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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate the holidays at Cafe Gabbiano special edition menu available, open 2 to 8.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Celebrate the holidays at Cafe Gabbiano special edition menu available, open 2 to 8.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate the holidays at Cafe Gabbiano special edition menu available, open 5 to 11 pm.

Cafe Gabbiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
Romantic (24)
Good for a Date (23)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Authentic (19)
Casual (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Business Meals (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Magnificient! Good, ambiance, service, all top shelf!!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

This Place Is Awesome!!!
Great Food and The Best Service.

Took my wife here for our 10 year anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to make this a night we will not forget.

Jordan (our server) was more than just a server. He went out of his way with meaningful conversation and anniversary wishes. He really helped to make the night amazing.

The food was amazing! Everything that we expected and more! Top notch culinary experience.

The only reason the noise level was high was because of some customers who wanted to be sure that EVERYONE saw them. Really cant fault the establishment for that. Some people just dont know how to act in public.

We will be back! If you are in the Seista Key area, you have to give this place a try. Best Filet and Sea Bass on the Island, hands down.

Jordan, Thanks for making this anniversary dinner a special night!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 29, 2017

delicious food great service diverse menu choices

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Casual, Romantic, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

It takes a great restaurant with superb food offerings (may we suggest the grouper, or any of their veal preparations) and superior staff (be that Tommy, or Ross working the tables, to the several "special" staff handling serving water / bread and clearing the table) to make this a "go to" place that we visit a dozen or so times a year! To say it is a "special" place is an understatement!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were at Gabbiano a couple weeks ago and everything was perfect. What made it perfect was the execellent waiter we had. This time we had to wait for our bread 20 minutes, after being served the waiter said he would be back with fresh parmesan cheese but never came back. After 10 minutes I had to get up and go find him. My wife's plate was a veal with some tomato base liquid which was excellent by the way but the plate was brought to the table with the liquid that had spill all around the plate. I would of never presented a plate like that to friends at home. I still would recommend Gabbiano's because of it's excellent food and I hope that the next experience will be to the level we found the first time.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We made reservations to celebrate our daughters 40th birthday. We were greeted with a smile and taken to s great table. Dinner and service was great and a special desert was presented to our daughter. Nice enough for all to share:) we can’t wait to come the next time we are in the area!
Thank you!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The staff was incredible and professional.
Food was plain and not authentic and everything is overpriced .
I would not recommend this restaraunt to anyone
Sad to say but horrible olive garden is much better any day.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was amazing and our waiter,
(Zac) did an amazing job. Service was great and will definitely be back. I’d recommend it.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very nice place. We had thanksgiving dinner and everything was too shelf. From the restaurant to the staff who were very friendly. Will definitely be returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our Thanksgiving meal was outstanding from the Ossobuocco to the Fish, etc. The grilled calamari was excellent as well. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Organic, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It took 4 people over 3 hours to have dinner on a Tuesday night. The waitress was very nice but they were very understaffed. When we finally received our dinners the food came out cold. If you want to waste 3-4 hours on so so food this is the place for you. They need to work on their service!!!

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Good and service is excellent

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My numerical ratings say it all.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything was awesome A++++++. This is the second time we went and we were equally impressed both times!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This restaurant is amazing....second time we’ve eaten there in three months....
Service was great an my veal stuffed raviolis topped with bolognaise sauce was to
die for.... dined with four friends an we all loved every bit of our meal!!
Would recommend this restaurant to everyone! 👍

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great everything! Ambiance, food, wine & service. Fabulous evening.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent choices, service and ambiance- nice location as well

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

CG is simply the best Italian dining experience in Sarasota/ Bradenton area. Fantastic team with unparalleled service. We have eaten here since inception and have never been disappointed with the food and service. Ciao

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Authentic, Healthy, Scenic View, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Best in the village hands down! Try the chef Paolas tortellini incredible. Happy hour food is awesome always fresh

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always wonderful

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

It was very good food, the gnocchi was the best I have ever had.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall a very good restaurant. Very good menu, as well as daly specials. Also a very good wine list. Will return.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Rough start. Sat for 15 minutes before we were waited on.
Homemade pasta was great. Friend had the chicken cacciatore special, that was very good as well.
Would give this place another try.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food very disappointing. Also overpriced .Had a house specialty ( Veal ) & it had no taste. Wine list & service pretty good, though.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

While vacationing at our LBK Condo, we always make it a point to visit. This time it was for our 33rd Wedding Anniversary......and it was ever bit as memorable as our first visit. Thanks to all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wait staff was exceptional. Wonderful experience and the food was delicious. Your wine list is fabulous. Lived here almost 50 years and first time eating at your restaurant. We traveled to Italy over the summer and wanted to pretend we were there again. It worked !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our visit and we will be definitely be back. Our server, David, was outstanding. Wish they used snail bowls instead of bread plates for the sides. Not enough room for the food and it gets cold more quickly. We were not aware that there were different areas for dining. We sat in the patio room, would try a different area next time. Food was great, expansive wine list; even by the glass..

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent food and service was very attentive without being too intrusive.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

All I can say is WOW! Excellent in every way. Ross took such great care of us. Attentive without being annoying. Food was delivered hot and delicious. Worth the drive! The Truffle Sacchettini was off the chart. My wife and frequently visit Italy and we often set low expectations when eating Italian food stateside. This food was every bit as good with no detail left uncovered.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The sautéed calamari was excellent. Our go to Italian restaurant. They make all their own pasta.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were visiting family in the Venice Fla area who have been there before. We had an early reservation and they seated us in the back wine room which was extremely comfortable and romantic. We started with the bruschetta which was very fresh, then had the dover sole which was deboned tableside. The fish was excellent. According to the server, it just arrived that day. So fresh and prepared perfectly. We also had the risotto which was cooked to perfection. The wine list was extensive and had a large range of prices. We will definitely go back every time we visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our server was Outstanding (Jordan - Not sure of spelling). Food and service was Fantastic!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Cafe Gabbiano. The chef prepared our request perfectly. We did not feel rushed when we wanted to wait until we had our first course to order additional courses. Definitely a “must go to” on our trip to Siesta Key next year.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Veal chop was delicious and cooked to perfection as well as the Osso Bucco Ravioli. Our
Waiter was very attentive and gave us sterling service. A pleasure indeed. The evening was truly a special dining experience.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Zack was a very professional waiter. The food was delicious and we'll prepared. When listing specials orally, prices should be mentioned.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Cafe Gabbiano is our favorite restaurant on Siesta Key! The food is excellent and the server, Tommy, is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They are so wonderfully accommodating with our children.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing ambiance. Authentic.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Absolutely delicious food, wonderful service, we will definitely return.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

My favorite. Food excellent and service outstanding.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Everything was great! I was annoyed at first because I had told them it was for a special occasion (our anniversary) but then they didn't do anything for it. I don't understand why they even asked if they don't offer anything! Otherwise the food was great and so was the service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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