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Louie's Modern
Louie's Modern

Louie's Modern Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a fabulous restaurant. The decor is great. The menu could use some expansion. Three of us were able to have good conversation."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Good was outstanding beyond exceptional will definitely be returning. The decor and table setups were also very refreshing for the area. My only issue was with service. We sat down and the bus boy or table helper was around more than the actual server. He was very tall that is the only thing I can recall about him. It is a shame to have such a great spot with amazing food let the server bring it down. If I see him when I return I will just simply as for someone else the food is to good to pass. So happy to have a new place in town that is so exceptional."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We were seated right away....servers were prompt....pleasant people both at the door, the bar and seated as customers. The small and appetizer menu were terrific start. The Calamari was tender and not greasy and the Burrata with the Tomato's was perfect. Everyone liked their main meal choices and all guests (4 local Sarasota residents and 2 from Atlanta) said they would go back again."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We have been to Louie's many times. Most times the service has been bad. I have always enjoyed the food. My husband has not. This te four of us shared 6 small plates and a bottle of wine. Everything was great and the service and timing was excellent !"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We always enjoy our food there and my vegan wife appreciates the choices available for her. A small quibble. We took my daughter in law and son there last week. She want one of the Margherita pizzas, but with a little chorizo (which was an ingredient in another dish) The very helpful waiter, Joe, thought this would not be a problem, but the chef refused this request. Other than that, the food was delicious. I especially enjoyed the pan seared scallops."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Excellent service and thoughtful waiter made for a delightful lunch experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It was our first time at Loui's. Restaurant has a great ambiance. Food and service was exceptional. Only disappointing part of our dining experience was when the we saw the hostes seating the group of people in their tank tops and board shorts. Most of the guests in the restaurant were dressed up. I guess next time - if there is one- we will go in our bathing suits."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Some dishes were great and others good but not great and wouldn't order a second time. We found lunch to be the best meal we have enjoyed there and would definitely return for the grill cheese sandwich and kale salad."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We have been there before several times and were satisfied with the food. This time the salmon was overcooked and therefore dry. The second party ordered duck and that was very dry. Have you changed chefs? It will be a while before we go back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "outstanding in all ways! Cant wait to go again !!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I have been there 4 times and it is consistent Good food and Great service!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Had a variety of food from Vegan to skirt steak all was prepared and presented great plus great wine"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great location if attending a downtown cultural event. Food was was 'average' apart from unique use of fennel as part of dessert. Dining room decor is wonderful."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Reality is , it looks good on paper but does not translate to your taste buds. I love the decor and design and wish the food could match. I try to love the food here, but it always disappoints."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Everything about Louie's Modern is beautiful, food, service and ambience! A little something for every taste!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "There were four of us. Two of us loved our food. The men both ordered steaks and they were "ok"; nothing to rave about. I wouldn't have ordered a steak at Louie's anyway; I reserve those choices for real steak houses. Other than that, definitely will return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My daughter had been to Louie's several times and recommended it for a family outing. We were pleased with every aspect. The menu was creative -- we all had different things and they were fantastic. The cocktails were equally inventive and tasty. The waitstaff were attentive without being pushy, and despite the fact that they were super busy, everything worked smoothly. It was a nice ambience."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Awesome vegetarian options. Delicious Ribolita soup. Beautifully prepared veggie shepard's pie. Will return for many more other veggie choices that all looked great."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The front desk hostess always seems to be pre-occupied and in crisis mode upon arrival."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our first dinner at Louie's, except the sleepless night that followed. Due to carelessness, I received regular coffee, in spite of clearly ordering decaf! This is not a trivial matter. The sleepless night was unpleasant and will make me think twice before going to Louie's again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We ate here twice during our 10 day stay. Its a real treat. Food is delicious and service is superb. Go. You will love it. Its really a cut above the rest."