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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 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Sarasota, Florida
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

The Packinghouse was the 1st restaurant I visited in Sarasota upon moving there in 1998. The burgers and cuban sandwiches were great back then, and they still are now! The menu is fun, the staff are friendly, and the entertainment is top notch. Prices are quite reasonable as well. Get there a bit early or a bit late, in order... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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132 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

I have eaten here SO many times, the black beans are wonderful. I enjoy sitting in the inside or outside and listen to the wonderful music.

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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444 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

We stopped at the Old Packinghouse Cafe on a Monday afternoon. It was an interesting old building with difficult parking and several rooms. The establishment is an old and eclectic atmosphere and they do it well. Friendly staff. Food was good, not great. Had the burger - large and tasty and the special of the day which was the Taco... More 

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1 Thank bseashore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Surrounded by the most unlikely 'objets de art' hanging from ceiling (i.e. a chair) and walls (beer can wind chimes), one is entertained by a lone singing guitarist and served particularly delicious food that can be eased into one's stomach with your choice of beverage. I did not inquire about a cocktail as I was immediately drawn to a dark... More 

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1 Thank Annie D
San Pedro California
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

Wanted a quick lunch - salad and burger and found this gem. not far from Sarasota. The atmosphere is great with seating outside too. Seems to be pretty popular with bikers. Service quick and excellent. Salads are VERY large and burgers are among the best anywhere.... served just as you like them. Fries are delish too.

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1 Thank christinebraganza
Eastpointe, Michigan
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

I guess when a restaurant is front part of a long narrow building,original old building,you get the idea of this place. There was a great blues player on a guitar for the after five crowd I was part of. I guess I would rate it more of a bar food place,with entertainment

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Sarasota
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

We have been going to OPC for years and it has never disappointed. Good food- chicken, fish, sandwiches, burgers, great black beans and rice. Reasonably priced.

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Tacoma, Washington
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch. The service was good and so was the food. I had their delicious Cuban sandwich and my husband had an awesome fish Ruben. We were there during happy hour so the beer was inexpensive. This is a dark bar/restaurant and looks worn down but don't let the looks fool you.

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1 Thank Latzylove
Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

This restaurant has been around for years. Has a real family feel, however, we weren't thrilled with the level of service. We went on a Friday night, which could have been the reason for the food and service being so-so. We thought the prices were a bit high for a mom and pop place, however, they offer specials during the... More 

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New York
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212 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

Smiling as I read other reviews, now that I've eaten here. I've passed this before and the other day born-and-bred Sarasotan friends suggested going here for dinner but we stopped briefly in the day also, to see the exterior by daylight. For those unfamiliar, as others say, it's convenient to the Big Cat sanctuary, celery fields, and also a mini-plane... 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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