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C'est La Vie

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1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5802
941-906-9575
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7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 80
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  • 89
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Aa busy bustling place with a touch of French magic

Just standing in line for a table with the delicious array of pastries and the delicious aromas from passing plates of food heightened our anticipation and we were not dissappointed. The crepe was delicious the service prompt and the mix of French speaking diners made this a pleasant lunch stop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kenneth M
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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74 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just standing in line for a table with the delicious array of pastries and the delicious aromas from passing plates of food heightened our anticipation and we were not dissappointed. The crepe was delicious the service prompt and the mix of French speaking diners made this a pleasant lunch stop.

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Thank Kenneth M
Bloomington, Indiana
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have lunched several times at C'est La Vie and can recommend it highly. The selection of egg dishes, sandwiches and salads is exciting, and the quality of the food is very good. We had a young French waiter this last time, new to the US but quite professional, adding to the ambiance. The crepe was excellent as was the... More 

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Thank IUTravelers
Southport, CT
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yesterday my husband and I stopped for lunch at C'est La Vie and we both ordered salads. His salad was the C'est La Vie served on a flat plate while my Nicoise came in a bowl. When.I asked the inexperienced waiter whether it had been dressed, he said it had, but that was not apparent. Later, he brought me some... More 

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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had seen the pastries and looked at the menu before going and were looking forward to eating there. We sat down and were thrown some cutlery and paper napkins. We sat, and sat and sat. Eventually a snarling waitress arrived to take our order, which then came wrong and we seem to have been blamed for that. It arrived... More 

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Thank Lisa E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here. Crepes, especially buckwheat, we're quite tasty. Baguette sandwiches are awesome. Pastries were awfully tempting, but we avoided then on this trip. Probably next time. ..

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Thank DrMikey2
Wheaton, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our last day in Sarasota we stopped at C'est La Vie for breakfast. They have amazing croissants and pick-up a couple to go. We sat inside and the place was a little dirty with allot of flies inside. we ordered the quiche and never again. Two others just ordered eggs and bacon and it was just ok nothing special. The... More 

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Thank tom h
Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting overnite we returned to this small but authentic feeling European restaurant in the heart of Sarasota. We generally have our morning coffee and a delicious piece of french raisin roll (which is delicious). Our waitress, authentic with a French accent, was delightful and offered pleasant service. We love the atmosphere! Great bakery goods!

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Thank Lulu813
Sarasota, Florida
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134 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

C'est La Vie has delicious, authentic French food. Sitting outside at the café, you almost feel as if you could possibly be somewhere in France. They were extremely crowded, yet had excellent service and the food was superb.

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Thank Lorinn S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We went for lunch and dessert. Lunch salad was o.k., but I advise skipping the sensible meal and ordering two desserts. Their baked goods are amazing. We bought about eight types for a family event and all were great.

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Thank Benita D
Canton OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

My wife and I enjoy breakfast here. She just had the very light, flakey croissant, and I ironically had their "breakfast in America", eggs with bacon, sausage and potatoes. Done really nice with especially good sausage. Nice hot coffee as well.

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Thank David H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5802
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: 941-906-9575

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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