About Euphemia Haye - Longboat Key, FL
Since 1980, Chef Raymond and D"Arcy Arpke have operated this exquisite restaurant set inside a charming island bungalow. Considered one of the most romantic "restaurants in the country." Euphemia Haye is well known for its creative and carefully sourced ingredients, impeccable service and intimate atmosphere. Featuring a diverse, satisfying, eclectic menu that "wows" diners with favorites including Euphemia Haye's famous Prime Pepper Steak, Roast Ducking with seasonal sauces, Sweetbreads, nightly Veal and fresh, local Fish specials. Food writers such as Fodor's and the New York Times, consistently describe Euphemia Haye as being "extraordinary" and "the stuff dreams are made of." Euphemia Haye is ranked among the nation's top restaurants. Please visit our web site at www.EuphemiaHaye.com for more of our menu offerings, awards, FAQ and to learn about the Haye Loft and make a reservation.
Global, International, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner; Sunday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:15pm
Gulf Bay Road
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live piano jazz is featured nightly in our upstairs lounge.
Free parking is directly behind building, and across the side street.
There is an MCAT bus stop, one block north of us.
Chef Raymond Arpke
Private Party Facilities:
An intimate room that has a table large enough to seat 12 people. The private dining room seats at 6:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. A food and beverage minimum + tax and gratuity will apply.
Private Party Contact:
Colin Wilson: 9413833633x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Valentine's Day reservations are being taken by phone only. Please call our office at 941.383.3633 and speak with Amy, Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to reserve your table
Euphemia Haye - Longboat Key, FL Ratings and Reviews
We just moved back to the area from Nort ...
We just moved back to the area from North Carolina. We haven't been to the restaurant in about 12 years. We have lived all over the country and prior to our anniversary dinner on the 24th, it was probably in our top 5 all time restaurants. Sadly, we were quite disappointed ith our dining experience. After dinner we went upstairs for dessert and coffee in hopes of a pleasant end to the evening. It seemed we were bothering the server when we asked for menus. So we just ended up leaving. We were so looking forward to a nice celebration and, unfortunately it was anything but that. Although our server was excellent we probably will not return. Maybe it was just an off night.
Lovely ambience, unique for this area, a ...
Lovely ambience, unique for this area, although a bit loud. Service was wonderful, and friendly.
all enjoyed their dinners- duck very crispy, pistachio grouper excellent, monk fish enjoyed...
and we wer entertaining major foodies! Loved the idea of going upstairs for some wonderful desserts.... bananas Foster, and cocoanut cream pie, especially. We will return, and enjoy the bar room as well.....so happy to have found a now favorite restaurant, that felt like an event!
In my opinion was the food good but to h ...
In my opinion was the food good but to high prized. The upstairs desert place was nice. Ambiance nice.
The waiter made the impression he wanted us out as soon as possible.
Maybe with a kind service it woukd have been a whole different experience. Now i m not sure if i will go back.
This is a great restaurant. The food was ...
This is a great restaurant. The food was delicious and the waitstaff was so attentive. I cannot say enough good comments. After dinner, my husband and I went to the Haye Loft for dessert. Oh my gosh, the desserts were superb. My husband had pecan pie (his favorite) and he said "this is the best I have ever had". I will definitely recommend Eupehmia Haye and my husband and I will go there again for another special occasion. Thanks to my daughter who arranged this wonderful dinner for us!
Sending my wife and I to the upstairs ba ...
Sending my wife and I to the upstairs bar, upon arrival, was unnecessary. The fried green tomato appetizer was nothing special, soggy and without much flavor. The signature roast duckling was very good. I explained to my wife how difficult it is to roast a duck crisply. This was one of the best ducks I've ever eaten. The apricot sauce and stuffing was OK. My wife really liked the veal special. The server selling us on the coffees and desserts would have been fine, if he would have served them at our table. Instead we were told to close-out our dinner check and escorted to another casual restaurant upstairs. The French pressed coffee was full of grinds, twice. The hot tea was fine. It was so nice to have each dessert described at the buffet by the young hostess. Couldn't remember all the featured desserts by the time we got back to the table. A featured dessert menu would have helped. The apple crumb pie looked great on the buffet. On-the-plate it had little taste, with the apple slices undercooked. After receiving our third check for the evening, I felt underwhelmed by the whole dining experience at Euphemia Haye.
