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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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    Very good
  • 45
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  • 22
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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
Mostly a great place to go

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
robinstamm
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Concord, New Hampshire
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Englewood FL
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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Concord, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Ontario
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had dinner on the veranda (patio) on a nice evening. Service was attentive and friendly. We didn't want for any refill or follow up. The food came out hot and was very good. This place also makes great after dinner specialty coffees. We were not dissapointed. We normally eat at Columbia or Crab and Fin and decided last minute... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Lovely spot in the circle. Varied menu selections, attentive waitstaff. Had the German apple pancake on the anniversary lunch menu, delicious!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We visited this restaurant while we were on holiday and went in cold with no idea of what to expect. It ended up being a charming, unique restaurant with an excellent wine selection and many exciting entree choices for ourselves and our kids. They're at the age where they are very good about using proper manners, and one even ordered... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

There are no surprises at this restaurant each time you visit there food and service always first class.

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Outstanding service, gourmet food and very romantic atmosphere, one of the best restaurants in Sarasota.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The food has been good for the most part for years. The staff are good & rather formal. It's old school formal style dinning in St Armand's.

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The atmosphere is romantic and the meal was excellent. Enjoyed wine suggested by waiter who provided excellent service. Not great for kids or large groups. Quiet setting for a leisurely meal.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

and a wonderfully complete wine cellar, if you're a wine connoseiur. The service is good however the decor is tired, very old world, and heavy feeling.

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Additional Information about Cafe L'Europe

Address: 431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: +1 941-388-4415
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
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
Cuisine: American, Seafood, International, European

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic

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?