Cafe Gabbiano
Cafe Gabbiano

Cafe Gabbiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafegabbiano.com/
  • Phone: (941) 349-1423
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly
    Monday to Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paolo DiCosta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering available. Call for details.
  • Entertainment: Live music on select days, call for details.
  • Special Events: Wine pairing menu available Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday.

    Sunset Baskets *Now Available* exclusively at Café Gabbiano

    Bring the essence of Café Gabbiano, including our wide wine selection packaged for carryout, on your date with the picturesque Siesta Key Sunset.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canal
  • Public Transit: SCAT.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Any parking located in the plaza is available to our guests.
A word from Cafe Gabbiano
Cafe Gabbiano is the best Italian fine dining experience on Siesta Key! We invite you to enjoy our carefully prepared authentic Italian cuisine and a world class selection of wine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Cafe Gabbiano reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (32)notable wine list (32)special occasion (31)neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (29)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (9)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A gem on Siesta Key! Great Italian food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Great Italian food made to order. Veal Piccata special was ample, tender and mouth watering - both of us took a slice home! Cheese risotto is a perfect side dish. House salads were to die for - unique and perfectly balanced. Wines are great, and they have a huge selection. Server - Tommy - is the go to guy! He is knowledgable, warm, friendly but not intrusive, and a truly good server. Try this place - you will NOT be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Italian food in a quiet setting
    out4eats
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This restaurant is old school, no pizza oven, basic wine list, but the menu, features many delicious Italian items ranging from pasta, fish, chicken and veal entrees. In a sea of loud seafood bar/restaurants, it is nice to find a low key spot with good food and on site parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service, Service, Service
    Newbee
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was probably the most accomodating restaurant I have visited in a long time. They go out of their way to meet your special requests. They do so in a cheerful and positive manner that makes you believe that they relish the idea of making adjustments to the menu or the food preparation to responds to your needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    rjs1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Disappointed with this visit. They had a large wedding group which demanded most of the staff's attention. The food was only warm and not hot. The service was slow. We had to wait for water , bread and food. They should have had more help knowing the sixe of the wedding plus mormal customer demand.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderfull
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great food Very good waiter service excellent mostly the food was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    Snowbird2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We always visit Cafe Gabbiano when we're in the Sarasota area. The food is outstanding, but the service makes this restaurant special. The waitstaff works as a team, and everyone is friendly and appears to genuinely be glad that you're there. Don't miss it - you'll be glad you went!
    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.
  • Just Wonderful
    CLIFFSIDEVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    A friend told us how wonderful Cafe Gabbiano was and it was a must. We took the 45 minute drive 2 couples it was well worth it The selection was vast plus two tasting choice. Two of us had the tasting menu each dish was excellent. Our friends one had a vegetarian dish and one fish dish both equal wonderful Well worth the drive from anywhere in the Sarasota reservation a must for this small "Gem"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be excellent if they tried!
    LWRFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant needs to step up its game and stop hanging its hat on a prime location. The wait staff was slow and inattentive all evening. Could not even get a second glass of wine or keep my water glass filled! Ordered the Osso Bucco Ravioli which came out cold with a nondescript meat ragu sauce. Sitting on the outdoor enclosed patio might be nice if they had better furniture. The chairs are old with worn cushions and you sink to the wood base of the seat when sitting in the chair. Others were complaining about the uncomfortable seats as they were being seated. I had heard great things about this place from a foodie friend here in Sarasota and maybe they were just having an off night but I will not rush back here anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favplace1
    Favplace1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our meal was excellent, drinks were very good. Very quiet night, which was great. Our server Tommy, we have had before, was good. Actually he remembered us as soon as he came to our table. Great night. Really love Cafe Gabbiano, one of my favorite places since we moved here a year ago. Thanks!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Food and Wine
    DebP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This wonderful place offers a fine selection of gourmet food choices and wine in a relaxing, intimate atmosphere. Great food. Great Service. In the heart of Siesta Key Village. What could be better? Definitely one of my favorite local spots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal
    BobHVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The veal was excellent. Don't need 50 characters to describe the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Dine Here
    BuoyBarSouth
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Café Gabbiano has a fabulous wine list (both by glass & bottle). We were very impressed with the milk-fed veal which is nearly impossible to find here on the west coast of Florida. Service was casual but attentive and friendly. We would recommend this restaurant highly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • this CHEF is awesome!!
