Cafe Gabbiano

4.6
1241 reviews
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Italian
Cafe Gabbiano is a casual fine dining restaurant in Sarasota Fl (Siesta Key). We source local ingredients and have a great blend of classic and modern Italian dishes. At Cafe Gabbiano everything is made to order as we want each dish to be fresh. All of our sauces and pastas are homemade.

Cafe Gabbiano is a 4,000 sqft facility that offers intimate dining as well as larger rooms to host special occasions such as beach weddings and rehearsal dinners. We have an extensive wine list, signature crafted cocktails and a great beer list. We are open daily from 5 PM to 10 PM with Happy Hour 5 PM to 6:30 PM at the bar.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate Dad! Cafe Gabbiano will be open regular hours for Father's Day!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t eaten here in over 7 years as the last time was not very good. Gave it a try since we heard it had a new owner since then. Very very good in all respects now.
Veal chops we beautiful and delicious. Grouper dish was wonderful. Service was spot on and we had an outstanding evening. Prices were very reasonable.
Highly recommend!!

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CK
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robby was our server and he couldn’t have been any nicer and very attentive. I had surf and turf, delicious! Husband had their veal chop and also delicious. And it’s his favorite for veal chops.

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J
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the staff are wonderful. 6 years since we moved here from a great restaurant area, we both agree, Cafe G is by far some of the best Food, Wine and Service in the area, hands down.

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KR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service very good. It was a bit pricy for Italian but it is a resort town so expected. Would absolutely recommend.

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B
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food, best Branzino anywhere. Pasta is also terrific. We go there regularly

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TP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 25th anniversary. The service, meal and evening were perfect.

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!wonderful atmosphere .No complaints.will definitely return 🙂

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EP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lasagna was delicious and the service was outstanding. The wine choices were unlimited. We will return again, with friends from our community.

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RC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the fourth time I have eaten there and I have also had a great experience. The staff is friendly and they are beginning to remember me. I love the atmosphere and the food is fresh and delicious.

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant, the food was delicious, atmosphere was perfect and the service was great. We highly recommend going.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday experience! Food was exceptional.

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B
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing dinner , celebrating an anniversary. One couple was gluten free and the restaurant could not have been more accommodating. Delicious food and great service. If the Parrot fish is available it was an amazing.... a rare treat :)

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BM
New York Area
176 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Once again, a wonderful dining experience at Cafe Gabbiano. Great cocktails, superb bread.
My wife's veal was fork tender, and lovingly prepared. My tortellini with peas, ham and mushrooms somehow managed to be insanely rich while still remaining light and delicious. Excellent service in the cozy wine cellar made for a perfect evening. Bravo!

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JG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing! Our server was Nick and was wonderful! Paid attention to every detail. Will definitely be back!!

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m
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a delicious meal here when in town. We had the Calamari which was excellent. My Lobster Ravioli was fabulous as always.
My Husband ordered the Veal Chop which was tough.
Desserts were excellent. The service is Top Notch.

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S
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Gabbiano made our Bachelorette party dinner so special! We had a table in a private wine room with fresh flowers, photo props, and a hand written congratulations note when we arrived. Our waiter, Robbie, was such a delight! The lobster ravioli was phenomenal and the service was out of this world. I can't say enough about our experience.

Thank you Robbie and Cafe Gabbiano :)

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LG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time. It was perfect. Service was excellent. Food portion were huge!

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SS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was, as always, terrific! Our son was ,visiting from out of town and we wanted to share with him a tremendous dining experience of which we were quite successful at. The back room "wine cellar" was a real treat as well.

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GH
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere!! What more could you ask for. Oh and exceptional wine!

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K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time at Cafe Gabbiano after being there for their great happy hour the day before. If you are unsure of this place, do the happy hour where you get great wine for five dollars and either half price or five dollar apps that you can make a meal out of. After that you’ll be back for dinner, guaranteed.
Kimmy at the front desk was fantastic, even calling us after we left my wife’s shawl there and Louis was our very personable and excellent waiter along with the rest of the staff. All in all a very nice place to have great food, an enjoyable time and wines from a very comprehensive wine list.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!!!

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R
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

All of the food was subpart with minimal flavor. The spaghetti pasta had way too much egg and was yellow/could taste the excess egg. The eggplant parmesan was not fresh, likely frozen and reheated/ had a funny taste, smell to it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The bar area smelled like mildew my husband had a sneezing attack because of it.
They put the two of us in the wine cellar which is a beautiful ambience but the only people in the whole restaurant were in there which made it rather noisy.
The food unfortunately was very disappointing for my last visit the rack of lamb was a fatty and tasteless I should’ve gone with my first choice maybe the scallopini.
Doubt that will go back it was a long drive from Bradenton for us😢😢😢😢😢

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Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. Can’t really say more than that. Will certainly be there again.

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Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wanted to like Cafe Gabbiano, and I did. But I expected a great experience, and several thing fell a bit short of that. Still, on balance it's a good option and we'll be going there again in the future.

My favorite dish was the Branzino. It was excellent in concept and execution. Nothing unusual, but very nicely done. The pasta dishes were also solid, if not at the "great" level that I was hoping for.

At the other end of the range, the salads were just OK. Really should have been better if you're wanting to be top of list. And the chocolate "souffle" was not a souffle at all. They just lied and called a chocolate cake a souffle, which it is not. And the canned Hersey's chocolate sauce that they pour over the top takes it from a 5 to a 4, and not from a 5 to a 6 as they may hope. My daughter liked the dish, so I'm not complaining as much about the taste, but when I order a "fresh baked" souffle it should take 30 min and be a souffle, and not take 5 min and be a chocolate pudding cake or whatever it was.

Overall though, we enjoyed it and will go back. Service was good throughout.

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AM
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and chill environment!

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GZ
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall happy and would come again
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DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

My wife and I both had veal.That night we had stomach issues.We are leftovers next Day with same results.I think the Veal was Bad.

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VC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, big selection.. food was delicious!

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A
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent food, service and wine. They also have great gelato and coffee for dessert. The location is great if you want to walk to the beach afterwards.

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R
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Server was nice. Decor old and tired. Food was terrible. Bland and flavorless and waaaaaaaay overpriced.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The table was very small and we were having difficulty with size of table, water, wine, etc...
Fish special was good but homemade Gnocchi was amazing.

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food & wine. We go there every time we are in Siesta Key. Just great food

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M
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Place was nice and located downtown. Ate outside. It’s in a strip mall. Had a guy playing guitar and singing. Food was overall good. Bruschetta was very good and on home made bread. Also had veal chop, chicken cacciatore and lasagna. Red sauce was sweet on the lasagna.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Gabbiano. We go there every time we visit here.

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P
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant on Siesta Key!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. Highly recommend for a great meal!

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M
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end in price, but everything was outstanding so we didn't mind.

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Highest quality food, and best wine list on Siesta Key. This place has successfully committed to fresh, accurately and carefully prepared meals, and shunned the table turning, basically bar food scene that surrounds them in the SK downtown. While certainly kid friendly, this is THE place for a couples or small group dinner. And definitely the place for a professional dinner or gathering.

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r
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was very good as always

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