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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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  • 64
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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
Chocolate Almond Croissant is a Must

When on vacation in the area we always make a stop here for my favorite pastry...the chocolate almond croissant. Don't come expecting awesome customer service, but you will soon forget that once you taste this authentic French pastry! I am never disappointed as these are made perfectly every day... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Nicole N
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Springboro, Ohio
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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190 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great pastry good food, nice for lunch. It is French food very good bake goods. Lovely if you can seat outdoor.

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Putnam Valley, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Every time we go to Sarasota, people say we have to go to C'est La Vie for authentic French bread, croissants and more. While they certainly have good food, it doesn't stand out as the best. It's always crowded there, and they don't go out of their way to make you welcome as you wait. We were told to "move... More 

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Springboro, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

When on vacation in the area we always make a stop here for my favorite pastry...the chocolate almond croissant. Don't come expecting awesome customer service, but you will soon forget that once you taste this authentic French pastry! I am never disappointed as these are made perfectly every day. Words just can't describe how delicious they are...you just have to... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

If you crave for French bakery, desserts, or breakfast and if you are in Sarasota downtown, you should pay a visit here in this authentic French bistro. They have many different kinds of delicious croissants (light and fluffy) and fresh/moist little pastry items (don't even remember all the names!). Many items that we tasted were very close to what we... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

1)The food was okay. For a French restaurant , the bread/baguette was very stale 2) The service was horrible. We called for the server twice to get a drink refill and he ignored us. He insulted us when we asked questions. It might have been a cultural difference (he had an accent) but nonetheless it was rude. We also saw... More 

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Sarasota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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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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