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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to Louie's Modern a couple times. The ambience is great and it's in a spectacular location in downtown Sarasota. The food is excellent; I had a frittata and it was prepared well and the presentation is spectacular. I also drank a BrightEyes and I really enjoyed having a brunch cocktail with fresh pressed juice. I will return during the busy season to have their amazing brunch and bloody mary's."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was good, but a bit over the top. One of my pet peeves is when a restaurant uses a french word to make an ordinary dish sound mysterious. For example: Cuvee Short Rib - gorgonzola polenta, red cabbage confit, oven dried grapes. 1. Curvee is a french term used to describe wine in a batch vat or tank. In this case it seemed to be a sort of brisket 2. Confit (French) is a generic term for various kinds of food that have been cooked in oil or sugar water (syrup). Shredded cabbage here. I won't even bother with oven dried grapes as I did not even find any, but I can only assume they were raisins. Otherwise, a slightly overpriced but good diner."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Absolutely great food and overall great place. Have eaten at many great restaraunts in NYC, LA and honestly this is right up there with them. A must try when in Sarasota."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Try their four course special for $39.95 and wine pairing for an extra $10. This was great and a real value. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "great food!!! EXCEPTIONALLY attentive service. Itesm on emnu were fresh and well prepared especially since it was a Monday and the executive chef was off. Well done!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "There were 4 people in our party and everyone enjoyed their meal. We were there for a pre theater dinner. The selections were nice but pricey. We will come back again possibly for a lunch or brunch."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We have been wanting to try this restaurant out for some time and finally went for a nice family dinner. Everything was absolutely delicious and service was great. We loved everything about the restaurant and can't wait to dine there again soon!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Very pleasant experience in (belated) first visit, pre-theater. Very attractive room; pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive server. Excellent gazpacho, excellent burger, only minus was beef tartare which included some gristly pieces. Very pleased with house cocktails."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great modern setting. The food was great. Modern twists abound. Superior service"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Lunched: scallop salad: scallops were seared right but noodles& dressing were blah. Companion hD Louis burger--nice presentation but sloppy slaw on burger ruined it. Chocolate donut dessert was ok but not great, also should arrive on service plate! Rolls w/ whipped butter---nobody whips butter anymore--stale & tired."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our group of 5 women enjoyed the lunch, service, and ambiance!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Louie's Modern gets it right...the food is great, service attentive and friendly, atmosphere feels "buzzy" enough to be fun, with the kitchen and ovens in full view. I have real dietary restrictions and they are able to modify dishes to fit. I take out of towners there when they visit and everyone has been delighted with the experience--keep it up, LM!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This location is great for parking above, relaxing before the many performing opportunities offered by Sarasota. The food is fun and novel. The service is quick and responsive."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Louie's! Started with a drink in the bar...then a delicious dinner. Try the Kale Caesar Salad with salmon - fabulous! My husband loved his étouffée. And our server was wonderful - attentive, helpful with recommendations, and made a quick requested change without hesitation. I've already suggested to friends that we plan another night."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I had heard and read a lot about Louie's and we finally went on a date night. The food was so good we will definitely be back. I loved the feel of the restaurant. There were a lot of people there but the tables are nicely spaced so you don't feel like you are on top of the next table (or eating with them). The service was really good. Try the Shrubbery cocktail - so good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My go to place when I want a fun night and delicious meal. Best cocktails in Srq."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We did not care for the "techno" type of music, it really doesn't work well with an upscale dining experience and was not complimentary to the otherwise lovely environment. Might be okay for the bar area but felt it was totally inappropriate for the dining area."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant--Sarasota meets Miami meets LA meets NY! Service was great. Drinks were great. Food, however, not so great. This was the second time eating there and remembered liking it more the first time. Our party decided to try the different "snacks" and "small plates" rather than have a larger meal. These were very uneven in value and quality. Two deviled eggs for $4.00? Delicious but worth the price? No. Same with the pimento grilled cheese--two very small quarter pieces for $6? The chicken and waffle drumstick was just odd--under the heavy batter was slimy chicken skin and very little meat. Other portions very small for the price--calamari and rosemary fries. Other restaurants in Sarasota are doing these better."