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Epicure Sarasota Downtown
Restaurant Review

Review - 1=Excellent - 2=Very Good - 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor
Food 3 Wine 3 Value for $ 2
Service 1 Cleanliness 1 Overall 2
Ambiance 2 Kid Friendly 2 # of Reviews 2

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Brad party of 4 had dinner at Epicure in Downtown Sarasota and rated the food good and writes on November 29, 2006, "the food was reasonably good as my wife and i went with another couple that had previously been there. I paid with my debit card and the other couple paid a generous cash tip. When i checked my bank statement it seemed they added an add ional 20 percent to my debit card without my knowledge. i drove to the epicure to speak to Joe the manager and he tried to show me some other couples bill on my card. the restaurant wouldn't make it right, and i have made my first and last trip. I suggest if you hate your money go there. they will cheat you right"
Service Rating: 3
Ambience Rating: 3
Wine List Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 3
Kid Friendly Rating: 3
Value Rating: 5
Overall Experience: 5

Anonymous party of 2 rated the food excellent and writes on January 30, 2005, "When busy this restaurant is loud, but that just means it's popular, people are having fun, and you can bring the kids without fear of disturbing others. Service was attentive despite the fact they were completely full. Only problem was we had to ask for our bread basket three times. But, oh the bread! I could sit and eat the bread all day. It's served with an olive paste which I loved (but my husband did not.) The bread in the panini sandwiches is also excellent, makes the sandwich for me. The soup was undersalted which I appreciated because so much restaurant food is over salted and it so easy to add your own if you wish. The desserts looked good but we were too full to try any. We will go back."

Anonymous had lunch at Epicure and rated the food excellent because, "It was extremely fresh, seasoned to perfection and is in my opinion the most authentic Italian cuisine in this area." and writes on November 26, 2004, "On November 13, 2004 a friend and I had the pleasure of dining at Cafe Epicure, one of our most favorite Italian restaurants. On this occasions, we ordered lunch which included lasagna in a light béchamel tomato sauce prepared as if we were in Italy, a spinach frittata seasoned and prepared to perfection with fresh ricotta as an accompaniment, and our favorite, Insalata Tropicale which included the freshest arugula, hearts of palm, sweet avocado and fine shavings of parmigiana reggiano. Also included was freshly baked bread that rivals any bread found in Europe. The food is simply authentic, hearty and fresh, served in a European city atmosphere and is always consistent and outstanding and the service is equally outstanding. We often drive from St. Petersburg to Sarasota just to experience their cuisine."

Jim Robertson rated the food poor because, "Veal Marsala was horrible. In 2003 it was excellent.." Jim Robertson has eaten at Epicure 6 times and writes, "We come July 4th each year and stay at our condo on Palm Avenue. We eat out every day and night and try all local restaurants. In 2003 it was excellent. The chef must have changed from 2003 to 2004 because the veal Marsala was horrible. I should have asked for a full refund. The veal was tough and the Marsala sauce was too runny and not full bodied enough."


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