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Fresh Start Cafe

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630 S Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7504
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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1,766 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just when you think you have dined at the last breakfast/lunch restaurant in town, you discover another one. They are very popular in the Sarasota area...Millie's, Broken Egg, First Watch, Sun Garden Cafe, Toasted Mango. And now Fresh Start Cafe. Opened in the winter of 2011/2012, it is located at 630 South Orange in historic Burns Court and open daily... More 

Thank Taylor B
Jensen Beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to eat at a local spot for breakfast. Nice outdoor setting but since it was hot we sat indoors. People were friendly and the menu nice, lot of specialty breads and such. We ordered french press coffee for two and it was very good. I had traditional bacon and eggs with a bagel and fruit and my wife... More 

Thank Miami1982
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Indeed this little off the beaten path place was outstanding every time we visited . Of course we had the shakshuka, blintzes and salad of some sort. Cookie and coffee yummy too. Find it and eat here !

Thank kportgirl
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

A creative breakfast menu, always well prepared. Great service. More outside seating tan inside. Dog friendly. Overrun with tattoos.

Thank Robert L
Sarasota, Florida
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Decided to try because of the great reviews. Nice outdoor seating area. Prompt service. A good selection to choose from. Food & service was good as well. Frittata was just average, but really liked the selection of fruit they served (watermelon, kiwi, orange). So will be back to try something else, & will opt for the fruit for sure.

Thank stacey m
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

First impression: lots of people there, absolutely slammed. It was cold, and we sat outside. Still, a lot of people sitting outside in the rather chilly weather. The owner was very accommodating and apologized several times for being slow that day. When our food arrived, it was delicious and very fresh! We asked to be seated inside and they very... More 

Thank Bastmuse
Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

This little restaurant is truly a Hidden Treasure. Off the beaten path in Burns Court, but well worth looking for. As I told the owner the other day, she has a problem the parking lot is too small for all the satisfied customers (Only Kidding, there is plenty of parking in the adjacent lot). The food is outstanding. Definitely the... More 

Thank eugenevrose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Off the beaten path...This place was a perfect breakfast destination for us when traveling in Sarasota! The short-stack of cinammon pancakes was seriously the best I've ever had and endless refills of iced coffee was the icing on the cake!!! This is a definite go-back on our next trip!

Thank Leanne L
Englewood, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

We sat on the patio on a warm day but the umbrella shaded us well. We didn't realize how close we were to closing time but it was never mentioned nor did we feel rushed. I highly recommend it. I had the tuna & egg sald platter which was generous and good. I cannot remember what my wife had but... More 

Thank Pat H
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a very nice lunch sitting outside on a gorgeous Spring day. The service is fantastic, the French press coffee was some of the best coffee I've ever had in a restaurant. I chose the shakshuka and was somewhat disappointed. The sauce was a bit boring and I prefer when the egg is not fully cooked. Our friends had... More 

Thank SarasotaBill

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 630 S Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7504
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: 19413731242

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?