Cafe Baci

4.7
1841 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 921-4848
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party contact
Roberto Mei: (941) 921-4848
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout
What 1841 People Are Saying
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MG
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our “Go To” place for Italian food while in Sarasota! FABULOUS food, service by Suzanne tonight was spot on! She was attentive, friendly, and fun! Always a great meal at Cafe Baci!

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent local independent restaurant that serves great Italian food. I am from New York and have high standards (I'm Italian, too), so when I ate here I was pleased. Not noisy, great for conversations and ambience lovely.

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M
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very reasonable early ding menu with 10 choices for $12.00!

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gracious host and staff. Interesting menu with many specials on the night we dined there. Veal was fork tender. One guest had a shrimp and scallop AL fredo over fettuccine. They loved every bite!
The birthday guest got a complimentary tiramisu with a candle and Happy Birthday written in chocolate. A classy and appreciated touch.
The restaurant decor is classic Italian.
Highly recommend Cafe Baci. Casual enough for everyday dining but worthy of a special occasion or a romantic night out.
Wonderful to be made to feel like one is dining in someone's home. You'll get that impression at Cafe Baci.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the best!

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

I was disappointed this time. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and were immediately seated next to a very loud party of 4. Loud enough my wife and I, on date night, could not converse. Not necessarily Cafe Baci’s fault, but it did set the tone for a not great meal.

Our meal seemed rushed. We ordered our entree’s and received our food within 10 minutes. The wait staff explained that the kitchen was expecting to be busy and wanted to be caught up when that happened. Our antipasto appetizer arrived in the middle of eating our main course which of course ruined it.

We were in and out in 45 minutes, and the bill, as always exceeded $100.

We eat at Cafe Baci several times a year and it’s special for us. Sorry, Cafe Baci, you dropped the ball big this time.

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BW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and delicious. The Sea Bass was outstanding.

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HK
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good restaurant, but:
1. They didn't know I had a reservation. 2. The pasta was not warm enough. 3. I ordered the salmon partly because I wanted the risotto as per the menu, but it came with beans instead--but they then brought me some risotto.
So it's still a good restaurant, but they need to shape up a bit.

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JC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Looking forward to the next. Varied menu offered us many options. Lovely spot for good food, romantic interlude or just a date.

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k
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent. Enjoyed myself and plan to return.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been to this restaurant many times over the years. Food is good. On this occasion the server seemed a little stressed.

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OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliably good Italian food with good selection of pastas, fish, and meat. Especially fond of the veal Abbondanza which is veal prepared three different ways -Piccata, marsala, and Milanese- on a single plate.

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A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistent high quality meal and experience. Been going here for years!!!

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LK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a table of 5 and the service was absolutely impeccable! Friendly and attentive. A few of us ordered the Frutta de Mar and the seafood and fish were fresh and plentiful in the dish. One ordered it with the red sauce and the other ordered the white sauce. Both were flavorful and tasty in their own right. Someone else in our party had the fettuccine Alfredo which was huge (possibly good enough for two meals) and terrific as well. Definitely recommend Cafe Baci to anyone seeking a good Italian meal in Sarasota!

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PS
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful service and charming ambiance!

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w
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was very good, as usual. One of our go to restaurants.

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and fresh. Fish and pasta is perfectly cooked. The entire staff was friendly and attentive. We are looking forward to returning.

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OT
Naples
45 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful reasonable price restaurant

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F
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Baci is consistently wonderful! We have been going there for 7 years. We always know the food will be great! The only place in town with real spumoni. Yum! 😎

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JW
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and the service was excellent-Lawrence did a wonderful job. Will definitely go back again.

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BW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THe Food is Authentic Italian, at a tremendously great price. The manager was visable and ultra friendly.
We loved it...

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dining before 5 PM is an excellent value. No matter what time we dine the food and service is great.

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F
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Friendly service and wholesome food in an american italian setting.

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R
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service.
Definitely a repeat.

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h
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent dish specials. They did not skimp on the portion sizes nor the quality. Ww weren't rushed through the service.

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ER
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Wonderful value with great food and service. Happy hour menu wonderful with good selection and nice wine. We four had different entrees and all were delicious. We have been here many times and have never been disappointed. We will definitely return.

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D
Dallas
48 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first time dini there. My husband ordered the Pasta Fagol soup, I had a small Caesar salad. He said it was OK. The salad was good, not overwhelmed with dressing. We both had the Lasagna. It was good but had more than enough of the Riccota cheese for my liking. We will most likely return to try another dish.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant was full and very noisy. While the food was good, the service was poor, it seemed like the kitchen was overwhelmed......serveral orders were mixed up and my wife’s dish, which we asked to have just a hint of lemon, was very lemoney. I had the Osso Buco which was wonderful. I would go back, but only during the week when they’re not as busy.

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J
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Baci is consistently excellent and a good bargain. The wait staff are well trained and attentive. The fish dishes are excellent - this seems to be a bit of a secret. I was impressed that they put their best entrees on the Savor Sarasota menu.

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B
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy the wonderful ambiance at Café Baci. We arrived for their Happy Hour. The available dinners were a good selection and very well prepared. It has been around a long time and is still a wonderful night out.

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N
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food, when it finally came was good, however having to wait 45 minutes when there are only a handful of diners seemed excessive. The waiter apologized, however he said that the wait was typical as most diners come at about the same time and the kitchen is overwhelmed and does the best that they can. Except that as we were the only party remaining at 9 when we left, the excuse seemed a little lame.

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R
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Baci is our favorite restaurant. We are greeted as friends when we arrive. They have great specials. Portions are prefect sized. Wait staff is super responsive.

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AD
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kristina was a fabulous waitress...pleasant and knew the menu.
Would ask for her again.

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DS
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

NEED MORE VEGETARIAN OPTIONS. Prices were too pricey for what you got.

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JW
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS great!!!!! When we want Italian, Baci is our “go to”!

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LD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. The food was great and we had the best server ever ! Can't wait to go back.

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S
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall. Wide variety of meal choices. The shrimp fradiavilo was quite tasty!

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W
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for the lad 20 years always great food and great service

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l
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food.
Always consistent.
A neighborhood favorite.

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JO
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Cafe Baci and we will be back. Naomi our waitress was great.... very attentive and upbeat even with our many requests and changes.
The pistachio crusted sea bass was very good. Portions were ample. My husband couldn’t finish his shrimp scampi. The goat cheese shrimp special appetizer was artfully presented and very very tasty. Shared salads were split for us before they were brought to the table. It was a quiet, warm ambiance decorated like a Tuscany Villa. It was a very enjoyable evening.

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