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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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for Anniversaries (59)
Good for Birthdays (54)
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Romantic (36)
Casual (32)
Comfort Food (29)
Good for Groups (29)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Cozy (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Business Meals (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Notable Wine List (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Fun (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service

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·Dined 2 days ago

Always a fantastic experience when we have dinner here! The food is amazing, I LOVE their homemade Marinara sauce, the special touches the servers give you and they do make you feel like a guest in their house! We go for special occasions since they are a drive for us, but the drive is worth it and this time it was date night with my husband! When the dinner was over I wanted to do it all over again because the food is THAT yummy!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined 2 days ago

We are frequent visitors to Cafe Baci for special occasions or just a good meal! We took out of town visitors this time and so enjoyed being able to have a good conversation along with a good meal. The waitstaff is competent and especially so when we are assigned Suzanne.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 3 days ago

Cafe Baci is always reliable. Always crowded in season. The wait staff are most accommodating to special requests. Not cheap, you pay for every change, but we will continue to be loyal patrons as they are, overall, a good place for dinner and meeting friends.

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vip
·Dined 3 days ago

Food and service were great ..Extensive wine selection..

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·Dined 4 days ago

It was amazing the food, the service all were outstanding! Can’t wait to go back!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Again Cafe Baci wins our praise. My husband and I were there twice this week, and both times were just right! Delicious food, prompt service, and lovely ambiance. A Sarasota Gem!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent. Atmosphere lovely. Our server was outstanding.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Loved the dinner special; house made fettucini alfredo with seafood. Perfectly cooked.
Totally outstanding service from several personnel. Friendly and attentive but not intrusive.
Will be back often.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 6 days ago

I came here with my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. Even though they did not take reservations and it was first come first serve, the wait was not long at all. Everyone was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious authentic Italian with huge portions. One plate can serve two people. Our waiter was very nice, funny and attentive. They always make sure to fill your water glasses. I will definitely be going back soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

Always enjoy the evening based on good food at reasonable prices and ambiance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Our second time at Cafe Baci. This time was Valentine’s Day and it was very nice. Crazily busy. Baci sachets are to die for, veal delicious and the Francais grouper excellent!! Terry Anderson, our asked for waitress is outstanding. Makes the meal even more wonderful. My 85 yr young mother loves this restaurant! Keep on being what you are known for. Fabulous!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined 6 days ago

We eat at Cafe Baci frequently and have always been pleased with the food, the service, and the ambiance. Often we bring our friends from out-of-town who are happy to be introduced to this Sarasota gem of a restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined 6 days ago

Recommended by a friend. We were so pleased, we are now regulars. It is not advertised as upscale but is more so than most that do.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 7 days ago

This is a great place for Italian cuisine. The food is delicious and the portions can be large. We had calamari and shared it. It is enough for four people, as an appetizer, so we took some home and reheated it the next day. It was still excellent. It is an amazing value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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vip
·Dined on February 13, 2018

Pleasant atmosphere, efficient friendly staff.
Little or no wait for seating with reservation.

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·Dined on February 12, 2018

Always a great meal. Highly recommend veal three ways to the flounder. Both are outstanding but so many great choices!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 12, 2018

Our waitress Terry was delightful. We would ask for her again. The food was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

We have been enjoying Cafe Baci for many years - always excellent. My only suggestion for improvement would be to put chicken cacciatore back on the dinner menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

we went with 2 other couples and one couple had never been there before. Everyone was delighted with their meal. The waiter was busy be we were in no hurry and a 7:15 reservation put us at a busy time. We had a great table all the way in the back and it was very quiet there. Waiter was great with us. food was perfect. I did have to ask for the anti pasta for the table that you get with open table. it was good to have it while waiting for the meal. A good time was had by all

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a very enjoyable evening over all. The service was exceptional, very pleasant staff - always in touch to see if we needed anything , and if we were comfortable. And last but not least, the food was delicious - to die for ! ! !

