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Cafe Baci

4.6
1728 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 921-4848
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party contact
Roberto Mei: (941) 921-4848
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bee Ridge and Tamiami Trail
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout
What 1728 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My 99 year old Great Aunt and I wanted a quiet evening with good food and good service.. this is The Place! Forget the chains, go to Cafe Baci for real Italian food and wonderful service. I had the pasta with seafood.. beautiful scallops, shrimp etc in a white wine sauce.. Auntie had the flounder which she proclaimed to be "yummy"
Will definitely eat here on my next visit

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We always enjoy coming to Cafe Baci. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming with excellent service. One of our favorite places to go at any time.

Unfortunately many of the new restaurants do not understand these basics. They are built to expand the noise so that you cannot have a conversation with your friends. When even the waiter or waitress cannot hear what you are saying, it is time for a major change in consideration for customers. We never return to such places.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

First time there and I guarantee it won't be the last. Food was great as was the service! Highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We always enjoy meals at Cafe Back. We generally go at lunch time. The lunch menu is very reasonable. The Flounder Fransese is my personal favorite but there are many delicious options on the menu. If you make a reservation through Open Table you get a free Antipasto plate.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were seated right away in a requested area. They put sparkles in the table for my friends birthday. Excellent service and friendly staff!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Enjoyed our dinner experience very much. Service was very good and there was a very friendly atmosphere throughout. We buy the 'Eat Like A Local' certificates and always look for Bari's, as we like it. Often friends come from North to visit and they always want to go to Cafe Bari's! Of course, we do too!

Thank you for making memories for us!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great food and staff

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Good Italian food, but nothing special. I had nice veal marsala

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food was worse I had had there. I always love it but I am afraid it was over cooked. The air conditioner was broken and it was quite uncomfortable. I can only imagine what it was like in kitchen.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

always the best. Leo is great as well as the wait staff. always come with 6 people who out of 4 have never been there and they all love it.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Exquisite service, great food, great atmosphere, in a quiet quaint setting that facilitates conversation. They took care of all our needs in a timely fashion so that we enjoyed a relaxed dinner.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Consistently good restaurant. Osso Bucco is always great. Nice selection of reasonably priced wines

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Baci is a consistent favorite--good, authentic Italian food in pleasant surroundings. Additionally, good service and good value make this place a winner.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

An unprecedented dining experience, from incredible food to impeccable service, we were blown away from the moment we walked in the door. The best Italian in Sarasota. Thank you, Leo and Roberto!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Busier than usual and wasn’t as enjoyable due to noise level, crowd and server stress. But we will return. It is one of our fave places to dine.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

W e always enjoy coming to Cafe Baci. They treat open table customers extra special and the service is excellent. The dining room have the tables neatly spaced so you aren't on to of each other and can talk. We all enjoyed our meals and will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We have enjoyed the food and service this time just as in all the other times before.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We always enjoy eating here. The food and service are excellent! We brought some “newbies” here and they too loved it. We will all be back again

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Every time we dine there, it has been absolutely perfect!!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Always a delightful meal at Cafe Baci. Love the Baci Redfish. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The food is delicious, the wait staff are efficient and attentive. The restaurant makes your special occasion very special. Be sure to tell them you made the reservation through Open Table. You will get a delicious antipasto and, after dinner, a taste of limoncello. This is our favorite Italian restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

One of my all time favorite restaurants in the Sarasota area! Exceptional service and food.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

A perfect restaurant for two good friends who enjoy meeting there for unhurried conversation, excellent dinner, and beautiful service. For any one who likes very spicy food, the Shrimp Fra Diavlo is "to die for."

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

This was my birthday dinner. Service, food and everything else was “Outstanding”. When we are in the area, we will definitely be back.
A great Italian Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

When we are in town, we always enjoy a fabulous meal at Cafe Baci! Food is delicious, service is superb, and staff and personnel welcoming and friendly! The chef is accommodating in substituting types of pastas and special requests. Always a wonderful evening at Cafe Baci!!!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Cafe Baci is perhaps my favorite Sarasota restaurant. It is one of the VERY few restaurants where one can actually have a conversation without having to shout above the din of the place.


I LOVE Cafe Baci.

John Pascale

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

We go to Cafe Baci quite often. We are never disappointed! Quality atmosphere, service and food.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

This is our "go-to" restaurant almost every time we are in Sarasota.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We continue to enjoy Cafe Baci as one of our favorites in the Sarasota area. Good food. Good service. Reasonable pricing. Friendly atmosphere & staff. Everyone in our party of 6 enjoyed their entrees. The side of pasta was generous. Splitting the large Harvest salad for 2 was ample. Our server, Naomi, made sure that our drink glasses were refilled. An enjoyable birthday dinner.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The two of us were seated at a banquette between foursomes on either side. We almost immediately regretted not asking for a separate table, but opted to stay put. The lovely waitress brought us a plate of complementary items - olives, grape tomatoes, blue cheese, salami. Our entrees were veal piccata and red snapper; while the portions were modest, they both were delicious.

Unfortunately one of our "neighbors" had a strong voice, and behind us was a table for 6 people who were having an animated conversation. It was difficult for us to talk, under the circumstances. Another time I will specify one of the tables for 4, even when there are just two of us!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was good and our server, Andrew, was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Food was fantastic-very authentic Italian and service was good-friendly waiter. decor was a little dated, but nice nontheless. We did see a nasty bug on dividing wall by the table which was a little unnerving.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Generally okay but food did not seem freshly prepared.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service, great food—always a pleasure to dine at Cafe Baci.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our first visit here and we weren't disappointed! We were given a small antipasto plate (on the house) to start with that contained blue cheese, olives, various sliced meats and a couple of lightly breaded and fried cheese balls. That was followed by a large basket of bread sticks and freshly baked onion focaccia and a dish of freshly chopped herb oil. Fantastic! I had the Veal Parmesean and it was delicious! Lots of cheese, tender thin pounded veal, and the red sauce was excellent! I had it topped off with lots of freshly grated parmesean. Instead of a side of pasta, I opted for some fresh green beans that were perfectly cooked and seasoned. I just had to try the mini Cannoli's for dessert. Wow!!! Best I've had since moving to Florida two years ago. The atmosphere was warm and cozy, with just the right amount of light. I can't wait to return! Bravo!!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This place is consistently good day in and day out.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

On my list of very good restaurant overall. Food is good, prices are reasonable and has very nice overall appearance inside and out. Will continue to enjoy dinners there.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great food and service. The food is always excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Consistently, very good food and service. Good value= pleasurable dining experience. Entrees run$18-35 dollars and restaurant has a full bar and ample wine selection

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We eat at Cafe Baci at least once a month and this was the slowest service we have ever had. It took us 90 minutes to get our meal.

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