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“Not up to par for St Armands Circle”
Review of Cha Cha Coconuts

Cha Cha Coconuts
Ranked #37 of 1,063 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed April 7, 2013

To be fair, this is only a review of the bar. And, to be fair, our visit was at what likely is one of the busiest times - - happy hour at spring break. But, when we leave a bar or restaurant because of one of the employees, I think it’s only fair to share the experience with others so that they can choose whether or not to replicate our experience.

We were trying to “kill time” in between walking and shopping St Armand’s Circle and dinner, so we went into Cha Cha Cocounuts because, of approximately 16 bar stools, 8 were empty. The lone bartender was busily try to sever up drink orders for the waiters and waitresses, and one of those in our party actually was able to walk halfway around the Circle, make a restaurant reservation, and get back to the bar before we had been greeted by the bartender. Several in our party ordered simple drinks (water, beer) and these were served quickly. The others asked to see a drink menu. A big mistake. The bartender was back taking care of the waiters and waitresses and it was quite some time before he returned to take the others’ orders. The bartender made little eye contact. At first, we weren’t even sure he knew we were there. A simple glance our way and “I’ll be right with you” would have gone a long way but he really wasn’t communicating with us or, as best I could tell, anyone at the bar. Because it was so busy, there was tension in the air, not a carefree “island” attitude. The patrons may have been happy, but the bartender didn’t appear to be.

One of our group simply said “I don’t want to stay at a bar where I’m afraid to ask for something” when we considered a second round. That really says it all.

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Took our teenagers to Cha Cha's for an early dinner - they loved it - bar fare in a relaxed environment though it is very busy. We had the nacho appetizer which was good and our teens had sandwiches which they loved. Reminds me a bit of a Hard Rock Cafe. Lots of folks enjoying the beverages and an equal amount of families with younger children so that gives you an idea of the "something for everyone" feel although I wouldn't end up here with my husband for date night. Overall the food was good and agree with other reviewers - not a lot of flavors or quality for perhaps more seasoned diners - but that isn't the point of this restaurant - but the kids loved it.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Service is always excellent at Cha Cha Coconuts on St. Armands Circle near Sarasota. The food is of the bar-type variety, but I have never been disappointed, whether it is the appetizers or the main meal. Try the Fried Caribbean Treats, which are sweet potato fries, for an appetizer or snack. Also, the Key West Mahi sandwich and the Fish Tacos are excellent. My dining companion also enjoyed the grouper sandwich.

The atmosphere is fun and festive. Sitting at the bar with some friends on another occasion was a great time. In the evenings they had music, which we enjoyed.

If you want to avoid the prices and the crowds at The Columbia, try Cha Chas. Nothing fancy, but you can sit outside, enjoy a drink or two and watch the crowds and listen to the music. Great for lunch and/or drinks.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Needing a break from shopping in St. Armands Circle we ate at Cha Cha Coconuts and enjoyed a nice meal. The menu has good variety including very tasty coconut shrimp. Nothing fancy but a good value and friendly service. A nice casual lunch spot.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Stopped for lunch while shopping with three kids around St Armands Circle and this little place was very good. Menu had plenty of choices and food was served quickly. Not a ton of flavor in any of the dishes we ordered, but we didn't expect gourmet cuisine for a quick lunch. However, our service was excellent---quick and attentive. We don't care to dine with pets near our table (common occurrence in this area) so we chose to sit inside and we were still able to enjoy the ambience of St Armands.

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Thank crcmtt
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