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El Greco Cafe

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1592 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
+1 941-365-2234
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Marietta, Georgia
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was our first visit to the town of Sarasota and we had no idea what to expect. But I wanted to see the “historic downtown” and we found it: a marvelously renovated area full of restaurants and shops, good for walking and a place where we were able to park relatively easily – and free for three hours, I... More 

Thank Nighthawk416
Sarasota, Florida
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pretty ordinary Greek. It's been around for years, but you can do better. Average at best. There are any number of restaurants in the same block that offer better value. Pass it by

Thank edwrdjh
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This review reports on three excellent dishes: a grilled octopus appetizer, a spanakopita appetizer and a cheese Stromboli. El Greco is a long term popular restaurant, so the probability of other dishes being good is high. The grilled octopus was cooked perfectly, with the proper texture, tender, but firm. The cheese Stromboli, smaller of the two sizes, was still large... More 

Thank Edwin M
Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Sat out side on a beautiful Sarasota day. Ordered my favorite Greek salad which has gyro meat on it. Very fresh and tasty. No complaints here.

Thank dlsl59
Cookeville, Tennessee
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Enjoyed a very tasty lunch at El Greco Cafe. It was our first time dining there and it was very good. Great service and great food.

Thank maryannep34285
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299 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

All food was delicious. Salad, grilled salmon over greek rice and salad and bread on the side. IT was one of the best restaurant meals i ever ate. The pork souvlaki was bland, not seasoned enough. I am sure it's a little different each time as home made food is usually not measured. Best deal you'll get for a fish... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Good Greek food isn't all that easy to find, and you won't find it here. It's been in the same Main Street location for years, so it obviously has a loyal following. I personally love good Greek food, but, unfortunately, this is only average at best. There's better to be had.

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Bradenton, Florida
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83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We have wanted to visit this restaurant for several months. We went for lunch on Labor Day and were quite impressed. It is very pretty inside and the foods we had were delicious. Service was very good and the meal was a good value. Pizza is served as well as various Greek dishes.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

The food, the service and presentation were excellent. The portions were large for us though, but we all enjoyed the homemade food. There was a good choice for my daughter who is vegetarian as well. As we were not local, they recommended some nice places to visit nearby as well. I recommend this place.

Thank Jaz187
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

What a nice Greek restaurant in downtown Sarasota! We really enjoyed our meals! Very reasonable prices and amazing service. Kyle took care of us, we were very impressed! Food is outstanding! Loved every single bite! We also had a desert called Ekmek Kataifi with shredded phyllo dough - OMG, the most amazing thing I've ever tried! Can't way to go... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1592 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-365-2234
El Greco Cafe is the place when you can have a fast lunch,or a quiet diner with friends,have a first date and make a great impression,or just show your dancing skills on Greek night. With two rooms it can accommodate large groups,lunch meetings or big birthday parties. From Lamb dishes,fresh seafood,pasta to pizzas and strombolis,we have something for everyone.Gluten free,vegetarian no problem. Chef Robert and his wife Gena are always present.They like to meet you and like to hear your opinion,so just ask for them at any time.

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