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“Great food, mediocre service”
Review of Cafe L'Europe

Cafe L'Europe
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Ranked #28 of 1,144 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, European, Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Established in 1973 in John Ringling's original real estate office, Cafe L'Europe has become one of Florida's most distinguished restaurants. The original brick walls are enhanced with artwork from our Cafe Collection, distinctive archways, and Spanish terra cotta tile for a warm, relaxing old-world ambiance.Our award-wining cuisine and selection of fine wines from Europe and America strike the perfect balance of tradition and innovation that have stood the test of time and trend. Many of our signature dishes are prepared tableside for the added drama of a truly memorable dining experience.Cafe L'Europe offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as a temperature controlled veranda for the best of both worlds. Our private dining rooms can accommodate parties from 8 to 65 guests and we are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.Our many accolades include the coveted DiRoNA, Sarasota Magazine's Best Elegant Restaurant, and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
Reviewed April 28, 2014

The food was amazing, the service mediocre at best. We had several servers stop by the table in the beginning, no one appeared to know who was supposed to serve the table. Not one of them smiled or was friendly. After dinner, we were brought a dessert menu but no one came back to see if we wanted dessert. We had to hunt someone down to pay our check. Also, they cleaned a ceiling vent over a table where people were seated and had been served drinks, who knows what fell on their table.

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Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your most recent visit to Café L’Europe. We are sorry to hear that the service on this occasion was not consistent with the level of service that has made us a Sarasota Tradition for over 41 years, but we do hope that the amazing food will convince you to give us another opportunity to provide you with the service you deserve.

Sincerely,

Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff

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Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Living in downtown Sarasota wife & I get around to most resturants including Cafe Europe. I have been critical of service but the last two times it as been excellent. The food is always good..This time we had the special , scallops and the filet..both were perfect.
And service was spot on.
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Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your most recent visit to Café L’Europe. We are happy to hear that the service on this occasion exceeded your expectations, and that you and our wife enjoyed the scallops and filet. We look forward to seeing both of you again very soon!

Sincerely,

Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff

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Reviewed April 23, 2014

My wife and I were advised by another couple to try Cafe L'Europe. We were not disappointed. This restaurant has an excellent location on St Armands Circle, with both inside and outside dining available. The evening we dined there was a musician softly playing guitar and singing which added to the atmosphere. The service was quite attentive without being smothering. The food, especially our fresh fish selections, was prepared and presented perfectly. They also offer a nice wine selection. All in all a wonderful meal in a nice setting with great service. It is certainly worth our drive down from Anna Maria. I will return (hopefully this week!).

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Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review Café L’Europe. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the live music as well as the food and wine, the attentive service, and atmosphere on your most recent visit. We look forward to seeing you the next time you visit St. Armand’s Circle!

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Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff

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Reviewed April 21, 2014

To the staff and management at Cafe L'Europe.. THANK YOU for a fabulous Easter Brunch! Our satisfaction with our experience comes as no surprise, because your restaurant stands for consistent excellence in service and food preparation. As for Easter, the decor was perfect.. tulips on tables, Easter bunny to greet all guests, and live bunnies!!! You really didn't miss a thing, "ambience wise!" The food selection was superb! So much to choose from.. and the prime rib station happened to be our guest's favorite. The "chocolate fountain" for dessert was unbelievable..... we've been to many brunches before, and overall this was a 5 star experience.. no if's, and's, or buts! To all reading this, Cafe L'Europe isn't just a winning restaurant for brunch.. it's top notch for all dining experiences and is sure to please one and all. Full bar..... outstanding service... superior food preparation... that's what excellence in dining is all about. THANK YOU Cafe L'Europe once again!

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Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance at our 41st Annual Easter Brunch, and we are thrilled that you appreciated all of the special touches, like the tulips and bunnies, we used to make this day even more special for our valued guests. We look forward to seeing you before the 42nd Annual Easter Brunch and for many years to come!

Sincerely,

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Reviewed April 14, 2014

After our friends drove 2 hours from Naples Florida to enjoy our annual lunch at Cafe L'Europe on St. Armand's Circle, it was a bitter disappointment. The food was not as delicious as before and everything seemed to be a day old - rather stale. 3 orders of Liver & Onions proved to be tough and full of gristle, 1 corned beef sandwich was dry and tasteless, 1 Grouper sandwich could not be finished and the French onion soup was lacking freshness and the onion it was served in, looked tired. Out of a party of six, there was not one person that enjoyed their lunch - very sad indeed.

Our waiter was young and arrogant and not enjoyed by us. We will have to change our annual get together to another restaurant that can provide the service and good food that we pay for.

Cafe L'Europe is not only over-priced now but the food is about a 3 on a scale of 10.

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Thank kadilo
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Betsie C, Owner at Cafe L'Europe, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your most recent experience at Café L’Europe. We are sorry to hear that this visit did not meet the expectation set by the many great visits of the past. We assure you that this is not a typical experience and we hope that, after many great meals at Café L’Europe, you will give us another opportunity to provide you with the exceptional service and quality that continues to make us one of Sarasota’s favorite restaurants.

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Betsie Coolidge and the Café L’Europe Staff

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