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About Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's
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, table side specialities, and professional service. Proprietors Ron Milton and Joe Balzano have proudly continued Cafe L’Europe’s renowned excellence, honoring the restaurant’s old world traditions, while adding their own special touches. They look forward to providing every customer an outstanding and memorable dining experience second to none that will keep you coming back for more.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Continental, European, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Happy Hour: 5:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
John Ringling Causeway Bridge
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Thursday, Friday and Saturday during season, in our Piano Room
Full service off-site boutique catering and event planning company serving the Sarasota, Manatee and Tampa Bay area. From weddings and rehearsals dinners to disaster relief, Café L'Europe is your local catering expert.
The area has public street parking around the shops, a public lot out back, and valet parking directly in front of restaurant when available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Daily Early Dining 4:00 to 5:30
Three courses including starter, entree and dessert for $29.95 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Not available on holidays, St. Armand Circle Events and with any other offer or promotion.
Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's Ratings and Reviews
Celebrated my wife's Birthday on 12/6/17 at this restaurant. Service was exceptional under the direction of Marianna. Ambiance not too bad in the bar room in which we were seated. A bit noisy. Appetizers excellent. Main courses were a bit disappointing. Vegetables looked like they came out of a plastic bag at the grocery store. My wife's fish was over cooked and dry. She had to douse it in the sauce and still tough.Not good fo a $52.00 dish. We thought a few things were not up to par and wrote a few comments on the card that came with our bill. Perstephanie came to talk to us about our disappointments and listened to us and offered us free cocktails the next time we come back. We also thought the phony pointsettas on the table did not show well for as high class of a restaurant as this was. They also had battery candles on the table. Many use these for safety reasons but this candle was so dusty it was unappetizing. The next day the owner called and was very defensive and told us we should find another restaurant that we would like. NOT CLASSY AT ALL. I cannot recommend this restaurant at this time. And I suggest they up their game as far as food quality ,clean things up and learn how to treat the Customer. Their customer service sucks.
First off, the service was amazing, attentive and accommodating. However, while the food wasn’t terrible, it certainly was not worth the price. The “locally made” penne pasta, could have only been locally made if they bought the dried pasta in a local grocery store. I will say the scallops were cooked perfectly and My family did enjoy the osso bucco. All that to say, if prices don’t weigh into your decisionmaking and it doesn’t bother you that the mark-up of the prices don’t match the quality of the food, the service was lovely and may meet your needs.
Had a very memorable dinner at Cafe l'Europe. If you have a chance to go while Amandah Jantzen is singing, you will not regret it - met her in Singapore in 2005 and it was such a treat to see her again. Beyond that, the food is delectable, wine list is fantastic, and the service cannot be beat! Thank you Cafe l'Europe for holding up the standards of a fantastic evening out with family and friends.
My favorite restaurant in Florida. Every outing there has been a wonderful experience. The staff are always knowledgeable and friendly; the menu is always exceptional; many Thanksgiving day , Mother's day, Valentine's Day, birthdays, and anniversary days there. Just a great dining experience each and every time.
Whenever I make a reservation through Open Table for this restaurant I always request a particular waiter. When we arrive the hostess never seems to have that information or it appears that she does not. We thoroughly enjoy the food, presentation and the service. It is our "special" dinner place.
Several family members celebrated my mom's 90th birthday at L'Europe. We could not have had better dinners, ambiance or service. They treated her like a queen, suggesting a special cocktail, bringing her a beautiful dessert and the pianist played a request of her favorite song, "New York, New York."
Thank you for making her 90th so memorable.
We go to Sarasota Florida every year and while there go to some of our favorite restaurants. This year one of those restaurants turned out to be a downer and so we decided to try out some new spots. L'Europe is right on Armand's Circle on Longboat Key. It looked charming and so we decided to try it.
What a find! There are new owners, Ron Milton and Joe Balzano, and they have put a lot into making L'Europe a first class romantic and food adventure. We went there two nights (in a row) and found the food and the experience the best of all of the restaurants we have dined at in Sarasota.
Amandah delighted us with her piano skills and singing of our favorite songs (she gives you a song menu for requests that is incredibly long). Our waiters, Jason and Carlos, were very eager to please and did a marvelous job with the Crepe Suzette desert that each of them prepared tableside for us. The food was marvelous. I love Dover Sole and theirs is just perfect. Finally, Ron, the owner, visited our table both nights and sat with us the second night to ask us what we liked and didn't like about the restaurant. He is clearly motivated to make L'Europe the best dining experience in Sarasota, and he is well on his way to achieving just that.
Everyone should give them a try. You will love the romantic ambience, the friendly welcome, the beautiful bar, the food and drinks, and the entire experience.
We hadn't dined at Cafe L' Europe for a long time and due to the sudden chilly fall day we sought out its warm and cozy atmosphere. Even though I trusted their wine list would have some good selections I brought a 2013 Ridge Zinfandel Pozzo Vineyard for good measure ($25.00 corkage). Our waiter was a very nice young man who immediately offered to open our bottle. He also offered to decant it which I declined simply because I didn't think it would be worth the effort in this case. Anyway, we were delighted with our meals-my wife enjoyed the mushroom ravioli topped with beef short rib and I loved the crispy duck, comparing it favorably to the same signature dish offered at Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key. For starters she had a lovely chicken soup and I had the french onion which was excellent. We shared an order of escargot which also was very good. Our service was great--not rushed but attentive. Overall it was a lovely dining experience.
Our friends have their favorite seafood lunch (large helping of shrimp and lobster) that they look forward to when they visit. The meal is beautifully presented (a work of art on the plate) with tasty veggies (asparagus, hearts of palm) and fruit. Service is excellent. The front of the restaurant allows "people watching" as shoppers parade past. Depending on the timing, one can have a quiet chat but sometimes there are loud folks at the nearby tables.
We love dining at Cafe L’Europe and selected it to celebrate our anniversary. Marianna, our server, was the perfect combination of professional, attentive and engaging. We had the house salad which was crisp and perfectly chilled. For our main courses we chose the Dover Sole and Grouper. The portions were ample and the fish were tender and flavorful. Dessert was the flourless chocolate cake - decadently delicious.
The restaurant has a formal design and the staff is top notch. We observed other servers and they seemed to be as exceptional as our server, Marianna. On every level it was an exceptional experience.
Our food was excellent, served at a nice pace. Our server, Weston was very friendly and attentive. It was our anniversary and they sat us in a great table and brought out a complimentary desert with Happy Anniversary written on the plate. Our evening and service was perfect.
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