C'Est La Vie
French Restaurant$$
Today 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
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1553 Main St Sarasota, FL 34236
1553 Main StreetUSFloridaSarasota34236
$$French Restaurant, BakeryToday 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am – 3:00 pmTuesday 7:30 am – 3:00 pmWednesday 7:30 am – 3:00 pmThursday 7:30 am – 3:00 pmFriday 7:30 am – 3:00 pmSaturday 7:30 am – 3:00 pmSunday Closed
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French cafe & bakery counter for breakfast & lunch from croissants to crêpes served indoors & out.- Google
"Didn't taste freshly baked, more like a 2 day-old baguette from Publix."
"Maybe the bakery counter is better."
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Tom Webster
2 months ago
This place is top of the line. Excellent quiches and salads. Outstanding pastries and desserts. We have bee n to France numerous time and this is absolutely the real thing. We try to go every weekend except during the off season.
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Karolina Maria
a year ago
I am very disappointed by what I thought would be an authentic French bistro experience. First of all, the restaurant pulls it off with the decor. It looks cozy and appealing from the outside and in, no complaints there. I think they should play more French music - I can't help but be knocked out of the intended atmosphere when a song comes on that I've heard on the radio 1000x before. I can't comment on the bakery or dessert items (I went there for brunch with my mom and sister) but the meals served left a lot to be desired. First off, we were served a basket of bread and butter, with no plates. Didn't bother to ask for any because the bread itself was very dry. Didn't taste freshly baked, more like a 2 day-old baguette from Publix. Service is passable, with the waiter staff barely saying anything to you before you talk to them. We ordered 2 omeletes and a baguette sandwich, all with a side of potatoes. One with mushrooms and bacon, and another with salmon and mushrooms. Salmon tasted good, but the first omelette arrived with mushrooms and ham instead of bacon. The side of potatoes that comes with the meals was very dry and lacked any flavor but, well, potato. I'm not an expert on French cuisine but there's millions of ways to dress up potatoes, surely some that would taste more authentic and not like they were pulled out of a bag of frozen potatoes just 10 minutes ago. The presentation of the food also did a disservice to the actual meal. Served on humongous platters that dwarf the food, the meal looks and feels bare. I would add another side to each meal, at least. I know they offer a few more side options at an extra charge, bu why would I go here to pay $13 for a sandwich and two sides when I can go to a major chain and get probably 2x the food for the same price? That's the kind of thinking you should take into consideration when planning your menu and plating your dish, in my personal opinion. The baguette sandwich I ordered (The "Brest" sandwich) was, again, on dry, tough bread with cube-like pieces of chicken that kept falling out, along with all the other pieces of my sandwich. It was a decent size but, coupled with the dry potatoes, had barely any flavor. I didn't finish it. We also had some tea and soda, pretty standard. No complaint there. The place started to fill up the longer we sat there, but when the bill came, I couldn't help but feel a little ripped off. Gratuity is included, which I didn't know prior to coming in. I wouldn't necessarily mind if the service and food hadn't been so poor. I definitely would not have tipped as much as I was charged. All in all, 2/5 stars, and I probably won't be coming back :/ At least not to the cafe. maybe the bakery counter is better.
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J Ford
2 years ago
The food was just amazing here. I loved the croque monsieur, and the cafe au lait was perfect. My wife also loved the croque madame. If I lived in the area I would make this a frequent stop. Only issue - the service may at times be iffy. The staff is very friendly, but sometimes you may feel a bit forgotten. Caveat - we did arrive when they had full tables inside and out.
Colleen Sperry
11 months ago
Slow service but DELICIOUS, cheesy, carb loaded French food. Yum!
Gene S
2 months ago
Delicious, but on an expensive side
Dime I
2 years ago
I've been here a few times but looks like this is the last time. My colleague and I were here for lunch since we work in the area. So right off the bat when we sat down, I noticed dirty utensils. Not the most appealing thing for the customer. The table wasn't looking a whole lot clean either. The server gave us some bread first, (which the bread here is delicious, btw) however he didn't bother to give us small plates until we asked. When we placed our orders, my order was screwed up and this was annoying. I asked for a Montpellier sandwich with salad, but I got one with potatoes instead. So he takes my plate back and 10 seconds later I get another sandwich with salad. Great! I said, but when I started eating the sandwich, I noticed it was a Cannois sandwich, and not a Montpellier halfway through eating it. At this point I just didn't care and ate it. I didn't feel like complaining or waiting for another. Other adjacent parties had order problems as well. To add to things, my friend's drink glass had a small dead bug underneath it on the outside. So overall, not a good experience and we'll probably be going to the city center cafe instead next time.
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Brian Howard
a year ago
The food was amazing had a crossiant with ham and cheese and I have never tasted something so good
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Ken Doyle
3 years ago
It amazes me that a place with such a rude owner can still be in business. It must be because of the location bc the food isn't all that great. The staff makes you feel like they are doing YOU a favor by serving you. You better hurry up, eat and get out of there... Or they might eat you up and spit you out like a Frenchman who just tasted a bad pastry.