Go there periodically and always enjoy. ...
Go there periodically and always enjoy. Food and service excellent!! David the waiter was excellent and he has helped us before. Our only disappointment was at the door when we entered, the person hosting never, never spoke to us. He simply grabbed two menus and walked away after I said my name and reservation for 2. He did not even respond when I said "should we follow you?" He said not a word after he handed us our menus at the table. I mentioned this to David that this has never happened before and he said that person was from another job in the restaurant.
We will of course return but it was a distracting experience to have no welcome or dialogue at all with the host.
The food was good, but way overpriced in ...
The food was good, but way overpriced in my opinion. The server was rude and acted luke we were bothering him. For the price, service should be MUCH better than what it was. Won't go back again. We vacation in FL every year and there are much better places to go, in my opinion.
A very special place. Know one has bette ...
A very special place. Know one has better steak au poirve or traditional roast duck. Their Cesar salad is exceptional. We settled for wild caught salmon tonight. It was good. However, the lemon chive sauce was non distinct in flavor, as in bland. The bread was poor quality and according to my wife, a bit freezer burned. My wife could not drink the cappuccino. She mentioned to me that it tasted like instant coffee from the micro wave. When we asked our waiter he admitted that their espresso machine was broken. Are you kidding me? What in the hell were you serving it for? Some restaurants are well appreciated for the consistency of service. These guys here are just worn out and don't seem to care. Did they not know we were rich and famous?? Just kidding. The A plus show here is possibly over. Guess I should skip the bread critique and stick to the steak au poirve.
I have been living in Sarasota for years ...
I have been living in Sarasota for years and have heard about this restaurant and never went. This was the first time and I must say it was fabulous - My husband and I were impressed and would definitely be returning! It is a drive but the atmosphere was lovely, food delicious and service excellent. The duck was delicious! My husband had the scallops which he loved. Upstairs dessert bar was great and we will be going back. Unlike some upscale restaurants in Sarasota that are so LOUD - this restaurant wasn't.
We had been to the restaurant before and ...
We had been to the restaurant before and had a great meal. But this time was not nearly as good. We both had salads as appetizers, that were just okay. My wife had the Veal special, that was about as good as you could get in any average Italian restaurant, but double the price. I had the Beef Medallions dish, but it had obviously been sitting under the heat lamp in the kitchen before being served, so the sauce and the mashed potatoes had congealed with a skin over the top. We ordered a side of Brussels Sprouts, as neither dish came with vegetables, for which we were charged $7.75 - for 50 c worth of Sprouts. It was hard not to feel that we were being ripped off.
The food was at best average, but 2 - 3 times the price that other restaurants would charge.
Would will probably not return. There are too many excellent restaurants on Longboat Key, that serve superior food at reasonable prices.
Our meal, while excellent, was a little ...
Our meal, while excellent, was a little disappointing. The ambiance was unique, and the food was really tasty (the Noisette of beef is superb!). The service left MUCH to be desired considering our meal for two cost over $170, excluding dessert. Upon arrival, the host left us standing for at least 5 minutes while he completed a same day reservation over the phone, ignoring us completely. We were dining at Euphemia Haye to celebrate our anniversary, and despite every table around us being asked why they were dining, we were not. The chef visited every table around us, and ignored us completely. The server dribbled wine on our table and cut the foil sloppily, getting flakes of aluminum all over our dish of butter. When we brought it to his attention his only reply was that aluminum is bad for you... When leaving the restaurant our server said "happy birthday" in a very offhand "you've already tipped me so I don't really care" kind of way. Dessert upstairs was delicious. Overall, we would have chosen to eat at Maison Blanche or Bijou Café if we'd known the service would be SO lackluster for the price.
Another place I may have outgrown
I must be getting old because some of my former favorite places just aren't doing it for me anymore. We dined here with friends about a year ago and came away feeling it was our favorite place in the area, but with just the two of us this time I came out feeling differently. My overall impression was too much average food for too much money at a too small table in too small a space.
