Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's

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Founded in 1973 by restaurateurs of Dutch and German influence, Sarasota’s iconic Café L’Europe has built an unparalleled reputation for its elegant and delicious European cuisine, award-winning wines, tableside specialities, and professional service. Today, Cafe L’Europe continues to honor the its reputation for old-world tradition and memorable dining experiences.
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Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great anniversary dinner . Food was delicious.

LL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The new "Park and Pay Mobile" was not good. Download an APP, then create an acct, then time at $1.50/hr plus transaction fee (you have to guess how much time you will be there and are charged for the time even if you do not spend all the time in the parking spot). We spent about $4 for parking and were only there for less than 2 hrs. Super pain to "jump thru all of hoops" to park. Food was very good, service was good NOT great. Not sure we want to go to St. Armand's often any more to shopping or dining (live in Lakewood Ranch for 20 yrs and have better here). Parking meters are a "big" reason for not wanting to go. Have some favorite restaurants there, but just not worth the hassle to dine. Probably why we gave Cafe L'Europe a 3 star rating.

MT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really wonderful evening with my loved one with great ambiance. They had a really nice piano player adding to the mood which even took special request!

We had the ‘2 eat for $70’ special menu with 3 course meal and a bottle of wine which was worth it!

Highly recommend for others tone https same experience we had which I will definitely be coming back.

Bonne Appétit!

PM
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, delicious food, fabulous outside seating and very dog friendly!,,

p
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eddie the bartender was awesome and informative. We ordered several of his recommendations.

L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every regard. Loved chicken crepes and profiteroles.

AS
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Café L'Europe and go there every time we are in town. This time we went with four friends. Everyone was happy. George was our waiter and he was very attentive. The food came out quickly and everything tasted delicious. We always order the French onion soup that comes in an onion. I consider myself a connoisseur and this is my favorite. We also had the Caesar salad which is delicious. Then we had a filet which was perfectly cooked. It comes with veggies so it isn't just a plate of meat requiring you to spend more money on sides. Our friends had the veal and the sea bass which they said were really good too. We were very lucky to have an amazing piano player/singer that night. Her voice was perfect and she sang familiar songs softly in the background. It was a great night and our friends were impressed with the place. Thank you Café L'Europe for always being consistently excellent.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the fantastic review & 5 stars! We strive very hard to make every dinning experience delicious & memorable! Please feel free to request George any time you come in! We hope to see you back soon! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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d
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We have eaten at Cafe L'Europe at least a dozen times as we live in the area and love the restaurant and food. We have even celebrated here for New Years Eve. We brought friends that had not been here before, and had a mediocre experience. We all chose meals from the Dinner for Two menu and each meal was not up to par.

The usually delicious bisque, was not flavorful. The steak was tough and although the grouper tasted good, there was an extremely thick layer of potato crust. The wine included in the meal this time was less than a quality house wine.

We could have hit this on a bad night and want to try again, but will not bring first time guests until we see for ourselves if this evening was a fluke.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

I am sorry to hear your dining experience did not meet your expectations. We have floor managers that check on all of the guests, I only wish you would have said something so we could have had the opportunity to fix it.

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DW
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service. Loved the duck. Excellent table. Thanks

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thanks for the review! We hope to see you back soon! Best, Persefoni General Manager

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G
Tampa
59 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped in for a late lunch. We have eaten here several times lately and enjoyed each meal. The menu has some nice choices and the food is excellent.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thanks for the 5 star rating & awesome review! Best, Persefoni General Manager

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service was absolutely perfect!

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thanks for the 5 star rating & awesome review! Best, Persefoni General Manager

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Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was BEYOND nice, polite, and personable. Lobster Wednesday.. delicious !

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thanks for the rating and great review! We are serving Lobster special every Wednesday for the rest of August! We hope to serve you again soon! Best, Persefoni General Manager

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OR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food quality. A little bit expensive but worth it for a special occasion . Staff is very nice. The Ravioli I did not like so much because is fried and the lava cake could be better, The Grouper was delicious

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thanks for the rating! Yes the Fried Ravioli is fried and in the description, perhaps you missed that. Let us know next time if you are not satisfied with something and we will replace it. We want our guests to leave happy! We hope to serve you again soon! Best, Persefoni General Manager

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday - excellent meal

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thanks for the rating, we hope to serve you again soon! Best, Persefoni General Manager

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SH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and they were very accommodating with my dietary requests. Many people were very underdressed for this nice and expensive restaurant. It was disappointing to be dining with people in their bathing suits and flip flops.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

We are pleased you enjoyed the meals so much. I wish we had a dress code like we did many years ago. Unfortunately in this day and age everyone tends to dress a little more casual. We most definitely do not permit swim wear without being fully covered, this is a very touristy/beach area and many people like to "dress comfortable". Most people dress up when they request the main dining room called the piano room. We hope that won't keep you from dining with us again! Best, Persefoni N.

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Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful table overlooking the patio. Able to enjoy the live music, wine, and conversation while watching the world go by.

