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1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5802
941-906-9575
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 16
    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
best French Cafe

Authentic French breakfast and lunch menu. if you want the omlette french style and not American style be sure to ask. The pastry is made for the restaurant, the crepes are excellent and the salads are generous and diverse. The service is truly Parisian. Visit with friends then ask for your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
IAGormando
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Sarasota
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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185 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sarasota
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Authentic French breakfast and lunch menu. if you want the omlette french style and not American style be sure to ask. The pastry is made for the restaurant, the crepes are excellent and the salads are generous and diverse. The service is truly Parisian. Visit with friends then ask for your check when you are ready.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We love Sarasota comes for vacation and always eats here. The Croques Monsieur or Madame always excellent! The baguette and cappuccino so good! Really recommended!

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Latte is good, best croissant in town (take it to go), great baguette (take it to go). I ordered a quiche and it was bland, too much cheese on top.. , greasy, soggy crust, egg was no where to be found. Plus the salad had canned corn in it. (I mean really??) When I told the waitress/ I did not... More 

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Michigan
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Love this charming little French cafe in the heart of Sarasota. Whether looking for crepes, a baguette sandwich or pain au chocolat, this place won't disappoint. Very casual cafe with tables out front. Delicious fresh baked breads and french pastries. I would hang out here every morning if I lived in Sarasota!

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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Didn't stay for a meal but picked up some macrons that were terrific. Unfortunately they were closing for the day and so we couldn't stay. Staff was very friendly and I enjoyed speaking with them about their hours and another restaurant they have. The macrons were delicious by the way. Would love to come back when I am back in... More 

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Yonkers, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My wife and I visit relatives in Sarasota every year and look forward to eating breakfast in this restaurant. It has always lived up to it reputation. However, this year we were very disappointed. The baguettes were terrible. Nothing like those that I remember. The excellent croissants and homemade jam saved their average rating. Yes, the place was packed but... More 

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Albany, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Wonderful spot for a petite dejeuner. Wonderful baguettes and croissants and coffee. Pretty and delicious pastries as well.

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I am a dessert lover, particularly really good French pastries, and this place has it all - real croissants, pain au chocolat, plus tarts and desserts. The lunch menu is not that interesting but good, better menu for breakfast. The coffee is of course excellent. I agree with what another reviewer said, that the service depends on the server, but... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

C'est La Vie is an authentic French bakery and bistro in downtown Sarasota. It is convenient for those who work downtown like to walk to lunch. They have a variety of delicious breakfast and lunch food and even more delicious pastries and breads. The service depends on the server but Jerome is fantastic so always ask for him.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Small and a bit crowded at meal times inside the restaurant but outside seating is good. Very good french bakery. Based on the crowd it is well liked in Sarasota. In addition to a good lunch we took home some croissants and other deserts which were very good and surprisingly reasonably priced.

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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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