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We made reservations for a pretheater dinner .We thought the location and the fact that we love their sister restaurant, Libby's, would bring a perfect pretheater dining experience. We had a 6:30 reservation (plenty of time for a light dinner and to easily make the show ontime). Seated about 40 minutes late. We had time only for sandwiches.We will not return. In timing reservations, a restaurant across the street from a theater, should realize that guests are going to linger at their tables visiting and depart close to showtime. They kept telling us that there were several tables that had had their checks for a while and were not leaving so they had no place to seat us. Apologies only go so far."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I've known about this restaurant since it opened but hadn't tried it yet...I'm sorry I waited. It was a great dining experience and the food was inventive and excellent. The service was great, not rushed but timely. Interesting cocktails and a nice vibe! Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "AFTER PASSING BY LOUIS' ON OUR WAY TO THE OPERA WE DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY AND WERE HAPPY WE DID. THE STAFF ARE EFFICIENT. POLITE AND INFORMATIVE. MICHAEL, OUR SERVER WAS FRIENDLY AND ENTHUSIASTIC WHEN ANSWERING OUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MENU AND ATTENTIVE WITHOUT BEING INTRUSIVE. BEST OF ALL OUR FOOD WAS DELICIOUS. WE WILL RETURN TO LOUIS'."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Louie's in downtown Sarasota. The place is amazing. high ceilings, inside and outside bar, lovely inside dining room with tables and booths all which can view the chefs and open kitchen. Doors to outside are open and there are outside dining tables . The menu contains a wide variety of appetizers, small plates, and entrees. I had to let my husband order first since I could NOT decide between 4 special dishes. My husband had the fish of the day which was a stripped bass with an amazing sauce. I had the wood fired duck entree which was also WONDERFUL Our waiter was well versed in both the wine list and menu items. He made our dining experience really special."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ciopino was amazing. Must to return before heading North."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Interesting, tasty and eclectic menu. We've gone back several times for lunch and dinner. Libby's is fine too, but the owners (of both restaurants) did one better with Louie's Modern."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was a hit! Food is wonderful, service with a smile and a sexy environment"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My favorite is the Kale Caesar Salad - it is a must try!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Normally enjoy Louis Modern Menu is very interesting. The food usually lives up to expectations. But the service continues to disappoint. There is a certain "arrogance" from the reception and the servers. It is ironic that in New York or London, the equivalent restaurant provides exemplary service."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "A lovely upbeat space. Food okay. Desserts way too sugary. I had heard so much about it. I guess my expectations were too high. It's very convenient to FST."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The grilled short rib/fontina sandwich on raisin bread was outstanding! Great food and cool décor make this a must try!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Good drinks, salad and service. Very disappointed in the "short ribs" which were not short ribs, which have flavor from connective tissue and bones. This was a chunk of pot roast and not a very good one at that."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We're new to Sarasota and just "found" this restaurant. A great find since we love to eat out and the food was soooo good. I intend to try just about everything on the menu. Our dining experience could have been improved if our waiter showed some interest in our table. He was completely detached and robotic with little personality. Had to ask for refills on water and not even a pleasant good-bye or thank you for coming when he took the bill from the table. He seems to have been doing this a long time and needs a break to understand that he is actually serving "people". We always tip at least 20% since I think this reflects the entire experience especially the amazing kitchen staff. We look forward to another visit."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Have been there 4 or 5 times and have been pleased every time."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Having been ar your restaurant on several occasions, iwas not surprised when everything was delicious and served very professionally. I will be there again, you can count on that!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Great meal at Louie's. Food was very good though lacked a bit of seasoning all around. Drinks not quite as successul - hit and miss. One irritation is that one of the servers (not our primary one) kept trying to take plates away before diners were finished. Would definitely return - some of the better food in the Sarasota area."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "we had only one chance for a dinner out in sarasota and were lucky enough to have Louis Modern recommended. food, service and decor were great. we're go again if we return to that lovely city."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I thought the menu options were varied. In our group of 3, we had the cioppino,a hamburger, and two small plates, the burrata and the tuna tartar. All were good! The service was a little spotty as we had to ask a couple of times for the ketchup and ultimately flag someone down to get the lemon for the tea which had been previously requested. We were there on a Sunday night and the ambient noise seemed lower than on numerous other times when I have walked by when parking in the garage. BTW, having the garage right next door makes for very convenient parking !"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Have lived here for years and never knew it was there...loved it!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014