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Cafe L'Europe

431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
9413884415
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Ranked #71 of 828 restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 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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Downers Grove, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Went on a Thursday night so not super busy. Excellent service in a wonderful atmosphere. All our food was a quality equal to the prices. Treat yourself to a very fine dinner.

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Englewood, Florida
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133 reviews 133 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My late husband always treated me to a lunch or dinner here for my birthday. Since he's gone, some young friends have continued the tradition and the last 2 years have taken me here for a lunch treat. I always order the Lobster Roll. Last year it was $19.95, I believe, this year it was $24.00. In previous years, there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This quaint, old-style European restaurant in St. Armand's Circle on Longboat Key near Sarasota was a real find! We ate twice during our week-long vacation to Longboat Key -- it was that good and that memorable. We made a friend in Mariana, an Italian server who made us feel comfortable and offered great food recommendations. We asked for her on... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience enough to merit a second visit during your week-long vacation on Longboat Key. We will certainly pass along your compliments to Mariana and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are visiting the area!... More

San Luis Obispo, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Over many years visiting the Sarasota area, I have finally tried most of the restaurants and can say without reservation that Cafe L'Europe is one of the top 3 fine food venues. located at St. Armand's Circle, it has been around for many years, and has reached a pinnacle of perfection. This visit I selected choices from the country of... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are happy to hear that, after many years of extensive and, hopefully, enjoyable research, we have made you top-3 list and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are visiting the Sarasota area! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Princeton, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stopped in Sarasota on our way driving from Sanibel Island to St. Pete Beach. We hadn't planned on having lunch, but we are so glad we stopped at Cafe L'Europe! The crabmeat stuffed avocado and lobster roll caught both our eyes, so we ordered one of each and they switched entrees half-way through our lunch. What a treat! The... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that your unexpected lunch stop brought you to Café L’Europe and we look forward to seeing you the next time your travels take you through Sarasota! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Bradenton, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I took a client to lunch and it was impressive. Both for the client and the food quality and presentation. Wouldn't do it everyday but as a Realtor I will definitely come back again. The lunch special was superb with a soup or salad, entrée and dessert. The Lobster bisque was the best I have had. Special occasion, need a... 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 are happy to hear that you were impressed with the quality and presentation of the food, and we look forward to helping you close many more deals and celebrate many special occasions! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
397 reviews 397 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We've been coming to Sarasota to vacation in June and July for 30 years. And on every occasion, we have a ritual, a schedule that we follow upon arrival. On our second day--the first day is given to getting the car washed after a 1,250-mile drive and purchasing groceries and unpacking--we drive to St. Armand's Circle, the magnificent shopping area,... 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 are happy to hear that we are a part of your 30-year-old vacation ritual and we look forward to sharing another 30 years! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

They have the most delicious salads and crab cakes . Great sitting outside and people watching also. Food for dinner is also consistently good. We will be back.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that you enjoy the food at Café L’Europe as well as the people watching from our sidewalk café, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

sdtraveler39
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We have eaten here at least 5 times. The food is consistently delicious, and service is great. I especially love the veal marsala, and the Mistral wine (at $60 is a good value). The Sea Bass is also wonderful!

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed the food and service on all of your previous visits to Café L’Europe and we look forward to many more visits! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Melbourne, Florida
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118 reviews 118 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a late afternoon dinner here about a week ago. Prime location on St Armand's Key. The outside has a nice covering and good people watching but it was too hot and humid to sit there. So, we went inside. Interior is classic country Italian. There is a team effort service here, somewhat formal, but excellent. The head waiter... 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 are happy to hear that you enjoyed the excellent service as well as the food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you and your wife again very soon. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

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