About Cafe Gabbiano

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.

5104 Ocean Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34242
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly
Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Canal

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 349-1423

Website:
http://www.cafegabbiano.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on select days, call for details.

Catering:
Catering available. Call for details.

Parking Details:
Any parking located in the plaza is available to our guests.

Public Transit:
SCAT.

Executive Chef:
Paolo DiCosta

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine pairing menu available Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday.

Sunset Baskets *Now Available* exclusively at Café Gabbiano

Bring the essence of Café Gabbiano, including our wide wine selection packaged for carryout, on your date with the picturesque Siesta Key Sunset.

Cafe Gabbiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (66)
Notable Wine List (50)
Good for a Date (49)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Romantic (43)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Authentic (32)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Cozy (29)
Worth the Drive (25)
Casual (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Good for Groups (19)
Local Ingredients (15)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Comfort Food (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent! While vacationing in Siesta Key we ate here. Allen brother's filet mignon was on the menu that evening, amazing choice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined 3 days ago

A really nice experience. We were seated in a small wine room which reduced the noise significantly. Good food, great wine list, terrific service-YO JORDAN!- ample parking. Gave 4 stars on value because I didn’t pay and didn’t know how to rate it. (So for me it was a 10 star!)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Overall excellent especially the waiter. A little on the slow side because of young kids. Food was excellent all around.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

This our go to place for Italian made with love. From mouth watering burata to homemade pasta it never disappoints. They have a great selection of wines at every price point. The staff provides great service and is knowledgeable about the menu. The ultimate treat is their Tiramisu which is just delectable!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Very disappointing. Two meals were served luke warm at best. Two other meals were the wrong dishes and had to wait 25 minutes for the correct dishes.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Have been to this restaurant on other occasions. First two loved it. Downhill since. Lasagna was terrible. Gnochhi was soft. Service was terrible. Drinks were weak.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I were visiting the area for the first time. Cafe Gabbiano was a very good choice. We enjoyed our meal, shared a great bottle of wine and loved our server. I think his name was Robbie. We will definitely go back on our next visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

good food as always and friendly, personable staff

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

We have now been to this restaurant three times and each time the food and service was fabulous. We had a fun private room for 8 of us on Valentine's Day and the menu was superb. Will definitely go again!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and wonderful service. The pasta was AMAZING!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I celebrated Valentine's Day and her birthday here while visiting my parents. It's our 4th time here. It's great for celebrating occasions or just treating yourself. All the the options are awesome. The bread is some of the best around.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 14, 2018

great ambiance...slow-paced, but very enjoyable. food, drinks and service were all first class.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

A nice menu with classic Italian standards and some interesting other options. I had a house specialty of veal and eggplant with cheese, accompanied by rice and veggies and my husband had a veal stuffed ravioli with meat sauce. We split a house salad which was just the right size. The food was very good and well prepared. Service was very professional. They are only open for dinner and have seating in a couple of indoor dining rooms and outside patio seating. There is ample parking in a lot in front of them. We liked it enough that we are going back tomorrow (ate there Monday). This is peak season in Siesta Key so going to a good restaurant that takes reservations and has parking is top of my list.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Some family members met us in Siesta Key and we wanted to take them somewhere special and wonderful! Our visit to your restaurant was perfect, service outstanding, food delicious and the round table let everyone have good conversation.! Thank you!!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Good food. We had to wait awhile, but was good once it arrived. Waiter did a nice job. Noisy in the room we were in. Bar close by. We are coming back and have asked for a different location. Staff are friendly and accommodating. Great wine list but the fine print makes it difficult to read.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Good food, cozy & able to talk! Dined this past Monday evening & returning with different friends on Friday.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Waiter was great

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Fabulous food and nice portions.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic.... as usual!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

While our food and drinks were very good, I was disappointed in the level of service. We were in no hurry but after the adjoining table was seated after us, offered and received drinks and had their food orders taken, we still had not seen our waitress. We had to ask someone to send her to our email table. Once she arrived she was very friendly and helpful with our entree selections, but once again we had to ask for her for our dessert selection and to get the check.
Great ambiance and food...just disappointed a bit with service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 7, 2018

All around Excellent meal and ambiance! Service was great !!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Wonderful Italian food right on Siesta Key! So glad we tried it, we will be back. Next time, I will request a table in the wine cellar, didn't realize that part of the restaurant existed until I used the restroom. Our table was nice, but that area was very cool. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

