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Cafe L'Europe

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American, Seafood, International, European
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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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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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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  • 235
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  • 82
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 18
    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
A definate

eat outside if you can its a super location quite expensive but the food is very good indeed try the chateaubriand for two persons it was amazing

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
toejo7
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Shoeburyness, United Kingdom
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  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Recently visited this restaurant on recommendation from my dry cleaner (who himself is an experienced foodie). Took my wife, daughter, and niece. First, wear slacks and a collar gents; you don't want to be the doofus sitting in the restaurant wearing the wife-beating tank. Now, the preparation of the chilean sea bass was exquisite. I HIGHLY recommend it if this... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. Our "fine dining in a casual atmosphere" style makes it difficult to equitably enforce a dress code (and sometimes people take advantage of that), so we appreciate your advice to the gents too… We're happy to hear that we were able to please your “finicky teenager” as well as... More 

Shoeburyness, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

eat outside if you can its a super location quite expensive but the food is very good indeed try the chateaubriand for two persons it was amazing

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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’re happy to hear that you enjoyed the chateaubriand and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Excellent food and service great menu lots of choices friendly staff book early if you have a large group

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Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe and for offering a great tip to large groups. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Siesta Key, Florida
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Took my wife to dinner here. We've dined here before and always enjoyed it. But this time had a couple of hiccups. The bartender did not prepare an acceptable DRY martini. The wife had a shrimp and scallops entrée that was excellent. On the other hand the cassoulet I ordered was quite the disappointment. The presentation did not match any... 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’re sorry to hear that your recent visit did not live up to the expectations set by your previous visit, but we’re happy to hear that, in spite of the hiccups of this visit, you’ll be giving us another opportunity to offer you the... More 

Saint John, Canada
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had our daughters first birthday celebration here with family last March. We had spent some time at Lido beach and then wondered over to the circle for some dinner. We ended up doing a full birthday celebration on their patio with the most amazing dinner and chocolate moose cake... It was like velvet. They made our evening special and... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe. We’re happy to hear that we were able to make your daughter’s first birthday as special as it should be and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Bradenton, Florida
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Not one of our 15 ladies could have asked for a more pleasant location to have a party. Cafe L'Europe even took the extra step to have a menu printed especially for our group with our club logo. A room to ourselves so we would not have to worry about disturbing other guests, wonderful service from every one of the... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe. We’re happy to hear that all of the ladies in your club enjoyed the luncheon. We appreciate the referrals and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Venice, Florida
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Low key, high quality restaurant located in the heart of St. Armand's Circle. Food was excellent - the PEI mussels were done in a light garlic and Pernod broth served with thin French Fries which was unusual but surprisingly tasty with the broth. All of our entrees were perfect and the service was outstanding.

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Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe. We’re happy to hear that all of your entrées were perfect and that the service was outstanding during your recent visit, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We went for a special birthday dinner with the family. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Table side preparation was excellent and the food was delicious. Definitely worth a second visit.

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Thank you for taking the time to review us. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed your birthday celebration at Café L’Europe and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Englewood FL
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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This place to me is a fine dining place but people did come in jeans and weren't turned away. The food is exquisite and can be gourmet, the service is excellent.

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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’re happy to hear that you enjoyed our fine dining menu and excellent service in the casual style of St. Armand’s Circle, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Concord, New Hampshire
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88 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Hubby and I stop at Cafe L'Europe at least once each year when we're snow-birding in Sarasota. During that time of year, the outdoor dining area is cool and lovely. Service is generally quick (they'll bring you bread and butter after they take your drink order ... unless they forget, which has happened). I've been disappointed in their chicken salad,... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe and we look forward to seeing you again the next time you’re snow-birding in Sarasota! 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, International, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business

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?