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431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-388-4415
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Established in 1973 in John Ringling's original real estate office, Cafe...
Established in 1973 in John Ringling's original real estate office, Cafe L'Europe has become one of Florida's most distinguished restaurants. The original brick walls are enhanced with artwork from our Cafe Collection, distinctive archways, and Spanish terra cotta tile for a warm, relaxing old-world ambiance.Our award-wining cuisine and selection of fine wines from Europe and America strike the perfect balance of tradition and innovation that have stood the test of time and trend. Many of our signature dishes are prepared tableside for the added drama of a truly memorable dining experience.Cafe L'Europe offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as a temperature controlled veranda for the best of both worlds. Our private dining rooms can accommodate parties from 8 to 65 guests and we are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.Our many accolades include the coveted DiRoNA, Sarasota Magazine's Best Elegant Restaurant, and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
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  • 70
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 22
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  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good Early Dinner

We visited this St. Armands Circle restaurant on a Tuesday in May and had a very good meal. We arrived early and had the early bird special for 29.95 each with $5 glasses of wine (4 choices). The lobster bisque starter was some of the best we have ever had. Cesar salads were solid but not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Clif S
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Springfield
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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358 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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ware hertfordshire
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126 reviews 126 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Went here for our wedding dinner with the family. I couldn't fault anything about this restaurant. The attentive staff the excellent choice of food and the amazing taste of the food provided. Staff were very helpful and friendly an could not do enough for us. The surroundings an atmosphere of the location was absolutely spot on and I would highly... More 

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Springfield
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41 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We visited this St. Armands Circle restaurant on a Tuesday in May and had a very good meal. We arrived early and had the early bird special for 29.95 each with $5 glasses of wine (4 choices). The lobster bisque starter was some of the best we have ever had. Cesar salads were solid but not special. There were 8... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We have lunched at Cafe L'Europe on St. Armands Circle twice now. Both times we had an excellent experience. The food and ambiance are wonderful. They offer a prix fixe lunch that is a very good value. The wines are also very good. If you are lucky enough to get the Italian woman as your waiter, your experience will be... More 

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Glasgow
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91 reviews 91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Outstanding service with very professional staff. The menu is not wide-ranging but what is on offer, based on our experience, is wonderful. Good choice of wines but not cheap. This restaurant would be my number 1 choice to eat at St Armands.

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Bradenton, Florida
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11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It is always a great experience and pleasure to dine at Café L'Europe. The food is great and the veranda seating is the best. Service is right on the mark.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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269 restaurant reviews
469 helpful votes 469 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

One of the best meals during our vacation to Sarasota. Came recommended by a friend who lives in Florida. Food and wine was excellent as was the service.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Dinner for six. Grouper, Sea Bass, Tortellini, Filet Mignon, Banana Foster, all EXCELLENT and a great wine list well priced. We enjoy our server Claire, very professional and attentive. A great evening to remember...We will be back.

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Cumming, Georgia, USA
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71 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Had a nice lunch here, and since I was alone chose to sit at the bar. There was some loud squealing noise from one of the machines behind the bar that was very annoying during my entire meal. If you are ordering off the menu, no issues, if you ask for any dietary restrictions, it will be a bit difficult... More 

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Florida
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169 reviews 169 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Nice ambience---- reminds one of Italian ristorante. Service staff are very good and quite knowledgeable of menu and specials. Very helpful with suggestions. Have had lunch here many times. Last visit Feb 3 with another couple for lunch. Salads were fresh and tasty; mains were excellent especially the salmon dish and the linguine vongole. Had a good selection of Pinot... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Dinner for four - St Armand's is a great location and the restaurant is right there. It's large but you feel it's quite cosy because the place is divided and well appointed. Wait staff were good. However, we were disappointed by the food. Salads were ordinary. The special Grouper main course (we ordered 2) had to be sent back because... More 

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alicefernandez, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Café L’Europe. We are sorry to hear that we failed to meet your expectations on this occasion, but we hope you will give us another opportunity to provide you with the unsurpassed freshness and quality that continues to make us a Sarasota favorite after 42 years. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-388-4415

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, European, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

Description

Established in 1973 in John Ringling's original real estate office, Cafe L'Europe has become one of Florida's most distinguished restaurants. The original brick walls are enhanced with artwork from our Cafe Collection, distinctive archways, and Spanish terra cotta tile for a warm, relaxing old-world ambiance.Our award-wining cuisine and selection of fine wines from Europe and America strike the perfect balance of tradition and innovation that have stood the test of time and trend. Many of our signature dishes are prepared tableside for the added drama of a truly memorable dining experience.Cafe L'Europe offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as a temperature controlled veranda for the best of both worlds. Our private dining rooms can accommodate parties from 8 to 65 guests and we are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.Our many accolades include the coveted DiRoNA, Sarasota Magazine's Best Elegant Restaurant, and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?