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C'est La Vie

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1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5802
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Wildwood, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe au lait, salads, sandwiches, pastries....EVERYTHING is wonderful. Such a sweet little restaurant. I've read many reviews about staff being rude but we've been many times and they are always wonderful and so french. If you're pleasant so are they! The menu is extensive which surely makes it hard to choose but we have never had anything we didn't entirely... More 

Thank Heide F
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't get here often enough! Sadly, I usually try to avoid downtown because of traffic and parking hassles. However, July is a great time to go downtown and park convenient to everything. They have a lovely outside seating area which is popular the rest of the year. Little too hot for us today. The food is all good. I... More 

Thank lauriesrq
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Consistently good food with French breads and pastries. Perfect place for breakfast on Saturdays after walking through the Sarasota Market. Good coffee!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The American breakfast tasted great. The coffee was strong and smooth and I would come here just for it. Decor reminded me of Paris.

Thank seanlimon
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

They will not accept credit cards they woukd not allow us pay with a credit card for take out pastry. The woman was extremely rude and got more rude when I asked her nicely to accept payment. We have been to this place evey weekend and the attitude has amplified recently. She said she would rather lose the sale then... More 

Thank EuroIan
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

This little French bakery and resturant was so wonderful! The food was amazing and the service fantastic, it was very authentically French and such an enjoyable place. I would go again and again! I loved that the servers WERE FRENCH! It really added to the experince.

Thank estumfoll
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We are locals and despite the first unpleasant experience we still went there a second time because of what we liked eating. Little did we know that their servers are perpetually crude, cold and we have never felt more unwelcome.

Thank shinningstar2016
Sarasota, fl
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187 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

A colleague and I had lunch .. his first visit ... a return for me. The pressed baguette sandwich was perfect along with the salad. great lunch

Thank Philip P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

I discovered this little gem 3 years ago and make a point of visiting every time we are in Sarasota. The proprietors are a lovely French couple who never disappoint! This is casual dining at its best. Everything is delicious. We have tried a few different crepes with buckwheat instead of flour. I am pleasantly surprised every time. The side... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is lively french cafe with street-side tables and indoor dining. We just called in for a coffee but we noticed that the breakfasts looked awesome - wish we hadn't already eaten! A lot of people were eating pastries which looked great. You can also get pastries and other stuff to go. Staff were ok - but not over-friendly.

Thank PabloMorley

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
French, Cafe
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5802
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: 941-906-9575

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