Cafe Gabbiano

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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.

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve! Cafe Gabbiano will be open 2 pm to 8 pm!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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LW
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Me and my boyfriend were excited to eat/drink here after an excellent recommendation from a good friend. I was very excited to eat handmade pasta as that's a bit harder to find. I, personally, was disappointed. My pasta was very tough- not Al dente and definitely not soft. The Bolenase sauce was good though. My boyfriend, however, LOVED his veal parmesan. The BEST part about this place was the friendly service and the wine/liquor selection. I'd be willing to give it another go and just order something else but I don't feel like our meal was $100 worth (after tip).

PJ
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and our server Luis was very attentive and efficient. Loved it

AR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I wish I would’ve known about making a reservation for the wine room. Their other room was too warm.

BU
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we'll certainly be back! Ambiance and food were outstanding. Service by Rico was remarkable. Reservation was for an anniversary dinner. Hostess led us to table with a hand written happy anniversary note - nice touch. If you are a fan of well prepared Italian and great service, you need to go to this restaurant.

Cafe Gabbiano
Responded on August 27, 2019

Bob, thank you for the wonderful review. We are thrilled you had a stellar first time experience, especially on your anniversary and we are certainly excited to have you back. It was our pleasure, hope to serve you soon again!

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ES
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was terrific as usual. Service by Rico outstanding

e
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to this restaruant for over 15 years, always satisfied with excellent food, excellent wine selection and excellent service!

JD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, fantastic food. Perfect in every way.

RK
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Gabbiano. The food is always very good and a nice selection of wine. On this trip the home made pasta was not quite right but everything else was exceptional. We always enjoy Cafe Gabbiano.

OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant! The salmon is delicious! Love their happy hour..especially the Italian margarita!!

R
Tallahassee
42 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great dinner. Food was great and very good service.

J
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food excellent service and their own label Anarone ata great price. What more could you ask for?

SF
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit; we decided to try if because of the menu items on the Savor Sarasota program. Both of our meals (the veal saltimbocca and the lobster ravioli) were excellent in presentation and taste. Our waiter (Derrick?) was professional and courteous - attentive but not oppressive. We will definitely return for additional visits. The hostess was also very helpful...knowing this was our first visit, she mentioned happy hour specials, etc.

JA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very disappointing after wanting to try this place after several visits to Siesta Key. We heard so many good things but food was mediocre. Not sure if it was just a bad night? One thing though is our server was great and she was eager to please us. Unfortunately, we will not return.

Cafe Gabbiano
Responded on August 9, 2019

Thank you for the review. While we are happy to see we could provide great service, we are disappointed the food was less than stellar for you. We are thoroughly committed to preparing every dish with care and the best ingredients we can get, so while we understand any hesitance on dining with us again, we hope you reconsider. Please accept our apologies, thank you.

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BS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. The waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and friendly, The patio was a great place to sit. Dover sole was the special of the night and it was perfectly prepared. Their cheese menu was great for an appetizer. Enjoy!

Cafe Gabbiano
Responded on August 9, 2019

Barry, thank you for the wonderful review. We're very happy to see you had a great experience, the Dover Sole is one of our favorites as well. It was our pleasure and we hope to serve you again soon, thank you!

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CF
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing anniversary thanks to Cafe Gabbiano's and especially our waiter Robbie. Can't recommended this place any higher. You need to go try this yourselves.

TR
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a dinner celebrating our 35th anniversary at Cafe Gabbiano. It was a beautiful restaurant and the food was amazing. All the employees were welcoming and very efficient, especially our wonderful waitress Gabby. I just wished we lived closer so we could go there regularly. Loved it!

j
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

On vacation and decided to try this restaurant. Had a booth for 6 which was in front of the bottles of wine that get served during the evening. We had to actually be interrupted during our dinner at least 3-4 times to locate a bottle of wine for servers who came and asked us to do that for them. Why would they expect customers to be interrupted during dinner to help locate wine for other patrons. Unbelievable.

I ordered the lobster ravioli which the portion was very small and I think I tasted two pieces of lobster. For the price, not even a salad included? Would not eat there again.

