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431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
9413884415
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Ranked #68 of 862 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
Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Our party of four were graciously seated at a quiet table inside (which I had requested when I made the reservation) and each of us ordered something different. All of the food was of the highest quality and delicious. My cream of wild mushroom soup was the best I've ever eaten! My husband ordered the lobster salad and it was... More 

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Chicago
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We loved everything about this restaurant. We ate outiside the first night of our trip and the last night because we loved it so much. The Sea Bass was excellent. I had the onion soup which was served in a carved out onion with melted cheese and loved it. It was our favorite restaurant in St. Armands Circle and we... More 

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Belleville, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My sister invited me to dinner at Café L'Europe. First impression - the service was excellent and the staff certainly deserve top marks for professionalism and knowledge. However, I found the menu choices limited and uninspired. My meal was lemon chicken. The lemon flavor was overpowering. Uninspired chive mashed potatoes and pureed butternut squash more suitable for hospital food, along... More 

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Brewerton, New York
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135 reviews 135 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

About a 15 min wait for an outside table, enjoyed Justin the Bartender and his knowledge of wines as we selected a glass of Cabernet from Napa. Professionally shown to our table by the host, then service went downhill with server, man named Dominique M. Wife selected $19.73 three course lunch in honor of their anniversary of 1973 opening: Cup... More 

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I had the crepe and lobster bisque which was wonderful. We sat in the open store front in the sun and watched the world go by. The service was great as usual from this very well run organization. I have been coming here for years. A great place for a higher end special meal.

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coconut grove, fl
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We stopped here this Sunday afternoon for lunch. We asked for a table outside and were told that it would be 10 minutes. We had a glass of wine at the bar. After 15 minutes i inquired as to our table and was told just a moment more. While we watched the maitre d seated two sets of people who... More 

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Manasota Key, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My experience at this restaurant took me back to Paris when I was a young man enjoying culinary expertise that Europeans are so good at. Mind you we were there for lunch along with our small spaniel. I was amazed when presented with a menu for my dog as well. We ate outside under the sidewalk canopy and enjoyed a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A charming touch of Europe in the heart of St.Armands Circle. Although I never make a reservation when I go the helpful staff always fit me in. They make a fantastic lobster bisque and the dinner entries are well prepared and tasty. All in all always a very, very positive experience. On our latest visit we had our 2 year... More 

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Dundas, Ontario
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My husband and I returned to Cafe L'Europe after stumbling upon it for lunch last year while shopping in St. Armands (see previous review noting that we'd return.) We did return for dinner while back in the area over the Christmas holiday and enjoyed it so much we went back for a second dinner before we had to return North.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

High quality food, beautiful presentation and a highly professional wait staff. Very enjoyable experience.

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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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