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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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Welle, Belgium
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112 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Craving a typical French breakfast or lunch on main street? Then Cest la Vie might be what you're looking for. The menu offers a lot of choices, going from croissants to crêpes to salads and much more, but it's not cheap. It's probably not the kind of place I would visit on a frequent base but if you're looking to... More 

Thank Fabian P
Rockaway, New Jersey
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food and service very good. French bakery as well. Indoor and outdoor seating. French personnel serve you.

Thank Rich C
Longboat Key, Florida
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Excellent croissants and pastries. French attitude to add to the flair. Lunch is also very good there with quiche, salad, sandwiches. This is always a stop over enroute to the Saturday farmers market. Great way to start the day with their excellent coffee and pastries.

Thank Conn_travel_lovers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here once before for breakfast and we enjoyed this place very much. This time we came back for lunch and it was amazing. Pannini with brie cheese and pears was unforgettable! Cute little place and the bakery has such a good pastries and breads. Always place for me too return when I want to feel French 😉🗼

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a transplant of poor French service into Sarasota. The type of French service that unfortunately is still all too prevalent in France. I would have hoped to have avoided it in the USA. The owners appear to be French so have not made the transition. I believe this will be to their detriment in a short duration of... More 

Thank JWeismuller
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always looking for different places for breakfast in Sarasota and difficult to find a non-chain restaurant open before 8:00 AM. Chest la Vie is open at 7:30 am and is located right in downtown Sarasota. We were greeted as soon as we entered and offered coffee right away. Our order was taken once we had decided (and the menu is... More 

Thank Terry B
Sarasota, Florida
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

after 20 years on main street this is almost a copy. down to staff running around. open a short time and the dirty bathrooms. mens room was out of order. main street was not too clean and if one would see the kitchen next to the bathroom before they eat they would not order. it is remarkable that the pastry... More 

Thank Steve F
Columbia, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went in to try breakfast on a Sunday morning. I ordered an omelet that was actually more like a fritatta. It was absolutely amazing. I ordered it with breakfast potatoes and after my husband and i split the potatoes there were some leftover. My husband had a croissant which he said was excellent. I'm almost afraid to post this... More 

Thank Ruthann G
Sarasota, Florida
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249 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I couldn't find the new restaurant site here to review so please know this is for the Bradenton C'est La Vie in Cooper Creek. My friends and I had wonderful salads (I had my fave, the Salad Nicoise and dove right in!). Another friend had a curry salad with apples and pineapple (I would suggest asking for dressing on the... More 

Thank Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, Florida
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Great for breakfast or lunch. It's a favorite of tourists and locals. They feature a large choice of excellent salads and sandwiches. They also have a bakery that offers excellent breads, French pastries and baked goods.

Thank edwrdjh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, Cafe
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?