Euphemia Haye was originally opened in 1975 by an electrical engineer named Leslie acoeLesac R. Buntin. Euphemia Haye is the name Buntinac2s ... More
Euphemia Haye was originally opened in 1975 by an electrical engineer named Leslie acoeLesac R. Buntin. Euphemia Haye is the name Buntinac2s grandmother who was also a fantastic cook. He named the restaurant after her in affectionate memory of the woman who raised him and his two brothers from childhood. As an engineer, Les had traveled around the worldac"he went to China with President Nixon and South American with Frank Sinatra. On these travels, he discovered international fare that inspired him to go into the restaurant business. His goal was to create a dining establishment that would combine a warm, friendly ambiance with outstanding service and an imaginative menu using the finest foods available. He opened the restaurant in 1975 and it was an instant hit on Longboat Key. After five years of operating the restaurant primarily as a one-man show, he decided that he had taken on too much.
My wife and I were there once in early 80s and were very unimpressed with the food and the management at that time. I talked with the management at that time and they seemed so unresponsive to our comments. I told them that I was in the service industry and met with hundreds of people. Over the years I cannot tell you how many people I have told of the poor quality and non caring attitude was displayed. This sudden resurgence of interest becouse of a flegling cook on a tv show will not make up for the short falls of years past.
On my last, and I mean last visit to Euphemia Haye, we entered to find the hostess on the phone. She turned her back and continued talking. She just ignored us. What an attitude the rest of the night had by the entire staff. Only good thing is the upstairs Hayloft. Spend your money somewhere else. The food is too expensive to be treated with such attitude.
Interesting place, but not sure what all the fuss is about
By A Yahoo Contributor, 8/3/06
This place has been around for years and is very popular with locals looking for a nice night out. Food is better than average and the atmosphere is decent. Although the quality of food is good (the duck was very nice), the overall experience wasn
Atmosphere was quaint because of age, but also way over crowded. Food was good, but there are better places in downtown Sarasota. Price is too high for the quality and presentation of the food. Service is good.
My wife and I had a terrific dinner at Euphemia Haye. The atmosphere is very cozy without being cramped. Our waiter was extremely attentive and polite, and the chef/owner came around to each table to check on the patrons. That's a nice touch.
As for the food, it was absolutely delicious. For appetizers, the avocado bruschetta was amazing, and my wife had the smoked salmon on crepes (yum!). I got their signature entree, the roasted duckling with stuffing and mango sauce. I cannot talk highly enough about how delicious this was. The duck is roasted so it is nice and crispy and the flavors all come together in a delicious dish. My wife had the veal, which was equally as delicious. Our only complaints were about the drinks. My wife's mojito was not the best, though they do make it from scratch. And my glass of wine was a bit below average, though I just had the house cab. Their wine list is extensive, however, so I'm sure I could have found a better glass if I had tried.
We then retired upstairs to the Loft where we had dessert. The lemon meringue pie and triple chocolate ganache cake were fantastic! They have a great selection of pies and cakes in a perfect jazz-lounge atmosphere.
The menu is a bit pricey, but for a nice dinner out, this place is top-notch!
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