Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's

4.6
1340 Reviews
$31 to $50
European
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1340 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
72 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Eating outdoors was great.

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vipCynthia
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Veal piccata was excellent. Thx Chef!! Go early the kitchen gets backed up!!

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vipSJB1
Naples
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have loved this place for many years. The food never disappoints and it's different from the average place. Nice service that reminds us of what fine dining used to be like.

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RimmaZ
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked the food and service there!

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Pfaff
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love this restaurant. Service good! Food is great! Great location. I had lobster roll. My husband had potato crusted grouper and it was excellent!

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RandyS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Loved atmosphere nice experience

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great waiter and the food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Usually a 5 star experience. However, April 25th was an exception. I did not get the area I requested, terrace table small and does not manage plate sizes, shift manager and waiter apparently overwhelmed, next day lmovm for manager to call but was not returned.
The food is exquisite and inspite of this experience, I will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The worst service I have ever had. We were seated on time. Our dink order was taken promptly. We didn’t see our server for 45 minutes. Waiter implied soup or salad was included with entree. Nope. Friend ordered a gin martini with olives. Came on the rocks with lime. Food was ok

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Steffy
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been at this restaurant numerous times and it has always been an excellent experience. The service is fantastic as well as the food. This is place is well known so make a reservation.

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vipTopaz2503
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance was fabulous!

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AngelaM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my sons birthday!!! The food was amazing and the stuff was was incredible!! Love the place. I Come here few times a month. For my son was the first. He loved the choice of the restaurant and he loved the food. We wanted something simple and relaxed and that what we got. Everything was perfect !!!

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WilliamB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding selection of food and wine. Very attentive and professional service.

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Mimi
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe L'Europe is the best restaurant in St. Armands Circle. The interior has the feel of a true European cafe - wonderful ambiance! The waitstaff is incredibly professional, friendly and efficient and the food is outstanding! I highly recommend this wonderful place. One caution: probably not a good choice for children, tho I can't say that from experience. On the two occasions I ate there in the past two weeks I never saw any children.

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vipDaveS
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Best food and service we’ve experienced anywhere in the Sarasota area.

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vipRobertW
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with friends. Alex is excellent. Everything was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Slow service food was not hot.

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MaryH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was not well prepared. Osso bucco was overcooked and tough. Cesar salad which indicated it included anchovies had none. Wine was overpriced.

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IWMF
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience at Cafe l’Europe.
We enjoyed Oysters Rockefeller, escargot, French onion soup, filet, veal piccata, Ron’s bolognese, and potato crusted grouper. Each was cooked perfectly and delicious. Bother decaf and regular cappuccino were also terrific.

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vipManalS
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointing experience at this restaurant however, this time we had a new waiter and his name was Nick and he was delightful. We ordered the crusted grouper and osso bucco and both were exceptional. The lamb shank literally melted in my mouth — that’s how tender the meat was.

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BobE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was Nick... He did a great job with my guest during a Birthday Celebration.
Hope to go back the next time I visit Sarasota.

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vipDirida
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The meal was fantastic. Too bad you sat us at the worst table in the restaurant- at one point people were lined up at the bar
and pushing against our table. My husband wanted to walk out!

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viplove2eatout
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Sitting inside has always been enjoyable, but this time we were seated outside on the patio (sidewalk). The service was very sporadic and no one seemed to know who was assigned to our table. After a half-hour my husband actually had to go inside to find someone to take a drink order. Water and bread were never refilled and the waiter never came by to see how the meals were and if we needed anything.

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NativeFLDeb
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family dinner! Everything was so delicious. Especially the chateaubriand and short ribs. The bananas foster was the perfect ending to an amazing meal!

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vipBillC
Pittsburgh
64 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal at Café LeEurope. Alfredo is a very attentive server. Very nice time as usual

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Lynn
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my 40th birthday at cafe l’Europe 31 years ago and our meal Sunday was just as awesome!! Thank you for your delicious ness and consistency

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vipOlivia17
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!

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HeidiG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a beautiful Birthday celebration here- highly recommend the Dover Sole!

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vipSarasotaFLT
Miami
135 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall broad menu, great food and attentive service; what you would expect from a high end restaurant.

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vipManalS
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mathew went out of his way to accommodate us at an outdoor table and Carlos was an exceptional waiter. The place was extremely busy because it’s spring break however we still felt the same courteous and relax service we always feel when we dine here. Food, setting and service truly makes it a delightful experience.

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CynthiaL
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good
The food was delicious and beautifully presented

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BruceR
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice for a romantic date with my wife.

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RuthD
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Several options for seating. And the food was fabulous!

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on March 26, 2021

Thank you for the great rating! We look forward to serving you again soon! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars!!! We hope to serve you again soon! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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vipPunkin
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner was fabulous. Can not complain about the food, but the service was a little slow and the guy on the piano was too loud.

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vipUnhappyMimi
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

First, let me say this is our favorite St.Armand’s restaurant and we will return again. This was the first time in years we have returned a meal anywhere. Ironically, we ordered the same entree and when they arrived, my husband’s was not garnished at all which should have tipped us off about the kitchen hurrying. They quickly remedied the situation. Then we started our meal only to discover our grouper was lukewarm at best. Sent back entrees. Once again, when my husband was served, no tomatoes garnishing the top. Sent back and remedied. The manager offered us Banana Foster,but we don’t eat desserts. I asked if restaurant had changed owners and it had not. He then decided to comp our meals, which we appreciated and was wise on his account. The restaurant wasn’t as busy as usually when we visit. I think they are challenged to find quality staff coming out of Covid. We will try again next year when we visit the area.

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vipRakrak
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fanciest and "most oldschool" of the restaurants on St. Armand's. Excellent food, much of it prepared tableside...and well done at that. Hard to find anymore. Definitely a good spot for an important meal. Enjoy!

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for your awesome review! We definitely love to create a memorable dining experience and provide the old school white gloved service that doesn't exist in many restaurants anymore. We hope to serve you soon! Best, Persefoni N. General Manager

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vipRMKA
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Never ever had a bad meal. Our server was super.

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vipDrDan
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Very nice lunch great ambiance but during season and during lunch services was slow to poor after 16 minutes we were served and thinks improved greatly from there

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BarbaraC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a good time with friends. Food was. Little disappointing compared to our last visit.

FAQs

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 388-4415.

Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's is rated 4.6 stars by 1340 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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