When we dined as four we were seated in their first room, which seemed light and spacious. This time we were in the smaller back room that seemed mostly for tables of two. It was darker and cramped and next to a cooking station where the chef was searing their signature pepper steak. I guess some would love it, but it was just too much of an experience for me, and I still smell like seared pepper steak.
I had the pecan crusted snapper, which seemed rather ordinary to me. Nothing wrong with it, I'd just prefer less fish cooked more creatively. Everything is a la carte, so we ordered a split of potato pancakes, which were good. My wife had a grouper special that she enjoyed. In fact she enjoyed the whole experience more than I did. Like I say, I must be getting old, although she's older than I am. I'm sure the regulars who frequent and revere this place think I'm crazy, but I just feel like there are better places now.
One thing that hasn't changed is their excellent dessert bar upstairs. You get to pick your choice from a decadent selection that are pretty much all guaranteed not to disappoint. Share one though, unless you have a really big appetite. The chocolate cake was totally awesome. My cappuccino came cold, which is odd because my wife's was steaming hot. The replacement they brought was only a little warmer. Demerits for not including a sugar stick.
Overall, I'd return if someone really wanted to go, but I would not hike out there again real soon.
The experience was OK at best. One good ...
The experience was OK at best. One good thing the owner came by table to say hello as we were seated. Nothing else good to say. My three star rating is generous. We order expensive steaks that were ok...qhowever sides were terrible.
Out of kindness, I will not review the service.
We went with another couple to celebrate ...
We went with another couple to celebrate our wedding anniversaries. The table was in the main dining room with a beautiful view of the gardens. Food was excellent. Our waiter, Brian, did not appear to be well trained. Empty glasses and empty serving platters were not removed when the next course was served. He did not replace silverware when it was removed with dishes from a prior course. Otherwise, I would give our experience 5 stars.
My husband and I had our anniversary din ...
My husband and I had our anniversary dinner there. It was recommended to us by many friends as someplace suitable for a special occasion since it's on the pricey side. The menu options were varied, the food was delicious and the service impeccable. The tables were fairly close but we were there after the busy season so it wasn't too crowded. Just be sure to leave room for dessert!!
Best restaurant in Longboat Key. Stunnin ...
Best restaurant in Longboat Key. Stunning interior. Wonderful menu with many healthy options-- gluten free, vegetarian. Very accommodating chef. Food was delicious. Very fresh fish. Staff was friendly, warm and fun. Doesn't get much better.
We hadn't been to Euphymia Hay in severa ...
We hadn't been to Euphymia Hay in several years and thought we would give it another try. It was exactly as we remembered. Great service and nice ambiance. Food ? Just not quite what they are going for. My husband had the strip steak which they describe as prime. It was a beautiful, huge steak but unfortunately the flavor and tenderness were lacking. It was mediocre - not what you would expect in a $50 steak. Side dishes were okay - nothing special. I had the duck and it was good but again, not great. It annoys me to pay top prices for mediocre food - that is what we thought years ago and it remains the same in my opinion.
The service was top notch and the staff ...
The service was top notch and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Our server, Brian, knew everything on the menu and has a wonderful personality. The ambiance was amazing.
The air conditioning vents in the dessert room upstairs could be pointed away from customers and maybe be periodically wiped to rid the excess moisture from time to time so that it doesn't drip onto the table. Except for being a bit chilly, it was still a great experience.
Service was very good- friendly and time ...
Service was very good- friendly and timely. Peppered steak was too much pepper and could not eat much due to overpowering taste of pepper...could not really taste the meat. We went up to desert room. Excellent spread of choices in which we had the carrot cake and chocolate ganache. Both were very dry and carrot cake tasted too much like fruit cake from the orange peel they put in. Nice experience overall, but paid $350 for 4 people and food did not meet expectation for that price.
5 star experience
This was our first visit to Euphemia Haye and we were not disappointed. The ambience was delightful, the food delicious and the service exceptional. Our waiter made some wonderful recommendations that we were not disappointed with. I liked that we were escorted upstairs to enjoy our coffee and dessert while listening to some entertainment. If you are a dessert junkie like I am, you will not be disappointed with their more than a dozen dessert choices. We will definitely be back and will recommend Euphemia Haye to our friends.
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