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JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe

$$ - $$$American, ,
987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
+1 941-371-9358
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cuban sandwich” (15 reviews)
“basa” (8 reviews)
“famous cuban” (3 reviews)
Closes in 1 min
11:30 am - 10:00 pm Hours
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Things have changed in last 6 months. Pyahla was awful. Dessert used to be a layer cake, now it’s a bundt cake. Not near as good. Service was outstanding.

Thank M Thomas C
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place has a lot of character, the staff are friendly and JR may greet you himself. Food is good value and tasty, burgers good and wings tasty, plenty of choices of beer, including local Microbrews. Look on the calendar for music, 3 piece guitar...More

Thank Andy R
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

We decided to head north an hour to Sarasota. We tried Jr's for lunch. I had his famous Cuban sandwich with onion rings. Dawn had well done burger with onion rings. My sandwich was so big that I'm taking half home. It was called pressed...More

Thank KGab
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Good food !! Comfortable (don't let the outside fool ya.) Good food !!!! Great burgers. We had regular burgrs & Big Bertha. Didn't get any further, since it was luch with kids. Every body left full & happy.

Thank Ronald H
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Blackened catfish over jambalaya a must as the fish was very spicy (excellent) with a mild but flavorful jambalaya. Took 1/2 home --great value for lunch. others had Cuban sandwiches proclaiming best they've had. Hamburgers were excellent. Off the beaten path but worth the time....More

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Been here many times & wanted to bring my brother who was visiting from out of town. The outdoor picnic tables are good for enjoying your meal. (Storm blew in while we were eating but we still stayed dry.). Both meals were excellent. I did...More

Thank Ron A
Reviewed 8 May 2018

This place looks like an old dive and in some respects it is, but the burgers are good, the french fries crispy, and the prices reasonable. Stopped here for lunch to see what this place is all about. It's an old time atmosphere and the...More

Thank Gerry C
Reviewed 25 March 2018

Just plain fun and good food in this "Warehouse Chic" restaurant/club off the beaten path in Sarasota. Menu features generous portions of American/Cuban food served in a fast paced atmosphere with a live band featuring Sixties music on Friday night. Hamburgers and Burritos are delicious....More

Thank Al B
Reviewed 27 February 2018

The food, atmosphere, prices, service, and music are all excellent – make an effort to check it out. You won’t be disappointed! However, this review is about the open mic nights on Mondays. The open mic is run by Rick Alvis, a very friendly, talented,...More

1  Thank richardgE5428IW
Reviewed 5 February 2018

After a long break due to fire damage, JR's is back and bringing in the crowds again. This is a place to go to experience Florida as it was years ago. The food is not exceptional. Go here for the experience. Staff is friendly and...More

Thank William S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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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