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Cafe L'Europe

431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
9413884415
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Ranked #69 of 832 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This place is elegant and stylish, yet friendly and accommodating (Over the years we came here with young kids, eating in a hurry to get to airport, etc.) They always met and exceeded our expectations without sacrificing style or others' comfort. Did I mention the food is great, prices are reasonable, and the ambience is only surpassed by the service?... More

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alicefernandez, 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 always been able to accommodate your needs and we look forward to offering you great food and excellent service for years o come. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Varied French menu, good service, nice wine list, valet parking just outside the restaurant, what more can you ask for! Have never been disappointed visiting Cafe L'Europe.

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alicefernandez, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are very happy to hear that you have never been disappointed visiting Café L’Europe and we look forward to living up to that standard for years to come. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I dined here for Saturday lunch with a friend. We had the $20 three course lunch. The atmosphere is elegant, lovely old world French, the food was great (lobster bisque soup, crepes, and profiterole for desert. Food portions were large. We hardly had room for the baseball-size profiterole (it was yummy). The house merlot was excellent. The service was excellent.... More

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alicefernandez, 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 and your friend enjoyed our L’Anniversaire lunch special as well as the wine, and service. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This romantic spot is the place to come for a special evening. The wine list is impressive and the food served elegantly. Very upscale dining.

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alicefernandez, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are looking for a special evening. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Sarasota, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We've eaten at Cafe Europe 4 times in 8 years and each of the first 3 times we swore we would not be back. But the fourth time was different. Friends convinced us to go and the meal and service were excellent. The only negative - very, very expensive. More expensive than any other place in town.

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alicefernandez, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe. We hope your next experience is even better than the last… Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Sarasota, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We ate there during Savor Sarasota. We ate outside for lunch... The food was good, but I do not think it was worth it, if we had been paying normal rates. The location is perfect, right on St. Armand's Circle... One thing, though, their kids meals were $15 for lunch, so I would go there on a date night only...... More

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alicefernandez, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe. Our Tour of Europe and Dinner for Two prix-fixe menus, which are available through the end of October, offer multiple courses at great prices, just like the Savor Sarasota menu. We hope to see you on your next date night! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

South Pasadena, FL
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

In addition to their normal menu they are currently offering prix fixe for various countries each month. I think Sept. starts with Spain. I came with my parents to celebrate their anniversary. Wine/champagne selection pretty good. Each of our dinners were good (grouper/scallops/duck, soups, white truffle mac & cheese). Avg. prices about $35 ea - wouldn't say it was the... More

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alicefernandez, 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 your parent’s anniversary celebration was enjoyable and that all your meals, cocktails, service, and the flourless chocolate cake were all good. We look forward to seeing all of you very soon!!! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Downers Grove, Illinois
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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alicefernandez, 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 food, service and atmosphere, and we look forward to seeing you the next time you want to treat yourself to a fine dinner! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Englewood, Florida
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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alicefernandez, 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 are sorry to hear that that we failed to meet your expectations on this occasion. The New England Lobster Roll was actually $23 last year, so it has only gone up one dollar, it was always accompanied by coleslaw, and raspberries are still... 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

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