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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
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had enjoyed this place on a past visit but not this time. The vegetarian moussaka was fine but the three dip platter - ??? The hummos and eggplant dips were virtually flavorless. The potato dip was just odd. And the mixed vegetables that apparently come on the side with many dishes were oily, overcooked, and bland.

Thank Marcia S
venice, Fl
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232 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want really good and authentic Greek food go to El Greco Cafe. We were a party of 6, and everyone loved their food. They are really generous with the portions and we introduced our friends to the grilled octopus, which they loved.The place is so friendly, you can sit and talk, try new dishes. The rice pudding is... More 

Thank rmthom
Venice, Florida
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157 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saturday lunch at El Greco was excellent starting with Thalasina Char-grilled Portuguese Sea Octopus, fried calamari and grilled shrimp with Marinara sauce. $13.95 Initially, I ordered Octapodi Char-grilled Portuguese Sea Octopus, drizzled with olive oil, vinegar and oregano. $12.95. I asked our server, Elyse, to change the order and she did. The Thalasina has 3 different seafoods perfectly prepared. The... More 

Thank Bob S
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99 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a beautiful day and so we sat outside and enjoyed the cool breeze. I do advise that it can be very noisy as it is right next to Main Street. Started with the Avgolemono soup and a Junior Greek salad. The soup was very good, but much thicker than I've had elsewhere and I like it with a... More 

Thank EilselFL
Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely downtown restaurant. Delicious, fresh seafood, chicken and pizza. Great service and friendly staff. Highly recommend

Thank trips149
Wayne, New Jersey
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141 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

I enjoyed a tasty chicken kebob. Not the usual, almost like it wasn't cooked on a skewer, but good, all the same. Service was excellent, with the pleasant waitress coming to check often to make sure everything was all right.

1 Thank Steven L
Longboat Key, Florida
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104 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

El Greco is an unassuming-looking restaurant, but out eating experience was really good! Really good traditional Greek food. Well prepared; well presented; excellent waitstaff; very reasonable prices. Give El Greco a try!

1 Thank kneel126
Sarasota, Florida
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We went to this place for the first time on Sunday at about 3. We got right in due to the time. I usually just eat American food so I was ready to be let down. The Greek Pasta was excellent as was the lemon, chicken, rice soup. I left nothing. My wife had the chicken kabob which was also... More 

Thank Donald T
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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126 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We were their last night and Gena the server was very quick and the combo platter was very good.We have beed going to El Greco since 2003 and it is always a nice place and worth a visit.

Thank phil B
Marietta, Georgia
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73 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

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 

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?