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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: 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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  • 204
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 22
    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
Excellent Food. Old fashioned style

recently enjoyed an outstanding meal at this Armand Circle favourite. the restaurant straddles the busy sidewalk with lots of outside shady tables which are very pleasant even on a hot Florida day with large air fans circulating the air. The menu is decidedly old fashioned European but none he... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
GastroInn
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Dinner for four - St Armand's is a great location and the restaurant is right there. It's large but you feel it's quite cosy because the place is divided and well appointed. Wait staff were good. However, we were disappointed by the food. Salads were ordinary. The special Grouper main course (we ordered 2) had to be sent back because... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Called for reservations and told them it was our honeymoon, asked for a porch seat. Table was perfect, service impeccable. Ordered the Duck, and my Husband surf and turf.. Delicious. They brought out a flourless chocolate torte for a surprise. Definitely will return

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Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This restaurant really needs to get with the times. The servers act as if they are doing you a favor by waiting on you. The food is circa 1970 European. It is over priced food and certainly the chef needs to modernize the menu. I realize that European cooking is a traditional style, but even French chef's update their menu... More 

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Canton OH
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153 reviews 153 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stopped in for early dining (until 5:30) which is available now that prime tourist season is over. We were both very happy with starters (bisque for me, Caesar salad for my wife), main courses (lamb shank for me, salmon for her) and desserts (chocolate cake, key lime pie). A great value for $39.95 each, and house wine was only... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

recently enjoyed an outstanding meal at this Armand Circle favourite. the restaurant straddles the busy sidewalk with lots of outside shady tables which are very pleasant even on a hot Florida day with large air fans circulating the air. The menu is decidedly old fashioned European but none he worse for that. It's rare to see waiters flambéing dishes these... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food was very good and service excellent. There was 5 for dinner and we all enjoyed everything we had. Great location on the circle at St. Armonds. Shop then dine and have cocktails to end the day.

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VENICE
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65 reviews 65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Good selection; Lobster and Shrimp salad was delicious. This was the 2nd time we were there for easter brunch. I saw a sever bringing out some flan for desert as we were going in. It was not on the buffet table. I asked for it and got it. Have been there a few times for dinner. Never disappoints

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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 decided to join us for Easter again this year and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Norwalk, Connecticut
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Tasty lunch with great friends. It was great sitting outside and watching people go by. The service was excellent. They had the best Key Lime pie we ever had! My husband is still talking about it. It's a very busy location since it's in St Armands Circle

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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 a tasty lunch with great friends during your recent visit and we look forward to seeing you the next time your husband is in the mood for great key lime pie or whenever you want to try some of our other great... More 

Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Cafe l'Europe is a magical place on the Circle (at St. Armand's). The food is superb and reasonably priced - they do a terrific prix fixe for just under $20 and the portions are very generous. It's also a great place to people watch. Sit outside under the umbrellas and just simply relax.

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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 you enjoyed the L’Anniversaire lunch as well as some great people watching in our outdoor café and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

south yorkshire
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We had dinner here on our last night in Bradenton. The Red Snapper was excellent. Service was very good but not intrusive. We ate outside and it was nice watchin.

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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 able to join us during your recent visit to Bradenton and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the area! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff 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, Seafood, European, 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 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?