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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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Visitor rating
  • 197
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 40
    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
Always a treat

Every time we travel through Sarasota we stop by this restaurant for lunch. We love it. Creative lunch fare, efficient service, reasonably priced.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Norman S
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Irvington, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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336 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Irvington, Virginia
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Every time we travel through Sarasota we stop by this restaurant for lunch. We love it. Creative lunch fare, efficient service, reasonably priced.

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Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch on a beautiful sunny day and everything was perfect. The food was superb, the service was attentive and not intrusive, the atmosphere with the dining area open to the sidewalk was great (outdoor seating was full). A must stop when you are in the area.

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Denton, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

We stopped for lunch on the way to the beach and enjoyed the experience very much. Outside under the big awnings felt great -- out of the sun just enough -- and the plants provide some protection from the traffic on the Circle (wish we could cut out those pesky trucks and occasional loud buses!). We both choose the two... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

If you are eating in St. Armand's Circle, this is a good option. The food was pretty good, the service is attentive (once they find you) and there is a genuine sense of hospitality from the front desk. There was live music at the bar and some good wines to chose from, by bottle or the glass.

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sarasota, florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

this used to be the hot ticket in town for gourmet dining. It's still the best restaurant on St Armand's Circle, and if I were dining there I would probably head for Europe. Not truly inspiring though!

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Longboat Key, Florida, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

On St Armands circle. Area is big tourist attraction. Good people watching from the outdoor elevated dining. Food is good. Lunch is especially good. Your safe with anything on the menu. Pricey.

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Top Contributor
221 reviews 221 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Ate outside, excellent weather & people watching.....we only had salads, but they were excellent. Service was very good.

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Lancaster, Pa.
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344 reviews 344 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely lunch at this nice restaurant recently. I had a bowl of their tasty French onion soup served in a large onion, a yummy chicken Caesar salad along with a nice glass of Tempranillo wine. My wife enjoyed the curry chicken salad. I recommend this busy and well located restaurant to you on St.... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Service was good. Quality of food was also good. Typical on the side of the street restaurant atmosphere. The pricing on the lunch menu was on par with other restaurants in the area, however the entree was the size of an appetizer. Left still hungry. We aren't big eaters and don't search out restaurants that over serve resulting in doggie... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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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?