Louie's Modern
Louie's Modern

Louie's Modern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (941) 552-9688
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily for light breakfast, coffee, lunch and dinner, Monday - Sunday 7:00 am - Close
    Barista Coffee Bar & light breakfast bites begins at 7 am
    Lunch service at Louies Modern, 11:30 am - 4 pm
    Dinner service, 4 pm to close
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Via the Palm Avenue parking garage.
A word from Louie's Modern
Downtown Sarasota’s newest dining hotspot on the street level of the award-winning Palm Avenue Garage showcases culinary ingenuity, freshness and quality. From creative light bites such a to small plates and entrees and price points from $4-$24, diners can enjoy an interactive dining experience of Classical Modern cuisine including an open air kitchen and wood burning oven and grill.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Louie's Modern reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)hot spot (57)neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (44)good for groups (40)vibrant bar scene (40)great for outdoor dining (31)romantic (25)notable wine list (25)great for lunch (21)late-night find (13)great for brunch (12)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    overall excellent food and dining experience. Attentive servers a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Hot Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The perfect venue to entertain a client. We sat in a booth and were very comfortable on a cold day. We still felt a part of the energy in the room- the restaurant was packed! We ordered the pumpkin seed, apple and maple puree soup which was outstanding. The kale caesar with scallops was perfection. We were tempted by the cinnamon donut with melted chocolate to dip that we saw at another table, but settled for cappuccinos, which were still nice. Our server, Kaylee, was very friendly and attentive. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Nowhere else in downtown Sarasota can you find an dining experience equal to Louie's Modern. Parking is easy, in the garage adjacent to the restaurant. I went on a cold, wet day and did not have to be exposed to the elements! The menu offers a wide array of choices for healthy eaters- many vegan options. The staff is kind, attentive and prompt. Alex waited on us today and she was fabulous. The new GM, Eric Hale, stopped by the table to check on us. The Kale Caesar salad is outstanding- better than any Kale salad I have had, bar none. I had grilled salmon over the top, combined with caramelized onions- perfection! My dining partner had the black and blue flatbread and allowed me a taste- a wonderful combination. The place was buzzing with diners. Open kitchen and beautiful space, a very urban experience. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our third visit to Louis Modern, one lunch and two dinners. We loved everything about this restaurant the first two times but this visit will probably keep us away for quite a while. The service was disjointed and confused (confusing). We initially had two different waiters come to the table to say they would be taking care of us, but then no one approached table for at least 20 minutes. Then a third waiter said he would be taking care of us, then left to do another table. We waited at least 10 more minutes before someone took our drink order; this was waiter #2, who we never saw again. Drinks finally arrived, after two more attempts to flag someone down. We ordered dinner before the waiter could get away. The food, as always, was wonderful but the chaotic staffing was jarring, and a little humorous. We thought that maybe they were trying out a tag team approach to dining? Whatever the intent the result was unsuccessful
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  • Great vibe, but not so great food
    Jersey
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The atmosphere and ambiance is fun and trendy. The bar has very god and interesting drinks. We really liked the open kitchen. However, the food it produces is mediocre at best. It is almost like they are trying too hard. Too many combinations in the ingredients. Not really a great selection. When the food arrived, we had to send it back because it was cold. The server seemed harried and we had to wait to get a drink order place. It wasn't till the the crowd thinned out that we received a normal level of service. We really liked the vibe of Louie's Modern. Unfortunately, it has a ways to go to have the food catch up.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for finicky eaters...
