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El Greco Cafe

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1592 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
+1 941-365-2234
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant was recommended by a family member whose family is from Ionian islands. The menu included all the usual Greek fare, as well many more epicurean choices. My husband and I both got a mixed platter (everything was excellent). MY father got some sort of fish platter (he ate every morsel). The coup de grace was the Pistachio Creme... More 

Thank Elizabeth Z
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63 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An extensive menu is designed for all tastes at this popular restaurant, but the "fall-off-the-bone" lamb shank is superb, as is the daily soup special, and the hot bread arrives with three delicious homemade dipping sauces. The ambience is relaxing, the service is attentive without being pushy, and the prices are reasonable. A great place for lunch or dinner.

Thank TonyClacton
Venice, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks like it would be an "average" restaurant but when the food comes...WOW! Everything was awesome! It's one of those restaurants where you arent even done with your meal and you can't wait to come back! Loved it!

Thank georgiegirl0728
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the flambeed cheese w pita bread appetizer which was excellent. My husband had the octapodi which is grilled octopus. He said it was very good. I'm not a fan, so can't comment. The Greek salad is very good. I had a lamb special with orzo in a tomato sauce which was excellent. Our server was Zuzana who was... More 

Thank AnnaFlorida
Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just like the old fashioned Greek Diner. You want it, they have it and tasty. Service is friendly and helpful.

Thank rmirone
Wirtz, Virginia
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stuffed grouper (spinach, feta, and lemon)($20.95) excellent; eggplant stuffed w spaghetti with marinara sauce-very small rolls of eggplant, but very tender($17.95)--both served with a Greek salad or soup. We had the Greek salad - large portion and dressing was pink - we were told color was from beet juice - it was light and very good. Bread served with olive... More 

Thank Joannvan
London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I expected more than really was... We seated outside.. Service was regular.. The taste of food doesn't good.. Ummm.. But I think for this price i will go to another restaurant.. Personally.. I ate a Salmon.. But that taste like a fried fish.. Really bad.. I think.. That's wasn't a good experience..

Thank Giulio_Aquite
St. Augustine, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We came to El Greco for lunch on a Monday afternoon shortly after it opened. By the time we left, the place was extremely busy, both inside and out. No wonder! both the food and service were EXCELLENT. I had the Evgolemino (egg lemon) soup. It reminded me so much of the soup my grandmother used to make. Just the... More 

Thank MaryAnn V
Yardley, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Three of us stopped in for lunch. I was with carnivores so we had Greek Salads with grilled chicken and a side of gyro meat. Great salad, very fresh and flavorful. Meat was tasty and tender Big portions. Double Lunch for three incl tax and tip $72.

Thank AndyRinPA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We had enjoyed this place on a past visit but not this time. The vegetarian moussaka was fine but the three dip platter - ??? The hummos and eggplant dips were virtually flavorless. The potato dip was just odd. And the mixed vegetables that apparently come on the side with many dishes were oily, overcooked, and bland.

Thank Marcia S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1592 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-365-2234
El Greco Cafe is the place when you can have a fast lunch,or a quiet diner with friends,have a first date and make a great impression,or just show your dancing skills on Greek night. With two rooms it can accommodate large groups,lunch meetings or big birthday parties. From Lamb dishes,fresh seafood,pasta to pizzas and strombolis,we have something for everyone.Gluten free,vegetarian no problem. Chef Robert and his wife Gena are always present.They like to meet you and like to hear your opinion,so just ask for them at any time.

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