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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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116 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not enjoy myself the music was too loud and after we ate we left and when we arrived home I became very sick I'm sure it was the shrimp the just didn't taste fresh , but nobody else got sick so we won't go back but they didn't order shrimp.

Thank Bruce W
Sarasota, Florida
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I miss this place. I do hope they are back up and running soon. Atmosphere is fun and funky. Excellent wait staff and JR is there to greet and make sure everything is running top notch. Authentic recipes and in house dressings and sauces. I miss the jerk chicken, though :( A fire next door did some damage to the... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

This restaurant used to be a favorite, but they recently had a major fire. As of July 2016 it is not open. They hope to rebuild in the future.

Thank Jim S
Englewood, Colorado
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Have eaten there many times, always exceptional. Burgers great, soups outstanding, desserts homemade. Seafood will not disappoint. Amazing that a small kitchen can produce some great food. Servers friendly. Entertainment is as good as the food, Enjoy.

Thank Jim H
Bradenton, Florida
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81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Lunch visit last week JR's was excellent. We ordered the Basa fish poor boy sandwiches. Service & food was excellent. Always a pleasure to visit this place.

Thank Watertime2
South Florida, Florida
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417 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

You CAN'T judge a book by its cover. As you drive past this place for the first time, the inclination is to keep driving. Big mistake! This self-admitted dive bar is just the best place to kick back, have a Cuban (or Ybor burger), and listen to some great rock (real rock), blues or country music. If you want a... More 

Thank DocSkier
Orlando, Florida
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191 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Dropped in during the regional regatta and we weren't disappointed. This is a great local spot with a wide variety of yummy stuff. There was even live music when we were there. I got the JR's famous teriyaki chicken wings and was very happy I did.

Thank Bob A
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153 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?