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Cafe L'Europe

431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
9413884415
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Ranked #74 of 852 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Nashville, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

We visit the Englewood, FL every one to two years, and always make one evening a trip to Sarasota, mainly St. Armand's Circle. Our restaurant we planned was The Crab and Fin, but at 7:30 they said they thought they could get the two of us in at 8:30. They sent us outside to speak to another maitre d' about... More 

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

A heart-felt celebration of the classic Christmas tale, “A Christmas Carol” by acclaimed author Charles Dickens … the holiday menu at Café L’Europe is similarly tantalized to the imagination and will satisfy even the most discriminating pallet. The Culinary team has put together a festive menu that’s faithful to this classic tale written in 1843, and reminiscent of Christmas dinners... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Have wanted to eat at the Cafe L'Europe for years now and finally went. Old world charm on the Circle. We had a great table, right in the window. Our appetizers were soo delicious. Escargot and Stuffed Red Pepper with lump crab meat. Dinners choices were veal picatta and snapper ala greek. Both were a great choice but I don't... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
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181 reviews 181 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I was ready to be blown away after hearing about how great this place was. I honestly have to say I just thought it was ok. It wasn't bad-'it was just ok. I've walked by it for years, so I was excited to I. We did one of their specials, where you get two entrees. A salad,and a bottle of... More 

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Lake George, New York
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103 reviews 103 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Year in and out we dine here when on the circle. The service is excellent. The lobster bisque was good, certain dishes -the portions can be small. The staff is thoughtful and tries to anticipate your needs. I had the sea bass perfectly prepared but small. Hubby had the duck and is the resin why I score it a 4... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My wife & I have enjoyed this restaurant many , many times in the past . We hadn't been back for well over a year - a combination of circumstances . However , we were very much looking forward to returning and enjoying another great evening of excellent food and outstanding service . Unfortunately that was not to be the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My girlfriend and I had a great meal here whilst visiting Sarasota on holiday. As the name suggests, the menu has a european twist, but features some local produce, and specialities (key lime pie etc). The food was excellent and the service was friendly and attentive, without being intrusive - great for a couples night out.

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Sarasota, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Lunch was going to be ...just lunch, but what a wonderful dining experience it turned out to be. The food was excellent and the service was amazing! Special thanks to our lovely server, Marianna, for creating an atmosphere that changed a routine lunch into a special occasion and introduced us to the best of Cafe L'Europe. She suggested the grouper... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

From the music to the site history, to the menu, this restaurant reminded us of days gone by. That is not to say we didn't enjoy ourselves because we did. I had the lobster pot pie from the "lighter fare" menu. It did not belong on the "lighter fare" menu as it was very rich and delicious and so big... More 

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Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves and that you’re meals were delicious. We hope you will join us the next time you are looking to enjoy a wonderful meal in a historic setting (John Ringling's original real estate office, the oldest building on St. Armand's Circle), that is... More 

Hudson, FL
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226 reviews 226 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We arrived on time for our open table reservation but had to wait about 15 minutes for a table in the area I had requested. After we were seated I learned that one of the entrees on the special $69.95 dinner for two, which we came for, was not available that evening. That was the prime rib, served only on... More 

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Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your most recent experience at Café L’Europe. We are sorry that you had a short wait and that we were unable to accommodate your request for prime rib on this occasion, but we are glad to hear that the rest of your meal was good and that you enjoyed the... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe L'Europe

Address: 431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: 9413884415
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American, European, Seafood, Continental

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