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French Affair Restaurant - CLOSED

2637 Mall Dr, Sarasota, FL 34231-5941
(941) 925-3414
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Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

35 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This place was one of my favorites - went there at least once a month. Chef Alain was the French Affair Restaurant. He took great pride in his work and will be sadly missed.

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Sad to announce Chef/Owner Alain Mons passed away 3/20/2014 and the French Affair restaurant is now closed. Staff and family wish to thank all Chef Alain's friends and customers for their support since when he opened Sarasota's first French restaurant in 1980.

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St. Louis
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This hidden gem in an old and neglected strip mall is worth the trip for fantastic service and incredible French food. The restaurant is still staffed and run by the original owners and their family and this pride of ownership is evident in everything they do. The portions are large, wine is available at slightly above retail prices, and the... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

We went there after reading the reviews and knew that the decor wasn't great and it is true. But, it worth to go in, and try the great food. If you like French cuisine you will appreciate. The waiter was very nice. Good experience.

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Sarasota, FL
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We have enjoyed the excellent food at the French Affair for many years. Trout Almondine , cassoulet and sweetbreads are our favorite dishes. This family operated restaurant is close to Siesta Key but tucked away in a small strip mall near Gateway. We recently returned from a trip to Loire Valley and Paris and the French Affair is at least... More

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Honeybunny1950
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Our party of 8 had dinner at this hidden gem near Gateway. There is no atmosphere at all but we had good wine, good food and good service. We were perusing the racks of wine in the back of the restaurant when the delightful chef came over to us and recommended a good blend of French red wine. He stated... More

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Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

If circus is your thing, you won't like this place. But, for us, who have been vacationing in the Sarasota area as a family for the past 9 years, we have grown sick and tired of the tourist traps. After reading some online reviews of French Affair, it was refreshing to experience true-to-description reviews on a number of different sites.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Unremarkable to look at (a storefront on a side-street stripmall near the Publix mall in GulfGate), you should visit and re-visit this corner of Sudouest France. M. Alain has been here for 20 years, we were sent by friends the first time and return each time we're in Sarasota. The fare is genuine, cooked with Provencal and/or Dordogne touches, modestly... More

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My Mother's Day Lunch with my daughter was scheduled on a Tuesday.. in June. I arrived early and to my surprise the restaurant is closed during the summer months for Lunch on Tuesdays. As I sat in front of the restaurant in my car, waiting for my daughter, a lady in the car next to me approached my window. She... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We were glad we made reservations for a Tuesday evening in June because every table was full, including a large multi-generation family group celebrating a birthday as we were. The food was excellent as usual. The chef comes around to make sure his skill is appreciated. We hoped to return for lunch today but learned through a sign on the... More

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