About Cafe Baci
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.
Sarasota, FL 34231
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Roberto Mei: (941) 921-4848
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout
Cafe Baci Ratings and Reviews
Able to hear conversations. Good value, house Italian wine $18 per bottle. Didn’t feel rushed. Received complimentary antipasti plate appetizer. Arugula Gorgonzola salad delicious, flounder was very good. Ended meal with coffee and cheesecake and chocolate cake. All delicious. Drove over an hour to get there, met friends that came from over an hour in the other direction!
I was disappointed in the temperature of my order. The salmon was well done, not medium rare as I had ordered. The second try was a bit better.
Service was excellent. Very good waiter. I tasted my husband's grouper and found it to be dry, over salted and very fishy.
We went for the early bird special, which provides three courses and many options. I always order the Flounder Francaise because it's so fresh and tasty. The portion was so huge, I took 3/4ths of it home. Our friends both ordered the veal piccata and lapped it all up. My husband had an eggplant parmigiana and raved about the eggplant being so tender. The plate of pasta that came with it was enough for the whole table. Needless to say, our friends want to go back. Oh, did I mention that you can get a bottle of decent wine for only $12?
Same experience as always - probably our favorite dining spot. But this dinner was a 90th birthday celebration with 7 people - 5 daughters from across the nation and a spouse. Two people or seven people - the same great, attentive service (thanks, Suzanne!).
Good food; the prices are reasonable and the portions are very generous. Service was excellent, friendly but professional. Lovely decor. Nice ambiance. Some very nice touches: complimentary antipasto if book through open table; complimentary delicious dessert, large enough to share, because we were celebrating an anniversary.
A Sarasota institution , serving mediocre Italian food for the masses for many years. The food is uninspired and the service is "diner" quality. Entree prices are high for meals that are "just OK". Early bird special is nothing special. If you truly desire GOOD Italian food go elsewhere.
The food was excellent, especially the surprise antipasto that came with the open table reservation. The service was outstanding. Our waitress was personable and made good recommendations. She had the kitchen “save” 2 portions of Osso Bucco for our table. It was an excellent evening of dining.
Driving by Cafe Bachi on busy Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, FL , one would hardly notice the restaurant. However, as any successful restaurant owner will tell you, "it's what's on the inside that counts". For starters, the staff is friendly, attentive, but not overbearing. The interior is tastefully decorated and designed for comfort. Most of all, the accustics are incredible. The dining room was fully occupied, yet my wife and I could carry on a conversation without shouting across the table. I mentioned it was our 40th anniversary and within minutes after being seated our server placed a tasty appetizer on the table. After dinner we received a complimentary teramsu desert. My wife's dinner was delicious, but mine was disappointing. I ordered grouper which is very popular in Florida, but the sauce left a lot to be desired. It wasn't terrible, but I would not order it again. Personal taste is a difficult target for any chef. After all is said and done, I would definitely return. If you want to dine out, Cafe Bachi is a great choice. Can't wait to return!!
Cafe Baci is our go-to Italian restaurant in Sarasota. Our food is consistently prepared so well, with so much flavor. The atmosphere is nothing beachy -- it's Italian! and it's fun. We have always had excellent service as well. The prices aren't low, but they aren't TOO high either.
We went on Saturday evening. The servers were exceptional. Very attentive and saw to your every need. The antipasto that was served was a nice surprise as we did not order it. We ordered fried calamari(delicious). My husband had the gnocchi, he said it was very good. My son and I had the sea bass over pasta. It was excellent. Of course, dessert was tiramisu, to die for. We will definitely come back.
As usual, Cafe Baci, met & exceeded our expectations in both service & our meals. We have been going there now 13 years. As much as I believe ownership has changed in the last year or so, it is back to being excellent once again. We had the cold antipasto, 2 had chicken Francois, a Flounder Francois & a Shrimp Parmesan. We all loved our meals, including our friends from NJ, where there is an excellent choice of great restaurants. We all know good food & Baci has it. Keep up the good work.
Another delightful evening at Cafe Baci. We are never disappointed. Jody was our waitress and she treated us very well. We ordered the fruta de mare and the veal with mushrooms and arugula. Both dishes were delicious. There were 6 of us and we asked for a quiet table which they gave us. We ordered house Chardonnay, Cabernet and a special Pinot Noir and Reisling wine. Everyone was happy with their choices. We always feel appreciated and well taken care of when we dine at Cafe Baci. We will definitely be back
This well known Sarasota Italian restaurant has been a go to for many locals for years. It’s nicely maintained and the service is very attentive.
The food is good but not great. All of the food is served slightly warm but not hot. I assume that is the preference of the regulars, who are for the most part senior citizens.
The food is competitively priced.
My experience was mixed. I liked the location and ambience . The wait for our food ( table of 3) was extremely long. The food quality was good, but some of the dishes were a bit cold. I was told that they were short kitchen help.I will give this restaurant another chance.
Wow! We lived in Sarasota for a year before trying this place and after dining we asked our selves why? This place is amazing! Terry was our lovely waitress but so much more— very knowledgeable about the menu and gave expert advice. Portions are perfect- and exquisitely presented. Delicious! We look forward to returning soon!
I love to bring people to this restaurant for special occasions. We have celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries. The staff goes "the extra mile" to make us feel special. We appreciate their attentiveness, knowledge of the menu, friendliness, and humor. The food is always delicious and cooked just the way we want it. This is our favorite Italian restaurant.
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