This place has always been a must do when we are in Siesta Key. I love the way the patio has been enclosed, much nicer than before.
The service is impeccable, the waitstaff friendly and knowledgeable.
Keep up the great service! and food!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Cafe Gabbiano never disappoints! Our party of 5 was seated promptly and the service was great! The food is outstanding!! Even though the atmosphere was great and the service was perfect...the excellent food is the reason to return.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was my second time at Cafe Gabbiano. The first time was a Tuesday night around the same time last year. That experience was 5 stars throughout. As a result, when arriving at Siesta Key for a quick weekend and having my daughter drop in last week, was looking forward to a great Saturday night dinner. Big mistake. Had 7 o’clock reservation for three. After 45 minutes we finally received our appetizers. After another hour we finally received our meals. The place was packed, our waiter no where to be found and all we heard was all the tables around us grumbling and complaining. A shame because once the food came out, it was delicious at a reasonable price. I chalk it up to a overbook Saturday and insufficient number of wait staff. I will probably give the place one more try, but not on a weekend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our Server, Thomas was excellent (Saturday, Feb.3), very attentive and accommodating. The food was excellent and the time served as a very nice get together with old friends.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Unfortunately, we had a very long wait for our entrees. I don't think this was the server's fault.Other diners came and went and we still had no dinner. When it did arrive it was hot and everyone said their's was delicious. I will commend the management for comping the bottle of wine when we expressed our frustration.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent, my wife and I will definitely be back and will highly recommend it to our friends and family

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Absolutely great food served by an excellent server named Tiffany if my memory is working correctly . Even the bus lady was exceptional .. will definitely go back on our next trip to Sarasota,

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were seated indoors in the Wine Room area. Very nice. Two of us had the eggplant parmigiana and two had the veal chop. Everything was very good. Waiter was very helpful suggesting a wine. Would definitely go back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a lovely dining experience at this restaurant in the center of Siesta Village. We'd asked for a quiet table when we made our reservation and they gave us a nice spot. The restaurant was hopping on a Saturday night
I ordered the linguini with seafood and it was generous and really flavorful. My husband had a fabulous, creamy tortellini dish and our friends said the chicken special was delicious.
The service was friendly and efficient, though not rushed.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

One entree was delivered wrong and took a long time to prepare the correct one. Other than that it was a good dinner. Service was a tad slow but not a big deal.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wine room is great. More private and quiet

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was excellent. Veal chop was excellent and eggplant dish was well seasoned and perfectly cooked. Good wine list

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Cafe Gabbiano is a local favorite. Food is always dependably good, and specials can be exceptional. Service was attentive and well executed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Cafe Gabbiano was the perfect choice for dinner with friends. Our server, Robbie, was knowledgeable, friendly, and very attentive to us without being obtrusive. The food was outstanding and the chef was more than willing to make a change to my husband’s meal to accommodate his particular taste. We loved the atmosphere: friendly and inviting yet quiet enough that we could easily engage in conversation. Everything was very high quality from the cocktails to the desserts. The prices were very fair for food of such high quality. We would all highly recommend Cafe Gabbiano to visitors to Siesta Key.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This was our second visit and it was amazing both times. We selected the wine room for its relaxed quiet atmosphere. The food and service was great. Lasagna and Veal ravioli were awesome, and I don't write reviews very often.
Greg

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We are repeat visitors to Cafe Gabbiano because the food is fresh and delicious, the service is wonderful (ask for Ross as your server, you will be happy you did -- he is attentive, knowledgable, and helpful), the wine list is extensive and interesting -- Ross helped us choose one that tasted and smelled wonderful without breaking the bank, and the desserts are to die for! Our favorite of all the offerings is the select-your-own cheese and meat appetizers. It comes beautifully presented on a thick wood plank. Their burrata is fresh and creamy, the best I've ever had, the smoked procuitto was dry and flavorful, as were the seasoned olives and the warm brie with truffle honey. The entrees are good, too. We like to try different things and haven't had anything we didn't rave about. The one standard is that we make sure someone orders the truffle sachatini in sage butter because they are unique and so delicious. The one off-note on our last visit was overcooked brussel sprouts, but they were tasty and I ate every last one of them. We recommend Cafe Gabbiano with confidence!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food . We were first timers . The quality and quantity of food was the best on Siesta . After we left , found out the owner is apparently from the same part of Italy as my family : Ischia . The cooking reflects that region . Hope to say hello on our next trip. You wont be disappointed .

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and service were excellent and the wine list was fantastic. Having made a reservation weeks in advance I was disappointed, however, to be seated near the bathroom instead of at one of the available tables in the very nice back room lined with wine. Those tables did not fill up during our stay so they weren't being saved for another party.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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