Cafe Gabbiano

4.7
1936 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Offers

  • Happy Hour Daily from 5 PM to 6:30 PM At the Bar

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Enjoy $5 well cocktails, $5 house wines, $3 beers, $5 tapas and 1/2 off our meat and cheese options.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1936 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDarrenC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Cafe Gabbiano as our first "in restaurant" dining in a very long time, and we were not disappointed! Started with a bottle of Amarone and some cheese, and we got 4 entrees which everyone loved. Veal parm was outstanding (although a bit less salt would make it even better), as was eggplant parm. Finished with desserts -- chocolate martini, biscotti, chocolate tartuffo. Great service. We live in both SK and Boston, and often frequent the great Italian restaurants in the North End of Boston. CG rivals those restaurants

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GeorgeC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We requested a table away from main door and they accommodated. Waitress was attentive, only slight adjustment, would have preferred the bill after I completed eating.

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SamanthaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg! This place was so amazing. The food was so exceptional and the service was fantastic! Everything was just perfect. I'm so glad I decided to dine here with my mom

JB
JenniferB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal at Cafe Gabbiano. The service was outstanding from start to finish. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Dined here last week. Overall a nice evening out. Great bread and olive oil to start. Appetizers were good. I had the brazino which was a really a very large potion and nicely filleted table side. My husband had pasta bolognese. Both were very good. The service was good but slow especially as our area of the place wasn’t too full. It was a nicer place than other typical bar/ restaurants in siesta key which is needed. Very reasonable overall for the meal.

LC
LindaC
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale Italian limited menu but delicious. Highly recommend. Best bruschetta I’ve ever had! San Marzano tomatoes!

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Anniv44
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Knowledgeable attentive server. Nice menu great wine list. Whats not to like?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Mother’s Day there and had an outstanding meal. A great dining experience.

JP
JayneP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cafe, wish I had been here before now! Our server was attentive, the main course was amazing, and dessert was excellent.

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Datenight
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ravioli was amazing!!

SB
SolarB
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a local but this is the first time I had been to Cafe Gabbiano. I was immediately impressed with the ambience and lay out of the restaurant. It was adorable.
We sat inside as the outside was booked but I was careful to take note of the outdoor seating for future reference. On Opentable you can reserve an outside table which is great!
The drinks were great and the food was great. No complaints here! I will definitely return.

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vipAlDmz54
Naples
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tommy our server was great as usual. We were very grateful with the maitre d' because she was able to accommodate to our preferred seating.

RS
vipRonS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat if you can find a place to park.

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johns
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we dined here in the past and the food, service, wine selection were all excellent i would recommend to anyone

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family and I dined at Cafe Gabbiano and it was truly delicious. Everything was cooked perfectly, everything was very fresh too. All of the meals were a 10/10 ! I recommend for people to come to this restaurant.

AM
AdamM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My new fiance (for 30 min) went here for a nice romantic dinner after we just got engaged. We ordered the calamari appetizers. It was by fare what we thought it would be. Not good at all. Then we ordered lobster ravioli to share. Came out under cooked. And very bland the shrimp tasted burnt. We couldn't eat it. The waitress was very pleasant!! She brought us out a beautiful dessert with congratulations on it.. we loved it!! and had kitchen remake our dinner to go. ( still wasn't good)

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vipFoodie
Omaha
74 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome way to spend my Birthday!! Thomas our waiter was excellent! Thank you Cafe Gabbiano!!

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Mark
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was great, especially Luis in the bar and Tommy the server.
Food pricing was fair but wines by the glass were way too expensive.

BM
vipBeeMo
Tampa
192 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cafe Gabbiano never disappoints. Fresh, delicious and always consistent. Service has always been first rate. One of our favorites.

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DomC
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Derrick was excellent and very professional. We had a wonderful 40th anniversary dinner. Food and drink were great and we will be returning soon. Cafe Gabbiano gave you that old school feel of a traditional Italian Ristoronte!

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vipJayray78
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I heard about this place from a friend who was in the area a few weeks earlier. Just an incredible wine menu, including bottles from their own vineyard. Our service was phenomenal. Although the staff was quite young, they were fun but also very attentive and courteous. The food was pretty good. I ordered the nightly special of NY Strip with gorgonzola crumbles and mushrooms. For the price it was acceptable. I feel like I should have gone with my gut and gotten something more authentic, but I'll know for next time. My date had the Truffle Sacchettini, which was amazing. A definite recommend. We shared the creme brulee for desert. I'd give it a solid 4.5 stars easily being the best restaurant I've been in on Siesta Key.

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vipMaureen
New England
40 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great waitress.

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RickW
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here at least one time every year while we vacation on Seista Key. The food was great as always and we shared a bottle wine which was divine. We have never been disappointed when we have dined here.

RZ
RayZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was amazing! The Veal Milanese was outstanding. Our waiter Ricco took great care of us as did the waitstaff. We had the wine room which was a great place to enjoy our dinner and conversation. This is our new go to place.

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BobC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derrick was my waiter and he was fantastic! The food outstanding! I just moved to Florida and will definitely be returning to Gabbiano’s

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday as well as restaurant where I asked my wife to marry me eight years earlier. Marc, thank you for your help making this a very special night. !

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kerris
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricco is the best and food was amazing!!We had a wonderful time as usual .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our wedding reception at Cafe Gabbiano 2 years ago so we were celebrating our anniversary!
Always are great meal at Cafe Gabbiano and had Robbie as our server who is awesome!!

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vipSarasotaLady
Naples
350 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a nice evening with my daughter at Cafe Gabbiano's. The calamari is very good as a starter. We look forward to dining here again as it is a neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The host was rude and we waited a half hour for somebody to take our drink order. The server that finally took our order was lovely and provided great service, but I don’t think we were technically their table. The salmon and the gnocchi were delicious. The portions were very large. The peach and honey mule sounded intriguing, but it had way too much honey in it, that it tasted like tea more than a mule.

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LidoEd
Naples
26 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had five people and the service was great and the food was enjoyed by all. It is a great eating experience.

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Michelle
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was excellent! Would recommend coming here.

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Boo1
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gem of a restaurant is in the heart of Siesta Village - which makes it nice for me as I can walk there. Portions are generous and tasty. The small bar area is great for a drink before dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! We will definitely be back next time we’re in town.

RZ
RayZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Ricco and our food was excellent!!!

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EdwardW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good authentic Italian (or at least close enough for my tastes) and a very nice ambience.

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Foodie
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. Had the fish special and chicken parm. Great as always

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vipTommy
New England
129 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Little off putting to get a small table for two in a very small room off the main dining areas with nine other people crowded into three other tables. The wine list is Huge. Waiter ready to help. Large menu, good food. Special red snapper our night was excellent, so was my wife’s special grouper. This is Florida. Hot espresso! Very good. And they make their cannoli per order, fresh. Very good. It’s as good as they say and better. Service a wee bit slow, but that back room. Wow.

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WendyP
Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, wine was good, dinner services was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always exceptional

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Gabbiano using the Order Online button. Cafe Gabbiano also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 349-1423.

Cafe Gabbiano is rated 4.7 stars by 1936 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Gabbiano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/cafe-gabbiano/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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