Our server was excellent and the filet was excellent! Highly recommend and will definitely be back.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thanks for the rating, glad you enjoyed everything! We hope to serve you again soon! Best, Persefoni General Manager

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed with a dining experience at Cafe L'Europe in the 15 years that I have dined there. It is, in my opinion, the finest restaurant in Sarasota. I would highly recommend it for a special occasion with family or friends.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars & great review! Come back soon! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

Four of us went to dinner, three of us ordered the twin lobsters, the easiest thing to cook, and the lobsters were so overcooked they were hard as rubber. Also, it took an hour and a half from when we first sat down to get our entrées, the wait times for food ridiculous

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

I am sorry you did not enjoy your lobster. Had you told us when you were here we would have gladly brought out new lobsters. I am truly sorry. Our goal is to satisfy all of our guests. Our ticket times are 20 minutes from the time it is ordered that we serve the meals. If you have a first course, then your dinner is ordered when you have finished course one. I am sorry your visit was not satisfactory, please give us another try. If you do, please ask for me. Bets, Persefoni N.

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CP
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food everyone in our party enjoyed what they ordered. The service was excellent. A wonderful dinning experience.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars & great review! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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TB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous in every way! As locals we hold off for special occasion, and always fabulous!

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars & great review! We also have a variety of summer specials going on...check out our website! Hope to see you soon! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent excellence.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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k
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex was excellent server

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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B
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and served so creatively. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. Sitting in the front room is very cozy and welcoming.
Barbara J. Lupoff

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars and fabulous review! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Chilean Sea Bass which was delicious and well prepared. The ambiance was relaxed and staff friendly. First time visiting this restaurant in 19 years of visiting Long Boat Key, will definitely return.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thanks for the rating, we hope to serve you again soon! Best, Persefoni General Manager

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M
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Food was good. I had the grouper sandwich. It was excellent. Tartar sauce was not very good though.
Others had a combo French dip and salad. The French dip was just OK. Would not reorder.

Veal piccata or Marsala. (Can’t remember) was excellent

. The Chimichurri steak said they would not re-order it. Overall very good

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for your review. Sorry some of your meals were only OK. Try one of our signature dishes next time for a WOW! Potato Crusted Grouper, Liver & Onions, Avocado Supreme, Crepes...Just to mention some house favorites! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager General Manager

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M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening with delicious food and great service

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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MN
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good as usual but service was very slow. They also didn’t provide their special Savor Sarasota or Couples Dinner menus without us asking for them which seemed odd given that they were doing email promotions about it.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

I am sorry you had slow service, please let us know next time when you are here so we can correct the issue and serve you promptly. We have several specials going on during the summer months so we prefer the guests to ask for the special menu they are interested in so not to overwhelm you with our main menu, special wine list, Dinner for Two Menu, Happy Hour Menu and Savor of Sarasota. That would be an awful lot of material to hand to a guest. We hope to see you back soon! Best, Persefoni

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DS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Never disappoints. Food and service are always 5 star.

PP
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding dinner and service. Fried Calamari the best.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on August 16, 2019

Thank you for the 5 stars! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary!

J
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The dinner for two was excellent, great value, and huge portions. Service was spot on.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my love here for an early Father’s Day dinner. The food was outstanding in flavor, freshness and presentation. The wait staff were very attentive and professional at all times as well as knowledgeable and friendly. The owner was going from table to table greeting patrons and introducing himself. The ladies at the front of the house were very lovely and very welcoming. We cannot wait to go back again to this amazing gem on the Circle

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We take so much pride in what we do it's wonderful for guests like your self to appreciate it. It truly means a lot to myself, the owner as well as the staff! We look forward to seeing you soon. Best Regards, Persefoni General Manager

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B
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic from the time we entered the restaurant until the time we regrettably had to leave.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you so much! Your feedback means a lot to us! We look forward to your next visit! Best Regards, Persefoni General Manager

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S
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never disappointed !!!!!!! Delicious and reasonable.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to serving you soon! Best Regards, Persefoni General Manager

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W
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner here for my husbands birthday . There were 9 of us and everyone loved the menu choices said their food was delicious . As it happened to be Savor Sarasota restaurant week we all had dishes off that menu so it was great value too

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! Please come see us again soon! Best Regards, Persefoni General Manager

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GM
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, outstanding service in a delightful environment.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for the great review!

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BC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for a late lunch. The courses were not rushed and the wait staff attentive. We will return.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on June 18, 2019

Excellent! Thanks for dining with us and taking the time to provide feedback! Best Regards, Persefoni General Manager

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ahi tuna appetizer was amazing

SG
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took advantage of the Savor Sarasota menu which was a very good deal (3 courses for $32). Needed to ask for the Savor Sarasota menu. Should have been offered to us or placed inside the regular menu. Alex, our server, was attentive. The food was good. Especially enjoyed the salmon picatta. Note that many of the patrons were more than casually dressed. Most gentlemen wore long pants and shirts with a collar. Outside dining seemed to be more casual.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for the great review. Since we have various specials running and several menus this time of year we do ask the patrons specify if they would like the Dinner for Two menu or Savor, otherwise it is too many things to present upon arrival. We are happy you enjoyed dinner as well as Alex's service. We hope to serve you again soon! Best Regards, Persefoni General Manager

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TM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered from the Savour Sarasota Menu was which not the best from what they offer
They did not promote this; we had to ask for the menu

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on June 18, 2019

We actually have a few specialty items on both the lunch and dinner Savor menus. Of course Cafe favorites like Chateaubriand, Potato Crusted Grouper or Dover Sole are unfortunately items we can not put on the 3 course deal; they are too costly. We ask patrons when they make a reservation to let us know when they arrive which menu they would because we have several menus promoting various specials, it would be overwhelming to seat a guest with 3 or 4 different menus. Best, Persefoni

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