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1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5802
941-906-9575
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Ranked #185 of 860 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Tyler, Texas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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82 reviews 82 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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Annapolis, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I have to have brunch here everytime I am in Sarasota. The bread and pastries are amazing and for me they have the best almond croissants I have ever eaten anywhere ouside of Paris. Big menu, lovely pastries and sweets, French waiters!

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Holiday, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The best Quiche I have ever had. Can't wait to return to try other items. It is all about the food and being able to eat outside. However, the server disappeared for 20 min. and I had to to go inside and ask for my check.

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Springboro, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

This is a very good place to enjoy breakfast. The atmosphere is a little cramped and don't expect warm and friendly service, but you will get decent service and wonderful food! We think it's worth the trade off....especially if you have a chocolate almond croissant! The best I have ever had!!!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I had a great breakfast. Original French crepe' with an cappuccino . Outdoor sitting like on a street corner in Paris. Beautiful indoor ambient. Servers are also from French nationality. So, welcome back to Europe in USA. This cafe is just another milestone that brings out the verity of our beautiful town/city Sarasota.

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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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