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Old Packinghouse Cafe

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987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
+1 941-371-9358
11:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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158 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

This place could be five stars or no stars just as well. Raggedy, jumbled, hidden. Gravel lot. Cracked concrete floor. Inside is as dark as a mine, even at noon. Seems to me like a blue collar bar/lunch stop that has adapted to changing times by expanding the menu and adding music at night. They have thrived apparently, by having... More 

Thank David M. S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

Four of us had a late lunch here. Cuban sandwich was excellent, as well as the Basa fish Reuben . Atmosphere is eclectic and homey. Our waitress was efficient and friendly. The prices seemed a little high for a bar/cafe, but it certainly was interesting. Live entertainment some evenings, which we missed.

Thank Connie A
Nokomis, Florida
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56 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

We took advantage of a day off and the end of snowbird season to return to this treasure for lunch. The simple burgers were cooked to perfection and the service was wonderful. The "ambience" is impossible to describe and has to be experienced to appreciate. The ONLY downside is the almost impossible parking but everything else makes it worth the... More 

Thank BobetteMG
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383 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Had lunch with some colleagues and customers one day - great place, right by an antique shop. Def a favorite of the locals. Had the cuban, very good and the beans and rice served with were very well done as well. We enjoyed the food very much. Hopefully will go back in the near future.

1 Thank Scott E
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Great food and live entertainment! This is a once a week stop! Gotta get my fix! Mash potatoes-n-brown gravy, yum Cold beer and a friendly staff!

Thank KWHammocks
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Nine of us looked forward to a place to celebrate being together again in Florida, and we found it at the Packinghouse Cafe. We are snowbirds from points in the US and Canada. Yes, the parking is difficult. The restaurant decorations are old license plates, but the ambiance is welcoming. The staff is friendly, and the food is great. Add... More 

Thank Richard H
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch on a recommendation. We both had burgers that were very good. They have a rural eclectic feel as the pictures show. Very friendly with good beer. Probably what a small town diner would have been 50 years ago. They have outside seating which is nice and nightly music. We'll be back.

Thank James F
South Venice, Florida
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43 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

If you are in Sarasota and like Cuban food or want a good burger this is the spot. Yes, it's a dive, the parking lot is difficult to navigate but I had the nachos and they were terrific. Brought home the leftovers and they were just as good cold and soggy as they were fresh. Husband had the Yborr burger... More 

Thank SmittieRichardson
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

At lunch, I was served a basa reuben (which I ordered). It came with fries which I did not order. In the meantime, my husband gave me his cornbread. The waitress came over, snatched up the plate and then returned with a smaller version of my sandwich. It was cut in two and on two plates (I did not ask... More 

Thank DaneDane1
Siesta Key, Florida
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Really local hangout. I went with my aunt who had been going there for many years and knew some of the customers when they were little kids and she was a teacher.

Thank larry b

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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 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Cuban, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-371-9358

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?