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Opus One at Cafe L’Europe

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Opus One at Cafe L’Europe

The room was packed for what will be the last exclusive wine dinner of the season. Ron Milton, owner of Cafe L’Europe, welcomed Opus One and a few dozen food and wine enthusiasts for this last hurrah before summer.

Stay tuned; we’ll have new events beginning in October.

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Out on the Town with your Pet

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Out on the Town with your Pet

Visit Sarasota County recently did an article about the best places to visit, eat, shop and more with pets, as well as some great tips for keeping your pet happy and safe during your outings. We were delighted to see that Cafe L’Europe was mentioned as one of the best places to dine with your pets. Our Doggie Dining menu is certainly chock full of the creme de la creme of fancy furbaby fare!

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*photos  courtesy of Visit Sarasota County.

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Week of February 19, 2018 — Specials

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Week of February 19, 2018 — Specials

All week long – Happy hour

Nightly from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., let our bartender wet your whistle with $5.00 glasses of house wine, as well as half-price well liquor and domestic beer. Hungry? Try out some of our happy hour bar bites, or enjoy fare from the full menu right at the bar!
Happy hour pricing is valid at the bar and in our outdoor dining areas.

Tuesday & Friday – Prime Rib

Every Tuesday and Friday, Chef Rolando’s team presents a traditional prime rib dinner, with succulent beef accompanied by horseradish and au jus, Yorkshire pudding, fresh seasonal veggies, and the potato du jour. This is one of Cafe L’Europe’s longest-standing traditions. Call for reservations.

Wednesday – Louis Latour wine dinner

Our monthly wine dinner features Louis Latour wines. These seasonal events are exclusive, reservation-only affairs, with guests in attendance enjoying a scrumptious multi-course dinner from Chef Rolando Casillas. Check back for information about our final event of the season, which will take place the third week of March.

Friday & Saturday – Live Music

Enjoy the soothing sounds of Amandah Jantzen’s throaty jazz vocals in our Piano Room. Make sure you reserve your favorite table, as these seats fill up quickly!

Saturday & Sunday – Enjoy brunch favorites while you sip a mimosa and people-watch on our patio – and bring your dog, too! We have a special menu that caters to your pampered pooch.

Comments, questions, or suggestions? Email us at

You may also visit TripAdvisor to share your delightful visit; your reviews have made us one of the top 3 fine-dining establishments in Sarasota!


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Love was in the air and on the menu this Valentine’s Day!

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On February 14, approximately 300 guests enjoyed a LOVEly meal at Cafe L’Europe.

Each lady received a long-stemmed red rose from the restaurant’s owner, Ron Milton.

Waitstaff were gliding along like swans, and wine flowed. Couples, singles, and groups of friends came out to celebrate this day of love in style on St. Armands Circle.



Let’s do this again next year, shall we?

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Cafe L’Europe receives OpenTable Diner’s Choice Restaurant Award designation for 2018

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Once again, Cafe L’Europe has exceeded expectations and surpassed the competition to be named one of OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice restaurants for 2018.

Cafe L’Europe has earned this distinction in several previous years, thanks to top-notch cuisine, world-class wines, impeccable service and a beautiful building at a prime location.

The restaurant has also been recognized by other organizations, such as TripAdvisor, American Express and Yelp.

This distinction is possible due to the multitudes of favorable reviews the restaurant receives from diners. Please continue to submit your experiences at Cafe L’Europe – let’s make us another winner in 2019!

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Love is on the menu this Valentine’s Day at Cafe L’Europe!

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Enjoy a romantic dinner with your Valentine in our old-word dining rooms, where you’ll experience world-class cuisine, perfect ambiance, and fine wines.

Our culinary team has created the perfect menu for this special occasion, and you do not want to miss it, so make your reservation now – space is filling quickly!

