Maison Blanche
Maison Blanche

Maison Blanche

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.themaisonblanche.com/
  • Phone: 9413838088x
  • Hours of Operation:
    OPEN for dinner every evening, EXCEPT Mondays.*

    A deposit of $50 per person for party of 7 and above.

    *On Mondays Chef Jose Martinez offers personalized grocery shopping and cooking classes in Your Homes. So please make a reservation for either or both!! The culinary experience will surely make you a regular.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, French
  • Executive Chef: Jose Martinez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Maison Blanche
    introduces
    The Prix Fixe Dinner
    A special selection of Maison Blanche fare
    $65 per person plus tax and gratuity
    New Year's Eve :
    Prix fixe festive menu of 7 courses at $160 excluding tax and tip.
    Seating 6PM and 9PM

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4 miles from St Armond's Circle; and 6 miles downtown Sarasota
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Maison Blanche provides free and ample self parking for all our diners.
A word from Maison Blanche
Praised by foodies and visitors as Sarasota’s best, the chef had a Michelin Star for his Paris restaurant, made semifinalists James Beard Foundation for Best Chef (South) in 2010, a Longboat Key leading Zagat food rating of 27 and #1 " French cuisine" in the area with 96% of positive survey . The room is designed by award winning architect, Franck Hammoutene, a striking contemporary white minimalism accented by gray leather seating. The wine list has an award of excellence and the dining room and staff is overseen by wife Victoria who, with impeccable grace and care, attends to every detail, matching her husband’s passion for perfection. Maison Blanche offers progressive French cuisine, a savory balance of classical French cookery with modern American influences. Your Maison Blanche occasion is brought to life in a sophisticated menu featuring “Farm & Field to Table” local ingredients as available. Your Maison Blanche dinner, a truly memorable experience.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Maison Blanche reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)special occasion (15)romantic (13)notable wine list (10)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • French Classic
    ACraigVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've dined at Maison Blanche three times now, and each time seems to surpass the previous time. Chef Martinez is a gifted chef who puts a contemporary approach to classic dishes. Victoria at the front of the house is a gem, making sure that every diner is welcomed and treated with superb service. If you seek a dining experience unlike any other in the area, make Maison Blanche on your must-do list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Sarasota for special occasions
    wineguy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food is good by world class standards and excellent by Sarasota standards (very weak competition). Presentation, plating, outstanding service, a good wine list with fair-for-restaurant prices and refined ambiance elevates the experience to the best in Sarasota. The food is well-prepared and presented. It's a blend of modern preparation combined with traditional European reliance on a little too much butter, so a little heavy, but still delicious overall. Expensive, but appropriately so. A good wine list with a few gems. Really (unfortunately) the only restaurant in Sarasota with fine, professional service and an understanding of what a top restaurant experience should be. Worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beach girl
    Nicebites
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dinner was exquisite! Especially recommend the short ribs and the warm foie gras. Service was thoughtful and presentation lovely. All in all, it was a perfect meal. We shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Makes any Occasional a Special One
    uflaw82VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Every now and then, it is good to be reminded that there is a difference between eating and dining. Maison Blanche matches a professional wait staff with beautifully plated and well-prepared cuisine. During this first visit, the wine list included a few of my favorites at only about $20 over what I've paid at retail - in essence the corkage fee that I've paid at other fine restaurants that allow BYOB. While the activities at the other tables showed this to be a special occasion restaurant, it also made for a memorable evening for a recent dinner with friends. We'll be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Cal62VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were expecting a dining room with a view since it's on the beach but instead we had a view of white curtains. Also, as first time diners, we asked the waiter for recomendations - he said "it's all good" and then smirked and added "I guess that doesn't help much." What we wanted was some better descriptions of the food items than the menu offered. The menu stated there was a $4 charge for shared plates - be warned that applies to appetizers and desserts, not just entrees. To be fair, the food was well prepared but it certainly did not live up to the expectations created by other reviews. We've had much better meals at many restaurants near our home in Winter Park, Fl. So, we will not be returning to this reataurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    KBS4
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our third visit and we can't wait to come back again. This is amazing french food with a florida twist. The soufflé for dessert is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive, and worth it.
    poolmantdh
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    There is a reason some restaurants are more expensive than others: World class ingredients and classically trained staff are not cheap. Go here for one of those once in a lifetime, tell your grandkids about it romantic dinners. Foodies will get a little tear in their eye from the sheer joy of spending time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We became aware of this French restaurant on a special that Emeril had on TV. It is a very special place ; couldn't believe we had not been there before as it is on Long Boat Key and we live on Anna Maria Island.We felt as though we were dining in France. Our hostess and waiter were both French and the owner/chef use to own a restaurant in Paris. The food was delicious and the ambiance both beautiful and sophisticated. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fathers Day Out
    MarvinVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife took me out for Fathers day we had the shrimp/Lobster Pasta on the Fix Price Menu with appetizers and dessert. The meal was great. My only disappointment was in the very limited selection of wine by the glass
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb dining experience
    indulge
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Beautiful décor, innovative table setting, excellent cuisine and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 269 reviews are from the Maison Blanche reviews archive.
  • Love this Place!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    By far the best restaurant on the Gulf Coast. If in the area, Maison Blanche is a must for a "foodie" dining destination. If not in the area, it is certainly worth the trip. Derek Barnes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite!
    Caitlion
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    'Exquisite' and 'delicious' sound flat when used to describe Maison Blanche -- it is truly a memorable dining experience that I recommend heartily. The care that is put into all of the dishes extends to the atmosphere to the restaurant itself with beautiful centerpieces and good service. It's one of those places where you can be adventurous with your dining options because it's all going to be delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    DeParis
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Maison Blanche holds a special place among Sarasota restaurants. In a class of its own when it comes to "class". Not pretentious, not ostentatious, but simply very very good food in a beautiful, quiet setting, with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food I've ever had
    gaylord
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went there for our 33rd year anniversary after seeing it on Emeril's show on good Florida restaurants. Victoria was our waitress and she was incredible. Attentive with great suggestions. The food was exquisite, especially the Suckling Pig. Would go again in a heart beat. A little hidden gem in Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    FLFoodie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We had the most incredible dining experience at Maison Blanche. The atmosphere, service and food are beyond compare. Not one course stood out as better than the other because all were outstanding. Starting with the saffron rissotto with muscles; the main course of short rib in honey ginger sauce with a side of whipped potatoes and ending with the apple tart with apple sorbet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maison Blanche is a jewel
    Alice
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    on Longboat Key and the Sarasota area. The staff is welcoming, the setting is minimalist and sophisticated, and the food and wine are outstanding. Maison Blanche is a lovely place for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Praise - Hidden Gem
    TheSeriousFoodieDotNetVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    There is nothing like this restaurant in our area - and it probably the top restaurant in FL. Chef Martinez has incredible credentials, working with some legendary French chefs - and his technique and presentation reflect his experience. Each item is meticulously prepared, and the service is what you would expect from a high-end restaurant - and we especially enjoy the hospitality of Chef Martinez's wife Victoria. We selected some of the chef's specials: octopus, fois gras and risotto (appetizers), and the most amazing piece of beef - a roasted, bone-in chateaubriand. The beef was moist and silky, with a deep rich flavor. We selected a 2008 Staglin cabernet sauvignon - a very hard to get bottle. It was a bottle to remember forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Sarasota
    Martin
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We have dined here several times and have always found the food,service and ambience to be outstanding. We think this is the finest restaurant in the area and take our special guests there for a true dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb as usual
    Lucy34860
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I have eaten here many times. The food and service are always spectacular. Brought three friends that had never eaten here before and they said it was fantastic and exceeded their expectations. The best restaurant in Longboat Key!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back for the third time
    Bubba
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This is the best restaurant (food, service, ambience) there is in Greater Sarasota and maybe even Tampa. Nothing more to say. Except the service is high quality but NOT snooty - friendly, warm, but respectful of your privacy.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oui Chef
    CHFJB
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Excellent meal, great service and sophisticated decor. We felt like we we're dining in NY. Suckling pig was perfection.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing again!
    KBS4
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Our second visit and it was even better than the first. Our server, Martin was attentive and knowledgable. His wine recommendation was excellent (and one of the cheapest options on the menu)! The food is amazing, worth every cent. Save room for soufflé.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hidden gem
    bluelamb
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. You will feel like you are dining in a 5 star French restaurant. Sauces are light and inventive. A must dine when in Sarasota area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant Restaurant
    MikeFLCT
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My wife and I shared a special occasion. We had heard little of Maison Blanche, but is one of our friends favorite. I can understand why he is so impressed. We decided to use the Prix Fixe Menu. There were many different choices, but you are also allowed to take any plate of the a la carte menu. Each dish was excellently prepared and presented. The mine that we paired was from a well known vintner and moderately priced. Our server was expert on the dishes, knowing the dishes and preparation. I would highly recommend Maison Blanche for a special occasion. The only drawback was the ambiance that has very tasteful décor, but is muted with a white drapery surrounding the room. This was not a big deal, but I would enjoy a Gulf view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, noisy table next to us
    Dinerdu
