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“NEVER AGAIN! do not waste your time and money!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Rick's French Bistro

Rick's French Bistro
2177 Siesta Dr., Sarasota, FL 34239-5235
941 957 0533
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Ranked #38 of 794 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $25
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: A real French bistro in a real friendly French atmosphere where our goal is to serve you fine, refreshing & wholesome meals without sacrificing flavor or quality. Everything we serve is homemade at reasonable prices.
New York City, New York
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“NEVER AGAIN! do not waste your time and money!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

Yesterday, we visited the restaurant due to my husband's addiction to French food. However, this restaurant did not justify our expectations for a number of reasons. First of all, it was cramped and completely uncomfortable. We could hear all conversations in the restaurant easily! and felt their elbows! Secondly, this is NOT AUTHENTIC FRENCH FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!their DUCK dish was HORRIBLE!!!! They prepared Duck with beans and SAUSAGES! It looked like Mexican dish , but not a French one!
Thirdly, service was outrageous! they did not replenish our water glasses. A gap between appetizers and main dishes was 38 minutes!
In addition, this restaurant did not deserve 1 cent that we spent there! Unfairly expensive!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Rickandyou, Owner at Rick's French Bistro, responded to this review, July 27, 2011
Maybe this people doesn't know anything about the French cuisine and the ambiance on a real bistro like we have in France ..... Why to be so agressive on writing a review ? If something was wrong when you was there, you just had to tell us .... Our Duck is a cassoulet, and cassoulet means white beans and saussage. It is an evidence that you never been in Toulouse (France) the capital of the cassoulet ..... Anyway our Restaurant is a small and friendly place where we consider our customers like a friends. My wife and I we do the maximum to serve them with attention and courtesy. Everything we serve is homemade !! Authenticity and quality is our #1 goal. We are very affected by this kind of review because this is not the reflect of that we are and we think on this terrific economic situation that : if we are still alive after 8 years , it's simply because we are one of the best restaurant in town.
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best French Restaurant in Sarasota.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2011

The food is absolutely genius. Each dish has its own unique taste, and is cooked carefully and just the way you want. I have never eaten at a place with such meticulously prepared meals, and the service...Richard and his Wife Michelle are two of the nicest people. Your visit will be remembered, and you will be very satisfied with both your meal and your visit.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madeira Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The most romantic and charming place of sarasota”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

If you want to go to the most romantic and charming restaurant in Sarasota go to Rick's French bistro. I went with my fiance to eat at Rick's. The food was great and so well prepared by the cook. The Onion soup and the hot Brie on top a bed of lettuce was amazing. My fiance tried the Chicken white sauce and I took the grilled lamb chops with thyme the aroma coming from the plate was to died for. Nice selections of French desserts. This is an authentic French foods restaurant. So got eat at Rick's enjoy the French Music and drink some French wines you will fill like your dining in Paris.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Do not go!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

Just dined at Rick's French Bistro and it was one of the worst dining experiences of our lives. Not only was the food far too salty and the lamb chops not cooked to order, but the owner rudely challenged us, insinuating that we knew nothing about ordering food. As we left, we heard him complaining about us to other customers. On the food alone, we would never return and in a long life of eating out, we have never been so rudely treated. Also since we were a party of two women, we have to wonder if gender played a role in how we were treated. Where is French chivalry!

  • Visited February 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Rickandyou, Owner at Rick's French Bistro, responded to this review, May 25, 2011
Since 8 years , my wife and I , we do the best to treat our customers like real VIPs. Our goal is to serve them fine, refreshing & wholesome meals without sacrificing flavor or quality. Everything we serve is homemade, and cooked to order. I don't know why, but this night, one of this two ladies was very agressive with our young waitress. 3 times she asked to redo the " Lamb " saying that we did'nt know how to cook a meat and by 3 times we cooked a new lamb with the temperature requested, ( She even made my waitress cry and devastated...) I think that after 35 years on the restaurant business, my wife who is the Chef knows how to cook a lamb...
Yes, some customers next to the table of these ladies were talking with me and didn't undestand their behavior.....
We are proud to be on " Trip Advisor ". To take good care of our guests is a real pleasure, most of them became like friends. We want to continue on this way and just hope that this 2 ladies will come back to our friendly bistro, and become new friends ......
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Sarasota, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful Atmosphere, Great Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

Recently went to Rick's to celebrate a birthday after hearing about it for some time. The cozy atmosphere makes for an intimate dinner and the food was great. Would absolutely return.

Visited January 2011
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