We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Greco Cafe

1592 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
941-365-2234
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #308 of 825 restaurants in Sarasota
Cuisines: Greek, Pizza
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Write a Review

111 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
    35
    39
    22
    11
    4
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Tampa, FL
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great ambiance, somewhat upscale. Our server was very attentive and we were not rushed at all. Food quality was excellent. BUT the appetizer, was too small for the charge. We felt they just gave us the leftover from a previous customer. Prices were reasonable (except for the appetizer). The whole experience was very charming.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Venice, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Have eaten here my last trip thru and it was good ...but not now. Service was not good(i work in the business) we were rushed to order. Our app was served with dinner. My wine glass literally was about 2 oz for $7. Worst of all pizza was burnt, black on bottom. Couldn't get anyone's attention ... I guess its... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Annapolis, Maryland
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were walking by the night before and a patron raved about it, so we gave it a shot. Maybe our expectations were too high going in. The outdoor dining was pleasant. Our server was quite attentive but the gentleman who brought the Saganaki (flaming cheese) had a less than enthusiastic "Opa". There was plenty of tender grilled lamb in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Venice, Florida
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

My wife and I have driven past El Greco hundreds of times, but finally stopped by on 5/24/14 for lunch. The food and service was outstanding, though the ambiance is a little outdated. Best tzatziki and hummus I've had in a long, long time and awesome gyro's!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

i had the greek soup (avgolemono) and gyro platter for lunch. great flavors and fresh, authentic ingredients. the platter was more than enough to share with a companion. very pleasant, open, well-lit setting -- large windows on two sides of the dining room, which is situated at an intersection. comfortable seats.

Was this review helpful? Yes
deland
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Went out with family for a birthday lunch. Started with Seafood Platter which consisted of: Chargrilled octopus, deep fried Calamari, and 6 Grilled shrimp. Served with marinara sauce and lemon wedges. Excellent with the most tender octopus I've ever had! Most of us ordered either a Gyro Platter or Gyro Salad (lamb) and it was very tasty. Moussaka, Pasticcio, Kebab,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The best Greek food anywhere.Great hot bread;fabulous salad and large portions and a reasonable price.Friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere in the back room.What a find!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been eating here for over 20 years and it has always been consistent with excellent service and food. Greek comfort food is the mainstay of the menu but in addtion to the traditional favorities they also offer excellent chicken, meat and fish dishes with tasty sauces and perfect presentation. The Greek sald dressing is made in house to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
boston
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Main Street in Sarasota is filled with outstanding restaurants that feature different ethnic food. One that my wife and I really enjoyed was El Greco Cafe....It features some of the best Mediterranean food we have ever had...The night we dined there we were just interested in appetizers...Our server, Rupa, did an excellent job in suggesting two of their featured appetizers--shrimp... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sarasota, Florida
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

There's good reasons why locals have made El Greco one of the most popular restaurants in downtown Sarasota. We have a large Greek community on the west coast of Florida, so the area between Tarpon Springs and Sarasota enjoys several good Greek restaurants. The food at El Greco is consistently good, the service is always excellent, and the prices are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed El Greco Cafe also viewed

Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast

Been to El Greco Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage El Greco Cafe, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing