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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

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Good for a Date (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Authentic (26)
Casual (26)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Romantic (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (9)
Disabled Access (9)
Fun (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Seasonal (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

My mom wanted to go here for her birthday. She had been before but we hadn’t. Staff was super nice , friendly , helpful etc but food was just ok. Nothing was bad , but not great, just fine. The overall consensus was lack of seasoning in everything. There are lots of Italian restaurants in the city, so don’t need to go back here.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 2 days ago

Went for a lunch at 11:30 during the week. It was somewhat quiet which I appreciated. Food was amazing, no regrets at all. Price was right.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent restaurant with wonderful service, terrific, authentic Italian food and reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend it and will definitely go back

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Terry, our server, was very knowledgeable about the menu and the chef's specials for the evening. She recommended the lamb, which was a delectable and quite generous portion. I will be returning for sure, and will recommend Cafe Baci to all of my friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Cafe Baci continues to be one of our Sarasota local favorites. It does not disappoint. The servers were cordial and attentive to our every request and need. All 4 of the persons in our party had different main courses that were prepared perfectly. The chicken parm was exceptional. The large house salad split for 2 persons is very good. The restaurant was nicely decorated for the holidays.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent food and service. Our third visit and will be coming back again. Brought first timers and they loved it as well

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Another enjoyable dining experience at Cafe Baci with excellent service and delicious entrees. Took a friend for a first time visit and she was delighted with menu selections and looks forward to returning in the near future.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Healthy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

the food was great and our waitress, Terry, was fantastic. she gave great suggestions and helped us determine which item was best for dietary restrictions. Our meals arrived hot and delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The real deal when it comes to Italian food. Leo the manager was extra nice to us! What a treat! Will definitely be back and a must to do when in Sarasota

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always reliable. Best shrimp scampi in Sarasota or Venice. Quiet, pleasant atmosphere

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We found the food to be too garlicky but the chef was willing to prepare my pasta garlic free. Our server Tim was excellent!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Always enjoy the veal and fish dishes. It's my go back to restaurant always. The Osso Bucco is always a repeat.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Love this place!!!great food servers and authentic italian food, great wine too!!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The food is always good, the service is wonderful and it just feels so comfy. Yes always a pleasure to eat there!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner here. Our server was Jodie and she was wonderful. My husband had the lasagne and loved it. I had the fettuccine special and it was delicious. The atmosphere is quiet so you can converse with your dining companions. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Waitress busy with other tables, we were seated in back corner of restaurant ordered PFixd turkey dinner supposed to in mashed potatoes but it did not apparently they ran out but chose not to mention it. The service was poor however ALL of our food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was delicious. I requested dark meat only and it was moist and delicious. The entire meal was very, very good. The service was impeccable!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It is one of our favorite restaurants. Food is excellent and the owners and staff are always accommodating. We'll be back very shortly.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent as always, arrived early,was promptly seated.complimentary antipasti was not available we were told.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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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 (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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