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Cafe Baci
Cafe Baci

Cafe Baci Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafebaci.net
  • Email: boss4001@aol.com
  • Phone: (941) 921-4848
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout
  • Private Party Contact: Roberto Mei (941) 921-4848

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cafe Baci
At Café Baci, we strive to perfectly recreate the full Italian experience. From the moment you walk through our door, you sense the difference and you feel the culture. The atmosphere here is enchanting and peaceful, the Italian cuisine reminiscent of that created by some of the greatest Italian Chefs.

Relax and enjoy your stay with us. Savor the delicate flavors of history. Close your eyes, breathe deeply….you are in Italy, if but only for a moment.

Buon appetito!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "I try the veal parm at all Italian restaurants I go to, looking for the best and I found it at Cafe Baci."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great traditional Italian menu. We had "the sampler platter" for an app which was fried cheese, zucchini, and calimari with marinara. Everything was crisp and fresh and the marinara had a great tang to it. We also got a fantastic antipasto before the meal with more fried cheese, olives, feta, and charcuterie. Entrees were great to, I has a simple chicken fettucine alfredo and my wife had the salmon with a pesto risotto. Cori, our server was amazing though, he had a very large table he was working but never let that get in the way of serving our two top. Was very attentive throughout the night and had a great attitude even though he was rushing around. Great atmosphere and great looking menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Definately on our "must-dine" list when we visit Sarasota!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food and service are always reliably good. Ambiance is ideal for relaxed dining."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had driven by Café Baci hundreds of times but were never drawn by its frankly uninspiring exterior. We finally decided to give it a try on the recommendation of the couple who joined us for dinner. It was a revelation. The food is terrific. Baci serves generous portions of the staple dishes you would expect in a "southern" Italian restaurant, perfectly prepared. Among us we had four different main courses, including veal, fish, and pasta, and all came out piping hot and perfect. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and our server, Suzanne, was extraordinarily helpful and professional. Her recommendations were spot on. Don't judge this book by the cover. The exterior does not begin to tell the story of this lovely restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our party of 4 all loved the restaurant. We had veal parmigiana, linguini mussels and mushroom ravioli. All dishes were delicious. But to have an amazing dining experience, the service and the setting are equally important and Cafe Baci has provided both! This restaurant is a " must return to" restaurant. We will highly recommend to all our friends . Well Done, Cafe Baci !!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant; nice ambience and very attentive service. We can give 5 starts to our waitress, Lorraine, who took the best care of us. Bob McKay, the manager came over to talk with us and make sure we had everything we wanted. You won't be disappointed eating here. I had the red snapper and it was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We drove down from Tamoa Bay for this our second visit to this exquisite restaurant. After a warm welcome we were seated in a lovely table..our server Brandi arrived with a complementary small antipasto plate, assisted us make a selection from the wine list. We chose a Montepulciano, reasonably priced and delicious. We shared a fresh caprese salad accompanied by warm breads and homemade breadsticks. For our entree, we each had the Fruti di Mare, the best I've ever had anywhere, with generous serving of shellfish including gulf shrimp. It was delicious. The owner and his son both stopped by our table. From the time we entered this fine establishment, we were treated like guests at their home..our server was truly was outstanding. Ciao!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food and service was great!! Owner took time to explain and direct us to a great wine from Italy. A very pleasant experience. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was our second visit in two weeks and it was as wonderful as the first. We brought another couple and they also were impressed. Delicious food and attentive service. We loved the welcoming antipasto!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The guys all had a terrific lunch. Baci comes through again!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Cafe Baci has an outstanding menu which would appeal all who dine there. The menu includes excellent steaks, fresh seafood, as well as wonderful Italian selections. The service is exceptional and we always look forward to the wonderful bread sticks which are made at the restaurant. This is a restaurant which we always enjoy taking guests to dine."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We had a very good evening at Cafe Baci ,however this particular evening was not up to their normal high standard . Out table was ready on time and the Open Table extras were ready for us on the table . The service was very slow ,we waited a long time for our drink order to be taken ,then a long time for our meal to arrive . From a 6.30 reservation our entree did not arrive until 7.45 . This is all very unusal for Cafe Baci ,it was a very busy evening with many people dropping by for tables without a reservation . So ,do not be discouraged but maybe they need to take a few less walkins when they are very busy .The waitress was far too busy ."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I haven't been here in years and there were no surprises. Food is still very good and consistent."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Both the food and the service are spot-on every time. Veal dishes and fish prepared francaise-style were our faves this trip. One of the few places where when we leave, we're already vowing to return to try the dishes we haven't gotten to order yet."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a group of 7 people and our service was outstanding. Our server Brandi was exceptionally knowledgeable about the local seafood and the preparation of all the dishes. All seven raved about the food and definitely will make a return trip. This was a first for all of us. The noise level was very low and made conversations easily heard round the table."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We visit each time we are in Sarasota and are never disappointed. Food and service are wonderful."