Cafe Baci
Cafe Baci

Cafe Baci

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafebaci.net/
  • 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 9419214848x

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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Cafe Baci reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (50)romantic (33)good for groups (31)notable wine list (25)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Never a disappointment.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Once again we had a great experience for dinner the other night. Friendly smiling service, excellent food. well made cocktails and delicious desert. All at reasonable prices - what more could you ask for? We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Wait to Return
    Marcia
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our waiter, Henry, was as delightful AND professional as Cafe Baci was in preparing our delicious meals. The Ceasar Salad was the best we've ever tasted, the bechemel sauce inside the Lasagna added a perfect layer, my husband loved the flavors of his veal trio dish, and our friends Pene ala Vodka (with sausage), she says, was just as pleasing to her. Our first visit will have us returning. The atmosphere, amazingly, works beautifully for a date night for two, as well as tables of "double" dates and more. Thank you Cafe Baci, for drawing us in with your fun marquis sayings. What a gem on Tamiami Trail. Who knew? Well, the full dining area told us that, apparently, everyone knew!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual, Cafe Baci was great.
    JandE
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    From entering and being shown to our favorite table, as requested on Open Table, to the final complimentary Lemoncello liquer, Cafe Baci delivered on all counts. Each entree was delicious, the salads were fresh and crisp. The server, Michelle, was perfect - friendly yet professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ke21decor
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    It was an excellent experience in all ways. Our friends were so impressed that they are telling their children about Cafe Baci when they come to visit from New Jersey, knowing they will be very impressed and enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hiding in plain sight
    Ready2eat
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    2nd trip to Sarasota but first time here. Checked Open Table, read the reviews and tried it. The owner greeted us at the door, and checked in a couple times during the evening. Attentive but not pushy service. We had the Caprese salad and grouper and the mixed greens and crab cakes, followed by the homemade lemon sorbet. Both salads and entrees were great, and dessert was enough for a taste for two. Timing of service spot on. Interesting and compatible wine selection. Easy location to find. Really pleased with Cafe Baci, will definitely plan to return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT !
    Sarasota2013VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have been here many times. The food and service is always great. I took a friend for her first time. She now wants to be a regular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful everything
    Sullivan
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    From the moment we walked in the service was excellent. Great menu and wonderful food to back it up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its been a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Haven't been to Café Baci for ages. What a treat! Took new to Sarasota friends for their anniversary. They were thrilled with everything. I had the three types of veal plate. It was divine. So tender and so aromatic. Everything was just perfect. My mate had the Black Grouper and can't wait to go back. The on-line reservations were really easy and efficient. Will use that site in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • STANLEY HAYES & TINA JONES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our entire dining experience was the best you could ever have, from the service , food preparation, quality, taste and value. ALL OF THE PEOPLE FROM THE TIME YOU ENTER THE DOOR UNTIL YOU LEAVE MAKE YOU FEEL APPRECIATED . THIS IS OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN FLORIDA. WE HAD SEVEN PEOPLE IN OUR PARTY. EVERYONE WAS EXTREMELY SATISFIED. ELDIS, THE CHEF COOKED THE BEST PRIME RIB EVER. SUZANNE, OUR SERVER MADE SURE EACH AND EVERYONE WAS TAKEN CARE OF AND SATISFIED. BOB, THE MANAGER AND HOST ALWAYS MAKES YOU FEEL HE CARES AND ROBERTO, THE OWNER ALWAYS MAKES US FEEL APPRECIATED. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT EVENING ON OUR FIFTY-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe baci
    2foodies
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    If you reserve ahead on open table you are served a lovely appetizer and the wait staff is happy to be there serving you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Italian Food
    AlohaGal1
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    What a wonderful meal in a comfortable atmosphere! The service was impeccable, and the food absolutely delicious and plentiful. We were treated to feel welcomed on our first visit to this restaurant. The server was extremely helpful and friendly and made recommendations easily from her extensive knowledge of the menu. The visit to our table by the owner was a special treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in every way
    gschiffe
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I continue to be VERY impressed. Food was very good and so much, I took home half of my meal for a 2nd dinner at home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • More than just Italian
    Kurt
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Excellent food coupled with attentive service. Give this venue a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find
    beachdreamer
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were looking for a good italian meal, found it at cafe Baci, Great food, excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    KateVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As usual everything about Café Baci is wonderful. The food was expertly prepared and displayed. There is nothing negative to be said about dining at Baci, we love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot
    BistroMaven
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The Basics Are: Great Food, Excellent Service, Soft Surroundings. You can't miss if you go here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Timeless Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday with 3 generations of Italians at Cafe Baci last Saturday evening. We were all impressed with the homemade gnocchi and capellini. We loved the homemade calamari appetizer as well. Both the grouper and snapper were fresh and perfectly done. My son's veal prepared 3 ways was amazing! The dishes have just the right portion size to come hungry. The atmosphere is a little old as is the crowd, but the food and excellent service made up for it! We definitely will return in the near future!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Italian food around.
    romanoinfl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had another lovely dinner at Cafe Baci. If you have not tried this restaurant you are in for a treat if you do. The food is wonderful and the service makes you feel at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    BertVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Always a good meal. A wonderful find in Sarasota. Nice restaurant, servers, etc. Good basic wholesome food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bloven
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    café baci is a long time favorite. the menu is huge and the food is authentic Italian food. the homemade lasagna is marvelous. the management staff and wait staff is very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place, great food.
    JonshaVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had lunch there and it was great. Ample portions of really good food in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best
    LovetoTravelSRQVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I love Cafe Baci. Perfect place for a business lunch because you can actually have a conversation without screaming! I love the attentive, but not intrusive, service and the food is authentic and delicious. The best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Foodaholic
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Once you enter Cafe Baci you could just as easily be somewhere in Italy as the interior is very authentic. We were greeted by a very friendly gentleman who seated us and made us feel very welcome. The waitress was very friendly and above all was very knowledgable about the entire menu. The food was wonderful and fresh and and cooked by a good chef and very tasty, we live in Barcelona, so appreciate good Mediterrarean food! Overall an excellent evening. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    FrequentDiners
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We absolutely love Cafe Baci! Owner Roberto Mei and his son Michael are the best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bravo!
    Radman1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Dinner at cafe Baci was one of my favorite dining experiences in Sarasota. The food, service and atmosphere were outstanding and I can't wait to return. The eggplant parmegiana was the best I've had. One dinner companion had excellent shrimp parmegiana.....who knew! My other dining companion had the veal chop that almost needed no knife to cut. My only regret is that I didn't save enough room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cut Above the Rest
    bubbfred
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    If you are looking for great Italian food, and wonderful dining experience, this is the place. The red snapper was excellent and the portion was more than generous. Service was outstanding. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable and delicious dinner
    sunny
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The waiter was friendly and attentive. Both he and the manager made sure we had everything we wanted. They provided a complimentary antipasto. The food was delicious and as ordered. I had enough to take home in a "doggy bag." In my opinion, this is the best Italian restaurant in the area. It has our highest recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Simply stated...Excellent service, great food, lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Once again a great meal.
    Milopad
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    They say don't judge a book by it's cover and that is the theme with this location. As you drive up the general neighborhood does not suggest that it would be home to such a gem of a restaurant. There is a large car park and the minute you open the door you get a warm welcome as if returning home. Great hosts who make you feel a valued customer. The choice on the menu is always great with good wines to balance the experience. Service was quick, efficient and professional at all times. Good value for money with food which tasted great and helpful advice from the staff. This has been our 5th time off visiting and will not be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable
    step12dudeVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We frequently dine at Cafe Baci, because we enjoy the excellent service, personal attention, and the excellent food. The menu offers a good variety of Italian selections, including various pasta dishes and others. Service is attentive and efficient. As fairly regular customers, we are always given a warm greeting, which we very much appreciate. On this trip, my elderly mother enjoyed a well prepared veal dish with a harvest salad, while I enjoyed a small Caesar salad and spaghetti. Prices are moderate, and overall, represent excellent value for the high level of service, quality of food, and ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Reservationqueen
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent service and superb food. You will not leave hungry! Will make this a go to place on every visit to Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Italian Food
    Geri
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been frequenting Cafe Baci more often recently. We love their Italian sauces, rich and red and full bodied. They have a wide menu selection from traditional Eggplant Parmesan, veal dishes and lots of fish. We have not been disappointed in anything that we have ordered. It always comes out nicely presented and piping hot. They have nice specials each time on the menu as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous, as always
    jessiebhungryVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The staff at Cafe Baci have a way of making you feel like you're part of the family. I highly recommend the veal Abandonza or ANY of their freshly prepared fish dishes. Baci does Italian right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for 3
    Dinnerfor3
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I took my 2 sisters here because I knew about this place from when I lived in Sarasota 7 years ago. They were very impressed and could not stop talking about what a great place Café Baci is. The food was amazing. The service was fast and courteous. We will be back on our next trip to Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Baci is the best!
    FrequentDiners
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dine here frequently and always have a fantastic experience. Roberto and Michael make you feel like you are part of their family. The food is outstanding. There are always interesting specials and the regular menu has something for every palate. We love Lorraine who usually takes care of us...she is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bijou has everything a foodie needs. Great food (best duck in town), excellent service, comfortable but elegant atmosphere. I buy a couple of gift cards each year as gifts for my husband so I know I will be well fed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a fabulous time. The food was very good and wait staff was top notch. Look forwarded to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    rudytootie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Cafe Baci has been in Sarasota for many years. It never disappoints. Service is always top notch, food very good, quiet enough for people who have a hearing problem. The crowd it attracts seems to be the 65 and over crowd. Years ago we had a private party upstairs and that was a perfect place for our own music etc. I assume they still offer that option for private parties. I highly recommend Cafe Baci for a nice family restaurant, or a place to go before a show, no parking problems, and they will get you out in time to drive downtown.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Community Treasure
    Fosters
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Living in Sarasota for barely two years we have enjoyed dining at many wonderful restaurants! As we expected, we discovered several very nice Italian choices. On recommendation by new friends we decided to try Cafe Baci and were totally overwhelmed -- from the moment we were seated (our server was wonderful) -- to our lovely dessert of limoncello! All entrees were served, hot and exceptional! I fell in love with their house salad gorgonzola, candied pecans and dried cranberries) and their special red snapper. Cafe Baci has just moved up on our list of extraordinary restaurant choices in Sarasota!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful dinner!
    Nokogranny
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    we were interested in having the Osso Buco which we had heard sometimes runs out early in the evening so we called ahead even though we made out reservations thru Open Table. They greeted us like we were family and the same care and consideration continued all night. Great service, nice Chianti and delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet