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“Excellent Food and Pastries”
Review of C'est La Vie

C'est La Vie
Ranked #171 of 1,079 Restaurants in Sarasota
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Reviewed June 3, 2014

My parents live in Sarasota so we visit every-time I go down which is often as I live in the Tampa area. The pastries are homemade and wonderful, they are made in the traditional French way, just enough sweetness. The breads are wonderful too. Food is excellent and made fresh. The inside is small but not overly cramped so you can have a conversation without others listening in. In late fall through early Spring you should try to sit outside as the weather is nice. Service is efficient and prompt but in traditional French manner, so expect it and you'll do fine. The food is a little pricey but well worth it.

If you are in the area stop in!

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1  Thank Jim G
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

The pastries alone make this the spot to visit when downtown. Don't expect welcoming servers, they do their job. That's it. Come here for the pastries, the strong coffee and a nice seat outside on Main Street. The inside is quaint but a bit tight. If you are going to feel cramped might as well sit outside among the international people visiting the area.

1  Thank scbleo
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

My wife and I have been here a couple times and have enjoyed everything about it. The sandwiches and salads are delicious and often served by a French server. If you can get a sidewalk table on a nice day you won't be sorry, but the compact indoor dining is also perfect for a rainy day.

This is quickly becoming our go-to lunch spot in downtown Sarasota!

1  Thank Mike K
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

food lives up the french reputation for quality. even had a francophone server! i had the montpellier sandwich and soup for lunch. pleasant sidewalk seating under shade tree.

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1  Thank ddsrq
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

We were on a road trip driving past Sarasota and decided we needed to stop at Cest La Vie for a good coffee and breakfast. Wow! Great again. This is such an old world French place with fabulous pastries and breakfast. We purposely routed our trip just to stop here again. Wonderful coffees and croissants plus breakfast. Service is wonderful.

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1  Thank librarian73
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