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Spicy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We visit Café Baci on occasion, but when we do we aren't disappointed. We choose to go because of the excellent food, the nice - quiet - environment, and the fact they take reservations and have parking, major considerations during season.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

When arriving for our reservation we asked for a table in the quietest area since our guests were hard of hearing and too much noise is painful. We were seated in the second room with two large groups talking loud and shouting. Asked waitress to politely mention this to manager and the table. No results. We ate fast and left immediately. On. the way out I told Roberto Mei the owner and he apologized but it was too late.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent choice for dinner any day of the week - good food, good service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Ordered the sea bass francese which was incredibly delicious. Buttery and flavorful. All was good but the fish was extraordinary!

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

We love Baci and have never had a bad meal there. We've also had parties and the service was wonderful. I recommend it highly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

I hadn't been to Café Baci in several years but was happy to find it is still a great restaurant. The menu has a good selection of options (meat, seafood, vegetarian, pasta, etc.) and we all chose a different fish dish. Each of them was well prepared, delivered piping hot and delicious. Our server was attentive and lots of fun. This was a great choice for a pre-theater dinner. It will definitely be on my favorites list!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Sat in the back room. Not very comfortable or attractive. Our waiter lacked personality and was not very visible. This restaurant seems to have gone downhill as more new trendy places have opened. The lobster tail special is no longer available. This is a good place that needs a major makeover!

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vip
·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was good as usual. Some delay waiting to be seated

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food is always good! Service was great also. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great "Early Bird" selection and prices; service was wonderful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

We like Baci's and use Open Table to get the appetizer platter and usually get in without much of a wait. The menu doesn't change. Good chicken dishes, nice pasta and veal. Veggies come with the meal but the salad and soup are alacarte. We felt a little rushed by the waitress. That's the only complaint I have. It WAS a Friday night however.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

I did not care for the lasagna and thought the prices overall were a bit high. The calamari was a huge portion and tasty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

We had wanted to eat at O Mamma Mia in Sarasota, but were disappointed that it had closed several months ago. So we used TripAdvisor to find other Italian restaurants in Sarasota, and Café Baci got very high reviews. The restaurant looks "old", and could use a little sprucing up, but the food was absolutely outstanding. One of the best Osso Buco's I've ever had, and all other courses and our cocktail were all first rate. When we revisit Sarasota, this restaurant will be on our definitely-eat-here list.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Disabled Access
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vip
·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great restaurant with friendly staff and as always an amazing meal. One of our favorite restaurants in town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Amazing, as always! Our “go to” anytime. Consistently great food and service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great Italian food. The veal dishes are the best in town. Excellent service and reasonable prices

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent, good quality food that met our expectations in every way.
We were very happy with our table location and service as well.
We love the bread that is served italian style with olive oil and other ingredients.
The veal was tender and delicious.
Excellent Tiramasu with great coffee to end the evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 28, 2018

We've been to Cafe Baci a number of times for their early dining before the theater and enjoyed it. That's why we went back this time. However, it was definitely an off night. We, the first couple, showed up 15 minutes early, but were seated. Second couple showed up on time and were kept waiting until walk-ins were taken care of first. Then, it took another fifteen minutes to get our waiter. Since we were on a tight schedule, one woman in our party was ready to go to speak to the hostess, when the hostess came by with the antipasto plate (which is a nice courtesy the restaurant provides). When the waiter finally arrived, and we ordered their red and white wine specials, we were told they were out of the red and we should order off the wine menu. No offer to substitute another red for the same price. OK. He brought the white wine while we perused the red wine list. Apps and entrees were served. The ice bucket for the white arrived toward the end of the meal. Then Nicholos forgot that the desserts were served and came to ask for our dessert order. Clearly not a good night. Maybe they were short-handed, but a professional waiter would have responded better.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

always outstanding the best of Sarasota. We always have a wonderful dinner.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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