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C'est La Vie

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1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5802
7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sarasota, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food was good, but the service was so bad that even when I asked for service, I was ignored.....staff that day were very stuffy

Thank 25tryintohelp
Sarasota FL
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little place for coffee, pastry and other good food in the AM. Will be glad when the new store opens in the University Park, Lakewood Ranch area.

Thank cruiseal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoy C'est La Vie for breakfast or lunch. Their breads are good and the food is as well. We usually buy the bread for home and don't eat there.

Thank Nancy S
Gig Harbor, Washington
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've had many bakery items here and never been disappointed. The almond croissant is excellent. The pistachio tart is also good but not the best thing I've gotten here. All the items have been buttery, flaky, and not overly sweet. We had lunch there for the first time and found the food to be good but not outstanding. Serving sizes... More 

Thank Kibagirl
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love having lunch outside and people watching, We usually split a sandwich (pate my favorite) and then lingering over dessert.

Thank Karen S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visit my mom from New Jersey every year and we always come here for their freshly baked pastries and delicious sandwiches on baguettes. You have to come pretty early or else they run out of pastries and it's harder to find parking. They're usually packed and they do get pretty busy so sometimes you have to wait a little... More 

Thank Marina B
Wildwood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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 H L
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

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 July 2, 2016

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 July 1, 2016 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

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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?