • Have Fun and Enjoy!

    An incredible event starts with an incredible team. And we are excited and ready to assist you with all the special details from start to finish. We set high standards to ensure the best possible planning and execution and come with a positive, can-do attitude. We take great pride in every element of your special event – large or small – and a personalize approach that means we deliver based on your needs and interests. Our exceptional downtown venue, food and service will transform any special event into a memorable, one-of-a kind celebration!

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  • Easy Access

    The Francis is easily accessible from US-41 or I-75 and is in close proximity to Tampa International Airport (1 hour's drive time), Sarasota International Airport (15 minutes) and Fort Meyers International Airport (2 hours). Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, it is just minutes from Longboat, Siesta, and Lido Keys as well as easy strolling distance to the Bayfront as well as numerous shops and other cultural and nightlife venues. We encourage our guests to explore Main Street Sarasota before or after an event and catch our growing downtown nighttime vibe!

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The Francis

The Francis is Sarasota's newest boutique special events venue, located in the heart of downtown Sarasota. This state-of-the-art multi-function space offers creative and innovative cuisine from our outstanding culinary team combined with the highest standards in service.

All events


The Francis is the perfect place for your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, be it in our spacious ballroom or intimate Private Dining Room, with flexible options for 10 to 250 people. See for yourself how we can help make your special day a lasting memory for all!


Our multi-function space is ideal for just about any meeting, presentation, trade show or business event for up to 250 people. State-of-the-art AV equipment and a hands-on tech team can accommodate all of your sound and video needs. Attendees will love our free, on-site, multi-level covered parking with elevator service.

Special Events

The Francis' flexible floor plan allows us to configure and decorate it based on your specific needs and interests. High ceilings and easy access for loading and unloading take away the hassles and give you numerous options to customize your event.

Easy Access - Central Location

You'll love our downtown Sarasota location, including complimentary, covered, multi-level, on-site parking with elevator service. We're in the heart of it all so the party only stops when you say its over...

A great event starts here

An incredible event starts with an incredible team. We are excited and ready to assist you with all the details from start to finish. Our high standards translate into a smooth planning and execution process, including a positive, can-do attitude. We take great pride in every element of your special event – large or small – with a personalized approach that means we deliver based on your needs and interests. Let us show you how our exceptional downtown venue can transform your special event into a one-of-a kind celebration!

The Francis' floor plan offers flexible space options, tailored to the needs of your group. Our ballroom can be divided into two smaller rooms or fully opened up to accommodate up to 250 guests depending on your seating configuration and event needs.

  • Total square feet: 3,600
  • Audio/Video: State-of-the-Art, in-house, including tech support
  • Pre-event area, breakout rooms, private dining room

Impress your guests and attendees withThe Francis' Classical Modern cuisine, prepared by a top-notch culinary team that does double duty to showcase food preparation with visually compelling plating and displays. Freshness, simplicity and quality go hand-in-hand with the farm-fresh produce and handmade pastas, breads, crackers, desserts, and top-quality steaks and seafood featured on the catering menus. Variety is also a key component, whereby you can create you own reception and meal plans from a wide range of choices that include Snacks and Starters to Tapas, soups and salads, carving stations, wood burning oven Pizzetas and innovative entrees. Gluten Free and other special needs requests are welcome with advance notice. Try a new taste sensation for your next meeting or special event!

The team prides itself on offering a new style of urban flair and sophistication that immediately puts people at ease and engages guests in a fun and festive atmosphere. Quality and service consistency is paramount to the entire team and one that thrives on genuine hospitality.

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Lisa at The Francis

Lisa Seidensticker, Director of Events and Janet Walter, Sales Director and their team are ready to help you plan your next event and discuss availability, options and pricing. You can contact Lisa with your questions and for availability at 941.552.9650 or lisa@thefrancisevents.com for more information.

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