2018 Valentine’s Day Menu

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Norbert Goldner Bids Farewell

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Norbert Goldner Bids Farewell

Norbert Goldner, a chef and restaurateur who owned one of Sarasota’s most legendary restaurants, Cafe L’Europe, died on Jan. 14, 2018. He was 77.

Mr. Goldner was born in Berlin and managed the New York City restaurant The Sign of the Dove before opening the first Cafe L’Europe in Sarasota in 1972. In 1980, Cafe L’Europe opened in Palm Beach, where, in the weeks that followed, it was so popular that there often was a line out the door before dinner hours. Waiters wore black tie and the restaurant was known for, among other things, its Champagne and caviar bar.

“It’s a landmark,” Hammond said. “It’s the quintessential Palm Beach restaurant.”

Customers remember Mr. Goldner for his warm personality, his love of walking around the restaurant and talking to customers, and “his wit, his charm and his cuisine, in no particular order,” said Dale McNulty, board president of the Palm Beach Symphony.

“If someone asked me how I would rate the restaurants in Palm Beach,” McNulty said, “he has always been at the top of my list. Period.”

Mr. Goldner was obsessed with details, according to Susan Yelvington, a frequent customer who knew Mr. Goldner for more than 10 years. He enjoyed planning dinner parties for guests and designing specific menus to cater to their needs, always making sure the flowers on the tables were fresh.

“He would always ask if the music would set the right mood,” Yelvington said. “I just loved that he cared about what his customers thought.”

Her husband, Gary, still remembers talking with Mr. Goldner, who told him that Cafe L’Europe was his “masterpiece,” and that he had visions his entire life of owning a restaurant like Cafe L’Europe in Palm Beach.

Mr. Goldner also told the couple stories about celebrities dining at Cafe L’Europe, but “no matter who his customers were,” Yelvington said, “he always treated everyone like they were famous.”

Yelvington’s husband loved the way Mr. Goldner prepared the wiener schnitzel, and her in-laws always liked ordering the liver and onions.

Frequent customers Bill and Jeanne Adeimy sat in the same corner of the restaurant each time, where Bill always ordered the soup, Jeanne ordered the lobster salad and they shared an order of caviar.

“It was not a tapas bar, and it didn’t pretend to be a spaghetti joint,” McNulty said. “But when it did spaghetti bolognese, it was terrific.”

Goldner is survived by his wife, Lidia. At his request, no services will be held.

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Cafe L’Europe: Making Time for Tradition

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A dining destination all its own, Sarasota stalwart Café L’Europe revisits the classics of a European menu with an old-world ambience and international flair, thanks to longtime chef Rolando Casillas. The Piano Room, where you can dance while you dine, is filled with Amandah Jantzen’s throaty jazz vocals. Original terra cotta floors gleam, while luscious greenery makes each room come alive. The bartender is at the ready, waiting to make your favorite throwback cocktail. The waiters stand by, practicing the silent service which allows you to enjoy your dinner conversation without any interruption. Traditional delicacies are flambéed tableside on a gueridon trolley, adding culinary drama and taking you back to yesteryears. With exclusively intimate wine-pairing dinners, catering services, and an interior that seems to go on and on, it’s ever so tempting to make Cafe L’Europe your new home.

Café L’Europe, formerly the office space of John Ringling himself, opened its doors on St. Armands Circle in 1973 and celebrates 45 years of service in 2018. It was reborn in 2016 when new owner Ron Milton saw the landmark with fresh eyes.  While the walls of the restaurant greet you with hundreds of bottles of fine wine and  beautiful paintings by local artists, the staff is impeccably trained for the fine-dining service you’d expect from such a traditional restaurant. Sultry jazz piano notes ensure that your experience is truly magical. Set against the traditional – but never stuffy – European theme, the restaurant promises you a short reprieve from modernity to savor in the classics.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the restaurant.

Click here to make a lunch or dinner reservation.

Call 941.388.4415 ext. 4 to inquire about catering.

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