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Cafe L'Europe

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431 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1494
+1 941-388-4415
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the $29 three course dinner option offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Make sure you ask for the menu for this because they don't offer it. They no longer offer the $5 glasses of wine. Everything we ordered was excellent. We sat outside, which was very pleasant.

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Thank MikeD602014
Ron M, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

Mike, Thank you for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your evening. To clarify, $5 glasses of house wine are available from 5 – 7 p.m. in the bar area and on the veranda as part of our nightly happy hour. We'd love to serve you again soon! More 

Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had dinner here two nights ago, excellent food, duck and veal, service really good, family friendly it very professional, would definitely recommend it and hope to return

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Thank Jennifer P
Taunton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were looking for somewhere to eat and found this restaurant. We were attracted to it because in addition to the Al la carte menu it offered a set menu price of $29.95 for a three course meal providing orders were taken by 5.30pm. As we had not had lunch this seemed perfect and there was a... More 

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Thank Robin S
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe under new ownership and management. Ambiance is old school and pleasant inside. Seated outside at our request in the evening. Lighting was poor at best (candles that could not provide adequate lighting). Menu difficult to read because of font size. Ordered Chateaubriand for two for $56 with a tiny foot note "p/p". Dinner offering was unremarkable for a signature... More 

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Ron M, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this review

I'm sorry we could not accommodate you with Chateaubriand for two tableside for $56.00. I have travelled all over the world and have yet to find a pricing like this. It would be very difficult to even purchase the meat of this caliber for this amount from our suppliers for two people for $56.00 yet all the trimmings and have... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is excellent but expensive. My only complaint is the staff has an air of snootiness. I didn't enjoy the experience.

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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A coworker and I went there for lunch. It was very good food, but a bit expensive for a quick lunch. Restaurant was very clean and server was excellent.

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Holmestrand
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110 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a small but very good lunch, sitting outside. This is an elegant place on St. Armand Circle. Staff was exellent as we did not see him more than necessary. Many lunches in the USA serves overloaded meals. This one was small and of top quality.

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Thank Holmestrand_yvind_K
Longboat Key, Florida
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Café Europe has wonderful food in a beautiful tranquil setting. The service is also excellent. Today, we had our favorite waiter, Alfredo. I highly recommend the salad nicoise or the liver and onions. Also, their martinis are exceptional. We prefer to eat inside in the eloquent dining room, but there is also seating in the bar room and outside.

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined twice at cafe L'Europe on our 2 week vacation, and one of the meals was extremely good although on the second visit the dover sole served was not as tasty as we have been used to in UK. On our first visit my wife had a grouper dish which was delicious as was my filet mignon. The service... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe L'Europe has always been one of my top ten restaurants in the world. However the new owners have raised the bar even higher! The presentation of the mouth watering food is picturesque. Everything from the perfectly mixed libations, extensive wine list, attentive service and romantic ambiance make Cafe L'Europe an experience that we look forward to every month!! 🍷

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, American, European, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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