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "we dine here roughly once a month and love the place- the food is always good no matter what you order- the chef has a perfect touch with the fish and seafood and the veal entrees are old school yummy--- hard to find this many veal options on a menu these days. the service is fabulous- we ask for Lorraine or Suzanne and they both are warm welcoming and efficient. we recommend this place all the time to people we meet along the way (lots of folks looking for a good meal around here this time of year) and when we do run into folks again they always rave like we do. PS if you love old fashion lasagna with meat sauce (gravy) and béchamel this is your place! it seriously doesn't get any better than this!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was delicious, made to feel welcome when seated. Lovely touch was complimentary antipasto-a surprise. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "muscles were dipping good delicious, spaghetti sauce the best. quiet table, good service, relaxing meal"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went here on a Thursday for dinner based on reviews on Open Table as we were visiting from out-of-town. We were greeted warmly and seated right away. The restaurant offers typical Italian fare that is served quite well. It may not have the panache of high end restaurants but the quality and quantity were both satisfying. Our server was very friendly, knowledgeable, and timely. All in all a solid experience"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Café Baci has been our favorite Sarasota restaurant for many years. The service, food, and atmosphere are always outstanding. We always recommend Café Baci to anyone traveling to Sarasota."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was very good. My husband raved about the homemade alfredo sauce and fettucine! I really enjoyed the gnocchi. Not many places do it well. And I loved that we could order it as a side so we could both try it, of course, I finished it! The harvest salad was yummy and unusual to find in an italian place. Both of us had veal and I recommmend it with either the marsala or the one that has the gorgonzola cheese in it, (can't remember name but house specialty). We shared and loved the creme brulee! Sweet, perfect sugar crunch with light, but creamy custard. Service was great, attentive but not pushy. Pleasant, not loud even though busy. I love an independent place. This was a lovely change of pace. We would absolutely go again."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This was our second visit to this restaurant. It was wonderful to see it was still in business as it was 2 years ago that we found it. They provide all the extra touches which make you feel special."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We arrived at the restaurant on a Sunday night. There is ample free parking in the restaurant parking lot. The tables were well spaced and the noise level,was very nice (except for an uncouth woman next to us who often used four letter words). I had the Chilean sea bass which was outstanding and my girlfriend had the special shrimp scampi which she could not finish and had to take home. I also had the crab cake appetizer which was very good. All in all, although not expensive, this was probably the best meal and ambiance of a week in Sarasota. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "A great restaurant to enjoy good food ,good service with good friends"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Get in between 4:00 $ 5:00 pm. The three course prix-fix was out standing. I had the Flounder which was excellent and my wife had Veal Piccata which was also very delicious and for only $15 including salad and dessert. To top it off an antipasto was delivered free of charge. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We always have a wonderful dinner at Café Baci. The food is delicious and creatively prepared. Fresh fish is on the menu daily and there is an extensive menu with many choices. Homemade bread sticks and pasta are outstanding. We are never disappointed when we dine here."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Seated immediately with reservation for party of six. Pleasant ambience, quick efficient service and reasonable prices . Food was excellent. The three- veal sampler entrée was outstanding. Everyone in our party was very satisfied with their meals. I would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "It is the best dinner since we have been in Florida. I spent a little more than I usually do, but it was worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal here. From the time we entered Cafe Baci, we felt welcomed and valued as a customer. Wait staff was very attentive, friendly, and efficient. Our meals were delicious: from the wine, to the gorgonzola salad, to red snapper and eggplant parmigiana! No room for dessert though, since it was more than enough to finish our dishes. I would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Great food, great service. The lasagna, meatballs, truffle sachets, bruschette, all amazing! Highly recommend this place if you appreciate good Italian food."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Standard fare Italian. Good preparation, nothing dramatic or outstanding. Worth a repeat trip, but unexceptional."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Always a warm welcome and a traditional, inviting menu. Pleasant, knowledgable service. A pleasure to return here often."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Once again, Cafe Baci lived up to their outstanding attention to detail from the moment you enter you are welcomed like family all the staff and management are efficient without being obtrusive making your dining experience a most memorable time! The food is spectacular, the homemade gnocchi and the freshest grouper Francese I have ever had! Don't miss out on this gem while visiting the area!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Kim was a great waitress and Brandy did a fantastic job of finding our group of ladies a nice spot suitable for conversation at lunch. They were both very attentive and professional and did a wonderful job. The food was enjoyed by everyone with absolutely no complaints."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "From the time you enter Café Baci to the time you leave, it is obvious that the entire staff is passionate about there job. There is an energy of perfectionism that resonates from the wait staff to the bus people to the management. We have dined here many times and they make us feel like we are family. We loved the 4 cheese and truffle sachet pasta served with a cream and sundried tomato sauce, it is to die for. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Food was very good--environment was very good--service was very slow"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Cafe Baci was recommended by friend but still was pleasantly surprised by quality of food. Our server Lorraine made it an enjoyable evening with her recommendations and offer of limoncello to finish the meal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Greeter asked my name & reservation; gave both & he gave info to owner who was at Reservation computer. In walks a man who tells owner his reservation time (later than mine) and owner turns to greeter saying "seat him now"....I look at both and ask "am I invisible?" Greeter seated man, came right back and seated me. Owner said nothing, no apology, nothing. Bad beginning for the evening."
    Dined on 2/28/2014