Cafe Baci

4.6
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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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F
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a place that turns its tables over quickly. The bread came before we even ordered. The salad came right away followed by the entrees before we finished the salad. They tried to clear our plates when our forks were still in the air finishing the last few bites. Too rushed to enjoy. The pasta was excellent, but the Caesar salad had no garlic or anchovies and was actually sweet. The veal sauces were full of corn starch or jell instead of being simply deglazing the pans. I wouldn’t go back.

GP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing atmosphere. I will return again. The eggplant parmigiana was “melt in your mouth” delicious with a light, fresh, tasteful marinara sauce. Serving size was very ample. My friend had veal piccata, described as excellent. Thank you much.

SF
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Cafe Baci for years and the quality and service has never wavered. We look forward to enjoying their service for many years.

PM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been to Café Baci two times. The second time I was planning on ordering what I had the first time, penne ala vodka, which is unbelievable, then I thought their lasagna sound interesting. It was so good. They bring you a complimentary appetizer for the table which is great. Will definitely continue to go back. Both servers we had were great.

LR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday with 3 other couples. I picked Cafe Baci because it is always consistently great. As usual the food, service and staff were excellent . I recommend it highly.

GC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, they have been at it for quite a while.

SF
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thought the service was great and loved the environment. Food was excellent w plenty left over and the owner was very courteous making it a great experience.

F
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Baci has been our favorite restaurant since 2012 when we moved to Florida. The menu and food quality is very consistent. Great chef who makes fabulous soups. Their homemade breadsticks are the best around. It is the only restaurant that has delicious spumoni. Cafe Baci is always quiet. You can actually go there and have a conversation with your friends.

R
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. The service was very good, and the food excellent.'
We do plan to go back.

W
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always we loved the ambience and service food not up to their usual a bit too salty for us

C
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and ambiance outstanding as usual. Highly recommended.

TW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A nice dinner our while on vacation in Sarasota–Bradenton area. Recommended by a friend, who’s family has gone there for family meals for many years.

B
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Baci never fails to deliver a wonderful dining experience. I absolutely loved the Sea Bass Scampi and my friend enjoyed more traditional Italian fare which she said was prepared to perfection. When looking for a special evening, Cafe Baci never disappoints.

C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

While the service was very pleasant and efficient, the food was warmed-over standard Italian fare. If this place ever was a destination for good Italian cooking it’s lost it’s way. The chef needs a vacation.

MC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Very good food. Service was fast to as well. We had a wonderful experience. I had three children well behaved.

DF
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Finally found a place to go on New Year's Eve where the food tastes as good as the rest of the year. Love the food here.

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Daughters B-day & N.Year

J
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Cafe Bacci. Wonderful service,atmosphere. Food was prepared well,delicate sauces...outstanding. We will return. Noce resturant for special occasions or a nice dinner out. Prices match quality.

PA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. The 3rd time we have eaten at the restaurant and it is always consistent.

GG
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Not great - took an hour for food and was mediocre at best. Wait staff didn’t even bother to check on us, apologize for the lengthy wait or keep us updated on the food status.

l
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved this restaurant so much earlier in the week that we decided to return again. Unfortunately, we didn't know that there was a limited menu for Christmas Day so our favorites were not being served. Definitely a mistake reserving an 8PM table on Christmas! Restaurant was jam packed and by the time we were seated it was almost 8:30 and the waitstaff was clearly exhausted. Wrong appetizers came to the table, they were out of the aweome breadsticks as well as two of the non-fish items we tried to order. Waiter was very nice and tried to make things right. While the food was still yummy (veal parm and chicken francaise), and we will definitely go back on our next trip, it wasn't as phenomenal as when we enjoyed it pre-Christmas day.

P
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

It was Christmas Eve and totally and absolutely crazy

JB
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was not their best day. It was Xmas day. If they are open they need to be able to take care of the extra customers in the way of service and food.

MR
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

It was Christmas, they were not prepared, they should have posted on Open Table Holiday Menu, and were jamming people in every part of the room

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Cafe Baci and it never disappoints! My father is in a wheelchair and we’ve never had any problem. There was a slight problem with Open Table not notifying the restaurant of our reservation, but Cafe Baci was most gracious and accommodated us very quickly. This was Christmas Day. Everything ran very smoothly. Kudos!

KC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were lucky to be seated. We made our reservation on open table and then confirmed our reservation on a follow up email. At the restaurant the hostess stated they had no reservation for us because they weren’t taking online reservations. Luckily they sat us within 5 minutes even though they were very busy.
Our service was very slow. Two tables next to our were seated after us and we’re eating before we were served. We were only three people.
Our food was fantastic as usual. The menu was limited for Christmas and the restaurant was packed.
The food is always great and you don’t leave hungry.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Not a good Christmas experience as our waitress was overwhelmed and extremely slow and required help from others to get the food out and pick up tables for her. She got the order wrong and then forgot to take it off the final bill. Food was mediocre as we all had stomach aches later that evening and into the next day. Did not seem organized. It was a poor outing and very expensive for what we received.

M
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the Christmas Eve dinner. The service was excellent, the food was outstanding as usual and the ambience was festive and cozy.

BK
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant servers very attentive. We mostly had veal and chicken and it was first rate. Prices were probably a little low if it was downtown but just right for this location. The place was packed on a weeknight so be sure to make a reservation!

l
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, couldn't find a single thing that wasn't top notch. Our server was fantastic and had been there for 20 years. The homemade breadsticks and dip was so yummy, we asked for seconds. The charcuterie plate and pickled veggies were fresh and flavorful and a welcome surprise as an appetizer. Every main course was delicious--the veal parmesan took up the whole plate, pounded to a thin scallopine, covered in a savory red sauce, and so tender you barely needed a knife. The seafood pasta was incredible-huge shrimp, salmon, scallops in a delicious white wine, garlic, butter sauce. All in all, one of the best traditional italian meals i've had in years. Cannot wait to return.

OT
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and great service.

I
Baltimore
88 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The server, Casey, was great. The food was delicious!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always dinner was served in a pleasant setting by a knowledgeable and helpful server. The meal was excellent and very enjoyable in an unrushed atmosphere.

TK
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A little pricey but food was great and our server was awesome We’ll be back

FC
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cafe Baci has withstood the test of time because they know how to do it right. Consistantly good food and service in a pleasant atmosthere.

PB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Leo, makes every visit so very special. I just love the flounder!!

M
Austin
69 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Baci Is a truly wonderful Italian restaurant. Nice ambience, good service and excellent food and an extremely varied menu. I have a full bar and it is one of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota. I highly recommend it

EB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ll keep going till they get it right.

f
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Baci has been consistently excellent for as long as I can remember.