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Tue, 4/24
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9:30 PM
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Cafe Gabbiano

4.5
864 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly
Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 349-1423
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paolo DiCosta
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Catering
Catering available. Call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Canal
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Parking details
Any parking located in the plaza is available to our guests.
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Public transit
SCAT.
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Entertainment
Live music on select days, call for details.
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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.
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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

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Come join Cafe Gabbiano for Cino de Mayo Italian style.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Come and celebrate Mom. Celebrate with you loved ones at Cafe Gabbiano.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 864 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

always a great meal - standard menu + specials + great service...

always worth a trip

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food! Great ambience . You won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was fabulous and the service saved the entire experience from being a bust. We were seated at a corner table that has direct exposure to a hurricane force AC vent. After we mentioned our displeasure with our seating, Tiffany, our server, who was awesome, and the manager, immediately changed the airflow without compromising the comfort of the dining room. It’s a must try when you’re in the Sarasota or Siesta Key area.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I chose this place based on reviews. We were celebrating a birthday. The restaurant did not disappoint. From the time they greeted us outside, the entire staff was so nice and helpful. There was so much wine to choose from so we asked for suggestions. The waitress gave us two to taste that she was recommending. We chose and ended up getting 2 bottles. It was perfect! We each ordered something different from homemade ravioli to filet mignon. Everything was so delicious and perfectly cooked. Even the bolognese sauce wasn't just ground beef, it had ground veal and sirloin tips. OMG it was delicious. Then they brought out a huge piece of tiramasu with a candle and sang to the birthday boy (who was turning 69). If you are in the area and want a wonderful dinner, this is the place to go. You will enjoy the entire experience. It's worth it! We will be back!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

First time trying this Italian restaurant and it did not disappoint!
Wine was really excellent, food was very delicious.. and great server..

We will most definitely be back here to get our fill for great authentic Italian food

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great experience!

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Absolutely terrible service and below average meals.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Cafe Gabianno was recommended by a friend. Good deal for happy hour though the service during this time was okay. Food was excellent and portion size is decent.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We love this restaurant it has the same quality as any large city restaurant. My wife and I drive 70 miles from Tampa just to eat there. I would recommend this to anyone who has family and friends in town as well as after business meeting dinner. Noah is our go-to waiter he as always taken care of us I am sure the other wait staff is as just as nice. This time we met Pete one of the partners in the restaurant he explained how the chef is from an island off the coast of Naples Italy. ( Not Florida Naples) Spo if you want really good food this is the place. Tampa Mike Formerly jersey mike( not the sub guy.)

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a group dinner outing to celebrate one of our party's birthdays. We were seated promptly and at a very comfortable table for 6. The ambience was very good and the food was outstanding as usual, yet the entire dinner experience was marred by slow service. We aren't sure if one of our entrees had to be done over forcing them to hold all of our dinners - or if there was another issue in the kitchen, but it took over and hour and a half for our entrees to be served. And since it was after season, the restaurant wasn't extremely busy. We still had an OK time overall, and were comped with a drink for all the delay, but... It really was a shame, since the service in recent past had been as outstanding as the food.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good service. Knowledgeable server. Husband loved his pasta. My fish was over cooked and overpowered with herbs. Nice wine list with some interesting selections. And there was parking which is always a plus.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our second time here. Both visits were exceptional. Outstanding food and service. I had the linguine with seafood. The veal chops looked magnificent. That will be my choice next time. Reservations a must in season.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Although the veal and eggplant dishes were good, the seafood dishes were not very good. Sitting on the porch was very crowded and noisy, you felt as if you were sitting at family style tables and it was difficult for the wait staff to serve the table. The light weight curtains were pretty but not helpful as divisions. The inside restaurant was less noisy and the tables were well placed. Perhaps that is a better place to have a table. I have been here before and was not impressed, but tried it again. I probably would not return.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Delicious and relaxing kickoff dinner experience for our special friend’s weekend!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food was very delicious and the hospitality was great.
We went for my boyfriend birthday and was very satisfied with everything.
Thank you.

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Complaint: As a result of our very good experience, courtesy of a friend, I made a reservation for my wife's 75th birthday. When we checked-in on the outside deck, they were aware from Open Table that this was a birthday dinner. The table was good, the waiter was good and the food was good too. However, there was never a courtesy recognition of my wife's birthday (after all 75 years is pretty special). We left with an unnecessary feeling that somehow this wasn't a special dinner...and it should have been.
When I returned home, I had missed a call from Reagan who apologized for the oversight and that the restaurant would be happy to make amends by offering the courtesy birthday dessert at our next reservation. Perhaps I am not grateful enough for the call and offer, but that was very hollow after missing the opportunity to make a great impression during a once-in-a-lifetime birthday event.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our food was excellent and they were very accommodating to our two grandsons, ages 2 and 3. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great experience

