Cafe Baci

4.8
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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!
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful dinner with friends

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I booked our reservation through Open Table and we usually get a complimentary antipasto platter. On this occasion, we had to ask for it--twice. This was the first time at Cafe Baci for another couple who had joined us for dinner and both women thought the waitress had a bit of an attitude. We've gone to Cafe Baci several times and have recommended it to others and brought others with us. We got there at our appointed time and were shown to a middle table. We asked for a side table, which was available, and we were given it, but again, with an attitude. It is the first time we received less than a welcoming greeting and subsequent service.

j
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. This restaurant has been around as long as it has for a reason. It is one of my favorites and is worth the visit when you are in Sarasota. Old Florida at its best!

G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very delicious food and service was excellent! Great prices with the early bird special! Will definitely go back to try other dishes!

s
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party enjoyed their dinner. I had the duck and it was outstanding, the best I ever had. Our server was lovely, she timed the meal well so that we could enjoy our drinks first and dine leisurely.

EK
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The food was delicious and plentiful. Our server, Christina, was pleasant, knowledgeable, and very capable. It was a pleasure having her as our server.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.

EB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and ambiance.

BM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary. They made our evening very special. Love this place.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Baci consistently is excellent from the servers to the incredibly delicious food. I recently ordered the pistachio crusted sea bass which was the best I have ever tasted; large thick piece prepared perfectly.

OT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OK
This is confirmed after 15+ years ...
This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Sarasota!

SR
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kristina our server was fabulous! She exceeded expectations.

VA
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Very slow service with no explanation. We were told our food was “on its way” for at least 1 hour. No apology or attempt was made on our way out. Will never return.

BM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was everything we expected. It is always good!

t
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent

RS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alwsys pleasant- won’t disappoint.

SB
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Baci never disappoints us, always consistently a great dining experience. Our favorite is the flounder francais, specials are delicious too! Portions are large enough for leftovers.

DC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was delicious. My wife had the flounder and I had the red snapper. Both were very fresh. Neither of us was disappointed. Also they offer a very reasonable table wine, red and white.Not a great wine but a nice compliment to the meal. We frequently visit Sarasota and will definitely return to Bacoi

P
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress Michelle was friendly, with a great sense of humor and she was both attentive and efficient. The good was very good with the one exception on the veal special where the slices were extremely thin and only two of the three preparations were excellent as to taste. The third, the Sarda preparation, was extremely dry and tough to chew (you simply cannot prepare veal Milanese with such thin slices of veal!) but the presentation of the three-styles of veal on one long plate was very appetizing to the eyes. The side dish of pasta was abundant, al dente and incredibly delicious (maybe the best tomato sauce we’ve ever had). The bread sticks are divine - the homemade bread finger lickin’ good - and the antipasto creative and tasty.

S
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been many many times. The meals are always delicious and prepared without change. Waitstaff always polite and helpful.

JE
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hosted friends for their Anniversary. They loved the place and every thing about it, Leo was fun and professional, our server Casey was terrific.

CK
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food at good prices!

OT
Naples
62 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Café Baci. Food is always delicious and fresh. Leo makes you feel like family & the servers are wonderful.

BM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Great food and wonderful service. It is a favorite.

MG
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Suzanne was our wonderful server! Extremely helpful with the wine list and menu items. Food was outstanding, as always! This is our favorite Italian Restaurant in Sarasota, and ALWAYS make a point of eating here when we are in town. Top notch restaurant in every way!

RC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

THE FOOD IS AESOME, WENT FOR LUCH AND GOT THE SPECIAL.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since we arrived we were greeted amazingly!!! We were taken to our table which was perfect for our group. Our server was outstanding and our meals were superior!!! The environment was perfect the service was perfect and our dinner was better than perfect!!! We are definitely coming back!!!

OT
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Their sea bass francese is excellent and so is the service. Will be back.

DC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe Baci has never disappointed us as we have been going there for many years. I had the Sea Bass Francaise with capers and over spaghetti, with green beans almondine. My mother had the linguini with clams sauce. While both dishes were excellent, there were only 3 forkfuls (bites) of spaghetti underneath the sea bass which was pretty disappointing for a $35 entre. Interestingly there was an ample amount of lemon butter sauce? So I ask for an additional amt of spaghetti and the waitress was kind enough to bring out a cup of spaghetti freshly cooked. I am not sure if that was a mistake that there was so little spaghetti or not, however, the error (my opinion) was immediately rectified. The quality of the food at Cafe Baci has always been excellent with portions large enough to take a little home for lunch the next day but today I had to make it happen with an extra request.

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal and friendly staff.

KW
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Hostess was not very knowledgeable about her job. Didn’t know how to find my reservation...have never had this experience there before. Our waitress was very slow and the restaurant had very few people in it when we got there at 4:20. Other tables with different wait staff received their salads before us ....yet they had arrived long after us.

GE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Consistent food.

f
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We shall be back. Great restaurant. Great food.
And don’t say no to the Salted Caramel Cheesecake!!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in Sarasota!

BC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner with family and friends. We requested a quiet table so we to chat. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Brandy our server was excellent. We always our dinners at Cafe Baci, we have been going here for quite a few years.

TN
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, it ended up very good. Our waitress was a little cold at first but then ended up ok after a while. The food was really good and we would go back there.

JH
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been dining here for many years - could even be 40 years. My favorite Sarasota restaurant by far. Since I line in NC can only make it two or three times a year. Dined there on 10/29/19. Host Leo and waitress Casey were terrific. Made us happy and relaxed. With 5 other family and friends. My granddaughter chose restaurant, apparently her favorite as well. Food excellent, I had red snapper- it was great. Cooked perfectly and well complimented with sauce. This restaurant has been open for a long time because everyone is trained to make diners feel very very important. Will be back again in 2020.

RY
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal in a lovely setting.

MA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is great about this place, the staff, the service and of course, the food!