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JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe

€€ - €€€American, , Caribbean
987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
+1 941-371-9358
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“cuban sandwich” (15 reviews)
“basa” (8 reviews)
“burgers” (22 reviews)
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American, Bar, Caribbean
€€ - €€€
987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
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21 - 30 of 149 reviews

Reviewed 3 February 2017

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...More

Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 17 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...More

1  Thank Lorrie M
Reviewed 14 July 2016

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
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
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
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...More

Thank DocSkier
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank Bob A
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...More

Thank David M. S
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....More

Thank Connie A
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....More

Thank BobetteMG
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
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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