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Cafe L'Europe

431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
9413884415
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Ranked #86 of 820 restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, European, Seafood, Continental
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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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Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

They have the most delicious salads and crab cakes . Great sitting outside and people watching also. Food for dinner is also consistently good. We will be back.

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sdtraveler39
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We have eaten here at least 5 times. The food is consistently delicious, and service is great. I especially love the veal marsala, and the Mistral wine (at $60 is a good value). The Sea Bass is also wonderful!

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Melbourne, Florida
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105 reviews 105 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We had a late afternoon dinner here about a week ago. Prime location on St Armand's Key. The outside has a nice covering and good people watching but it was too hot and humid to sit there. So, we went inside. Interior is classic country Italian. There is a team effort service here, somewhat formal, but excellent. The head waiter... More

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Betsie C, 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 excellent service as well as the food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you and your wife again very soon. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Fort Myers, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Varied menu, good location and atmosphere. I would highly recommend it for something different. Place was packed when we arrived and only had to wait about 30 minutes to get in.

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Betsie C, 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 menu and atmosphere and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the mood for something different... Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We went for lunch on a Sunday. While the al fresco area was full, there were plenty of tables inside, where we prefer to sit anyway. A waiter took our drink order. A waiter brought our menus. A waiter poured olive oil and spices. A waiter brought bread. A waiter took our order. And we waited and waited for our... More

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Betsie C, 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 very sorry to hear that you did not experience the level of service that has made us a Sarasota tradition for over 41 years. We assure that we are looking into the matter and we hope that you will consider giving us... More

Lakeland, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Have dined here many times, generally good, but this past Sunday, June 8th, something was really off!! Never checked in properly on OpenTable; no bread served until half way through the dining experience; waited 35 minutes for entrée at lunch until noticing that everyone around us had been served, and finally the maitre'd (not the waiter)came to the table to... More

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Betsie C, 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 very sorry to hear that you did not experience the level of service that you have come to expect after so many visits to Café L’Europe. We hope that you will consider giving us another opportunity to provide you with the excellent... More

Orlando
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100 reviews 100 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We enjoyed a long lunch one afternoon here with delicious ahi tuna, chicken salad and fruit. This restaurant offers beautiful outdoor & indoor atmospheres to enjoy the fresh meals for a great value. We come back here on every visit to St. Armand's Circle. You will enjoy whatever you get here and the service is always nice.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your long lunch at Café L’Europe and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit to St. Armand’s Circle. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Edinburgh
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Had a wonderful lunch here today,great choice,best Lobster Bisque ever,lovely chicken salad, very fresh with good variety of fruits ,unusual profiterole filled with ice cream.This was a 3 course special lunch with the Savor Sarasota menu for $15.Very attentitive server William. We shall be going again next week for dinner

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Betsie C, 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 our Savor Sarasota lunch menu and we look forward to seeing you again for the dinner menu. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

Bradenton, Florida
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Heard it was the best in Sarasota. Jury still out but it was fabulous. Dad loved the liver. Salmon was fantastic. Appetizers were good. Escargot were the favorites. Crepe Suzette is to die for. Service started out a bit shaky but improved drastically w/o complaint from us. We'll go back!

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Betsie C, 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 dad enjoyed a delicious meal from appetizers through to the flambéed Crêpe Suzettes and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

VENICE
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

have been there several times, for brunch, lunch and dinner. Always good food, excellently prepared. Good staff!

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe. We are happy that you have enjoyed numerous visits in the past and we hope that you will continue to enjoy many more brunches, lunches and dinners at Café L’Europe. Sincerely, Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff More

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