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.
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