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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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    Very good
  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent pastries, owner has attitude.

I will buy their excellent flaky pastries forever. I will not put up with the attitude and stay to eat them on site.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Siesta Key, Fl
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Siesta Key, Fl
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I will buy their excellent flaky pastries forever. I will not put up with the attitude and stay to eat them on site.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Croissants- when not burnt- are the BEST- real French !! Authentic- guaranteed!!! After living in Frances for years- I can attest to the quality of the croissants- real French....unfortunately the staff is also real French-- Rude!!!! Very rude, and very French- just like in France- This is a place taken directly out of France- the Good, the Bad and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Came here on a Friday afternoon around 3:30 for a late lunch. I had the croque misour. Outstanding! I would drive from Tampa to come here for a meal! Great find in Sarasota.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Wonderful for brunch/lunch. My favorite dish is the Briarde Salad -- wonderful baby lettuce with exquisite dressing AND toasted baguette slices with melted brie (if your not drooling yet) topped with crisp bacon. The pastries are worth every single calorie. My friends really love the crepes, but I always get the same thing.

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

Wonderful authentic French bistro. We love dining outside for breakfast of cafe au'lait and crossiants, or lunch for sandwiches or salads. Also a good stop for an afternoon espresso!

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Omaha
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were recommended this place from a waitress we met at a different restaurant. She said the breakfast crepes were to die for and that the wait would be long to get in. So, we got up early one morning and hustled over here. We were rather rudely told to sit wherever. We did so, outside, and then proceeded to... More 

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Destin, Fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Breakfast and lunch is the highlight of this establishment! True french food with all the atmosphere you would expect. Enjoyed the food and would recommend as a casual place to meet friends for a good breakfast or lunch.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We happened upon this place walking down Main St one afternoon, after a heavy downpour. The waitress offered to wipe the table and chairs off for us, as the sun was breaking through. I had the spinach goat cheese quiche with a side salad, both of which were superb. In fact, the quiche was crustless, which was a really nice... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

1st the pastry is delicious.. that aside the owners are horrible. the wife should not be serving people as she hates what she does,,,so rude.the thing that tops it off is charging for butter & jam for bread or for a croissant. there are too many places in Sarasota to go here and be treated rudely.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a combination of excellent French bakery and breakfast/lunch restaurant. We particularly like to come here for lunch, when, among other items, they have a large selection of salads. The décor makes you feel like you are in France.

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Additional Information about C'est La Vie

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

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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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