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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

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (49)
Special Occasion (47)
Good for Birthdays (44)
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Good for a Date (40)
Authentic (39)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Worth the Drive (31)
Good for Groups (27)
Comfort Food (26)
Romantic (26)
Casual (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Cozy (22)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Business Meals (15)
Disabled Access (10)
Fun (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Another excellent dinner at Baci. Lamb chops, Grouper special, salads - everything was delicious. We were seated in a quiet corner, and our waiter was pleasant and efficient. Personally, I find the main entrees better than the pasta dishes, but maybe that is just me.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent and the service was spot on, extra appetizer because we used Open Table

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Had guest with us and walked in door to feel like we WERE in Italy! And the smell from the food made us want to go. Everyone was so accommodating to what meal choices and requests we were making and when the food came it was all everything we had hoped for. Great staff and very comfortable overall. Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

It has been several years since we have been there. It won't be that long again. It was EXCELLENT.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Always a great meal. Would like to see a few meals that are both dairy-free and wheat-free.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We always bring people there as no one is ever disappointed. The ambiance is wonderful. The food, no matter what you order is excellent. Our server was amazing. Can't go wrong going here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is a restaurant that delivers good food with very reasonable prices and attentive service. It is priced to provide the diner with excellent value in pleasant surroundings.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We asked for a "to go" box, but left it on the table when we left. The manager was most kind to wait for us to return later that evening well after closing time to retrieve it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always a good experience...good food, great waitress ( Suzanne ). Pasta sauce good! Good wine specials. One fish dish oversauced ( less is more! ). Side potatoes a little unattractive presentation ( but good taste ). Chicken Franchese yummy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food, great service, wonderful ambience. Doesn't get any better

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We can always count on Cafe Bacci for an excellent dining experience. Food is outstanding no matter what you order. Drinks are generous. Service is attentive. One of our faves.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

THE ITALIAN FOOD IS VERY AUTHENTIC. THE LASAGNA IS OUTSTANDING--MELTS IN ONE' MOUTH.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Good value for money. Nice ambiance and not too noisy.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

At 5pm the atmosphere was elegant, quiet and relaxed. We dined before Van Wezel tickets and our terrific waitress was most attentive. Early Bird Menu was a bargain. Veal was outstanding. Overall a delightful dining experience. In fact, we decided we did not need Van Wezel tickets in order to return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

One of our regular places to dine whether it be a holiday, birthday or just going out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Best Italian I’ve found in Sarasota. Very consistent, excellent in every way.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic
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food5
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and service was very good. Menu has a wide variety to choose from. Everyone in our party ordered different fish dishes, and we were all pleased.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent local restaurant, long established with an excellent rep-went on Dec31, noisy and really crowded, not at all surprised or bothered, excellent service & food!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always great food and service at Cafe Back. NEW Years Eve was great as always - regular menu and prices and the same great food and service as every DAY! One of our favorite Sarasota restaurants

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Awesome quick service and delicious food! Beautiful restaurant with kind staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food, many choices. We had several in our group with special dietary
requirements, and they were able to find delicious selections. They also have a kid's menu, so good for families. Attentive service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We made our reservation for Christmas Eve through open table. When we arrived, they didn’t have our reservation and there was a long line of people waiting. They were very accommodating and we were seated fairly quickly. Our server was very attentive, the food was delicious, and we had a very enjoyable evening. Would definitely eat there again and highly recommend it.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Café Baci is one of our favorite Sarasota restaurants. We are snow birds (4 months here) and go to Cafe Baci about once a month. We had been there the week before but made the mistake of booking (on Open Table) for 7:15 on Christmas Eve. We arrived (about 7) and could barely get into the restaurant to "check in". We finally got up to the desk (a very nice, calm woman) and were told they did not have our reservation and that they had "closed down Open Table days ago". I had printed out a copy of my Open Table reservation confirmation and she put me on a hand written list (we were not on the printed out list that had innumerable people). We were finally seated (after waiting outside; no waiting seats inside) about 7:55. A nice table; good service, good food, little noise, reasonable prices. So, don't rely on Open Table for a busy night at Café Baci. They apparently don't pay attention.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I would try it again on a different occasion. Even the waiter warned us that Xmas eve was not the day to try their food.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve and the place was packed. But still the service was as great as usual. Thanks, Suzanne. You're the best!

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was Christmas eve, so they rushed our main courses out before we had time to finish our salads. Waiter was apologetic and explained they had 500 people to feed that night. Food was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Attention to detail. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Been a regular patron for around 20 or more years. First time I recall terrible service and sub-par food. Maybe because the owner was not on site?? Entrees brought out while still eating our appetizer (calamari - which was chewy and over-breaded). Took entrees away and then brought them back cold -and I mean really cold. Took away again and brought back on hot plates, but still not hot or prepared as it should have been and as they have in the past. A side order of spaghetti was swimming in oil or melted butter or some liquid. If this was my first time here, it would be my last. May try again, but it will be a long time. Too many other places at which to become a "regular." The manager discounted our bill 15% - nice gesture, but pretty lame, all things considered. Our server was seldom around. Just a bad experience which is too bad because we've enjoyed this restaurant for a couple of decades.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is real Italian with a good mixture of both northern and southern dishes. Service is good but could be more attentive. Ambiance is fine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

WE spend 4 winter months in Sarasota/Longboat Key each year, and we probably go to Café Baci at least 3 or four times each winter. The service is always prompt and friendly, the food is very good, the variety outstanding, and the prices very reasonable. I suggest you ask for the larger room on the left as you enter. The room on the right is a bit more crowded and sometimes can be noisy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Four of us ate prior to going to the theater. Each had a different meal. All were done perfectly and tasted great. Service was efficient and attentive. The only complaint was that all meals were not cleared at the same time. It is one of our favorite Italian restaurants.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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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vip
 (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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 (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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