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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, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch

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    Very good
  • 23
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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
Transports you to Paris!

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Sandi S
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Sarasota, Florida
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Chalons-en-Champagne, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I had a very nice moment for my 4pm snack. "Goûter " I am french and it's been a while I haven't eaten any french pastries. I discovered this place and decided to drive 1h30 to enjoy a french pastry. I really enjoyed it. I was back in France for half an hour!!!! It was the same delicious taste and... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We stumbled upon this restaurant in downtown and decided to give it a try. The menu was expansive and we settled on hot sandwiches with a side salad. They were absolutely delicious and the side salad was phenomenal. Their homemade dressing was light and delicious, perfect for the summertime. Everything was fresh and we thoroughly enjoyed.

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Englewood, Florida
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I love this charming French restaurant in downtown Sarasota! It's almost like a trip to Paris.The inside, where they also have a bakery that produced house-made breads and pastries, there is fantastic art work on the walls.Their sidewalk seating is nice when it isn't too hot out. They have several types of baguette sandwiches, crepes and quiches. My favorite meal... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We went with friends for a quick lunch on the way to the airport. Service was reasonably quick, the spot is charming although the tables are very jammed together. Pate sandwich, croque monsieur and two baguette sandwiches -- all were tasty. Pomme frites are okay but nothing specially. The baguettes are truly French. For dessert we split two of the... More 

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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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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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