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Baci Restaurant & Bar

4.1
144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Baci Restaurant & Bar is an Italian fine dining restaurant and nightclub located in the heart Lake Erie Shores & Islands of Sandusky, Ohio. Born & raised in Italy, Carmelo Ruta, Executive Chef, in the kitchen, Baci Restaurant & Bar combines the best of old and new world thinking, to create a wonderful full-flavored and well-rounded menu.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:30am; Closed Sunday & Monday
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Phone number
(419) 624-9900
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carmelo Ruta
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Private party facilities
From business meetings to holiday celebrations or rehearsal dinners, Baci is occasion ready and waiting. Leave a lasting impression on 10 or 100 of your closest friends or esteemed colleagues when you host an event in Baci Club private rooms.
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Private party contact
Amy Margium: (419) 621-0200 ext. 3315
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Junction US250 & RT2
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Parking details
Ample Parking and close to the entrance - no long distances from car to dining.
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Entertainment
The music is a beautiful background for diners throughout the restaurant. On Friday & Saturday after 10PM, Baci turns into a full-swing, European-style nightclub with music ranging from contemporary dance mixes to tropical, Latin, pop, rock and golden oldies.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 144 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
service
3.8
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4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Really nice staff. The food was good. The atmosphere is quaint. But it’s the staff. They are awesome. Very nice and accommodating. I’d come back for the service alone.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great complimentary plate before meal, large food portions.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

First time try in the off season tried in the summertime 2hr wait

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Great Italian dinner.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a wonderful time. Food was outstanding. Jason(bartender)... terrific.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We had not been to Baci in probably 10 years. The locals have been saying that is pretty good so we thought we would give it a try. Was not disappointed. Food was good and so was the service. It was not busy on a Saturday night. Do not know what the service would have been like if they would have been busy as we only saw 3 servers. We got an an antipasto plate a cup of lobster bisque compliments of the chef which was good. We will dine there again.

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1.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Charged my credit card 3x for our meal. Then wrote down my credit card number to possibly charge again later? Told me they were having trouble with their credit card machine. ALSO... very loud guy in bar area yelling the F-word many times. I asked that someone talk to him, they said, they did talk to him, but he continued to tell and throw out bad language. We will not be back... and I’m worried about my credit card exposure.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Food was delicious and love the updates to decor! We love Baci and will come back as often as possible. It is pricey, but well worth it! The stuffed shells were so good!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Delmonico steak was a bit fatty. However, loved the lobster ravioli !

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The entire staff works to make your dining PERFECT!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Much better this time. I left a pretty scathing review after our last visit so I wanted to update. The only reason we decided to return was because they were offering 1,000 points on Open Table and we wanted something quick and cheap and convenient. The service was much better this time, and even more notably, the food was much improved. The same side salad: night and day. Fresh lettuce, with radish and carrot and cucumber and other toppings that were nowhere to be seen last time. Lovely presentation. The pasta was good too (I had the carbonara). Though my husband had the spicy pasta, which I must say, was offensively spicy. I don't think most people would be able to tolerate that level of spice. They did warn him that it was "really spicy" though, so we can't really complain. Pleased to see such an improvement in about a month's time!

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2017

We were so horrified by the outside and entrance of the building we didn't even bother to have dinner. It's an extremely sketchy dark feeling. Not a place to have a dinner date or dinner either. I prefer being able to see who I'm eating with. Felt like a low end dead night club.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Who would expect to find dining like this at a Comfort Inn? Sorry Comfort Inn... There is no sign out front and so you have to know where you are going. My daughter and I both got a filet that came with a salad, asparagus, and gratin potatoes. They also brought an amazing bread, olives, and cheese. OH, I almost forgot... they also sent out a decent portion of an awesome pasta ("compliments of the chef"). Our filets were cooked to perfection! A little char on the outside and medium rare center. I wish that I did not live so far away or I would frequent this restaurant often. It is a sad that there is apparently no marketing for this restaurant as it was less than 1/4 full of guest. I highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2017

I don't always write negative reviews when I'm not impressed with a restaurant, but had to say something this time. This place has 4.5 stars according to OpenTable and TripAdvisor. That's a joke. Lesson learned: the reviews are relative to the area and the clientele. So, because there are no virtually other restaurants in the area, people think this is good.

The chef did send out an amuse-bouche (a free small bowl of lobster bisque to start), which we appreciated. From there it was downhill. The server came back about 15 minutes after we placed our orders, asking us to repeat them because she'd forgotten. Strike one. I asked for my salad dressing on the side. It came swimming in dressing. Strike two. Beneath all the dressing, the lettuce was sub-par anyway; I couldn't even eat it. I had asked for my pasta with the Diavolo sauce. Our server discouraged me from ordering that, saying it was too spicy. She explained that the chef simply adds crushed red pepper to the marinara sauce to make the Diavolo (I'm no chef, but is that really the only difference?!) and said she would bring me some crushed red pepper on the side (which you should get anyway, along with Parmesan .. there was no offer for either). She forgot the crushed red pepper until I was nearly finished eating. Strike three.

