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About Maison Blanche
Praised by foodies and visitors as Sarasota’s best, the chef had a Michelin Star for his Paris restaurant, made semifinalists James Beard Foundation for Best Chef (South) in 2010, a Longboat Key leading Zagat food rating of 27 and #1 " French cuisine" in the area with 96% of positive survey . The room is designed by award winning architect, Franck Hammoutene, a striking contemporary white minimalism accented by gray leather seating. The wine list has an award of excellence and the dining room and staff is overseen by wife Victoria who, with impeccable grace and care, attends to every detail, matching her husband’s passion for perfection. Maison Blanche offers progressive French cuisine, a savory balance of classical French cookery with modern American influences. Your Maison Blanche occasion is brought to life in a sophisticated menu featuring “Farm & Field to Table” local ingredients as available. Your Maison Blanche dinner, a truly memorable experience.
Longboat Key, FL 34228
French, International, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
OPEN for dinner every evening, EXCEPT Mondays.*
A deposit of $50 per person for party of 7 and above.
*On Mondays Chef Jose Martinez offers personalized grocery shopping and cooking classes in Your Homes. So please make a reservation for either or both!! The culinary experience will surely make you a regular.
4 miles from St Armond's Circle; and 6 miles downtown Sarasota
$31 to $50
Maison Blanche provides free and ample self parking for all our diners.
Beer, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The Prix Fixe Dinner
A special selection of Maison Blanche fare
$65 per person plus tax and gratuity
New Year's Eve :
Prix fixe festive menu of 7 courses at $160 excluding tax and tip.
Seating 6PM and 9PM
Maison Blanche Ratings and Reviews
Our favorite Sarasota restaurant. Consistently delivers great food with superior service. Sarasota has plenty of “ok” restaurants but less than a handful of restaurants that can regularly impress with food preparation, creativity, quality and service.
Maison Blanche delivers it all at a fair and reasonable price.
Maison Blanche has been our favorite restaurant for almost 18 years. Exquisite tastes for even a seasoned palate- Jose has demonstrated consistency and artistry to every plate. This elegant venue has captured our hearts for every special occasion and remains our go-to for a predictable treat, classic ambience and welcoming patronage by Victoria and gratitude seen in Jose’s smile.
Hadn’t visited Maison Blanche in a few years and it was even better than we’d remembered!
Superb food, impeccable service - all one could ask for!
A true dining experience!
Can’t wait to return on our next visit to the area.
Highly, highly recommended!
It felt as though we were back in France. The special bites provided in addition to our menu selections were FANTASTIC and the wine pairings we requested of our server were FABULOUS! A true gem and in our opinion EVERY BIT AS GOOD as Beach Bistro. You must try!
many visits to this fine restaurant and the service has always been 5 stars. The menu is limited ( no salad as an example) for ala carte? The food is excellent. The actual restaurant is located in a condo complex with drapes around the room. It works however. The wines are a great bargain.
We have tried to go to Maison Blanche several times, but it never worked out. We are very glad we persevered. The food was outstanding, as was the service. The décor is a little dated, probably meant to be 60s elegant. But we don't care about the décor. And LBK is full of people in their 70s and 80s, who probably think it is just right. The restaurant is pretty expensive, but it is still high value. We definitely will return when we have a special occasion.
We were very excited about trying this restaurant due to all the fantastic reviews here. We were expecting Michelin Star; James Beard level service and quality – meaning we would receive a memorable experience where the food is full of interesting flavors, textures, and is beautifully plated. Sadly, this was not what we experienced. I’ll start with service then move through the offerings.
Service: We were seated promptly, but had to prompt the waiter several times that we wanted to order wine then have it brought out. The service takes a long time – The entrée arrived one hour after seating. Whilst we waited our table was not cleared nor water and wine refreshed.
The bread was very good and warm out of the oven and was circulated twice, which was sufficient for us.
The Prix Fixe menu provides more options and you can substitute any appetizer or entree not included on the Prix Fixe with an upcharge. Rock shrimp lacked flavor, basically little cold cocktail shrimp. Foie gras was prepared well and had a decent flavor, but not impressive for the $29 price point.
Suckling Pig – we knew not to expect the same presentation we have encountered in Spain . This was pulled pork wrapped in I think bacon, though I’m sure it was supposed to be the skin… no flavor, tough, dry – not even good pulled pork. The presentation on this one was very disappointing - simply look at the pictures and make your own judgement.
Rack of Lamb – For $58 I had high expectations. Lamb was cooked perfectly. crispy potatoes executed well. Lamb was flavorless, no spice or herb rub, no pomegranate reduction.
We ended up rushing through desert so I am not going to comment on that portion as I don’t know we had a solid representation of what would be offered.
The total meal was $208.65 and not worth the price point - There wasn't a single serving that was creative, original, interesting, tasty or provided a memorable experience other than being a waste of time and money.
We were disappointed that the for the ala carte menu we were prohibited from ordering a salad. The ala carte menu has appetizers and main courses but if you want a salad you're forced to order from the Pre Fixe menu. A very odd business practice. For such a fancy expensive place you'd think they'd make some accommodation. We had the crab appetizer, the size of a small tootsie role was served plainly without much presentation. The Salmon was good and a decent size but by the time we got to the middle it was a little under cooked but edible. The waiter was pushing a French Chablis when we asked for an oaky Chardonnay. The California Chard was a good one. So with a couple of glasses of wine, one entre and an appetizer and tip it was $95. Overall a disappointment. Maison Blanch doesn't compare to a place like the Beach Bistro on Ana Maria where you don't mind paying for quality, quantity, presentation and location.
We enjoyed celebrating our 38th anniversary at this restaurant. The owner's son was our waiter and he was an excellent server as was his assistant. He gave us a desert for our anniversary. Everything was excellent from the wine to the appetizers to the entree.
This was my birthday dinner courtesy of my loving wife. We have been full time residents of Sarasota for over two years. Although the food scene is good, I can't say it is great. Maison Blanche is an example.
Read the reviews, you think you are going to have an excellent dining experience. I must say our first visit didn't quite meet our admittedly high expectations.
The starter (octopus) and dessert (chocolate soufflé) were excellent. The entrée (sweetbreads) was a BIG disappointment. No flavor and rather tough. I told our server it was a comment, not a complaint and he had nothing. I must say his overbearing French accent did not help things. Kind of got the impression that he might have thought I didn't know what I was talking about or, even worse, don't know fine cuisine when I taste it.
So...try it. Be prepared to pay for the experience and make up your own mind. We will try it again but will have lower expectations next time.
The best fine dinning place in the Sarasota area. Not the first time visiting and Maison Blanche is getting better as a French vine over years. Exceptional experience as always. I'm a big fan of octopus and you can always judge the place based on how octopus being cooked. The octopus was just amazing as everything else we ate.
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