    susan
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    was very disappointed they took the steak sandwich off the menu. I ordered the crabcake. Only one crabcake for 16 ...should have been at least 2 since it didn't come with anything else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Innovative food superb wine list service attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Beautiful decor great attention to detail many Vegan and vegetarian options
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    food excellent. Service continues to be below standards of facility and food. The staff is too busy talking and not watching their tables for attention. Duck portion was too large for our guests who consumed more than they should have of a rich dish. May consider portion. but no complaint for food quality and presentation. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great expectations
    EllenArtistVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    6 of us dined at a too small round banquet on Friday before our symphony tickets, we had a 5:45 reservation and told our waiter we had to be out for 7:30 We were told no problem we have 12 in wait staff. We all ordered small plates had one drink and our waiter disappeared. Thinking we had plenty of time we ordered coffee and a check. Which at 7:40 hadn't come. When we searched for our waiter to cancel the coffee and pay the bill... He said to us "Oh I got busy"....which was a far cry from We have plenty of help! Its unfortunate that the six of us had to pay $76.00 for a dinner that ended in a fire drill. Very disappointing, this is the 3 time we have had to run out of there before an event.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Overall a great experience. Great ambience with beautiful decor. Started with cocktails which are the most unique in the city. Dinner menu interesting and very seasonal. Food was great and service Matched. Will return for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing find in Sarasota
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Amazing experience!!! Wonderful service and food. We will definitely be brining our friends here when they come to visit!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Filled up Fast
    eatoutalot
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We had an early reservation before the theater, we started off alone and the room filled up very quickly with other on the same mission. we never felt rushed nor was the service slow. Excellent. The serving staff were very personable and quick to accomodate our needs. We love this restaurant and always return during the season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Louie's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Glad there are so many healthy options. Lunch was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The place is beautiful, The service has improved greatly, My server told me that they had hired a new general manager and it surely shows. They also have a reserve wine list which we were very impressed with. The new manager is also a sommelier which is very appealing as most restaurants in Sarasota do not have one. Really good meal, great service, great ambiance. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    All was very enjoyable, but background music was much too loud...had to ask server to get it turned down. Type of music also not desirable for quiet, romantic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always something to enjoy at Louis
    AvidDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The tasting menu is a work in progress. A reasonably priced ($10) wine flight is an attractive feature but the hit-or-miss quality of the other offerings adds an element of risk to the dining experience. The miniscule desert trio of three tiny spoonfulls is not something to linger over. Nonetheless, the bar is a big draw and the service is consistently accomodating. You can always manage to enjoy yourself at Louis's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Room to improve
    pitterpatter
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I have eaten at Louie's Modern three times before last Saturday night. I had been pretty happy. However the menu has changed and the portions seemed smaller. I know I left hungry- - - the minuscule bread portion was laughable. It seems like you want to appeal to foodies and just thought adding four more "fall" ingredients make it notable or gourmet. Is the wine also smaller?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PattyV
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came early and left late:the service was attentive and courteous;the food was unexpectively good and different; I would recommend and will return
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MaineArtCollectorVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We dined here for the first time last week; it won't be our last. The North Palm house cocktail (bourbon, amaretto, blood orange) was a delicious way to start. Each of us had a different selection from the new 4 course fall tasting menu. Every dish was great and the portions were just right. The wine pairing with each course was a great value. Last, but not least, our server was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • energetic vibe
    ASRQVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is our third time at Louie's Modern and it never fails to impress. The food is consistently good, as is the service. Easiest restaurant in town for free and "as close as it gets" parking. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something Changed
    AdHocTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We loved this restaurant when it first opened and rated it five stars. We were away from Sarasota for the summer, and upon coming back home went immediately to Louie's Modern, anticipating a great dining experience. It was not to be. Although the ambiance and the service were as before, the food was much diminished. The roast duck, which had always been perfect (I'd had it many times), was fatty and undercooked. The "sides" of Brussels sprouts and wild rice were heaped all over the plate, and the presentation was a gloppy mess. A whole fish was overcooked, and glopped with sides as well. The tuna was just ok; pork chops were fine. We will return because L's M has always been great and deserves another shot, but this was not good.
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  • neddie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The service was below average compared to prior visits
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO BAD!!
