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“Expectations Probably Too High”

Roessler's Restaurant
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Ranked #93 of 1,055 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed March 19, 2013

After reading the many positive reviews on TA, we were really looking forward to our dinner here. Roessler's is truly a family owned restaurant in a garden setting, albeit with a peek of the busy Tamiami Trail through the hedge.
We dined very early, so crowds were not a problem. I can understand the main dining room's being noisy on a busy night. Unfortunately, the dominant flavor of most servings was saltiness, quite remarkable since I enjoy too much salt anyway. The veal picatta's dominant taste was of salt rather than the lemon flavor I expect. The baked onion soup was, of course, very salty. The cocktails and wine were excellent. The service seemed a little slow, although it was probably appropriate for a Continental restaurant.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

It was delish but can cause abdominal discomfort. (Escolar is also known as butterfish (incorrectly), Hawaiian butterfish, walu/waloo, or super white tuna). I'll let the reader use discernment.
All the other dishes were amazing and the everything about the place is saying "Great" and therefore the 4 star review. Service was excellent and I will go back and get some of the other dishes that looked fantastic and were great!

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1  Thank BLKing
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

The restaurant is in a beautiful setting with lovely views from every table. You wouldn't expect to find a restaurant of this caliber in this area. The food was prepared and presented in a beautiful manner. My friend had the schnitzel and it was "the best she ever had". I had the hawaiian butterfish and the fish was moist with an almond sauce. The crab cakes were all crab. The sides that come with each dish were unusual and delicious. The service was excellent and we were not rushed. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion, date or just a treat!!!

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Thank simi1
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Roessler's restaurant on Vamo just off S. Tamiami Trail at the southern end of Sarasota is a civilized gem hidden in plain view. Beautifully set tables that are far apart from each other fill several quiet and luxurious rooms. Classical music plays softly in the background. The menu has a variety of rich and traditional dishes - veal sweetbreads, crab cake, fantastic duck in cherry sauce, Weiner schnitzel Holstein, the best Key Lime pie in town. There is also a very nice bistro room with a lighter and less expensive menu.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We have lived in the area for 14 years and have eaten in most every resturant around. This is the best. Its consistant,great food and proffesional service. Had the crab cakes wife the snapper both were the best! Have no problem recommending this resturant. Ron

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