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Jim's Small Batch Bakery

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$$ - $$$
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2336 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota, FL 34231-5608
+1 941-922-2253
09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Thu 08:00 - 16:00
Fri 08:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Kenmore, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

This restaurant is closed Sundays and Mondays, so we were glad we picked the right day to get here. The pastries are fresh baked and quite good, although the sandwich filling size were small. I thought the prices at Bonjour Cafe on Siesta Key were better. I'm glad we came, and there some vegetarian options, too. Coffee was great.

2 Thank Wave R
sarasota, United States
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

We arrived there around 1:00pm on a Saturday. It was moderately busy with lots of regulars that the staff all greeted by name and met them with their usual orders promptly. We order Quiche and a baguette sandwich with ham and Brie, also we ordered a chocolate croissant for dessert to take home. The crust of the quiche was perfect,... More 

2 Thank Jenifer B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

these little things matter because during a holiday you have to maneuver things in a way that isn't to the restaurant's advantage. but these folks came through bigtime when the scandavian store ran out of kringle...

1 Thank m v
Siesta Key, Florida
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198 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

The freshest and best bakery around! Every day you can count on finding great pastries, cookies, biscoties, breads and baked treats. The lunch sandwiches are also a special treat.

1 Thank dkefaia
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This truly is a small batch bakery. Only one or two bread varieties are available on a given day - watch the calendar and go on a day that offers your favorite. The sandwiches are made using the house bread, and they are really good, as are the homemade soups.

Thank Serena346
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Awesome bakery. He's usually happy to give you what you want (customizing your particular cake, for example). Food for lunch, give it a try. Not much on the menu, which varies daily. The BLT I had was by far the BEST that I had ever had!

1 Thank Engineer1984
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

If you have not made a trip to Jim's Small Batch Bakery you are missing out!! Hands down this is the best bakery in Sarasota, with mouth watering breads, pastries, and other deserts. As if that wasn't good enough it's also a great little place for a causal yet delicious breakfast or Lunch. He offers homemade soups, quiches, French toast,... More 

3 Thank Karen B
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

The menu is not very large, but the sandwiches and "savory toasts" are perfect for a quick, light lunch. Items are freshly prepared and always with an interesting selection of just-baked bread. Friendly staff and simple, clean atmosphere make this one of our regular go-to places.

3 Thank Frank F
Englewood, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Stopped in this small bakery today had the chocolate croissant $3.00 & peanut butter brownie $1.50 both items were stale. I am sure that when they came out of the oven they were good, but come on at the end of the day throw them out or give away. For this reason i will not go back and i will... More 

2 Thank rojoe
smallbatchbaker, Owner at Jim's Small Batch Bakery, responded to this review

Sorry you didn’t enjoy the items you sampled. It’s possible that we didn’t rotate the brownies when we replenished, or it could be that PB swirl simply bakes up drier than other variations, as another reviewer once mentioned. Not sure which croissant you had since the chocolate croissant is $3.50, but the customer favorite Mini Chocolate Almond Croissant is $3.... More 

Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

We enjoyed our visit to Jim's; the shop is clean and comfortable,and the freshly baking items make it so inviting. The staff was very welcoming,and also knew a lot about the baked goods, menu,and talked about the Chef with pride,which was wonderful to hear. We sat down to eat an almond croissant and a candied bacon croissant. In a word:... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Soups
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2336 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota, FL 34231-5608
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-922-2253
Small batches, real ingredients, and a deft hand... no proof & bake croissants, no muffin mixes, no Sysco cookie dough and no fake whipped cream. It's all from scratch and it's all made on premise. From authentic all-butter hand laminated croissants and perfect carrot cake, to fresh fruit sorbets and candied bacon BLTs on true artisanal bread, the variety, freshness and execution may surprise you at this humble little place.

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