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Really enjoyed our meal and service. Will visit again next time we are vacationing in Siesta Key. Wish the patio was really outdoors.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food and service was fantastic, waitress knew how to wait on customer s and accomodate food was delicious and atmosphere is awesome

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I had the veal medallions special...outstanding! My husband had the homade gnocchi with Bolognese sauce. Sauce was great but the gnocchi were undercooked. We would have returned the gnocchi but there was a wine dinner going on and they seemed overly busy. Service fluctuated from very attentive to missing. House labelled Montepulciano wine was excellent. We would try again on a non wine dinner night.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Best Restaurant in Siesta Key! Every time we come to Siesta this is my favorite place to dine. Spring Break this year we brought 7 couples and every single person said it was an amazing meal! The staff is always friendly! I am sad I won't be back to Siesta until next year. Anytime you want to start a restaurant in Michigan-I'll be there weekly!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Service was slow but friendly. Food was just okay. We were a little underwhelmed by the truffle pasta and meat and cheese plate and they got the veg part of the salad wrong and forgot one of the cheeses. The friendly gal who brought the appetizer out did bring out the veg we wanted and let us keep the veg they mistakenly brought which was nice. My husband was disappointed we got seated in the louder, very packed secondary room. It was so packed we had to brush past and apologize to another table. Atmosphere was quaint and cozy Italian. Not quite the level of Italian we expected from other reviews, but not bad. Parking was also difficult.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My daughter and I absolutely loved the food and our waitress was very nice and gave wonderful suggestions. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

A local gem on Siesta Key. Great Italian food and an amazing wine list. Veal dishes are exceptional - and servings are generous. Our server Nora is a pro! Professional, pleasant, attentive, knowledgeable- everything you want in a server. We ask for her every time we dine there. A shout out to our busser Luis - used plates never sat around, he was quick to respond to requests like more bread or additional cheese, and he smiled and interacted appropriately at all times - a great team!
Give this establishment a try - we have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Cafe Gabbiano is hands down one of the best restaurants, not just Italian, in the area. Service is outstanding, the food is equally as outstanding, and the ambiance is perfect. My bride and I had a lovely Easter dinner there and our server, Robbie, couldn't have been any more accommodating, knowledgable, personable and pleasant. Our entire meal, from start to finish was excellent! Just to share, we had the calamari, pollo parmigiana, Costolette di Vitello (veal chop) and a cannoli for dessert along with some great wine, best we've had in the area. We're thrilled to have found such a gem so close by. From salad to dessert, it was excellent. Absolutely worth every dollar. I don't hand out recommendations often, but recommending Cafe Gabbiano is without hesitation. We'll certainly be back. Eccellente!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything was very good and were very accommodating ! Been our favorite for years!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was great. Amazing wine kisr

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Best food in Siesta Key, table was in wine room perfect for family gathering to talk and catch up family members had come from all over the country for Easter. Service was excellent, food was very good, nice wine list. Would highly suggest this option if looking for a good meal and not the load bar noise and burger joints that serve the rest of visitors.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Fabulous service, beyond excellent food & wine selection! Definitely one of my favorites by far

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great meal

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Everything was so great! Ross was a wonderful waiter

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was ok. Service was awful. Never asked to refil drinks. Had to ask for sugar for my tea. I Wanted to order dessert , but almost an hour after I asked for a box., The waitress finally returned and handed us the check. She never asked if we wanted dessert and at that point we had been waiting so long we just left. $75 before tip is a lot for crappy service on a date night.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We visit this restaurant every time we're in Siesta Key--always great food, impeccable service!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

this was a family dinner and we were delighted to find a nice place which had an opening for 6 on a busy weekend night. Once seated, our server was especially friendly and helpful and had a good grasp of the broad menu of Italian favorites and the lesser known dishes. All in our party were very satisfied with their entrees, both taste and portion. Also kudos to Cafe Gabbiano for their varied wine list.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The service was great excellent . Veal parm outstanding as was the lasagna . Lobster ravioli a little light on lobster but great sauce . I found a reasonably priced wine . The calamari appetizer was very good as well.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Seating was very closed in didn’t like the area! Had to ask if we could get a waitress! Waiting for our waitress also !! Said there were special BUT they really weren’t specials all on the menu nothing special so don’t understand why the tell you about the menu waste of time!!!!! Sorry you really had to pay attention to what our waitress was saying hard to understand!! Very disappointing!! Not sure if I will return

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We have been calling Gabby our favorite restaurant in southwest Florida for ten years. Love the personal service and wonderful Italian food. I am allergic to garlic and tgey are very accommodating in preparation of safe food. Love Gabbianos!

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We loved this place years ago. Then it changed hands and after 2 bad experiences with poor service, we stopped coming. After reading the newer reviews we gave it another chance. We were pleased with the upgrades but our service was as bad as in the past and my Fish dish was inedible. Never coming back. Too many better options.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Both food and service were very average. Wouldn’t rush back.

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