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“Not usual food and service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of El Greco Cafe

El Greco Cafe
1592 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
941-365-2234
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Ranked #282 of 851 Restaurants in Sarasota
Cuisines: Greek, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
chicago
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Not usual food and service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I must start off by saying I have had a few good meals here so was surprised when I returned to get a meal that I couldn't ear (lamb kabob). The meat was so touch it was inedible. Spoke to manager and he did comp the meal but that doesn't make up for a meal not eaten. My friend had chicken kabob and she said it was only fair - not very tender. Also, service was very slow and we had to wait a long time for our meal. Perhaps it was just an off night.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Local Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I love having lunch at El Greco when I'm downtown doing my shopping. The atmosphere is quiet and genial, and the food is always fantastic.

Visited October 2012
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Bloomington, Indiana
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54 reviews 54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Not the Greek cuisine I adored in Chicago.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We dined al fresco which was a mistake with lots of traffic on Main St. and cigarette smokers also. The dolmades were good and the salad. The one little strip of octopus on the seafood platter was tender and good, but the BBQ shrimp was small ad overcooked. The calamari was mediocre ---mostly chewy and a bland batter.The hummus was like nothing we have had ever --weird, but the tzatziki was superior, Redolent with garlic. Excellent refills on the sweetened iced tea and good service from our staff originally from Russia.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Northants
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Good Eating in Main Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This was a real change from the usual dining fare. Proper Greek food in a great location. Main Street Sarasota is so beautiful, especially at night. The menu was very varied. We had Gyro salad, mixed dip platter, braised lamb shank and Greek salad. The portions are large so share if you haven't got a huge appetite, I left half mine which was a shame as it was so tasty. Drinks were a bit pricey, only bottled beer and no spirits hence the four stars instead of five. I would thoroughly recommend it though if you fancy a change from steaks and fries!

Visited January 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Very good Greek food, reasonable prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The food is very good here. Traditional Greek dishes like Pastitsio and Spanikopita. I'm pretty sure they're open for lunch and dinner. On Main Street on the corner. You'll see the awning that says El Greco. Parking is a challenge downtown/Main St. A favorite Main Street restaurant.

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