Louie's Modern
Louie's Modern

Louie's Modern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 9415529688x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Louie's Modern reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)neighborhood gem (72)special occasion (57)hot spot (52)great for lunch (38)great for outdoor dining (37)vibrant bar scene (35)good for groups (35)great for brunch (23)romantic (21)late-night find (17)notable wine list (15)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Hit and miss summer menu
    AvidDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The summer$39 tasting menu is two steps forward and one step back. Actually a tumble. Among the limited choices, the pair of scallops and crab ravioli were quite the best, but the ahi tuna Asian style salad was too vinegary to be edible. Although there was a suggested wine pairing, no wine could possibly stand up to the mouth-puckering acidity of the dish. Dessert was a serving of tiny chocolate truffles that in most restaurants of this class are giveaways at the end of the meal. As is usually the case here, the service was pleasantly efficient and the bar continues to be top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always excellent
    rudytootie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    WE love Louie's Modern for a "downtown" evening out. Took our guest who hail from NY to dinner, and we all were very satisfied with the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmoshpere
    Jewels
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Felt like we were in New York! The atmosphere was beautiful in the center of the room. The appetizers looked divine and tasted very fresh. My kale and salmon salad was absolutely wonderful. Looking forward to going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit over the top
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, great food
    Ec1203
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeK
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent exerience
    DonaldVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodies
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dinnwr
    Deega3
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant experience
    DeParis
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cindiVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great modern setting. The food was great. Modern twists abound. Superior service
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so food
    Lunchie
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent lunch
    Sandi
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Our group of 5 women enjoyed the lunch, service, and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My regular favorite!
    HappyinSarasotaVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Theatre
    Kris
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    vbsrq
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louie's was great
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My go to place when I want a fun night and delicious meal. Best cocktails in Srq.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buddyweiser
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as thrilled this time...
    anthonyjv
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    CLIFFSIDEVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacationer
    SuburbaniteVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    New restaurant find. Have been to sister restaurant, and found this just as good if not better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice menu choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    BertVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Have been at Louie's many times and have always had a excellent experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mg review
    MGReviewVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    No Manager presence during meal or when we left at 9.30 pm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It was wonderful. The food is great. the place is beautiful. I love eating there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really good food/creative drinks
    alucash
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A find in Sarasota
    Richard13VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A beautiful restaurant with great food and service, so good we returned a second night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travellingfoodie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Something for everyone. Gluten Free options, Vegetarian options. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic ambiance and great food
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very modern, in food and atmosphere
    MisoHungry
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, simply awesome.
    DJay
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noise
    fmpg
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service was excellent, the food delicious, but it's really a noisy venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HungryVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    They need more summer items (lighter) on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Louie Delivers
    LkwdRnchFoodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Atmosphere
    MarieBVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, bit noisy
    RPDiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2dine2nite
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a great experience all around. Our drinks were great and lamb meat balls were delicoious. My loved the lemon cold soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate