The Pergola family have owned and operated East Lake Cafe since July 2003. Throughout the years, hardships and successes, the cafe has blossomed into a popular slice of paradise. Tables, umbrellas, and tropical foliage line the outdoor seating area, lending itself to an island setting. This oasis is where many locals love to meet, greet and eat (some even bring their pets). In 2010, the cafe was reconditioned with a positively received facelift including new furnishings, tables, and cushioned chairs. Ninety percent of our guests consist of regulars who frequent the cafe some 3 to 7 times a week. Most of which discovered us by word of mouth. Customers come to appreciate the great quality food and professional, attentive service.
Much of the credit goes to our dedicated and excellent wait staff & chefs who together offer you a variety of distinct and unique dishes. We have been blessed with very hard-working, honest, and caring individuals who adhere to the highest standards of their duties. Their friendly smiles and committed customer service are always ready and willing to greet you. Many have been with us since the cafe was established and most have stayed the course for at least 5 years.
Our eclectic breakfast is served all day and is favored by many. The quality and quantity of the portions are complimented by an exceptional presentation. Lunch is an entirely different experience from your average luncheon establishment (but you can still request any “average” sandwich); there are many unique, delicious selections on various artisan bread choices. We also carry Boar’s Head® meats and cheeses in addition to the already high-quality products used at the cafe. The gourmet salad selections can’t be found anywhere else in the area. Special dietary needs are always accommodated, as well as substitutions. Don’t miss out on the always outstanding weekly specials.
To accompany your meal we offer specially selected premium coffees including espresso, cappuccino, latte, mochaccino, and vanilla cappuccino. We also offer a selection of herbal teas and freshly brewed iced tea. For soda, we carry Pepsi products. For beer, we carry Bud, Bud-Lite, Miller-Lite, Michelob Ultra, Corona, and a selection of craft beers. We offer house wines, as well as champagne splits for Mimosas. If you’re in the mood for something different, we can fix you a Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, Cubra Libra, etc. with one of our wine-based “vodkas” or “rums.”
Catering is one of the hidden culinary secrets of East Lake Cafe. We can cater your private function on or off the premises. We also cater to community groups, local schools, doctor’s offices, and other businesses. The professional kitchen chefs are prepared to take on any order, small or large. All of our catering is customized to your tastes, themes, and preferences.
The Pergola family were the former owners of Rocky Point Food Service, Inc. in Tampa for ten years, which brought them down to Florida. In Manhattan, New York, they held various directorships in some high-profile establishments including the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum, the Metropolitan Opera House, and the United Nations. They’ve also held management positions at Maxwells’ Plum, Tavern on the Green, and Top of the Park. Also, Yellow Fingers, Arizona 206, and Contrapunto (all through the ownership of the Sign of the Dove Group).
Come join us for a truly unique and memorable dining experience!