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Old Packinghouse Cafe

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987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
+1 941-371-9358
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11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Long Beach, California
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497 reviews
421 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 915 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My Sister who lives on Siesta Key took me here for lunch ...she called it "a hole in the wall with great food" She was right. There were 3 of us Sisters and we all loved it. L was our pleasant server and she was very helpful. L recommended the Cheeseburger and the OPC Cuban Sandwich. 2 of us had... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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607 reviews
400 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A local institution, a fire knocked it out commission last year. Know for good burgers and other casual meals it is a great place in The center of Sarasota off the beaten path. Sit on the porch, look at the beautiful sky and listen to the weekend jazz/blues, life is good. With a full belly, somehow your problems don't seem... More 

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Thank JordanS8
Sarasota, Florida
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had lunch there today. Ordered the Cuban sandwich which is a specialty. It was okay but nothing that I would order again. In our party of 6, we also ordered wings and the meatball sub. None were outstanding. Also the service was slow - about 45 minutes to get served.

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Thank wolfworks
Sarasota, Florida
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and a close friend accompanied me yesterday to J.R.'s Old Packinghouse Cafe for lunch. I wanted to try them out after they recently reopened after a disastrous fire in an adjacent warehouse forced them to close nine months ago. The owner essentially rebuilt the entire interior of his restaurant during the time they were closed. Every one of... More 

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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144 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brought another couple from out of town here for dinner. I had the shrimp which I thought was good. Another person at our table had a hamburger which found it to not be done enough. My wife had fish and was told by her it was alright. All food was just above average. Had a band playing and we could... More 

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Thank John T
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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311 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great place to relax, enjoy a beer & a great hamburger or sandwich. Were there for lunch, so didn't hear the music - but definitely plan to go back for that. Just be sure not to dress up before you go - this is a jeans & boots kind of place.

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South Venice, Florida
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great atmosphere featuring nostalgia Florida style. A variety of music styles featuring Blue Grass-Blues-Rockabilly etc. Better than average bar food with some interesting fresh specials. Re-opened after a fire last year. Crowded after 6:00pm. Casual fun!

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Thank resident344
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151 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This place is great to go for lunch and dinner. There is live music in the evenings and the wait staff is very friendly. We stopped in after visiting the celery fields. Great to have the open again.

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Thank Chardo56
Sarasota, Florida
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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Tried the old classic in Sarasota after being closed for too long. The classic Cuban sandwich combo, served with fries, coleslaw and pickle is as good as ever (once rated the no. 1 Cuban in Sarasota). The beer selection doesn't currently carry Modelo but it's coming. Our waitress Liz moved things along quickly on a very busy Saturday night and... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We went for lunch. I had the Cuban sandwich and fries. The sandwich was average and the fries were undercooked. However, the wait staff is friendly and make you feel welcome. The building is cool with all the memorabilia on the walls. They have inside and outside seating. We got there at 1:00 PM for lunch and for some reason... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Cuban, Caribbean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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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