R
Tallahassee
42 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding and the service is great. The Prices are a bit high but the quality and quantity of food makes it a worth while trip.

JP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and, as soon as we walked in, we loved the ambiance and service. We were looking to experience the restaurant to determine if we wanted our wedding dinner there and it was an immediate yes! The food was delicious and so was the wine! Can’t wait to come back for our wedding dinner!

Cafe Gabbiano
Responded on August 9, 2019

Jessica, thank you for coming in and for the review. We're thrilled you had a great experience and that you would like to host your wedding dinner with us. We're looking forward to it as well!

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J
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing service too
We order the special of the chef and it was a good selection
Italian margherita ❤

MA
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine there everyday year while on vacation and have never been disappointed. The food is delicious, interesting and carefully prepared, presented and served. You feel like you are dining in a wine cellar, which is a great touch. The service is warm and professional. The prices are reasonable. We hope it’s around forever.

CK
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rico was a wonderful waiter and made it a more enjoyable time due to his personality. My filet was delicious and husband loved his veal chop. Would suggest this place, we eat here about every month or so.

DF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the service was good. The music was loud and mostly inappropriate for a true Italian restaurant more suited for a night club. It was hard to hold a conversation with each other. Other than that it was a good experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, great time!!!

RV
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was substandard for the perceived quality of the restaurant and price. The decor and ambiance was great and the service was good.

EM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Derek, was fantastic. We come here every year on vacation and it’s always the best!

BV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rico was very nice and made great suggestions! Our experience was amazing! We will be back for sure. Get the gnocchi in vodka sauce, you will be very pleased.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Our server, Nick, was awesome. We were from Chicago visiting our newly relocated parents and this will be our go-to each time we visit!

OT
Detroit
42 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Grate cheese board! The best Chicken Parmesan.

TK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go all the time. Love love love. Best bread in town.

KG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best authentic Italian food we’ve found in the Tampa Bay area. The homemade pasta was incredible. My husband had the spaghetti pomodoro and said it was the best spaghetti he’d ever had. I had the lobster ravioli...so delicious. Food and wine was fantastic. Only observation was the room we were seated in had a bit of a musty smell upon entering. Other than that everything else was great!

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

This was such a beautiful location with delicious food. The service was phenomenal and our waitress was beyond attentive. My mom and her fiancé were getting married after our meal, and they surprised them with a cannoli board. We had purchased a groupon, however we would have been more than willing to pay full price. This was a fantastic experience and will definitely make this a go to when we visit FL.

W
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best bone in Veal Chop I’ve ever had. Love the “Build you own” cheese and meat platters. Everything was top notch.

JE
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The hostess ans wait staff were excellent. The veal was perfect, the rissoto was too dry. we would have liked choice of veggies. The dessert was very nice. All in all a nice experience. We will return.

J
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant; ambiance is very Italian including the music.
Food is high quality. I ordered the lasagna which was not hot, just warm, but it was delicious, that’s the only reason for the 4 star. Great waitstaff. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine pairing as part of Savor Sarasota. Service was great until the end when our waitress went missing and we had to ask another waitress for the check. The only negative to an otherwise positive dining experience.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to dine with the Cafe Gabbiano team! Always attentive, with stellar cuisine and wine - it's a must experience when in Sarasota!

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great meal at Cafe Gabbiano this week, and taking advantage of the "Savor Sarasota" prix fixe deal made it an even better experience. Our server, Nick, was amazing. His service capped off a wonderful evening. We'll be back soon !!!

GK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gabbiano ‘s is a must when I come to Siesta Key. The food, the ambience and the staff are outstanding. Nora is a fabulous waiter!

Highly recommended!

VF
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I say yes I would recommend Cafe Gabbiano's to a friend but based on previous visits. I was disappointed in my last visit. I ordered tomato and mozzarella salad and got the cherry tomato crostini which I specifically did not order because I do not care for basil. My food was not hot all the way through, (eggplant parmigiana) , the eggplant was tough and difficult to chew. My dinner mate had Polo Mamma Lucia, there was no choice of sides, the waitress automatically served it with risotto. I do not care for the risotto as I find it salty and too firm.

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