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C'est La Vie

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

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  • 24
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  • 20
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  • 12
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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
French Owned & Nice Atmosphere

This is always very busy on Saturday mornings. We have been there for breakfast on Saturdays and you must arrive early to get a good seat. The food is overall good and the staff is friendly. I'd recommend going here

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I've read these reviews and I'm wondering if we even ate at the same restaurant. My husband and I both ordered a smoked salmon and goat cheese omelette, his egg white only - which they messed up so we both got regular. There was nothing smoked about the salmon, it was just one big fishy mess and there was no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Although I have been coming to Sarasota for years, I had never had the pleasure of eating at the small French eatery C'est La Vie. On a charming corner location on Main Street, it offers tables with umbrellas outdoors or charming small tile-topped tables within. The omelets and sandwiches are excellent and the croissants world-class. Service good (and authentically French).... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is always very busy on Saturday mornings. We have been there for breakfast on Saturdays and you must arrive early to get a good seat. The food is overall good and the staff is friendly. I'd recommend going here

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Siesta Key, Fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?