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Cafe L'Europe

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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 45
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Special place for lunch

Enjoyed the Summer Lunch Special, three courses for $15.00. You cannot beat the value! We had delicious soup, I had there great Chicken Salad for my Entree and friend enjoyed Beef Stroganoff, for dessert we both had the puffed pastry with ice cream and chocolate sauce. The meal was wonderful the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Jo-Anne S
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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English first
Bradenton, Florida, USA
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is the 3rd time I've dined there and have been satisfied each time. This last time I was part of a Ladies Lunch group an we were about 25 women. This restaurant is located in the tourist area of Sarasota so it is always busy. Despite that fact the food was very tasty and I wasn't disappointed. Sometimes the... More 

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Destin, Fl
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

European style resturant with all the class. Great for dinner but do not pass up for lunch! This was a great find, we will return again. This will become one of our must visit resturants.excellent menu and wine list to compliment.

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new jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Having dined at Cafe L'Europe about 20 years ago and being disappointed twice, we removed it from our list of restaurants for our annual visit to the area. As we noticed some positive recent reviews and visible crowds, we thought we should try again. Considering it is one of the more expensive restaurants in the area, we were sorry that... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Enjoyed the Summer Lunch Special, three courses for $15.00. You cannot beat the value! We had delicious soup, I had there great Chicken Salad for my Entree and friend enjoyed Beef Stroganoff, for dessert we both had the puffed pastry with ice cream and chocolate sauce. The meal was wonderful the hostess was wonderful but our waitress paid very little... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Café L'Europe is one of my favorite restaurants!! We have dined here several times and have been extremely pleased every time. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We have been lucky to have Dominique as our server on every visit. Our entrees were excellent and beautifully served. Make sure you try the tempting desserts! I highly recommend their prix-fixe... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I enjoyed the items on the Savor Sarasota menu. The chef cooked the items perfectly. The waiter was not great. He basically took our order and then we wouldn't see him for 20 minutes. While the lunch price was fair the drink prices were over priced. My experience was fair.

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Cardigan, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

During our stay in Florida everything we've eaten, either expensive or otherwise, seems to have had either bread or taco or a bun wrapped round it so it was really nice to find somewhere that served 'proper' food. We were served by a lovely Italian lady who was very attentive. Definitely recommended.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Food and service are great. Love the atmosphere, almost feels like I am in Europe. Old world charm with a modern, but not trendy menu.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely disgusting. Ordered a burger well done. They came out with it completely red. Will not be going back.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We like to come to Cafe L'Europe every year we visit - it has always been consistently superb. This time, however, we were a bit disapointed. I ordered my favourite dish - the potato encrusted Grouper. Always a knock out dish. This time, however, the fish was off (perhaps because it was a Monday?). After searching out the waiter, he... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe L'Europe

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

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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?