    Ahava
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had dinner for my birthday...saturday night 9-27...the food is always so so so so good! this chef is awesome love!! Thomas is a good server but needs to be polished. wine bottle hitting the rim of the glass, mixing old end of bottle wine with new fresh open bottle of wine. he does a good time with his timming too, but everything is always great. Thank you, will be back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Food
    Italy4U
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is a great place on Siesta Key, where you will find delicious Italian food. The wine list was extensive and had a range of pricing. The waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining
    Marv
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Gabbiano is, in my opinion, the best Italian restaurant in Sarasota. This is our second visit and it wsevery bit as good as the first visit. The food, service and ambiance are all first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good italian food
    local
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    first time visit. went with another couple. service was great, with several wait staff interacting with our table. lobster ravioli was wonderful, and the lasagna portion is huge! will be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great new find
    deemar
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was my first visit, and I was extremely impressed. The ambience is wonderful, and your staff was superb. They went out of their way to make everything perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't be disappointed!
    Ffsnotsoproreview
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I've been to Gabbiano's on many occasions and the fare is consistently good. The exception was the mussels appetizer several visits ago. I just wouldn't order that dish again. But, 3 out of 3 in our party were extremely happy with their meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our second visit to this restaurant. We had reservations and when we arrived we were escorted to the back porch for the second time. I am not sure how they determine who sits inside. We were against the far end of the room. Our server came along and took our drink orders. He was a bit rushed and stated that he had tables throughout the restaurant and was busy. He explained the specials and we made our decisions and ordered. I had veal Marsala and my husband had the veal parmasean. Both entrees were delicious. We shared the frozen limoncello for dessert and it was very good. I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our first time at Cafe Gabbiano's and everything was fantastic, we'll certainly return. It quickly became our favorite Italian restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real taste treat!
    LWRancher
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Cafe Gabbiano. He had a grouper and clam dish and I had the homemade raviolis with Ossobucco (veal) meat sauce. Both were very flavorful and the pasta was cooked perfectly. The grouper was moist and a nice thickness. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food again
    BobHVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food specials good as usual. Consistent . Good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • restaurant surprise
    eatoutmaven
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I took some friends who had never been there, and they were totally impressed! The food was excellent, prices reasonable, and we were able to talk to each other without background noise. Also the ambience was excellent; I felt like we were in a high priced New York restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Gabbiano
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Café Gabbiano is a gem on Siesta Key. We sat on the "climate controlled" patio this time. The last time we were seated in the bar area. They each offer a different ambience. The crab cake special was excellent as was the Scallopine Mam Lucia (my husband's choice). An excellent dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This restaurant is located in a tourist area. I thought it may be over priced etc. It was not. This was such a nice experience. We actually came back again later in the week to enjoy the food again. The waiter was attentive and had pride in his work and restaurant. His suggestions were perfect, since he actually listened to our likes and dislikes before answering. I only wish I had this restaurant in my hometown so I could come here more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Excellent
    Dave
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Both dishes we ordered were nothing short of excellent. We were in the wine cellar, which was somewhat dark for our liking; however it was very private and quiet. Service from our waiter, Tommy, was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Name Not Included
    Okok
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    When we checked in with the hostess she immediately tried to seat us at a table that was squeezed into the corner of a traffic pattern. We had to convince her to sit elsewhere. Keeping in mind that there were very few diners in the restaurant. Also, menu was top heavy on almost every dish having cheese on top of it.
