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Cest La Vie, Sarasota, FL

Cest La Vie

4.4
4.4
42 Reviews
$30 and under
French
C'est la Vie! Authentic French Bistro. Serving Classic French cuisine in a rustic provençal atmosphere.
We also offer a spacious outdoor dinning garden terrace with a beautiful shady oak tree and illuminating string lights.
Our Artisan bakery and the quality of our pastries will have you feeling like you are in the heart of Paris.
Opened since 1997 by Christophe and Geraldine Coutelle, we collected over the years many awards from Best French Restaurant to Best french bakery. Located on Main street - Downtown Sarasota.
Come and join us for a delightful evening.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 7:30 am–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 906-9575

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. u

    ugoe

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Unfortunately the food quality at dinner is not as good as at lunch time. Bread for brie was toasted to charcoal and they served the wrong dessert, first pretending it was the correct one
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    After seeing no order it took a long time for our server to return for our food order. Server took order of adjacent table before us even though they were seated a while after us.
  3. DB

    DotandBo

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very much enjoyed our evening under the tree, people watching, wonderful service and a very good meal! Apparently the fois gras was excellent…my husband loved it!!!
  4. DD

    DuckDuckGoose

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great neighborhood spot. Lovely french food, friendly service and they have tablecloths. Wonderful bakery in the front for take out of french bread and beautiful pastries.
  5. RT

    RickT

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    After booking a reservation for 2 people and receiving a confirmation from Open Table (and a reminder the day before) we arrived at the restaurant @ 6:30 pm, Saturday, July 23, 2022 only to be told they were closing for the day. I explained to the woman that we had a reservation & confirmation. She did not seem to care & offered no apology nor showed any sign of regret. I further mentioned that I checked their website which showed that they would be open until 9:30pm. In fact, as I write this review their website still shows that the restaurant is open until 9:30pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Again, there was no apology or indication that she cared nor was there any invitation for us to return another day. Total disrespect....will not return. I also had to pay for parking!!
  6. DP

    DennisP

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We highly recommend the lamb tagine, fettucine poularde, escargot, Caesar salad and crepe suzette.
  7. SK

    SvetlanaK

    Naples

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    excellent restaurant for those who are visiting and for the locals - friendly staff and classic French cuisine
  8. RS

    RickinSRQ

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Overall disappointing dinner. I'm sure that the breakfast and lunch fair are much better, but as a dinner destination in Sarasota I would not recommend. This is our third try with dinner as we always give the venue an opportunity for a bad night, but this third time was not any better. Stick to breakfast and lunch.
  9. JC

    JohnC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is authentic and high quality, priced reasonably.
  10. C

    Cruiseboys

    Tampa

    76 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Appetizers and soup were decent although escargot lacked any garlic taste, just melted butter and snails. Beef entrees were terrible. Ribeye was inedible. Beef skewer was tough and the sauce choices (2) included plain mayonnaise and some other indistinguishable sauce. Asked for ketchup as an alternative and the bottle appeared to be expired. Overall very disappointing meal.
  11. EL

    EliseL

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good French food, waitress and owners are very nice. Great location! We will be back.
  12. D

    Dave

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such a treat, authentic French cuisine with excellent service! With so many great restaurants in Sarasota to choose from, this one deserves a return visit!!!
  13. AN

    ANDREWL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Menu choices very generous; the food very tasty and nicely presented. The owner was everywhere assuring excellent service. In all fairness one cannot compare C'est La Vie to so many other restaurants but it is a delight, nonetheless. A welcoming and very good place to eat and to boot, there's a bakery with fresh croissants and rolls and pastries.
  14. OC

    OlgaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The onion soup was excellent like you would have it in Paris, France. The ambiance is retro Parisian bistro. Overall the feeling is unpretentious, old time, family like dining. Food was delicious.
  15. N

