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Cafe L'Europe

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431 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1494
+1 941-388-4415
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So after a long day of eating and drinking at the beach with family, we decided to keep our 7pm reservation at Cafe L'Europe but go for a lighter fare instead of the wonderful selection of entrees on their menu. We hadn't been there for many years and reserved a table in the Piano Room for a romantic 40th Anniversary... More 

Thank Rich S
Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Four of us dined on Saturday evening and from the moment we walked in we knew it would be a wonderful dining experience. We were shown to a great table, water immediately, interesting wine and cocktail list (lovely French Rose for me) friendly, knowledgeable wait staff, and amazing food. (The best veal I've had in ages) And really good lemoncello... More 

Thank duadty
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here by chance and we're thoroughly satisfied. Friendly staff and great food. We wanted to sit outside on a very hot evening and the ceiling fans kept us comfortable. I had the veal piccata which required extra bread to make sure I wiped the last soupçon of sauce from my plate. My wife had the scallop special which she... More 

Thank Ed F
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service, great ambiance and excellent food. Best restaurant on St. Armand's Circle. From the smoked Scottish salmon and the bison carpaccio appetizers, to our main courses of delicious sole, grilled salmon and NY strip, everything was fresh and perfectly prepared. We will definitely be back!

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cafeclub2016, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience. We definitely look forward to serving you again soon! - Ron Milton, owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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1,728 reviews
938 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For more than 30 years, we have vacationed on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. And for more than 30 years, our first dining experience always is L'Europe on St. Armands Circle, the most luxurious shopping area on Florida's West Coast. Opened in 1973, the iconic and upscale restaurant recently came under new ownership. But Ron Milton and Joe Balzano have... More 

Thank Taylor B
Management response:

Taylor, Thank you for your review! We're delighted that your experiences over the past 30 years have been so enjoyable and look forward to your continued visits. We strive to continuously grow and improve while keeping the classic touches that Cafe L'Europe has always been known for. - Ron Milton, Owner More 

Westchester County, New York
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent fine dining - fabulous service - tableside presentations - classic caviar presentation etc - Alfredo was an excellent waiter (ask for him!) - and the manager was accommodating (quickly fixing one small issue)

Thank Donna H
Management response:

We're so delighted that you had such a wonderful experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon! -Ron Milton, owner More 

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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on 2 occasions for lunch and 3 times for dinner during our last 2 months here. We are always looked after,Cassie looked after us on two of these occasions and gave excellent service.I am gluten free and always well looked after.( Just wish they had Gluten free rolls like the Ritz Carlton)They have a great value Summer Special 2... More 

Thank Carolyne M
Management response:

We appreciate you joining us so frequently and that your experience was delightful. Thanks for taking the time to write your review. I will be sure to pass on your praise to Cassie and Marianna. - Ron Milton, owner More 

Longboat Key, Florida
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413 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The interior has an aged refinement that money cannot replace. The meal- great. The service- top notch. The experience as a whole- five star....and then we find out last night this icon will close 7/31 and change owners. Jessica at the front door...welcoming and friendly. She's a keeper! Wait staff...tops! Change for the sake of change....what ever happened to "leave... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have lived in Sarasota for six years and this is by far the best in town. No, I don't work for them and I never have, and I don't even know people who work for them, but this by far the best restaurant in Sarasota. Others might have good food sometimes, or good service sometimes, or maybe if they... More 

Thank Tom T
Venice, Florida
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this old favorite for an organized lunch with friends only to be disappointed by the lack of organization and poor service on a slow weekday when everything could have been better. Our lunch first arrived only to be told it was for someone else. Then almost 45 minutes later our table's lunches arrived. Food preparation was excellent and the... More 

Thank Al B
Management response:

Thank you for this review. Please note that as of August 1, 2016 Cafe L'Europe is under new ownership. We've not only updated the decor, we've also re-trained our staff to meet our standards of service. We hope that you'll consider stopping in again to see what we have to offer. -Ron Milton, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
French, American, European, Gluten Free Options, International
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 431 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1494
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-388-4415
Established in 1973 in John Ringling's original real estate office, Cafe L'Europe has become one of Florida's most distinguished restaurants. The original brick walls are enhanced with artwork from our Cafe Collection, distinctive archways, and Spanish terra cotta tile for a warm, relaxing old-world ambiance.Our award-wining cuisine and selection of fine wines from Europe and America strike the perfect balance of tradition and innovation that have stood the test of time and trend. Many of our signature dishes are prepared tableside for the added drama of a truly memorable dining experience.Cafe L'Europe offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as a temperature controlled veranda for the best of both worlds. Our private dining rooms can accommodate parties from 8 to 65 guests and we are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.Our many accolades include the coveted DiRoNA, Sarasota Magazine's Best Elegant Restaurant, and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?