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Cafe L'Europe

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French, 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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful Sunday luncheon choice.

We took my wife's Mother there for a Sunday luncheon treat. The menu had something for everyone, whether you wanted a full meal or something lighter. I had the Salmon on a bed of greens, and it was perfectly done as I had requested. My wife and her Mother each chose the half sandwich/soup... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
Ron181
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Long Valley, New Jersey
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Long Valley, New Jersey
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We took my wife's Mother there for a Sunday luncheon treat. The menu had something for everyone, whether you wanted a full meal or something lighter. I had the Salmon on a bed of greens, and it was perfectly done as I had requested. My wife and her Mother each chose the half sandwich/soup option, and liked their choices very... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ron181
Bradenton Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the hostess, Joyce; waitress, Lauren; busboy, name unknown: all helpful, friendly and professional. And the food was superb!

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Thank Ric D
Springfield, Missouri, USA
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70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was our fourth visit, and first disappointment, but a grand disappointment. Seated, then ignored. We were brought water, and eventually bread, but no wine list. 15 minutes in, server finally approached, wanted our lunch order. I had to ask if she'd like to know what beverage I desired. After another very long wait she popped over to offer more... More 

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Thank Greg S
Murphy, North Carolina
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47 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We love being greeted by Joyce. She is charming and lovely. Tried the lobster and shrimp salad and wow! Can't beat the pecan shrimp salad either. Gracious dining no great people watching spot!

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Thank Gayle H
Matawan, New Jersey
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I have been to the circle may times but never stopped in this attractive little restaurant. I’m glad we did. I began with a glass of their house unoaked California Chardonnay, perfectly refreshing. I chose the Crunchy grouper sandwich, lightly fried, served with truffle fries. More than enough for lunch. Wife had the calves liver entrée, served... More 

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Thank Bob B
Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We’re happy to hear that you finally decided to stop into Café L’Europe and that you enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere, and we look forward to seeing you when you return! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Manlius, New York
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92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was just terrific . Onion soup really special - not only was the broth and quantity of cheese terrific, but it was served in an onion! So creative! The pecan salad was a great accompaniment for the soup. Someone else had the salad Nicoise- nice portion and when prepared correctly as ordered, the tuna was delicious. The problem... More 

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Thank Gemaroo
Betsie C, 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 the food was excellent and that we were able to make good on the service glitches you experienced, and we look forward to another opportunity to offer you the impeccable service that we are known for. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

and food only average. We asked for butter instead of olive oil with our bread 5 times - it never came. We asked for 2 glasses of house rose wine - told no problem but we were then given red wine and told it was all they had. We ate chicken (average) and fish (nice).

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Thank at72015
Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for telling us about your experience at Café L’Europe. We’re sorry to hear that the service and quality did not live to your expectations on this occasion, but we do hope that you will give us another opportunity to offer you type of dining experience that has made us a Sarasota favorite for over 43 years. Sincerely, Betsie... More 

Englewood FL
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163 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment we went in, we were greeted by a welcoming host who didn't frown when seeing one of us in a wheel chair and didn't have a reservation. We had a lovely table, the service was excellent, the food tasted as the beautiful as the presentations were and the atmosphere is what I'd call "Baroque European."

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Thank Baker60
Betsie C, 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 we were able to accommodate everyone in your party and that you enjoyed excellent service and food from the moment you arrived. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe L'Europe is one of those throwbacks to another time. Fancy french food and dressed up waiters. It's a nice change from the modern type of restaurants but I wouldn't go there every day. Pricey and a little stuffy but good overall.

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Thank mistermooney
Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed the old-fashioned elegance of Café L’Europe and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are looking for a nice change from the more modern restaurants. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More 

Mantua, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great early-diner meal. Very appetizing. Great presentation. Impeccable service. The lobster bisque was the best I've had. What's not to like?

Helpful?
Thank 48Russ
Betsie C, 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 Early Dining with Panache menu and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! 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: French, American, Seafood, International, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions

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?