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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 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 195
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Great Romantic Dinner

My wife and I enjoyed a fantastic meal here. Their seafood is fresh and expertly prepared. Service was perfect, not on top of you but there when needed. The tables are not crowded on top of one another and you could enjoy a private conversation without having to shout. Definitely a great dinner on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Jim W
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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327 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed a fantastic meal here. Their seafood is fresh and expertly prepared. Service was perfect, not on top of you but there when needed. The tables are not crowded on top of one another and you could enjoy a private conversation without having to shout. Definitely a great dinner on Lido Key.

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Boston
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Went to Cafe L'Europe for a special occasion while visiting friends in Sarasota. What a great time. The food was great, the service was spectacular and everyone enjoyed a really special night. Sat at the bar while waiting for the table and Justin, the bar manager, really knew his wines! Wish we had more time to talk to him as... More 

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Mentor, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I just finished a late dinner at this restaurant. In a word. Outstanding. The food is amazing. My husband ordered French Onion Soup and not only was it perfection it was served in a bowl that was a fresh raw onion. Our entrees were perfect. But the best part of the meal was Crepe Suzette prepared Tableside.... More 

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New York City
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A trip to time past when you could get Bananas Flambe made table side. Old world elegance with professional service. Definitely order the potato crusted grouper which apparently has been on the menu since they opened decades ago. Make sure to make a reservation - it's a big restaurant, but also very (deservedly) popular.

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Wilton, Connecticut
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80 reviews 80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I were visiting my parents in Sarasota who are there for the winter. We arrived in St. Armand's Circle around lunchtime on a Monday and the place was packed! My dad dropped us off to find parking and left us with the task of finding the perfect spot. Well, we found it. After checking out the menu... More 

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Treasure Island, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We have eaten at this location before but only for lunch. While at an event in downtown Sarasota, we decided to go here and try dinner. Wonderful - is the way I would describe it. Though they have a set menu, that doesn't change with the seasons, which some restaurants will do in Florida, they have an excellent array of... More 

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Three of us had lunch at Cafe L' Europe yesterday. It was our first time at the Cafe and we thoroughly enjoyed the great food, the excellent service and the ambiance. The servers were attentive and thorough and the wait times were hardly noticeable. The lobster bisque was excellent. We had the salmon; lobster salad; and the crepes. All were... More 

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Rochester Hills, MI
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Café L'Europe is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. We have never been disappointed. During a three week trip to Sarasota this year, we visited the restaurant three times. The food is always good and the service is impeccable. You know that you will be well cared for here. Often, we order salmon and it is always well prepared. The bourbon... 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 we have never disappointed you and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Sarasota! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Bradenton, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Attractive restaurant/café on street in beautiful shopping area. Service and food are good. Varied menu and drinks. Tourist mecca and pleasant atmosphere.

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Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Was very good dinner huge restaurant but decor seemed cozy. Food was very good and loved the bread with oil. Would have given 5 stars but waiter was not very friendly and never smiled.

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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 recent experience at Café L’Europe. We’re sorry to hear that we failed to offer you the level of service that has made us one of Sarasota’s favorite restaurant’s for over 42 years, but we hope that the very good dinner and cozy décor are enough to buy us another... 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, European, Seafood, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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 am
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?