    PaulineP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I wanted to love this place. It's has a great modern decor and vibe. We had a few small plates that were disappointing but we chalked it up to not being able to get anything except from their bar menu and maybe we made bad choices. I went back with my husband on Saturday night. It wasn't a good sign that the placemats doubled as our menu!! After removing the plate and silver ware so that we could read the menu printed on both sides. I got sea scallops. They were the size of very tiny day boat scallops, over done & no taste. The grilled veggies were good but I was expecting an inventive and well prepared meal. Husband's whole snapper was cooked perfectly but again not very interesting. We will not go back. No compelling reason to try
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  • Nana
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had an excellent server and totally enjoyed our entire evening
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    VallibVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Louie's changed their menu. The short ribs were dry and not nearly as good as the original recipe. Bring the old version back!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Sent 2 dishes back and refused a replacement. One persons meal sent back because it was came out rare and ordered it medium and when it came back it still was rare. Will not return.
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  • Always pleased with experience
    Janie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food is consistently good. Service always good. Parking lot great plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now of my Favorites
    bifbif
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Louie's Modern is a great addition to Sarasota dining. The atmosphere, staff, ambience, bar, wine list and menu are all superb. I have never had a bad menu choice at Louie's. I have recommend Louie's to many friends and acquaintances and have always had positive feedback. One of my number one go-to restaurants. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's all the hype about?
    Sonita
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was a little average this time. I mean it was good but for example the broccoli was way overcooked and more on the soggy side in my opinion. The server seemed new and we had to ask her a lot for items and could barely hear her talk. She mentioned the special but there was no explanation just the title of the special. The red wine was room temp which we prefer cellar temp for red wine! I do like that they have a Somm there to pour the wine though! We will be back but I wasn't extremely impressed this time. Hopefully it was just an off night in general.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Louie's Modern
    4923005
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Louie's Modern is a favorite of ours; it never disappoints.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • An Urban Oasis
    NannyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Louie's Modern was a pleasure to have a special lunch!! The lighting, decor, service, and cuisine is fantastic and easy to have a conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went back again the next night!
    Saltlakevisitor
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My mom (Sarasota denizen) had heard of Louie's and suggested we go. She is 98 and blind but all her palate is still operating full tilt. She LOVED it, and so did I. Great variety of options and everything we had was a great adventure. So we went back the next night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I had a problem with the reservation. Made it on line wanted it for 7 and they said could not come them 6:30 or 7:30. We were there for our 6:30 reservation and the place was empty all night long.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Super spot with great food!
    TresBonCuisine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great spot for weekend night out. Must try the Buratta Salad served on chilled salt slab...delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect night
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is definitely my favorite srq find. Great food, ambiance and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lighting
    Troy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The BLUE lighting is very distracting NOT GOOD, distracted from the nice ambiance before you used it. The service and the food is outstanding but this would be a big mediative food coming in again,
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait staff-
    donzimike
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    One of your wait staff needs training-Had a chip out of the rim on a martini glass and she said she wold strain it and bring it back-Really-Also we must have been early and the bread was dried out and she said that is how it comes-We've been at dinner and lunch before and that is not the fact-Food is really good and we like your spot-Good Luck in the future-
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff was Great -and Food too!
    HappyinSarasotaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We hosted a group of six for dinner and asked for two tables to be combined instead of a booth, (which does sit 6 as well). The team was wonderful, made it happen fast. Louie's Modern is one of my favorites --and our guests all loved their food, too. The staff is consistently friendly, well trained and accommodating. They work hard to deal with food sensitivities etc. I eat there at least once a week--and this week, twice!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive brunch menu worth trying
    AvidDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Gone, at least for now, is the impressive brunch buffet table, but the menu still offers some of the more interesting ideas for brunch in the neighborhood. The huevos ranchero was a pleasant dish, if timidly seasoned. Bar drinks are, as always, a strong point in Louis' favor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu offerings
    foodiequeen44VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Louie's Modern has a great menu offering unusual dishes in addition to mores standard fare. Thee were several very interesting vegetarian entreees to choose from--I had the vegetarian shepards pie: Yum. The kale Cesear salad is the best! Service is very friendly but not overbearing or intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet