Located in Sarasota’s historic Laurel business district, Café L’europe brings to life the ambiance of a bygone era with an elegant turn-of-the-century European feel. Situated in John Ringling’s old real estate office, this lovely café offers delicious sandwiches and salads for lunch plus afternoon desserts. Open Monday through Saturday from 8 am until 5 pm.
Luxury with euro flair is what this cafe offers for a meal after a day of fun activities. Stunning architectural design and rich decor set the scene for an elegant entrance into this café. Guests can enjoy delicious lunches and dinners as they sit in the beautiful old building. With its comforting and warm decor, Café L’europe provides you with a tranquil atmosphere that allows you to escape from reality for a while and enjoy each other’s company.
The restaurant opens for lunch at noon and serves delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, and main courses. At dinner (beginning at 4 pm), they add appetizers, wines, beers, and spirits to the lineup. No matter when you come, you’ll enjoy the entire meal from beginning to end.
Appetizers at Café L’europe
The dinner appetizers are well-known local favorites: Gulf shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, escargot, calamari fritte, Oysters Rockefeller, and shrimp Pernod flambéed right at your table. For a proper celebratory dinner, try the Ostara Black Russian Caviar with Smirnoff and “traditional accoutrements.”
Soups and Salads
Cafe L’europe Florida offers delicious classic lobster bisque and French onion soup grantinee for your soups. Salad choices consist of chicken salad L’europe, avocado supreme Louie, Caesar salad, lobster and shrimp salad, shrimp and avocado salad, and two unique favorites: bourbon pecan salad and salad Nicoise. For the curious, salad Nicoise is a delightful combination of fresh ahi tuna, greens, haricot verts, red potatoes, grape tomatoes, boiled egg, Kalamata olives, and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. You can also add chicken or fish to any salad at a small extra cost.
At dinner time, they offer the salad L’europe, bourbon pecan, and classic Caesar and add a wedge salad adorned with apples, bacon, walnuts, and blue cheese dressing.
The unique entrees are the shining glory at Cafe L’europe Florida. French grouper with crabmeat and tomato topping, brandied duckling L’europe, Australian rack of lamb, veal piccata, osso buco, chateaubriand, and chicken Milanese are only a few of the delectable choices.
Whether you’re here for a small intimate dinner or a celebration, the upscale choices at Cafe L’europe will be a crowd pleaser! Be sure to visit their website to make reservations for next time you visit the Florida Keys.