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A downtown great place to eat Moving to the area used too excellent resturants from NYC area and Louie's hits the mark in Sarasota. Excellent service ,I have allergies staff able to accomate all requests Wonderful Kale Carasar salad great pairings"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "New restaurant find. Have been to sister restaurant, and found this just as good if not better."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "we were six people for dinner before a production at Florida Studio Theater. All six enjoyed their meals, very nice choices from small plates to main dishes, price range varies so everyone can eat what they wish and spend what they wish. Nice cocktail menu, service very good as usual. Being summer before a holiday weekend, there were less people dining than in the past so noise was not a factor."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Have been at Louie's many times and have always had a excellent experience"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "No Manager presence during meal or when we left at 9.30 pm!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It was wonderful. The food is great. the place is beautiful. I love eating there."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had heard great things so decided to try it out. The menu/drink list is the placemat and had some really great, different choices. We had a glass of malbec and a special mixed vodka drink (Shrubbery - excellent!) as well as the very good assortment in the bread basket (yummy focaccia bread sticks and velvety butter). Lamb meatballs (small but tasty) on a bed a delicious couscous and the Barrata, a salt block with an heirloom tomato and very fresh mozzarella salad on top. Really good! Overall a good dinner with interesting food choices and twists on the classics. We may go back but will call the restaurant for better time options."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant with great food and service, so good we returned a second night."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Something for everyone. Gluten Free options, Vegetarian options. Service was great."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Start with a cocktail bc they were creative and different. We shared a lamb meatball app which had a subtle mint flavor. They were tasty and complimented the cocktails. Our entrees were excellent but the wood oven duck was truly outstanding. We're from NY and this felt like Manhattan dining."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Have dined 3 times now; service has always been great, very prompt to start and they let me take my time between courses. I really enjoy the atmosphere, it is clean, comfortable, and the noise level is lively. Louies has a very diverse and creative menu, very accommodating to vegetarians like me and meat lovers like my husband. The kale caesar is outstanding, very lemony and fresh tasting. Another stand out item was the burrata appetizer, the tomatoes were full of flavor and the salt block added some extra appeal both in looks and taste. Will definitely return to try more."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "There a lot of restaurants in Sarasota, but while many claim to have a world class chef at the helm, many serve lackluster and unimaginative plates. Not true at Louie's Modern! We will return again and often. The food was excellent, service unparalleled and a very comfortable ambience that allows you to enjoy your evening. One of the best meals we have had in the are for quite sometime."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were very impressed with our dining experience and would definitely dine here again. We had a great server and were treated very well"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the food delicious, but it's really a noisy venue."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "They need more summer items (lighter) on the menu."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My son and his wife took us to Louie's for Father's Day and we had a fun and tasty experience. Their Waffles and Biscuits Brunch was stocked with great and unique choices. The decor and ambience are a nice find on the increasingly vibrant downtown Sarasota restauranr scene. We plan to return to try Louie's Modern for dinner. A terrific dining experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We've been to Louie's Modern before but this time 4 of us went for Sarasota restaurant week - 3 courses for $29. Each course offered 3 very well thought out choices, not as sophisticated as the regular menu choices, but well executed. Portion sizes were also smaller than normal, and there was no side with my entree (a crab cake) other than literally a tablespoon of jicama slaw, but we found that we were all satisfied at the end of the meal. Decor and background music are modern and sexy."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our table ordered both prix fixe and a al carte items and all found the food and presentation excellent, service good, but room a bit noisy. PS. Try one of their excellent and unusual cocktails."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a great experience all around. Our drinks were great and lamb meat balls were delicoious. My loved the lemon cold soup."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food & service is always superb! Took a friend visiting from California & we had a most enjoyable dinner."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I had an enjoyable meal ordering from the Savor Sarasota menu. Good choices. Good food. Nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Louie's Modern is indeed modern...minimalist decor, beautifully situated in downtown Sarasota, on artsy Palm Avenue, a block for the Florida Studio Theatre stages - a perfect place for an quick bite before the theatre or a leisurely repastl in the evening."
    Dined on 6/11/2014