The food was so-so, not terrible but nothing special at all. I hate to be snooty, but anyone rating this 4.5 stars: I loath to see what you think is 2 or 3 stars. Blech!! Come on, let's keep OpenTable reviews accurate or they're no good to anyone!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

Simply awesome! I am a very hard person to please when it comes to dining out,but this little gem hidden in a hotel is without a doubt one of the most pleasurable restaurants that I have been in many years.Right down from the menu selection to the quality and quantity and my waitress was one of the most helpful and friendliest I have ever had the pleasure of waiting on my family.I am actually considering driving 120 miles from home just to enjoy another fine meal.The atmosphere was also top notch.The only depressing issue was that there was only one other couple dining at 6:00.I hope the Baci Club remains open for many years to come.I will be sure to dine there again next time I am vacationing in Sandusky.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Our dinner for 5 people was delightful. The food was excellent and plentiful. Amy , our waitress was very good. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

It was great food and a lot of it!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

We always think to go to Baci's for special occasions. The food is always excellent, the portions are very generous and the complimentary items they offer before your meal is a nice touch. We plan on not waiting for another special occasion to go back and choose them in place of the chain restaurants that are found along Rt 250.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Skip it. Out of limoncello, cannoli, brunello, found a valpollicella and brought it out opened. Food OK. Smelled like cleaning fluid.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Food was amazing as usual! We recommend this place to all our friends. The only thing I would suggest is when waitresses tell you fish of the day they should met you know how it's prepared. My husband got the swordfish and it came steamed when he thought it would have been grilled. Knowing that he would have chosen something different. However, it was still good.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Another great meal! Our friends were first timers here and absolutely loved the food. Our waitress was very good also.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

Not a romantic dinner place but the food is good . We had the scallops and the beef tenderloin. Scallops were well prepared and tender . Tenderloin was a little under done from what we asked for but it actually turned out very good and tender.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

We experienced another excellent outing at Baci Restaurant & Bar. Our server (Carlos) was amazing - a friendly smile, polite, and very efficient. Our meals were cooked to perfection (scallops dinners and Delmonico steak dinners). The ambiance was wonderful. The only negative part of our dining experience was that the 5:30 p.m. reservation I made online for our party of 4 specifically requested that we wanted to be seated in a BOOTH, not a table. When we arrived at 5:25 p.m., we were told there were no booths available. We chose to wait for a booth to open up so we were not seated until after 6:00 p.m. On a positive note, the hostess was very apologetic and kept us informed on how long we would wait for our booth. Overall, we highly recommend Baci Restaurant & Bar.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

I highly recommend it, excellent service, excellent food

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Delicious food. Great value. If you leave here hungry it is your own fault.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2016

Was in town overnight and showed up just as the kitchen was about to close. Cook and wait staff had no problems taking care of me. One of THE best steaks I have ever had, without question. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

The food was excellent and the service was superb. Three course meals. And the first course appears immediately. Have to try it!!!!

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Since I am seasonal in OH I try to make it your way at least once summer. This year it was three times and I enjoyed them all.

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1.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Arrived 9:50 to be told that the kitchen is closed at 10 so I can't order food. Why they didn't mention that earlier

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4.0Dined on August 30, 2016

We meet friends for dinner every year at Baci and we are never disappointed. The food seems to just keep coming so that by the time the entree comes we can (almost) not eat it! From the special spreads for the bread, to the pasta course, to the delicious salad and the great variety of entrees, everything is delicious. The only thing we've never tasted is the dessert because we've never had room! We highly recommend Baci for a special dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

The food was amazing and service was very knowledgeable. It is in the Comfort Inn and kind of hidden. It is not a typical hotel restaurant. It is very high quality food and beautiful bar with a drink menu to match.

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1.0Dined on July 30, 2016

We arrived at the restaurant where there was no hostess and the waiting area was dark, we stood around for a good five minutes before someone realized we were waiting. We were sat down at a table underneath a leaking ceiling. We were unable to request a new table because no one came around to our table within ten minutes of being sat so our party decided to leave. Extremely disappointed in the lack service, wanted to stay to try the food but couldn't justify waiting around especially when water was dripping upon our table. I can't say I'd recommended this restaurant to anyone based upon the lack of customer service.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2016

my favorite healdsburg restaurant. my only complaint is that its very loud

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2016

A very special restaurant. We have been going there for several years even though it is a 90 minute drive from home. Great food and great service.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2016

We have been dining at Baci's for many years. It is not what it used to be. It has been "updated" over the past few years, but the service and ambience has deteriorated. It seems cold and uninviting. They were out of wine and food selections, but we were there mid week. The food is very good, but the presentation and whole dining experience is lacking. We will continue to go to Baci's but not as often. The value is good for what you get. I wish they'd play more of the old Italian standards, also...

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2016

Limited menu. I asked for pasta with a Bolognese sauce and was told - "Not Available." Service was terrible. The quality of food when served was quite good. Portions big. But - I would not go back. I don't understand how a restaurant charging $25 / patron (average of our bill) can expect to stay in business with such poor service delivery.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Baci could seriously serve the best food in Ohio! Especially if you like authentic Italian dishes made with seasonal, fresh ingredients. When you order a main entre - you are delighted with a pasta course, antipasta course, salad and dessert. These are courses you will be still be talking. The night we were there our pasta dish had an amazing lobster/tomato cream sauce. You will be talking about the next day. Food is amazing. And great value. Atmosphere is a dated.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2016

The bartender amazing... our waitress had a hard time smiling. She even went over to the table next to us and told the diners that their waitress was new.... not her job and it seemed the new waitress was more attentive and friendly. We waited a long time for our 3rd and 4th course and never once did our waitress ask if we wanted refills. She smiled once when we noticed a tattoo of our home state

Food was good overall, but what stood out was that pasta dish for 1st course... amazing

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Food was excellent. Service was not so good. Asked for bread but never got it. I think the waitress was new.

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Used to be my favorite special date night spot. It has really changed. The food was delicious and the service was good, but I miss the dark, romantic feel. We had reservations but there was no hostess and I was never able to formally check in to get my 1000 points, even though I brought it up to our waitress. Overall I was half satisfied/half disappointed.

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