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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.

431 St. Armand's Circle
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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.
Dinner:
Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Cross Street:
John Ringling Causeway Bridge

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 388-4415

Website:
http://www.cafeleurope.net/

Entertainment:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday during season, in our Piano Room

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
The area has public street parking around the shops, a public lot out back, and valet parking directly in front of restaurant when available.

Executive Chef:
Rolando Casillas

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (33)
Romantic (30)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for a Date (25)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Worth the Drive (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Authentic (13)
People Watching (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Business Meals (12)
Cozy (12)
Live Music (12)
Great for Lunch (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Healthy (4)
Scenic View (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined a day ago

Always great food and great service ! We love going back every time we come to town.
If you have not tried this pkace, you owe it to yourself!!
You wont be soory!

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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous service, delicious food, great atmosphare , weather perfect, friendly service,
recommend to everyone who wants to experience Fine Dining
We love this restaurant

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

First class in every way. Best Restaurant in the St. Armand's / Long Boat Key area.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Slow service. Waiter and check out clerk billed my Card twice. Had to ask many times for items.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a wonderful friendly waitress. The restaurant was very accommodating and the food was excellent. We will return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We go about 2 a month, never disappointed.
One of our Favorit restaurants in Sarasota.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Vegan, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic
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food5
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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food5
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Consistently excellent. Setting, food and service were all very good. Highly recommended.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great meal, and fabulous service by Jason.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Everything lived up to past experiences. Our waitress, Marianna, was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food, extensive wine list and wonderful and professional service in a lovely atmosphere on Longboat Key.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our evening and meal were fabulous. The absolute best part was Mariana, our server, who is always so entertaining and professional. She had us laughing and enjoying the whole night!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful romantic evening in the open front of the restaurant. I had a great Caesar salad and wonderful veal piccata; my girlfriend had an awesome potato-encrusted grouper. The drinks were wonderful as well

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent food & Service! Will return frequently! Ask to be seated near the front of the restaurant or outside when the weather permits.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 6, 2017

On the positive side, the atmosphere, service and food were very good but the wine selection was a bit narrow and very over priced compared to other restaurants of similar quality.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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food4
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Its always a great experience here! They give great service and the food is fabulous.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I've visited several times since the restaurant opened, and over the years the food, quality, atmosphere, and service have been consistently outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent greeting, great table service, lively entertainment and great food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our lunch at Cafe L'Europe was absolutely fantastic! The menu choices were amazing; our meals were delicious and so attractively placed on the plates. Service was 5 Star; the setting was glorious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

All four dishes were fantastic, including the appetizers and desert. I requested off the menu, liver and onions (normally a lunch item) prepared perfectly. We will return very soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Hot Spot, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was clunky ... food was good. Wonderful ambiance!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Scenic View, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We are always pleased with the extraordinary service and exceptional cuisine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service. What more do you want?

Tags: Tasting Menu, Live Music, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Cafe L'Europe never disappoints! The food, service, atmosphere and location are top notch all the way!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The restaurant was very well maintained and ambiance was excellent. The staff was courteous and professional. The live music and piano was a plus. The food and drinks were exceptional. We all enjoyed our time as well as the food and location.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Healthy, Fun, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Good food but a little pricey. Nice atmosphere as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We make sure to reserve every time we're in town! Our waiter was super!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Both the Dover sole nor the potato crusted group had little flavor. . A very average meal with a waiter that failed to describe the specials but rather intent on getting us out the door.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. Beautiful restaurant, but experience was hampered by a very loud table next to us. Not the restaurant's fault.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had a great time. Wonderful food and service. Very romantic with live piano classics. Can't wait to go again !

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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