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American and European cuisine, homemade food, everything from scratch made in the restaurant. Seafood, steaks, veal chops, foie gras...
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
European, Central European, Hungarian, Eastern European
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

Tokaj is not on 41 so may be overlooked by most. Well worth a visit. Took the parents out for dinner on a Saturday. They have lived in Venice for over 20 years and had never been before. The portions are generous, the service is...excellent and the have live music. Not a very large place but very very good.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

Had an amazing dinner. We all went in not knowing most of the dishes, however we left with our bellies full. We weren’t rushed and could enjoy each course to it’s fullest. This was one of the better meals I’ve had in a long long...time. So savory- my husband had a rack of lamb, I had a Hungarian pork tenderloin dish, other guests had veal schnitzel and a Hungarian stayed lamb stew- we also enjoyed a nice bottle of Hungarian wine recommended to us- we thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to head back!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 20, 2019

We had dinner there last Friday night (November 22, 2019). Our waiter, Gabriel, was quite accommodating and attentive. The food runner, Page, was right on top of things. Since everything is made to order, she keeps an eagle eye on diners' plates to be sure...the next course is timely but never rushed. They bent over backward to be sure everything was perfect. In the end, even Chef Tomas made an appearance and thanked us for dining. We will definitely go back. If you like being pampered and enjoy excellent food, this is one placed that should be on your to-do list for Sarasota!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 24, 2019

I cannot believe we have not been here before! My only complaint....I ate too much. We tried things we have not had before and the food was incredible. Amazing flavors! Service was great. If you have not been, you must try it. Highly recommend: Hungarian...Crepes, Veal Paprikash, Mangolica Steak, and don't skip the walnut cake dessert. Heading back soon to try the duck and lamb. YumMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019

Since Tokaj serves primarily Hungarian food, we had the veal paprikash and weiner schnitzel. Tasty but not our cup of tea, given our usual diet preferences and restrictions. When we go back, we'll order American items. The restaurant is cozy, immaculate, and well run. Staff...is friendly and service is unobtrusive and timely. We do recommend dining here, especially for a special occasion.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed September 20, 2019

A cute little place. The menu sounded interesting, so we drove out there for dinner. We were greeted by “Sit anywhere you like”. We chose a table by the window. Eva brought us a basket with warm bread, as well as homemade spread. I asked...her how it was made, and she said that it was based on cooked duck fat with stewed vegetables, that were mushed into a pate. It was served with some fresh parsley, tomatoes and sweet peppers. It was an interesting combination of flavors. For an appetizer we got Tartar de Beuf and Hungarian Crepes. The Tarter was of good consistency, and it was a generous portion, but it seemed to have really a lot of paprika in it or similar spice. It was a little too strong for me, but tasted good with the warm toast, butter and fresh veggies. The Crepes were Excellent! It was not quite what we expected. Apparently, the pheasant is cooked, rolled into a crepe and then deep fried. It was sliced into three parts. The pheasant was tender and juicy, great flavor. It does not say so on the menu, but all main course dishes are accompanied by a cup of soup. The soup is a basic broth, duck and/or beef, with some veggies and a filler, such as vermicelli. I asked Eva about it, and they make the soup a little bit differently every day, depending on what is cooking. Sometimes they put little dumpling in it, etc. She did assure me that there was no pork used in the soup. We do not eat any pork products, and we always discuss it with a waitress when we eat out at a new restaurant. For the main course, we ordered Roasted Duck, Rack of Lamb and the Filet. The Duck was all right, it seemed to be a bit on the dry side. The Lamb was Phenomenal!!! We ordered it medium rare. It was beautiful and flavorful, with just the right amount of salt and rosemary. It was very tender and juicy. A real treat. It as served with grilled asparagus and potatoes, which were also very good. The asparagus was cooked especially well, where it was tender and crunchy at the same time. The Filet was a big problem….. I specifically asked how it was prepared and what was in the “Lesco” ragout that was accompanying the meat. We were told that it is a mixture of vegetables and mushrooms. The filet is grilled and cut in half, where it is placed on a toast with the veggies in between the two halves of meat. It all sounded pretty good. We always share all the dishes, and I was the last one to get the filet plate… that is when I realized that it had bacon mixed into the ragout… Since it was supposed to have some foie gras in it, we asked earlier where it was, since we did not see a piece of liver. Eva told us that it was chopped up into the mix. Well, there was pork in it too… after we had specific conversation about our dietary needs. We, of course, did not finish the dish and she felt really bad about forgetting our conversation concerning port products. She took it off the bill, but our meal was pretty much ruined at this point. Sorry to say….More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 18, 2019

Eight of us sat down for dinner. Only two people ordered alcohol. The waitress, appears to be the wife of the owner, was visibly disappointed. I ordered the black board special of lamb paprikash. The soup that accompompanied dinner for all of us was clear...beef boullion with sliced carrots. Very uninspired. Dinners came out after a long wait. The waitress served me and stated "here is your veal paprikash". I told her I ordered lamb. Wordlessly she removed my plate. Everyone else was eating. If I waited for what I had ordered it would be at least 20 minutes. I did not want to delay my fellow diners. I called to the waitress to return my meal. She did so without saying a word. When the checks arrived I had been charged full price for the wrong dinner that basically I had been forced to eat. By the way the veal was dry as heck. My wife's stuffed cabbage was not good also. The spatzel that accompanied my veal was cold. My wife, I and at least two other diners would not go back. We have close friends who are from Hungary. Their stuffed cabbage is to die for. Tokaj stuffed cabbage was dead. Odd filling, not very good. Enough said.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 16, 2019

We visited to celebrate our anniversary. It was perfect for a special dinner- unique menu- intimate setting- excellent and warm service. Portions are very generous- go with an appetite.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 26, 2019

We returned to Tokaj Saturday last for my birthday, our second visit, and if anything, it was even better than the first. A lovely room and ambiance; warm, attentive service; and the food: it is quite literally (at least for me) indescribably good. Deep, rich,...complicated flavors simply and elegantly presented.My Hungarian wife tells me it is as good as Hungarian food gets. And we agree that it is among the top few very best restaurants in a town that enjoys good food. Our desire is that soon it becomes painfully difficult to get a reservation because we hope it remains in Sarasota for a very long time. We look forward to our next visit. Soon.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 25, 2019

If you are looking for a special restaurant, amazing food, service and ambiance, you will encounter it all in this quaint restaurant in the heart of Gulf Gate. Tonight we went and had the best dinner in Sarasota that we can remember. Incredibly fresh food,...expertly cooked, tastes that really awaken your mouth! We will be back! A very grateful thank you to the owners Tomas and Eva for a memorable evening. We finished our dinner off with this tasty walnut cake dessert!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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