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“average place in area of many alternatives” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Drunken Poet Cafe

Drunken Poet Cafe
1572 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
941-955-8404
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Ranked #117 of 852 Restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Thai
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Orange Street
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“average place in area of many alternatives”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This restaurant is trying to be all things to all people with their Thai and Japanese menu. I always felt is was better to do one thing well, then many things mediocre. The décor in this restaurant is getting a little worn and out of date. The service was good, but the prices were high for this type of food. I ordered a scallop and grouper combo and did not realize they were going to be fried. Also, the grouper had a fishy taste, which usually means the fish was in the refrigerator too long or they did not trim it very well. I for one am not going back.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best sushi and Thai!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

I have been going to this restaurant for years! The owner and staff are friendly and knowledgable. The owner is known to give a free desert every now and then and let's her customers know she loves them! She is straight from Thailand by the way. I love the sexy man roll :) in the sushi section and the pad Thai and yellow curry. Delicious food always! Never a bad experience! The complaints on here are ridiculous like the one about service. I bet you left out the part that there was a full house on a Friday or Saturday night? Your server is a human being and I bet you couldn't do half of what they do! But besides all that, visit this restaurant - it is definitely worth your time!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent THAI food and great service!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My family and I read about the restaurant in the Sarasota magazine so we knew we had to try it out! It went above and beyond our expectations. The food was wonderful,and I enjoyed really a great 'Pad Thai'. Aside the great taste, the presentation of the food was gorgeous and the owner/waitress were super friendly and a joy to talk to!!! This place I would highly recommend.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bradenton, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great food, gluten free, atmosphere funky not fancy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We went there on the recommendation of my 20's daughter. It definitely not atmospheric, with vinyl tablecloths which were of questionable cleanliness. The server was friendly and attentive and the food is excellent and reasonably priced with a wide range of gluten free and vegeterian choices. Would definitely go back. The outside tables are the nicest.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belmar, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

My first culinary experience in Sarasota FL and it was a very promising beginning. The food was fantastic the service was great everything was fresh and tasty. The mango and sticky rice dessert was phenomenal make sure you make it to dessert :).

Visited February 2013
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