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C'est La Vie

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1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5802
941-906-9575
Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 12
    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
Most recent review
A nice spot for desert or light meal

The last time before recently returning to this cafe was 7 years ago. We dropped in for coffee and a dessert . As always, it was a good choice. The mood is relaxed but sophisticated. Service is excellent and they really knew how to make a great cappuccino. The pastry was just right. Very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
gingeyToronto
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toronto
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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175 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
toronto
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The last time before recently returning to this cafe was 7 years ago. We dropped in for coffee and a dessert . As always, it was a good choice. The mood is relaxed but sophisticated. Service is excellent and they really knew how to make a great cappuccino. The pastry was just right. Very European which means dense and not... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is a very busy place at lunch time and you may want to select a table outside rather than inside where it can be hectic. The food is excellent particularly their crepes (the "forestière" is my favorite) and the quiches ( try the leek and cheese one). Whatever you choose, don't leave without indulging in one of their French... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We ate here a couple of times while holidaying in Sarasota. The breakfasts are very good indeed. Excellent crepes and very good cakes

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ontario
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I would normally say this is not my type of restaurant but I was pleasantly surprised. We visited C'est la Vie with friends of ours in Sarasota- this is one of their favourite restaurants and they visit it often. Perhaps I am too picky but I was not really intrigued with much of the menu. I ended up with a... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Coffee..good, pastry ...excellent, but don't go inside and get it and then take a seat outside. Against the rules

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

So, lets get the negative out of the way. The service is slow and sometimes not the friendliest. I chalk this down to the restaurants authentic "frenchness." The food is wonderful. Even down to a simple baguette with butter and jams. Fresh baked bread and beautiful pastries.. I mean beautiful pastries… available to take home or enjoy there. I love... More 

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Marne-la-Vallee, France
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I love coming to C'est la Vie because it is a little "home" away from home. (I'm from Paris, France). This is where I buy my baguettes almost everyday, and often have lunch and breakfast. Pastries are very good and everything is french! I really recommend it.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Had lunch here, food was amazing. Good size portions and they were happy for us to split food with no extra charge. Pastries looked wonderful though didn't have one, would definitely return. Slightly unusual waitress service but added to the charm.

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Longboat Key, Florida
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115 reviews 115 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Authentic French bakery, by French pastry chefs in a tiny spot on Main St. The best croissants I have ever tasted, apricot twists to die for and a good, overall breakfast menu makes this quaint spot the best stop for a morning snack or meal in the area!

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We had a very nice, relaxing brunch sat outside. Friendly (French) staff, yummy Croque Madame and Crepes!

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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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