    Newyorker

    New York Area

    160 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the dinner! We had Mahi Mahi and salmon entrees. The mozzarella and tomato appetizer was so fresh, the best in Sarasota. The fish was excellent. Very pleasant outdoor dining with attentive and friendly service. We will most definitely dine again!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great meal. Will try for a Sunday brunch too
  17. O

    Outstanding

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This was our first time here. Had a lovely meal, the food was very nice and our waitress was lovely My only criticism was that I don’t drink wine but have a gin and tonic when I go out, they only serve wine and beer! We ate inside as it’s noisy outside being opposite a loud bar/restaurant, it was nice and cool as the evening was humid! Will go back
  18. CR

    CR550

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was just great…so warm and friendly. Very accommodating to our group of 7. The food was delicious. Nice wine selection. Very reasonably priced. Highly recommend.
  19. D

    Dominiquetj12

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Breakfast, lunch , dinner. Fast service, friendly staffs, good prices. The owner are very friendly. Desserts are excellent and remind me France
  20. RF

    RonnieF

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner! We Will be back!!
  21. TD

    ToniD

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food - their Lamb Stew - which is a chef's special was incredible..... so was the Rib Eye steak!
  22. B

    Becky

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the leek quiche Never ever have I had a better tasting quiche
  23. EC

    ElizabethC

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I highly recommend this restaurant but especially for dinner as the crowds are smaller.
  24. HT

    HazelT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accomodating, Kristoff and Geraldine cares for there customers
  25. CK

    CardiacKid

    Naples

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sublime experience. This little piece of Montmartre in SW Fla has a dual personality. By day, a quaint boulangerie with exquisite offerings for breakfast and lunch. At night (on weekends only) a sophisticated left bank bistro. The two course combination at $32 is a bargain. Professional and cheerful service by French speaking staff compliments the cuisine. Ask for Melissa... Our only complaint is that they're only open for dinner two nights a week. Highly recommended.
  26. F

    Foodfan

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding, food was good (scallops were excellent), fun vibe for outdoor dining.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food arrived very late. Otherwise,
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was awesome! Noise across the street was not so great. Pretty loud for dinner.
  29. O

    Operaphile

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    typical French bistro with traditional fare great croissants and quiche decor could use some refurbishment
  30. d

    doctorj

    Naples

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming! Loved the food and ambiance!
  31. M

    Mango

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful outdoor area. French onion soup is excellent. I’d go back just for that. All the food was very tasty. Very much like a piece of France.
  32. M

    Msmc

    Detroit

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at C’est La Vie. Sitting outside street side with all of the holiday lights was lovely. Not too much traffic, so it was nice and quiet. I requested the appetizer/entree special for $32 but received and was charged for the standard menu items. They were delicious in any case, just a lot of food. I had the foie terrine (there would have been an up charge for this as part of the special) and loup de mer, and my husband had French Onion soup and the ribeye. The staff was very attentive and we would definitely go back.
  33. AE

    AEdesigns

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service....took home croissants for morning
  34. s

    stephenief

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sitting outside on a balmy evening was just the perfect setting for a delicious meal and great service!
  35. LL

    LLB7

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed looking at the holiday lights while dining outside. Food was very good and service was great. A bit noisy as we were right next to the road but to be expected.
  36. M

    Mike

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Paris bistro in downtown Sarasora.
  37. T

    Tryman

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Still trying to find a good French restaurant in this town.
  38. M

    Mike

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been there many times for breakfast and lunch but this was the first time we had dinner. It was truly outstanding! By far the best French cuisine in town.
  39. WD

    WadeD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cuisine prepared by the native French owner and chef. Outstanding pastry selection for dessert.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in Sarasota for a birthday. Geraldine was so welcoming and sweet. Very helpful and attentive. I have the lamb special and the wife, duck breast. They were both excellent. It was our first time but not our last for sure. What a great experience.

FAQs

Cest La Vie is rated 4.4 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Cest La Vie

1553 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 7:30 am–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 7:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

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