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JR's Old Packinghouse Cafe

987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
+1 941-371-9358
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“cuban sandwich” (15 reviews)
“basa” (8 reviews)
“burgers” (25 reviews)
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American, Bar
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987 S Packinghouse Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232-2898
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

Brought another couple from out of town here for dinner. I had the shrimp which I thought was good. Another person at our table had a hamburger which found it to not be done enough. My wife had fish and was told by her it...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great place to relax, enjoy a beer & a great hamburger or sandwich. Were there for lunch, so didn't hear the music - but definitely plan to go back for that. Just be sure not to dress up before you go - this is a...More

Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great atmosphere featuring nostalgia Florida style. A variety of music styles featuring Blue Grass-Blues-Rockabilly etc. Better than average bar food with some interesting fresh specials. Re-opened after a fire last year. Crowded after 6:00pm. Casual fun!

Thank resident344
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This place is great to go for lunch and dinner. There is live music in the evenings and the wait staff is very friendly. We stopped in after visiting the celery fields. Great to have the open again.

Thank Chardo56
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Tried the old classic in Sarasota after being closed for too long. The classic Cuban sandwich combo, served with fries, coleslaw and pickle is as good as ever (once rated the no. 1 Cuban in Sarasota). The beer selection doesn't currently carry Modelo but it's...More

Thank John N
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We went for lunch. I had the Cuban sandwich and fries. The sandwich was average and the fries were undercooked. However, the wait staff is friendly and make you feel welcome. The building is cool with all the memorabilia on the walls. They have inside...More

Thank littlewhitedog
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Now reopened. Cuban sandwich better than ever (good before). Try Ropa Vieja either nachos or dinner. Just great. Affordable and fun!

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

We had so missed the Old Packinghouse Cafe since its disastrous fire last summer! This quirky, authentic old Florida meeting place has long been a favourite of those seeking great food, prices and atmosphere and super-personable wait-staff. (That all pre-fire staff except 2 had quit...More

Thank WhatAWorld57
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Claim to fame is their Cuban sandwich, claims to be "the best" which was pretty close but did not use real Cuban bread. The slow roasted pork on the sandwich was amazing though. My husband and I both had the Cuban with French fries for...More

Thank Marie S
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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