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Sadly, terrific food was overshadowed by the conversation of the table near to us. I guess luck of the draw was not on my side, that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I am a Chef from Indianapolis and worked at The French Laundry and did a lot of research to find a great date night restaurant while my wife and I were vacationing in Bradenton Beach. We had an unbelievable time. One of the best meals we have had. I only wish I could have thanked the Chef personally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly wonderful
    DoubleffsVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We were in Longboat Key for a week and decided to try Maison Blanche. We felt like we were in Paris with Chef in the kitchen and his wife, Victoria?, running the front of the house with amazing skill. Not a huge menu, but what there was, was "cherce". It has an elegant quality and, once you're inside, you see why it's named as it is. Can't wait to go back next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb plus plus
    Bruce
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Best meal in Sarasota, probably Florida. Unique versions of classics done superbly, to the point that each dish is exciting. I was joyously stunned by every detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should have tried sooner!
    JumpinJ
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Wonderful experience and tastes! My husband absolutely loved the 1st course veggies, a big surprise for me. . I loved everything. Decor is fine. I can say the ladies room was very up to date. Plan to visit soon as we had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but overpriced.
    bradentonVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We travel to Longboat at least 3 times a year and we are always game to try something new. This was our first visit and we thought the food was very good, portions were small but reasonable but overpriced. The two of us ordered one starter to split, a fish entree and we each had 2 drinks. Our bill was over 160.00. There is no view as you are eating surrounded by white sheets with no windows. I don't want to sound harsh but for the price, there are better locations to choose from on longboat key. We will most likely never return unless there is a special event.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been going to Maison
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We have been going to Maison Blanche a few times each year for most of a decade for special occasions. The food is wonderful and the service impeccable and warm. It"s the best restaurant in Sarasota, bar none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent over the years
    BellVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Consistent over the years with excellent food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I are semi-regulars
    TARatko
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My wife and I are semi-regulars at Maison, meaning we go there everytime we get to our place on Longboat Key. Maison is a very small, intimate space with no view outside - the focus is inside, and rightly so. The food is wonderful - I've had nothing I wouldn't recommend, but am very partial to Chef Martinez' black truffle risotto, cochon du lait (suckling pig) and simply, chocolat - a molten chocolate cake dessert. My wife loves the roasted ribeye steak, USDA prime and cooked to perfection with a mustard peppercorn sauce. Chef uses 80% or more organic ingredients locally from Florida. He had one Michelin Star in France. Emeril recently taped an interview and show with Chef Martinez that was picked up by Food Channel to air this fall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winner again!
    Foodlover1VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We go every time we are in the Sarasota area because of the best French food and service. Just very elegant in all respects, again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite resturant on Longboat
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    So good.We just love this wonderfuResturant which caters to yourevery desire.My husband has had heart problems and can't eat dairy.Chef caters to his every whim.Sometimes, I feel his food is even better than mine somtimes.This food is as good as you can get anywhere on the world.My only complaint is that the chairs are uncomfortable .Sweet Martin ( our excellent server) tries to help with a pillow,but it really doesn't " do the trick".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best food in Longboat
    Todd
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Great food, service, and wine list. Odd location but worth seeking out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    Lucy34860
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We have eaten here many times when on vacation and the food and service were superb as usual! This last time we were a group of 6 and everything was prepared wonderfully. Waiter is always knowledgeable about pairing wines with foods, describing dishes etc. Dinner here is always the highlight of our week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING FIND
    mikieVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We saw the restaurant on one of Emeril's food shows. And thought we'd try it out the next trip to FL. We drove from the Tampa area, but well worth the trip. Our experience was perfect.....delicious food, ambience and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sarasota's Finest Dining
    Abby
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    At Maison Blanche, my wife and I have enjoyed the finest dining experiences we have ever encountered locally, in our 30 plus years in Sarasota. We discovered this upscale spot several years ago and are loyal patrons to date. One feels comfortable and relaxed being surrounded by elegance, yet simplistic, modern design and décor within the dining areas. The attention to detail by every staff member during service, is well beyond one's expectation. Every entrée brought from the Chef's kitchen to the table is a model of perfection and a delight to the palate. I won't spoil the fun by revealing the menu items. It's something one must experience for themselves. It's well worth the short drive onto Longboat Key. Respectfully, Ben & Pat
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Dustin941
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Typical rude French wait staff, but I encourage you to endure it for the cook-to-order exceptional food. Each amazing dish had an equally outstanding sauce. Portions are small as expected so be sure to order your own appetizer and share with the table. Overall great experience and I will be returning. The only weird thing is when you are celebrating a birthday, they turn up music and disrupt the entire restaurant. Kind of like a high-end TGI Friday's. LOL
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.