Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's

4.6
841 reviews
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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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DS
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food, service and overall fine dining experience in the area. We’re there often and it’s consistently great for dinner and Sunday brunch. 5 plus stars!!!

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Had a lovely table near the opening so we could watch the street walkers. I had the french grouper with crab on top...crab was so chewy I couldn't swallow it!! One person at our table had the lamb chops...very good. Prices are way high for the quality of food.

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JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Excellent service from our waiter, John

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Cafe L’Europa remains one of the finest restaurants in St. Armand’s Circle , Sarasota. Each time we are in the area, we make it a point to dine there. Ron and his staff is phenomenal. It’ a perfect spot for a special occasion, or just a night out.

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M
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed that the menu was scaled back due to it being Valentines Day. I don't remember noticing that when we booked on line. it resulted in not being able to order dishes we have picked out before hand. very stingy with the side of bread. they left a small slice for each of us when that was gone we had to ask for a second instead of one being offered to us.Food was ok not spectacular, the restaurant is beautifull but did not make up for the shortcomings.

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OT
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding, over the top.

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R
SW Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is always good and the service is outstanding. I would highly recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
167 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Reminds me of a restaurant one would find in Paris or Rome. Our waitress was excellent. She was very friendly and professional. We would definitely recommend and will return next time we are in the area.

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MA
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was just OK. They are living off year's past reputation of excellence. The service was moderate and the food was not on par at all. I can see why I was able to get a last minute reservation in the busy season. Very disappointing!

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Naples
54 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service! We were running late for our dinner at 6 so I called the restaurant and told them that we would be 15 to 30 minutes late and they said they would change it to 6:15 but not to worry if we were late they would work something out but be safe driving and this was a Saturday night!

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Naples
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not a lot to add. Great spot. Wonderful service and food. Not cheap. Not fast food. Very positive experience.

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AM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great - not too fast, not too slow. Soups (onion, lobster bisque) were very good. Signature potato crusted grouper was more potato than grouper. Dover sole prepared at table looked delicious, wasn't "melt in your mouth" fantastic as I have had elsewhere. Overall, experience was very nice but not outstanding. We liked the ambiance - upscale, not loud. Some people were dressed up, others - unfortunately - were dressed for a visit to the hardware store or grocery.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, best place on the circle. High prices, but worth it.

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SD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, the service, the food...outstanding. Every time I visit the circle we visit the Cafe...wouldn't miss it...I highly recommend experiencing it...Enjoy!!

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J
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Noise level spoils what would otherwise be a good restaurant

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C
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, as usual.

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening, service, food.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice ladies lunch. They loved it, Waiter was very good. Crepe could have had more heat

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AP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

It was very noisy when we arrived. Then it got worse as a party of 6 or 8 who had apparently had too much alcohol added to the din. More than one diner asked them to pipe down, but to no effect.

We didn't like the food much, but for reasons that apply to many restaurants in the area. They tend to favor combining ingredients in ways that don't appeal to us, such as fish on a bed of mashed potato, topped with a little bit of crab meat and a lot of sun-dried tomato. Also, the bananas Foster dessert was inferior to one we had had at another restaurant the night before.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the service was great!!!
Love sitting outside on the railing. Tricia was great.

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OT
Sacramento
64 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a ladies lunch. We either had the shrimp avocado salad or ahi tuna salad. Both very good

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BR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice service and food

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h
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service with a nice time line so you don’t feel rushed even during a busy lunch session
Patient explanation of menu and easy to modify according to your taste

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KP
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, conscientious service and a nice location make this restaurant special. I loved that we sat half inside half outside on a chilly, windy night in January. We were very comfortable and had the best of both worlds. The food was very well prepared and tasty with a variety of options including kosher ones.

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D
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner on a Sunday evening! We had a lovel

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AE
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Pricey . The only problem is we specifically requested outside dining and they had us in the last table inside adjacent to the handicap entrance/exit . Not a very good seething

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CR
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the Grouper with a Potato Crust. It was very good, the sauce was nice.

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A
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The waiter failed to inform us of the specials of the night. When he brought us our shrimp cocktail to share, he did not bring us individual plates on which to eat. My husband's duck entree was very good but he didn't have a good knife to use for cutting. I ordered seafood pasta (pricey at $39) and there were only 2 scallops, 2 shrimp, small bits of crab and lots of pasta. A dish that was nowhere near worth the price charged. And, it was basically tasteless. Because of our first complaint, the hostess offered to comp me another martini, which I refused, but comped us dessert instead. I would not return.

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JW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great European cuisine, with piano tunes. Romantic, quiet, with a great wine selection.

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JA
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience and service. Only frustration was it was very loud and hard to carry on a conversation.

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B
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best prime rib I have ever had in my life!

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SR
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner, to celebrate any special occasion. Superb food and service, in a romantic setting. They sometimes have dinner specials, throughout the year. You can sit at the bar, or outside, for casual lunch or dinner, too.

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DI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went twice in three evenings, we were very impressed and it will be somewhere we will go to often when we move to the Sarasota Area.

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GP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My sister and I chilled and let it happen. Our waiter was on it. The potato crusted grouper vanished. The California house Chardonnay rocked. Delightful.

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M
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourites to go to in St Armand’s. Food always delicious and everyone very friendly.

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LP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Dover sole and Sea Bass were very tasty and cooked perfectly.

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N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a big surprise. Both food and service were outstanding. Seating options include outdoor (with heaters and umbrellas), covered patio, and various indoor rooms. We came to try the signature French onion soup prepared in a whole onion but ended up ordering too many things and will have to try it another time. They do a lot of flaming dishes at the table so...bring a date! The peach napoleon was fabulous. If you want to drink your calories, definitely have a frozen brandy Alexander.

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SW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was terrific, as usual. Service was exactly, except one party got the wrong grouper dish, potato encrusted, versus the French grouper, otherwise I’d have given a five star rating.

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L
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined at a sidewalk table because friends had a small dog. Lost the ambience of the restaurant but food and service were very good.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe L'Europa is an upscale, somewhat formal but not stuffy, restaurant on St. Armand's Circle. The service is attentive but not intrusive. Our waiter, Juan Carlos, was lovely, with a sense of humor, and quite engaging. The wine list is exceptional and to end the meal with bananas foster made at your table is sublime (best bananas foster outside of New Orleans I've had). This is a restaurant whose food and staff are worthy of the price!

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