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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Romantic (24)
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Good for a Date (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Authentic (13)
People Watching (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Live Music (10)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Scenic View (4)
Fun (3)
Seasonal (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Casual (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great meal, and fabulous service by Jason.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was FABULOUS! Kassy is the Best!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. We ordered a bottle of wine, appetizers, and entrees so it was pricey but we knew it would be in advance. When making reservations I didn't mention our anniversary but the waitress asked us about it first thing. Hence we received a complementary slice of decadent chocholate cake to finish our meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

A fantastic choice on St. Armand's Circle! The onion soup served 'in the onion' is a favorite of mine, but the special seafood bisque was amazing!

For your entree the duck is wonderful, cooked perfectly with a delicious sauce. This is Grouper country and you can't go wrong with this tasty fish here, it's just delicious in the warm crust. The ambiance is great with a wonderful singer at the piano, taking requests and keeping the room lively. The service is excellent, our waiter thought we might like a different wine he thought was good with the duck, so he just brought a taste over! You can't go wrong here, this is a place we come to again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 31, 2017

A historic, treasured gem of a restaurant on St. Armand's Circle, since 1973.
They are offering a Prix-Fixe Dinner for two, including a bottle of wine, for $69.95. Perfect for a date night or a celebration!
Their staff is attentive and accommodating for allergies/diet restrictions.
All of our appetizers, entrees and desserts were outstanding!
One of our favorite places for special occasions in Sarasota!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We were catching up with friends. The waiter would bust in the not just the middle of a story but the middle of the sentence. It ruined a lot of good moments. The assistant servers did the same. It appears to be their norm. And they were not busy because of heavy rain so they had time to wait for a pause in the sentence. The desert menu sounds fabulous. Would like to go back to try various items, but won't. I wanted to say to the waiter "Didn't your mama teach you not to interrupt?"

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

All of our food and beverage choices were superb. The lobster bisque was fragrant, well balanced and a spoon of soup to savor after each taste. The oysters Rockefeller were sublime. So many flavors so well married. For dinner we enjoyed the catch of the day sea bass, perfectly prepared and melt in your mouth delicious . The grouper with rissoto was outstanding. All flavors well combined and memorable. Plated presentation was elegant. From the first step in the door we were made to feel welcomed and special. Our server Brady was a great dining advisor for the restaurant and very pleasant. We recommend this restaurant and will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The service and food were outstanding! We do feel the bananas Foster although delicious was overpriced..

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My wife and I discovered this elegant restaurant some years ago. We have been there numerous times. (There is also one in Palm Beach which is equally matched) The food, wine, service and ambiance are outstanding. We belong to several country clubs and consequently are accustomed to excellence in our dinning experiences. When we visit this outstanding location, we feel as though we are at another one of our clubs. Exceptional food, excellent service and the entertainment is always tasteful. The pianist who played in the dinning room was exceptional. If you are interested in a high quality dinning experience, I can personally recommend Café L'Europe in St. Armand's.

Tags: Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Made mistake of going for lunch
Food was worse than mediocre and very overpriced
Same food was being served next door at casual restaurant for 1/3 price ... and probably a lot better
I took the food home for my dog...he would not eat it either

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food outstanding. Staff very much on top of everything. Our waiter, Alfedo, was very informative and attentive to our table.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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