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  • Lovely & Intimate Evening
    SASunshine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have a wonderful dinner out here. Restaurant is under new ownership with the same chef. 6 of us all had different dishes and each was so great. We were especially taken care of by the wait staff who were extremely attentive. Would highly recommend for a wonderful Italian night out on the town...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Siesta Key's best Italian
    AuntyLynd
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Welcoming and accommodating hostess, knowledgable, personable, and attentive waitstaff (we recommend Tommy) Cafe Gabbiano makes you feel as if YOU are their most important guests! A favorite appetizer Antipasto Caldo (eggplant rollatini, mozzarella, panini, and grilled portobello) was no longer on the new menu -the chef made it to order - for the old price of $12.95. We savored the scaloppine Mamma Lucia (thin veal sautéed in Marsala with wild mushrooms and topped with eggplant and fresh mozzarella) and the special Veal Pizzailoa (thin veal sautéed with cherry tomatoes, white wine & herbs) and recommend the Parmesan risotto as the side. The food is delicious, prepared to order, and portions are generous. A "don't miss" on Siesta Key!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot on this little isle!
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Delicious and charming. The inside is full of wine bottles and wood and reminds us of Italy. The waiters were helpful and kind and food was delicious. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Suehart6670
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Lovely night. It was our 5 year anniversary. We returned to the "scene of the crime" as we had dinner there after a romantic sunset wedding on the beach. Great food with the exception of one way over done steak. We sent it back and it took 20 minutes for a new steak to arrive. Overall great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for vegetarians!
    veg4me
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    i had linguini and vegetables and to say i was disappointed would be an understatement
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  • Great Place
    JT34212
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Since Moving to Florida about 16 months ago we found this little gem in one of the nicest places in the USA, Siesta Key Beach. The owners are wonderful and the staff is very accommodating every time. Seafood, pasta and the italian selections are prepared with sheer elegance. Great spot and more importantly, outstanding house wines!! Ciao.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 235 reviews are from the Cafe Gabbiano reviews archive.
  • Great food, but
    BeeMoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is based on one visit to Cafe Gabbiano in July 2014. It was our first time dining here prompted by an overheard recommendation. First and foremost the food is quite good and reasonably priced. For a calm weeknight the service was quite harried. Orders confused, incorrect dishes presented. All was made right, dishes replaced, a round of drinks on the house, etc. but there seemed to be no reason for this to happen. I can't imagine what service is like on a crowded night. As previously stated, the food was very good and perhaps this was just on 'off' night. We certainly will give Gabbiano another go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Anna
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was good. The service was okay. The chairs are horrible!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bambini? Better not...
    JoesieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    4th time at CG+we were truly disappointed. We made a reservation where seated where we had asked to be, all friendly and nice. Although it was obvious that our kids are a bit young for the regular menu we were not asked if we wanted to see the bambino menu neither was it given to us without asking for it. Our food+wine were good,the service was very poor, although not many tables were occupied. Kid's beverages were simply forgotten+when we tried to order a dessert for them we were just told that the ice cream would be made with alcohol, no alternative given. Wow-for a so called italian place pretty bambino unfriendly, kids+ parents were disappointed, not sure if the food is good enough for us to return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brian
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Very good restuarant experience. We went there to celebrate a birthday, and it definitely helped to make the occasion a special one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time visit
    Calcbert
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent setting, food was very good. Waiter was attentive BUT our group of 6 had to wait a LONG TIME for the dinners to arrive. Peter, the owner/manager(?) responded by giving the table a free bottle of wine. Thanks. We will ALL be back to this "hidden gem"
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very bad service by Marc good food and better wines
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    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great italian food
    LidoEd
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I had a very pleasant dinner there last Sat. night. The food was good, the service was good and the prices were a little high but the portions made it worth it. My only minor complaint was that their house wines at $9.25 per glass were high, $7 or 7.50 would have been more in line.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.