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Fresh Start Cafe

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630 S Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7504
+1 941-373-1242
08:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 15:00
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Cleveland, Mississippi
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150 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The menu had so many delectable items that it was hard to choose! I got the BLTE and highly recommend. The servings are adequate and some might even take a to go box out. Our server was friendly and helpful. My kids highly recommend the pancakes. Perfect spot for our family to eat lunch while enjoying downtown Sarasota and the... More 

Thank Susannah W
denver, co
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food, friendly service, lovely setting - what's not to like? Fresh food served on a lovely patio, and the owner is a hard working, beautiful woman. Go there!

Thank akp1590
Sarasota, Florida
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119 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our grand daughter suggested we meet at Fresh Start for breakfast and we're glad we did. Terrific service, lots of interesting, fresh and very tasty breakfast choices. The Israeli specialties and bakery items are all outstanding.

Thank Edward O
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of 9 had a very nice lunch sitting at the outdoor tables at Fresh Start Cafe. I had a great, very healthy salad that came with a very distinctive and tasty dressing. Our server provided very attentive service and the kitchen was flexible in allowing some tweaks to the items on the menu.

Thank Otto G
Boca Raton, Florida
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Locally sourced ingredients, everything is fresh and made to order. The excellent bacon is not fried, but baked, so you can feel good about eating it. Unusual, tasty breakfast and lunch items with a decidedly Israeli flair - savory cheese, bourekas pastry, shakshuka eggs. We tried the Cafes version of eggs benedict - fantastic! The blueberry turnover we took home... More 

1 Thank TMisisco
Celebration, Florida
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118 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the muffins(blueberry and the peaches my favorites). The salads and sandwiches are so good. The blintzes and the different Israeli dishes are a must try!! Really recommend this place!!

1 Thank vive5
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are regulars enjoying both breakfast and lunch almost on a weekly basis. Our favorites include the Mediterranean platter, crab cakes (best deal), borscht (outstanding) , egg salad on a croissant, great ice tea, shakshuka eggs ... in fact, there's not a bad dish on their menu. Today, had a bagel, cream cheese and lox that equals the best in... More 

1 Thank Robert H
Cape Coral, Florida
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this adorable place today. Service is great and fast and the food is incredible. My kids loved their ham and cheese croissants and my wife and I tried the shakshuka (a must) All fruit and salad is very fresh and the spice dipping (I don't know the name) is incredibly. Next time I'm back in the area definitely... More 

1 Thank Boris R
Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place to meet with friends. The location is away from the hustle and bustle. The outdoor seating is shaded and fantastic. I love their coffee and unique menu items. It's a favorite stop for a late breakfast or lunch. Yummy food and great location!

1 Thank Maggie D
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were three friends meeting post Christmas for brunch. I walk there from my downtown home and usually have a wonderful experience. Today was the exception, which can happen to the best of the best. What was not acceptable was the angry, dismissive, and accusing attitude of the owner when we commented about a dish. She did remove it from... More 

1 Thank EpicSlacker

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 630 S Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236-7504
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-373-1242

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?