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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.

Buon appetito!

4001 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 921-4848

Website:
http://www.cafebaci.net/

Private Party Contact:
Roberto Mei: (941) 921-4848

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout

Cafe Baci Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (38)
Special Occasion (38)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
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Good for a Date (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Casual (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Romantic (22)
Authentic (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Good for Groups (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Business Meals (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Cozy (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Healthy (5)
Fun (4)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined 2 days ago

Always treat. An extensive menu that never disappoints. The veal and sea bass are especially good.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

One of our favorites. Always good...good food, good service!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We have eaten there numerous times over the years. Still one of our favorite places.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The quality and the presentation of the food was excellent, along with excellent service.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Very pleased with the service and menu. Four different dishes tried by our party and all were excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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?

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Dined there many times. One of the more consistent restaurants in Sarasota. It's always good no matter what you order. It's one of my favorite go-to Italian restaurants. Try it out ... they make you feel like family!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and excellent service as always. Excellant menu selection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Cafe Baci is always good. I've never had a bad meal and will go back many more times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We live in Sarasota and frequent Baci often and have never had a bad meal. The servers are very nice and cordial.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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!).

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

We always enjoy Cafe Baci! We appreciate that they take reservations. Also, Open Table is very convenient.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My lifelong friends & I have met & will meet at Cafe Baci again. The staff is friendly & attentive, allowing us time to dine & visit. The food is delicious and attractively presented. Their 3 course menu for lunches & dinners are a great value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food is OUTSTANDING. A nd Tim is the BEST waiter ever.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Organic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A very lovely place with wonderful Italian food. Love that they bring an antipasto plate and bread to every table. The food is nicely presented and a good value. Service is very warm and inviting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Cafe Baci never disappoints. We love the large size early bird specials and the tiramisu is yummy. Would recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Another great dinner with wonderful service. We did have a car problem and the staff was helpful, fantastic!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Fabulous, as always is! One of our “go to“ places to dine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We always enjoy the fine Italian food at Cafe Baci.The service was excellent, as usual.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food and excellent staff that knows their food. Highly recommend this Italian gem of a restaurant.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Sarasota. Very authentic Italian food.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent food. Our friend says "Never a bad meal" WE love their food and service. One of the best moderately priced restaurants in Sarasota.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Liked a comfortable dining room. I would return to try more dishes. The Italian dishes were very good. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable. We ate during early bird special time frame.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food was great, the service and atmosohere was very tense. The servers seemed unhappy about their jobs. Something is wrong behind the scenes

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Consistently good!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Baci always excellent - service is spot on (we love Susie but all of waitstaff is super attentive) - great for lunch or dinner!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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