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Maison Blanche Sarasota
Restaurant Review

Review - 1=Excellent - 2=Very Good - 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor

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Anonymous party of 2 had dinner at Maison Blanche and rated the Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb, "delicious cheese" very good because, "prepared as should be" and writes on March 28, 2010, "Though we enjoyed our dinner tremendously we were disappointed to find Foie Gras on the menu. A sophisticated establishment should not offer such a controversial unethical product because educated diners know of the egregious manufacture of this item.
"When we voiced our concerns to the owner the telephone, he was indifferent if not impolite. Customer satisfaction seems not to be important to him.
"We will therefore not revisit and make sure we only make reservation at upscale establishments that do not sell foie gras."
Service Rating: 2
Ambience Rating: 1
Wine List Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 2
Kid Friendly Rating: 5
Value Rating: 3
Overall Experience: 3

Anonymous party of 2 had dinner at Maison Blanche and rated the Short ribs, Curried Lamb Dish, Sorbet, Chocolate Lava Cake excellent because, "Everything was top notch - delicious" and writes on December 4, 2006, "Superior in every detail. The food is exquisite. The meal started with homemade bread, then a surprise, a small serving of a delicious cold tomato soup with arugala pesto topping, I guess you'd call it. (This course changes seasonally.) The short ribs fell off the bone and the sauce was delicately but perfectly seasoned. The lemon and coconut sorbet was the best I've ever had and I am a sorbet connoisseur. Had we known we would get a small "complimentary" tray of sweets, we may not have ordered dessert at all but, oh well, we ate it all anyway. The dining room is elegant with off white hanging draperies on the walls. You might choose to dress up and just wear resort casual. Expect to pay over $100 for two (much, much more if you add appetizers and wine, which we didn't), but for a special treat you absolutely cannot do better in Sarasota. "
Service Rating: 1
Ambience Rating: 1
Cleanliness Rating: 1
Kid Friendly Rating: 5
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1

Anonymous party of 2 ordered Celery and potato foam with caviar, duck ravioli, roasted lobster, filet mignon with a potato chip bridge to a roasted sweet shallot, St. Marcelin cheese with salad and Buche de Noel with raspberry sorbet and rated the food excellent because, "every aspect of the meal was perfect" and writes on January 1, 2005: "The best food I have ever eaten in the United States....and I am a 53 year old American! French perfection without the heavy cream sauces. From the fresh baked bread, celery potato foam topped with caviar, roasted lobster with asparagus tips, duck ravioli, filet mignon with a homemade potato chip bridge to a roasted shallot it was an explosion of flavors, tastes and textures. A New Years Eve epicurean fantasy.
I have never bothered to write a review in my life but this place IS Paris on Longboat. The meal was a fixed, 8 course menu. Each and every course was magnificent.
The evening flowed. The courses were brought just when we were ready for them. The wait staff timing was impeccable. We got to the restaurant at just before 8:00 p.m. and at 11:20 were finished. The time went so quickly. It was just a magical evening with fabulous food. My favorite course was the duck ravioli with a rich, but light red wine sauce. We were also delighted with the cheese course. The cheese was St. Marcelin, served with a raisin and currant toast with a simple, lightly dressed salad. Everything was done to perfection."

Robert & Susan H. ordered the Mushroom Ravioli, Braised Short Ribs and rated the food excellent. They write on 5/3/2004: "We were pleasantly surprised to discover Maison Blanche in the lobby level of Four Winds Resort, occupying the old Ivo's space.
The design and color scheme of the new restaurant is upscale and slick. A delightful change from the ordinary.
We were greeted warmly, immediately seated, and offered a glass of Champagne.
From the first course to the final course, we had nothing but rave reviews, and immediately scheduled another evening later in the week to entertain friends.
Every aspect of our evening at Maison Blanche can be summed up with one word: outstanding.
The food, the decor, the service . . . simply outstanding."

An anonymous writer says the food was excellent bacuse, "It's THE best restaurant in the area." Anonymous ordered scallops and writes on 4/5//2004: In the course of a two month stay on Longboat Key we tried many of the areas restaurants. We live in Toronto, and travel frequently to NYC and Europe, so our expectations are high. Maison Blanche is by far the best restaurant in Sarasota/Longboat Key. I only hope it doesn't become too popular so that reservations are difficult. It's a beautiful room, with the front of the house managed so professionally by the chefs wife. They make a fabulous team. The design of both the room and the restrooms are a treat for the eyes. The value is incredible!"

Anonymous and a party of 5 enjoyed mushroom ravioli with foie gras, sea bass, grouper, lamb, veal shank and writes on 12/30/2002: "This was one of the best dinner experiences I have ever had. It began with mushroom ravioli that caused us to make a reservation for the next evening. The prawns were an interesting mix of sweet and tart-delicious and the salad was plentiful and very fresh. The selections were varied-meat and fish...over the two nights we were able to taste lots of dishes....all were outstanding. Although there is not a kids menu there was a rack of lamb and and prime rib...mashed potatoes etc....not really a kids restaurant but we did fine. The service was outstanding and not pretentious, we had lots of questions about the menu and all were accurately answered...desert had lots of choices although we were probably too full to do it justice... we cant wait to go back. a wonderful dining experience"


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